We’re back! Exhausted but nonetheless back in the states. Ari and I got back Sunday evening and both had to go back to work Monday morning, jet lagged and all. Note to self, NEVER think its ok going straight back to work. Although I must admit, forcing myself back into this time zone cold turkey, allowed me to get back on track pretty quickly. Ari had to fly back out Monday morning so the past two days I’ve been eating canned soup and heading straight to bed after work. But I cannot wait to tell you all about our trip! Cause it was pretty awesome.
We started our trip a tad bumpy. Our flight to Munich was delayed 4 hours, so we immediately knew we were going to miss our connecting flight to Vienna. So what should have been a relaxing dinner at the airport, turned into a chaotic phone battle trying to get on another connecting flight. Luckily, hubby handled all this while I forced myself to eat a burger. I get very motion sick on planes, and because of it I am an anxious mess before I even set foot on a plane (Ari deserves an award for putting up with me. SERIOUSLY).
Fast forward, and we are finally in Vienna! Now we originally planned on meeting up with one of my cousins, but with all our delays Ari and I decided to just put our tired butts in a train and head straight to Linz. We got picked up by my aunt and then headed home where my grandma had some Griessnockerl soup waiting for my tummy! After my stomach finally felt like it could handle food, I indulged in some Ribiselkuchen (my favorite cake!) and then Ari and I went on a walk. I showed him our local bakery, grocery store, where I went to preschool, and then we made our way to an ice cream shop. YUM.
The next day we took care of business (I had to get my European passport renewed) and then we toured the city of Linz. Luckily my aunt came with us so that I wouldn’t make a fool out of myself (since my formal German is pretty bad) Ari then got his first Schnitzel, which he raved about the rest of the trip.
The next couple of days were spent visiting family (which I have a pretty large family so everyone was essentially just squeezed into a tiny time slot)
On Saturday we went to visit my mom’s parents in Helfenberg. I was very excited to show Ari their home since my grandfather had built the entire home himself! And my grandpa is a professional carpenter, so I wanted Ari to see his wood shop along with all his woodwork! I also took Ari on a walk through Helfenberg after lunch, which is something we always did growing up.
On our way back to Linz, we stopped at Burg Piberstein, a castle near my grandparent’s home.
On Sunday we went out to lunch with my grandma and my dad’s sister and her family.
As the day started to clear up Ari and I walked around near the Danube (Donau) river and later met up with my aunt and cousin and went to Poestlingberg.
Stay tuned for more!