Our first few weeks in Europe were a whirlwind of family and friends and more family. We visited several towns in three different countries, and didn’t stay in one place longer than five nights. But despite the hectic pace, we so appreciated the chance to get reacquainted with many relatives and family friends.
We didn’t do much photo-taking during these weeks, but we snapped some on our phones as the days flew by. iPhone is better than nothing, right? #memoriesmemoriesmemories
Here’s the first installment– Hunzenschwil, Switzerland:
^^^ i have memories of visiting this home every time i’ve gone back to switzerland, and it was fun to introduce tyler to the classic old swiss house and charming garden. and that campervan? it was our home for the week and we loved it!
^^^ we got to help make süssmost (swiss apple cider) and we’ll be giving you a closer look at that later this week. we picked, cut, ground, and pressed local apples and then got to enjoy this sweet drink at our family reunion.
^^^ a lot of the apple work happened on the family farm, where i have even more childhood memories. the reunion was also hosted here, where we had all day to go on walks, sit around the pool, or explore all the fascinating cows! haha
^^^ the reunion was a great time to connect with distant family members, although our lack of swiss german really got in the way of many potential conversations. but there was nothing in the way of us enjoying italian risotto, loads of traditional swiss salads, and our very own süssmost! and p.s. all the sunflower decorations came from the farm #amazing #howdotheydoit
^^^ finished off the time with our family by having fondue around the big stone table in the garden. you could chronicle my childhood– and in fact lots of family history predating me!– by looking at photos of people enjoying meals around this very table. that’s a real sign of a truly hospitable home. a gathering place for love and family.