Friday, May 30, 2008

Adventures trying to find the internet

So, apparently the more upscale the hotel, the less amenities you receive for the price. In our first two hotels in the beautiful land of the Swiss, the internet was free as a bird. In Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria it requires payment of your firstborn child, which we are not willing to do. We found a very smoky internet cafe last night and thought it was closer to the hotel than it actually is and I forgot the cable for our camera so you don't get any more shots of our adventure until a later date.

AFter we left Lucerne we made our way to Munich, Germany. I really enjoyed the 15 minutes we were there. Okay so we were there for 2 nights and 1 day but there was just not enough time to explore like I wanted.

We have been having an amazing time touring Saltzburg, even standing on the steps where the VonTrapp children sang Do Rei Me. We watched the movie on our tour bus on the way there and it was all I could do to let Austin sleep beside me when the hills were alive with the sound of music.

We then visited Mauthausen Concentration Camp and I braced Austin for the fact that I would be absolutely inconsolable, as was the case. It was the most sobering opportunity to be a witness to such history. I will NEVER forget it.

We are now in the beautiful city of Vienna and have gone on several walking tours and will tour a castle tomorrow.

Sorry I am not being as descriptive as usual but this internet cafe is going to give me lung cancer. How people can smoke when it is so hot, I will never understand.

Anyway, we shall post more in the next couple days. We have tonight, tomorrow in Vienna then we have church in Vienna on Sunday and drive to Prague. My bum hurts from all this sitting but alas...

Monday, May 26, 2008


Our friend Josh testing (don't worry, he isn't really testing) the automatic fan that turns on when you sit on the toilet. Quite the amenities we receive in 5 star luxury.
Care to take a dip in the local pool?
My new BFF Susy in the bathhouse changing room. I think it is the men's side, but whatever.
The hills are alive with the sound of music, and we aren't even in Austria yet!
Good morning to us! Our view outside our window in Grindlewald. Poor us!
Austin and I amidst the fortification towers in Lucerne.

Another happy valley

Welcome to Switzerland. Home of CHOCOLATE, cheese and many, many mountains. It is absolutely breathtaking here. We thought we had a fantastic view from our windows in our home in Utah. This place puts that dive to shame. We stayed the first night in a little hotel at the base of the Alps and went on a cogwheel train ride up the mountain. After we woke up from our jetlag haze I peered out the window and felt like singing, or yodling, seriously, it is that beautiful. Yesterday we had church in the jazzersize room in the hotel, where Austin cried like a baby. Okay, in his defense, it has been extremely emotional for him as well as myself being back in Europe having not been since our missions. We stopped by the Swiss Temple on our way to our hotel the first day and were able to talk with a little French boy who just turned 12 and was visiting the temple for the first time. The memories came flooding back to both of us from our missions immediately.

Sunday after church we drove to Lucerne from Grindelwald and stopped in Interlakken along the way and watched some amazing paragliders do their thing. If we had time we so would have joined in. Our hotel room in this amazing 5 star hotel in Lucerne, well, it is 5 star as well. We are on the top floor and apparently we have the most modern room in the joint. Loosely translated, MODERN means: teeny, tiny (only one person can stand at a time, be in the bathroom at a time or pass by the bed at a time), with automatic blinds and a fan that turns on when you sit on the toilet, oh and bottles of water for 8 dollars a bottle.

Today, Monday, the gals are heading for a shopping trip around Lucerne whilst the menfolk dress in business suits and travel to different companies. I will report back latter, hopefully my lunch won´t be 60 dollars for 2 slices of pizza, salad, bruchetta and a drink, as it was last night. I will try to put pictures on the blog when I have a little bit more time and am not so loopy in the brain.

AJ and Ella, sorry we can´t get the webcam to work here, we don´t have the internet ability to do it. Hopefully in our next hotel we will be able to have the access. We love you.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Welcome one and all

Well hello there happy fellows! I finally broke down and decided it was about time to become mainstream and blog like the rest of society. For those of you who know me, I am not typically a conformist and I have always been the self-proclaimed, "anti-blogger". Let me explain...see, when you set up a blog, you rely on the thread of hope your friends and family will actually look at your blog. When you send an email, there is a much stronger possibility the receiver of the email will read it (although, coming from me, it is usually never good so I am sure several of you delete at first glance). So I will babble into cyberspace in hopes of having at least a handful of happy followers take a gander at my ramblings and find some interest in them.

So, to all fo you out there, welcome and enjoy the chaotic ramblings of a boring family living in North Happy Valley (Utah County).

What's the haps? Well, if you have been following my horrendously broken email trail, we have been the facilitators of one adorable child with a psychotically round mother who still stalks us, thinking we are harboring her child without her knowledge, claiming we handed her over. Her other theory--we put her in a horrid foster home where she is being molested. Um, really? She called our home phone and my cell which was left in the car and Austin didn't remember the rule of "no answering 427 numbers" and got an earful from a crazed girl hunting down her children because we were the bad guys, not her. This saga has no end in sight I am afraid but I am very happy to report that no molesting is taking place and the children are thriving beyond belief--calling the new parents Mom and Dad and enjoying every moment of stability.

In other news, Austin and I are busily getting ready for his Foreign business excursion to beautiful Europe next week. I can hardly wait--I haven't been for 10 years and it has killed me. We start out in Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Saltzburg, Austria, Prague, Czech Republic; London, England; and Paris, France. Next Friday at this time I will be sitting on an airplane on my way! The trip is required for Austin's MBA program (which he finishes July 1st!!!!!) and the spouses can tag along. I wasn't going to at first because is is the last week of school/first week of summer for my kids but when I found out they were g0ing to Mauthausen Concentration Camp I couldn't let Austin see one before I did. We are also going to be traveling across the English Channel on June 6th--the anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy coast so, yes, I am a nerd who thinks of those things. Anyway, my kids are getting taken care of and we appeased them with the prospect of a treat from each city we visit so I think they will be fine.

That is all to report from here today. Now I have to make this all fancy with pictures and such, don't I? That's another thing about fancy backgrounds and pictures to worry about.