I appreciate that most of you are affirming that you understand that being out of your comfort zone, especially in the midst of emotional crisis...can be tough!
I feel like I need to give Europe it's fair credit.
There are so many awesome things about traveling and experiencing different cultures.
Some things I especially appreciate...
1. Italian Gelato..the best ice cream in the whole world! Creamy and dreamy and amazing. It can be found in the states in some fun random shops. Very amazing. Brandon would get some more fried food or a drink and I would go get gelato. Ah-maze-ing. Straciatella. I never learned to say it. But it was chocolate-y pieces in smooth dreamy vanilla goodness.
2. Active Lifestyles. Every kid in Europe (okay, so not every kid, but many kids) ride their bike to the train and then take the train so they can walk to school. Most kids in America walk out their front door to the bus stop or get a ride to school. (--->I did!) Adults take the train most places they go and walk almost everywhere. Most people have one car per family or use their cars as a secondary mode of transportation. I really appreciate that! I wish our culture was more 'on the move'. Every person we met in Switzerland was a professional athlete. The lady who drove us from Switzerland to Italy was on the swiss ski team (and has been to the X games several times) and she was going to Italy to meet her new sponsor and pick up some gear. :) The level of activity is ridiculous. No wonder they have no gyms!!! In my opinion, you have to be really intentional to be active in the US.
3. Really Tasty treats like Nutella and Swiss Chocolate. I realize that you can get these things in the US...but I really loved being in the place where they originated. And it made it easier to justify buying them ;)
4. The mountains in Switzerland. They were gorgeous. Majestic. I had already been there twice...but they take my breath away. To drive through the swiss alps...to run off the mountain top in the swiss alps...just incredible. I have jumped out of a plane at 10,000ft. I wasn't that far from that height on a MOUNTAIN!! That just blows my mind!!
5. The cows in the road. I mean....can you imagine seeing cows in the road in the US?? Everyone would just be honking their horns and probably running into cows all the time. In Switzerland especially, they just let the cows wander the roads. It was pretty amazing to see people waiting patiently for the cow herder (is that a real thing?) to walk down the road at the end of the line of cows. And they all wore cow bells. So you literally heard a little symphony of bells as the cows meandered down the road. Just charming.
6. The ability to relax. Coffee breaks. Siestas. No one in a hurry. In Spain, we got a wake up call when we realized that everything shuts down at 2pm and doesn't open back up until 8pm. Brandon LOVED this. That is his nap time too :) In Italy, it was very much the same. In switzerland, they stayed awake, but they took breaks. My paragliding pilot spent all day taking me up the mountain paragliding, and then he drove us through the town, showing us around. He asked if we wanted to get coffee. We said okay, so we sat there and had coffee for about an hour. Then he drove us to find a hostel to stay in. This guy was losing money...but he didn't care!! We like this lifestyle!!
7. Style. I saw lots of camel colored boots and bags there. So guess what I had to get when I got back? I think you guessed it. Beautiful Steve Madden boots and a great bag at the fossil outlet. Of course walking around in my wrinkly clothes and backpack, I didn't feel real stylish, but I still had fun seeing their style!!
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