here’s a big batch of some of my favorite photos from our first stop in switzerland. we spent our first few days in meiringen, an area where josh’s good friend from high school has lived for the past several years with her husband, who is from the area originally, and their two little ones. the entire area was breathtaking, but the lake named lake engstlensee that our friends took us to, was on another level of beauty. since we were there over swiss national day on august 1st, we spent the morning at a farm named alp gental where we had a delicious and traditional swiss brunch with a ton of swiss food. i will admit, i don’t know if i love swiss food, but josh now does and the experience was definitely so memorable. the kids made friends with a bunch of little children at the farm and despite a bit of a language barrier, played so well with them for a good half hour or so towards the end. it was very sweet to watch.
this mountain goat was just standing up on this little stump as we passed by and i just kept saying, “are you kidding me?!” i mean, it almost looked like he was smiling at us as he ate and i couldn’t take it. he was the cutest.
couldn’t get over the drive.
the farm named alp gental where we had brunch on swiss national day.
this happy boy is such a great traveler.
waving to the pigs!
i haven’t been able to stop talking about the fog and clouds against the greenery, i know. but i still can’t get over it.
playing this game with their new little friends called something that the local kids told us is like “foot stomp” or “foot tag” in english. they all got in a circle together, put one foot in the middle, said something like “zing zein zoc!!” and took one step back. then whoever was “it” tried to stomp on another person’s foot but could only take one step and the other person could only take one step to get out of the way. if your foot gets stepped on, then you’re out. does anyone know what this game is called and what they chant together at the beginning? we have been trying to keep it up since the kids thought this was the best game ever! and loved playing with the local children who were the nicest. why are kids so good at making friends everywhere they go? i am always impressed with them.
our friends actually got married on this lake. what a backdrop for a wedding!
with our friends, and a whole lotta babies and diaper bags. ;)
after our time in meiringen, we drove to lauderbrunnen to catch a train up the mountain to a small village at the top (because you can’t drive to it!) where we stayed for the next portion of our trip. excited to share photos from there. and we took some video, too, so stay tuned!