Monday, June 11, 2012

There's a reason it's so green.

I understand it needs to rain a lot in Switzerland in order to keep things so green, I just don't want it to rain when I have friends visiting.  Friday, it rained most of the day.  Natalie and her boys went to Gruyere and the chocolate factory and then used the free bikes available downtown and rode around the city for hours.  Natalie almost got hit by a car, they got lost, and Connor's chain fell off, but besides that, they had a great time. We had a late dinner together to celebrate Tyler's birthday and topped it off with brownie birthday cake.

Saturday, Josh and Keith went to Basel for Josh's baseball game.  Kelly and I took the Fordhams on a tour of the Berner Oberland.  We began in Grindlewald and then took the cable car up to First where the clouds covered the amazing views we had seen two weeks before.  The zip lines weren't running due to fog and that was a great disappointment.  By the time we got to Lauterbrunnen things started to clear up.  The Fordham's went to Trummelbach Falls while Kelly and I walked around Lauterbrunnen.  We met up with them and then went to Gimmelwald, Murren, and Wengen.  Natalie treated us to a delicious dinner at Rick Steve's number one pick in Lauterbrunnen and then we all headed home, full, exhausted and relieved it hadn't rained all day.
Grindlewald, Laterbrunnen and Baguettes

Sunday, it rained most of the day.  We all went to church which was kind of crazy.  The trams weren't running their usual routes and it took us a long time to figure out how to get there.  If it weren't for the Elders and the group of ward members that were on the bus with us we might have never made it.  We walked in late and all the head sets were gone due to a large amount of visitors.  We found out later they were all here on vacation from Provo.  After the not so great experience at church, the Fordham's spent the rest of the day in Montreaux and Chateau de Chillon.  We met them at the train station in the evening to go to the Temple and ride the funicular up to the Gurten.  Josh brought a soccer ball which is always a smart thing when the Fordham's are around and we had a soccer game at the top of the Gurten.

Today is Monday and it is still raining.  The Fordham's are in Zermatt and I am just praying they will get to see the Matterhorn. Tonight we will have our new tradition of having a raclette dinner with our visitors before they leave tomorrow.  It's been too rainy and too short of a visit, but it's been nice to have Natalie and her boys here.

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