Red Thread

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break." ~ Ancient Chinese Beli

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Switzerland 2012

To Switzerland we go!!

At the airport and playing in the space ship exhibit.
Ready for our 2am flight.

First stop Zurich.  

Wonderful to be back in our "old stomping grounds" and to finally see Family Lemilla after a long 2+ years.  Nothing like being back together with such good friends. Since we had last lived in Zurich together (2001 - 2006), we had moved to Hong Kong and Singapore and they had been in Shanghai and Columbus, Ohio.  Now that they are living back in ZH, we know we will see them every year.  Heart warming. This was the perfect reminder to us that the friends we make in our nomad life become life long friends....who are an extension of our family.  Here's to good friends!

The 3 Amigos back together again - Elsa, Ella & Stella
Stella & Lexi making hot coco
Mandi came by for breakfast - Yola is her youngest of three now!
All stop Graubuenden.......

We finally arrive to one of our favorite holiday destinations in Switzerland which is about 1800 meters above sea level.....the holiday resort village of Arosa!  We were welcomed with lots of snow but moderate temps so the cold was not too bad.  Nothing like fresh mountain air!

Lexi's first day of ski school
Snack time!
Definitely enjoyed playing in the snow more than skiing!

Lexi only went to ski school for the morning so after lunch we would enjoy a walk around the lake to visit the ducks.

Back in his favorite playground.....
Ella in the gondola - she could not get enough of the slopes!

Yes, still wearing the same ski outfit since the 90s....really need an upgrade.
Race day!
So few children as we were there there the week before Christmas.
This is a group photo of a few combined classes.

Post race glory!
The beauty of the mountains is not only a fun day but everyone is happy and exhausted come bed time.
Notice, Lexi still has her mittens on!
Last year we could not get her to wear them, this year she would not take them off. :)

Sadly all good things come to an end and it was time to leave Arosa.
But we were all smiles as that just meant that it was time to head to Basel for more family time!
Christmas Eve

Next stop...Basel!

Together again!!
Opa and his grandkids
Another bonus of winter visits is a walk with the penguins in the Basel Zoo!
Lexi was amazed and finally understood what her ski instructor meant when she was asked to "walk like a penguin".
Fondue Chinoise!

A wonderful day in Basel City
Best Buds
Crossing the Rhein River by ferry boat.
Tante Elvira, Tami, Papi & Basti
Watching the world go by.....

Walking through "Klein Basel"

Bruder & Bruder
After a fabulous visit with family, it was time to head home to Singapore.

 A little blurry eyed while opening gifts that Santa left. :)
...but we will be back!!