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.

 On our way again…can’t be sure but I ‘think’ this is trip #3 to school on this particular day…A on her bike…back at it again.

On our way again…can’t be sure but I ‘think’ this is trip #3 to school on this particular day…A on her bike…back at it again.

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.

 sitting on another bus we are learning to juggle the various apps available to us to sort out how we come and go in any number of directions. Travelling isn’t so much complicated as it is just working with a certain amount of timing…Swiss exact timing to be specific.

sitting on another bus we are learning to juggle the various apps available to us to sort out how we come and go in any number of directions. Travelling isn’t so much complicated as it is just working with a certain amount of timing…Swiss exact timing to be specific.

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.

 Time on the train allows us to do this, use the bathroom, have a picnic, get on each other’s nerves, look out the window, not have to juggle traffic or listen to Siri butcher every road she pronounces

Time on the train allows us to do this, use the bathroom, have a picnic, get on each other’s nerves, look out the window, not have to juggle traffic or listen to Siri butcher every road she pronounces

 After a whole day of training and zoo, some down time watching random funny cat videos pretty much sums up the time. As a parent being able to look in it makes it all the more worth while to know we aren’t staring at the dashboard and we are in on the action.

After a whole day of training and zoo, some down time watching random funny cat videos pretty much sums up the time. As a parent being able to look in it makes it all the more worth while to know we aren’t staring at the dashboard and we are in on the action.

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.

 Being there with them, camera perpetually slung around my neck, I don’t direct, I simply let them be - for us our story…our moments.

Being there with them, camera perpetually slung around my neck, I don’t direct, I simply let them be - for us our story…our moments.

 it is so darn green here! The trees, the water the everything. I know mentally that it is fall….but it still hasn’t quite hit yet. I kind of am ok with that right now…please don’t hate me!

it is so darn green here! The trees, the water the everything. I know mentally that it is fall….but it still hasn’t quite hit yet. I kind of am ok with that right now…please don’t hate me!

 for the record…antlers are heavy…VERY Heavy.

for the record…antlers are heavy…VERY Heavy.

 Diving parrots…in case you were wondering. Pesky critters - more interested in the woman’s pants and the fish in her hands rather than on the lengthy oratory she was providing us with about the beloved little creatures.

Diving parrots…in case you were wondering. Pesky critters - more interested in the woman’s pants and the fish in her hands rather than on the lengthy oratory she was providing us with about the beloved little creatures.

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.

 My fearless one…who isn’t afraid to try…anything. Salt water for my throat mama..? How much and where do I spit?

My fearless one…who isn’t afraid to try…anything. Salt water for my throat mama..? How much and where do I spit?

 sore throat be gone - one weekend of zoo and salt water gurgling and surely we’ll be good to go?!?! right…..?

sore throat be gone - one weekend of zoo and salt water gurgling and surely we’ll be good to go?!?! right…..?

 Friday nights are ones that are all about family movie time. Everyone knows that a sectional couch offers the utmost in comfort - corner anyone? but pull out the part that turns this IKEA special into a bed and the whole family gets to veg out after a hard week - sniffles here got the corner spot on account of the champion salt water treatment she gave her throat just moments before.

Friday nights are ones that are all about family movie time. Everyone knows that a sectional couch offers the utmost in comfort - corner anyone? but pull out the part that turns this IKEA special into a bed and the whole family gets to veg out after a hard week - sniffles here got the corner spot on account of the champion salt water treatment she gave her throat just moments before.

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!

 7 years ago I have the big one on my shoulders and the little one snuggled in the ergo carrier…dreaming of a time where we made this move together as a family - who knew that the time would come and one kid would still be making me the proverbial packhorse?

7 years ago I have the big one on my shoulders and the little one snuggled in the ergo carrier…dreaming of a time where we made this move together as a family - who knew that the time would come and one kid would still be making me the proverbial packhorse?

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.

 The views are always better up high…and the zoolander face…ya..I dunno either.

The views are always better up high…and the zoolander face…ya..I dunno either.

 Still hacking up a lung but with gas in the tank, A was the trooper of the day allowing us to see what there was to see at the Bern Tierpark 2 hours away from home.

Still hacking up a lung but with gas in the tank, A was the trooper of the day allowing us to see what there was to see at the Bern Tierpark 2 hours away from home.

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!!!