Exploring day - kid's choice | Travelling Storyteller photographer
Everyone loves an adventure
We are no different. 5 days of structure throughout the week, and let me assure you it is structured with a capital S, the weekends provide the much needed reprieve of the forth and back of the week to go and just be.
Saturdays and Sundays are this balance between relaxing into the morning and getting going. Notwithstanding, the weather also factors into our decision big time as we decide where to go and what to see as it requires to leave our cosy apartment and get out into the elements no matter what. Thankfully for this fair weather family, we have been eased into fall and the weather has been nothing less than stunning! (for all my Calgary peeps…yes…spit on me now..I would hate me too). Our phone weather apps have us looking, planning, searching and chasing the proverbial sunshine no matter where it goes. With one quick swipe there is family debate on the relative statistics of rain in any one location. Once consensus is achieved, we pounce.
train travel in Switzerland is awesome
Let’s be clear, there has never been a wet soggy day where my umbrella isn’t managing to keep the storm at bay and the thought of “Oh let’s go stand out in the rain to catch the bus” that comes to mind as the most enjoyable thing to do. Given that we have had the weather of our dreams here (sorry…spit on me now Calgary peeps…I would hate me too), using public transport has been pretty amazing. Switzerland is a country with some of the densest public transport. We can pretty much rest assured that by walking at most 12 minutes to our small train station, we can from there connect ourselves to any part of the country via train, bus, boat, gondola and perhaps with a yodel get a cheese fondue along the way.
The kids picked the zoo today
Petting zoos are eponymous to children activities here. They can be found in all corners of this country and thankfully never too far away, you just might have to change the language you speak depending on where you go as we start off French, mosey into German and may even have some Italian thrown in! I have always appreciated how childhood seems to be elevated here, and the Bern Tierpark did not disappoint. On this particular Saturday being ‘kids choice’ they picked zoo and we headed in their preferred direction. The Bern Tierpark is one that we haven’t yet explored. Situated on the river Aare there is lots to explore from creepy crawlers to cute deers and even Canadian Caribou. Bern is famous for it's bear pit which at one point was a huge attraction for tourists (up until 2009), but conservationists and the reasonable tourist also realized that it wasn’t appropriate so now the bears (which we didn’t see) are now in the Bear Park - a space that appears to be more humane for these huge creatures. We enjoyed all the creepy crawlers that you can expect in a vivarium, watched in awe and fits of giggles as the diving parrots were fed and the sage animal handler spewed out all sorts of interesting facts about the little fellas that were more intent on pecking at her pants than they were in flying around their enclosure. The park was heaven - as you can well imagine and we topped off the trip with an overpriced coffee in the teeniest of tiniest cups at the zoo park that rivals the one in the village in which we live where our 10 year old was able to recreate the monkey bar calluses of her dreams.
Kids are so resilient
Kids seem to go with the flow and I have to hand it to A who, on coming out of school on Friday with the sniffles and if her croak of a hello was any sign, a full blown Swiss cold was well on its way to infecting not only her but likely the whole family given the way her sneezing became more prolific during the evening…. Despite all that, she was determined to get to the zoo for the day and through some small miracle we got out of the house in time to catch the train.
I’ve still got it..
As a mama I could say that I nestled myself firmly between the granola, attachement and push ‘em out of the nest early mama styles - all to say that we learned as we went. Knowing that A wasn’t feeling the greatest, giving her a hand so that we could get through the day and hopefully back home with gas in the tank it wasn’t a second to think that I would get her up on my shoulders for the last couple of times that I will likely ever. The times spent snuggling my children has always been a favourite and knowing the power of human touch by way of my profession, being able to lend a hand, or hold my kids is something that for as long as I can I will do…except for my back which in 2 minutes following this photo was taken it couldn’t take it any longer….so for short rides only my love!
The days can feel insufferably long some days, the church bells shaking us awake at the crack of 7am to a schedule that we are only just now getting comfortable with. The days then whisk themselves into a frenzy and before we know it we find ourselves at Friday again, adventuring beckoning, decisions and weather patterns dictating where and what we do next.
Saturday saw us exploring while Sunday saw us in our pyjamas all day focusing on resting for the week ahead. Thankfully the Swiss have a thing about 8 weeks of school being rewarded by holidays so this week will see us on our next adventure. Stay tuned!!!