Monday, August 21, 2023

Switzerland- Day 1 Murren


August 21, 2023: We flew from Amsterdam and my parents flew from America and we both met in Switzerland! We flew into different airports,  and the plan was to meet in Bern and head to the mountains together as we both shared this stretch together up the mountain. Looking back now, it was soo crazy but mostly miraculous how we both managed to find one another and meet up. When my parents arrived in Geneva, they texted and called and let us know they landed but then their phones stopped working and credit cards wouldn't work to buy train tickets at the same time, so we had no idea if they got tickets or made it on the train and how we would all meet up. 

We decided to continue with the plan and figured they would catch another train if they didn't make it and they would figure out phones or borrow someones and we would meet up in Bern. . .  but no text came and had no idea if they were still at airport or what happened and if everything was OK! I was googling events to see if there was some terrorist attack at airport, I was so stressed for them haha. We decided to stay in Bern and just check the platform for them when trains from Geneva arrived. We found a playground for the kids right next to the station and at the first possible train they could be on I went to find them at the platform to see if they happened to make the train!  Just when all the people had exited and got off the train and no signs of them my mom spotted me from the train window (they made it on it... but had no plans to get off in Bern despite our agreed upon meeting spot and planned to continue to Murren on that train.. which turns out wasnt actually going to Murren but to Zurich) . . . so it was miraculous my mom happened to spot me,  and that they didn't continue on that train because we would been waiting in Bern for a while for them. So it was a great start to the trip and made seeing each other extra sweet. 

We walked around Bern for a little bit, got some gelato and made out way to Murren which would be our home base for most of the week. It was a airway cablecar and train ride up the mountain together which was really fun. Getting into Murren was pretty breathtaking with the mountain views, especially for people coming from the flat Netherlands. We went to the grocery store and loaded up and Riley and me had a nice evening walk together without the kids (we love having grandparents around :)) and saw the sun go down through the mountains.  We arrived in heaven. 

Sheer bliss and giddiness being in the mountains. 

Not a bad view from our front porch. 

Loved our little dinner patio in the backyard. Perfect for meals and card games. 

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