It’s been a week since we’ve posted, and life has been very busy here in Kandern. There are so many new tasks to be accomplished in order to be able to settle (both figuratively and legally) into our new lives, and we’ve been systematically taking care of each of those over the last week (and there’s much more to come).
We want to share many of these events with you (well, as many as we believe might be of interest to you) as we go on. But we also want to share with you about everything that happened leading up to our departure. Some of those events were very special to us, and we’d like to share them with you so you can enjoy them, too.
As such, we’re going to try a bit of an experiment in the next weeks: we will continue to post regularly, but we will alternate posts between what’s happening right now, and events that happened in the last month or so before we left. We’ll title the catch-up posts clearly and consistently, so that you know what’s going on, but that’s the plan.
Today, we’re sharing about our journey over from Houston to Kandern. For those of you interested in the details, we departed our home in Cypress around 5 pm on Sunday, June 21. We flew Turkish Airlines from Houston to Istanbul (approximately 12 hours), had a 4-hour layover in Istanbul, and then flew from there to Zurich, Switzerland (about 3 hours).
Zurich is located a bit more than an hour from Kandern by car, so we rented two vehicles in Zurich–one for the luggage, and one for the people.
We packed them completely full, and then journeyed over to Kandern, after a brief remedial driving session in the rental car parking garage (more on that one in another post).
We rolled into Kandern around 2:30 am, but the temporary house we arranged to rent for a few days (until our permanent housing was ready for us) was not available until later in the afternoon. At the last minute before we left, a new friend from Kandern offered us the currently-vacant efficiency apartment below her house, so we piled in there around 2:30 or 3 am, and slept off the last 27 hours of transit (see the photo above). Everyone slept until noon, and it was good.
Here are some photos of the trip, mostly in chronological order. (If you click on them, you’ll see the larger versions.)