Sorry folks that it’s taken so long to write another blog entry. Time goes so fast on the road. That’s why it was definitely time for us to slow down. After staying in a caraven park with no shower or toilet in Amsterdam we were both so sick of living in our van.
Early morning we headed to Switzerland. It was a very very long and hot day. Travelling in 35 degree heat with no air conditioning. By lunch we couldn’t take it anymore so we had to pull over and have a nap under the trees for a few hours.
All in all we travelled between 5 countries and 24 hours (with a few hours pit stop in France I think for a sleep in the early hours of the morning). Needless to say we were so grateful to finally get to Vappu’s Aunt and Uncles house. We arrived late morning the next day.
Vappu’s family were so lovely. Over the next few days we stayed in their amazing 4 story house on the top floor. The location was so Swiss. It was next to a little canal and on the other side was a small hill covered in goats with bells around their necks. Down the road there was a beautiful church which rang its bells every hours. So many picturesque sites and sounds.
One of the high lights of the trip was being able to use their sauna. I huge sauna where we could lie back, chillax and have a beer.
I also got to meet some of Vappu’s cousins and their families. They were all so welcoming and gave us really helpful travel advice for the next leg of our journey. Everyone in her family seems to have the need to travel in their veins. It was always interesting chatting to everyone because there were people with so many languages mixed between them. Vappu had to translate the conversation for me from a range of different languages. For example her uncle didn’t speak a lot of Finish so they had to chat in Swedish (which she is not as fluent with) and so at times I would talk to Vappu who would tell her aunt in Finnish who would translate it to her uncle. Even though it took a while, it was so interesting.
One day we decided to cycle around and explore some of the neighbouring towns. A concept I was very nervours about. I hadn’t rode a bike in over 10 years so to say that I was a little rusty would be an understatement. Picture me quietly freaking out going walking pace on this bike as small children over take me casually. After a while I got a little better but I still need a lot more practise.
We arrived at a flea market and we soon found a record section. Box after box of great records in good condition. Even though I don’t own a record player I dived in and grabbed a few. Finally I have started my very own record collection. Adam and the Ants, Cydia Lyper, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Cat Stevens. Tintatively I tiptoed to the counter thinking I had to pay a small fortune. 4 euros for each please. Really! Some are still their rappers. I gladly paid and danced my way out of the shop.
In our last full day we travelled to Zurich. It is a very beautiful city with lots of incredible churchs. We met up with an old work friend of Vappu’s called Tina. She brought along with her, her beautiful dog Camilla. A sweet little thing. We chitchatted over cupcakes and it was quickly decided that both Tina and Camilla would join us for a few days in Italy. We were all so delighted by this.
Switzerland was such a good chance for us to slow down and rest. A huge thank you to Vappu’s family for everything!