It's been a very busy few weeks.
About 3 weeks ago (has it been that long already?) my parents came to Switzerland!
Most people, upon meeting them (and they met many of my friends/coworkers), asked,
"So how long are you staying?"
To which we replied, "5 days."
"5 days ?!" they'd say. " That's not very long!"
Yep, it was a very quick trip this time around. They had a wedding to go to and I had a week-long field trip with grade 4. But the timing was perfect. They arrived just in time for a 4 day weekend.
I love living in a Catholic canton, you get all these great holidays.
So what do you do when you have 4 days and Switzerland is on holiday mode (as in, everything is closed)? Why, you go to Paris, of course!
When my dad was young, he lived in Paris for about three years while his dad was stationed there with the Navy. Naturally, my mom and I, who had never been there before, assumed that his memories of landmarks and navigating the layout would be crystal clear and transcend the decades that have passed since he lived there.
So we pestered him all day long with questions about how to say things in French and what he remembered and how to get from place to place. He was quick to remind us that he was 11 at the time. We told him that was no excuse :)
Nonetheless, better him navigating than us. I don't have the best sense of direction, unfortunately.
It boggles my mind that family and friends continue to trust me for directions, especially in DC (or Paris, where, if you recall, I had never been before). Apparently getting myself and others lost time and time again has done nothing to dampen their faith in me!
Here's a hint...just because I act like I know where I'm going does not necessarily make it true...
So anyway, we had about one day to see Paris. And we certainly made the most of it.
By the end of the day we were pretty exhausted, but we agreed that it had a been a fantastic one day tour of the city.
We took the high speed train back to Luzern on Saturday and enjoyed a leisurely, delicious meal around the corner from my house. We celebrated Mother's Day with a lunch boat cruise around Luzern and ended their visit by losing spectacularly at Sunday night pub quiz
(to be fair, we did tie for last place, so really it wasn't a total blowout)
I sent them off on Monday morning after a fantastically busy visit. I am so happy that they were able to come. Being away from family is the hardest part of living here, and as amazing as Skype is, nothing beats a face-to-face visit, no matter how short.
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.