With a bit of coaxing I agreed
To ask the front desk about Glarus, Switzerland. This is where my family comes from. I had done a bit of preliminary family history to see where and who I would be looking for. The concierge was very helpful and when I told him my last name he said he knew some Schlittlers and some even lived in Zürich. Get out! He helped via a Swiss search engine bring up the names of the family and most of which were in Niederurnun. This is in the Canton (state/providence) of Glarus. He was so helpful and we found a direct train there. We went and packed our belongings and put them in storage at the front desk. We made it to the station in 5 minutes and a nice Swiss info person helped us get our tickets
. We were on our way!! We had an hour train ride along Lake Zürich and through what looked like a very green Wisconsin ;0). I can see why we moved there so long ago! As the train pulled into the station we were the only 2 that got off the train. There was no living soul around and no map. Great. Those Schlittler's are great communicators. Not only did we not know where to start but it smelled like shit! Yeah manure!! We saw plenty of farms and MORE cowbell!
We started walking toward what we thought was town. We found industrial areas and saw a few people in overalls....we were getting closer. They were dressed like my dad and Kerry! We asked one man and he said to keep walking. We made it to the city center and decided that a church might be a good place to start! We found no one, but there was a map. The concierge printed a list of Schlittler's for me and we started looking at addresses. As we walked we saw Schneiden-Schlittler. We had no idea what they did but we took pictures and went on our way. We found out Hans (which I am told is another version of Jacob) was a common name and he lived not too far. ( this was the point that Marlin says " Hans is to Jacob as Richard is to Dick" I could not stop laughing). We found Hans' house complete with the family crest in stone on the side of the house and his business was next door. Yep, he is a masonry and sculptor. He had a yard of headstones and granite. The gates were all closed up so we did not want to bother them
. We kept walking and found Schlitstrasse and if I could have I would have stolen the sign! We made our way back towards town and I decided to walk into the Schneiden-schlittler building. There were many saws and wood working apparatus there. I yelled "hallo!" And I was deferred to a young man that spoke English really well. He told me I needed to talk to the chief! Oh crap! We went outside and he walked up a set of stairs to an office. I was half expecting to see cousin Rick or my dad walk out. This tall and lean man came down and introduced himself as Ueli "you-lee". He was about mid 50's and had hands like my dad. I was choking back the tears. He spoke English pretty well and we chatted for about 15 minutes about family and he too had the same descendants as we did. I got my picture taken with him and he seemed like a genuine man. The family business is that of cabinetry. They design and make full kitchens and they do it all over Switzerland. I should have asked if they needed an intern. Dad would have died for this equipment! We said our goodbyes and he gave me his business card and email to stay in touch! How cool was that?!?!? We walked a bit farther and I bought a scarf and we had lunch (with beer of course). We were walking back to train and we walked back by Hans' house. The gate was open and there were 3 white haired men talking loudly. Thy all had thick German accents and I decided to keep walking. I found one family member, that was good for now!.Our train was leaving at 330pm and we headed back to Zürich. After we got to Zürich we got our bags and made our way back to the train station. We found a fast train (ICE) to Basel and got on hoping our open ended ticket would work. And it did! We made it back in under 40 minutes. We walked to our hotel and got settled. Dinner is next! We decided on sushi. Both of us wanted something not fried or covered in cheese. Crazy I know. We are now back and drinking rosé champagne and watching the Basel Indoor Tennis tournament! Marlin got some as a gift and we have too much to bring back. Poor me;) time to turn in! I hear the stores calling my name tomorrow. I need to be able to get chocolate in this bag home somehow!!! G'night!
Last night Marlin and I were thinking about what we should do on Tuesday. We were checking out by noon and had an open ended ticket to Basel. We could take another day trip...