The Grants' African adventure

Snow, mozzarella and Swiss op-shops

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Upon waking yesterday morning, we opened the wooden shutters on our windows to see that it was snowing on the alps around the village! It’s summer here!! Now some of you will know that one of the boys’ main aims in going to Switzerland was to see real snow. We had so much fun tramping through the fresh snow and hurtling down the mountain on these funny toboggans (kind of like a boogie board with handles on the sides). Joseph threw snowballs at us the whole time and I didn’t manage to hit him once. Have you ever heard of Marmets?? I hadn’t. They’re these funny animals that look like huge guinea pigs! Mum, you would love them! We saw them running through the snow, along with squirrels and a few deer. Poor Tim! He missed out on a lot of the excitement because he felt exhausted and sick and couldn’t get warm, but when he recovered he did have some fun too. Elijah has settled in amazingly well and hasn’t seemed affected by Jet-lag at all.

Here’s Tim to tell you about what he found fun:

Well one of the things fun was pegging a huge snowball at fish and hitting him. You see he thought I was on his side. So made this huge snowball that Fish thought I was going to peg at dad (Andrew), when he was not expecting it I threw the huge snowball at him and then ran off and he could not get me back. Lol lol (laugh out loud) :).

Our amazing hosts are giving us lots of Swiss food experiences. Cheese, cheese and more cheese…oh, and bread. Real, heavy delicious bread! Last night we had a cheese fondue!
Tonight we were putting fresh mozzarella on a pizza and I just had to taste a piece – it was so soft and kind of juicy! Yum! Nat also took us grocery shopping, which was an experience in itself. I love how different all the food is here. I don’t want to rave too much but the food is really delicious! Some of it is quite expensive but odd things are really cheap. For example, a can of Coke is about 60 franks (65 cents) while a piece of roasting beef might set you back $25/kilo. I did manage to buy 20 blocks of Lindt chocolate for $19.95! I will fit it in my bag somewhere!

This afternoon we drove (well, Andrew did….wrong side of the road and all, down a winding, narrow mountain road) in Nick and Nat’s not-so-mini bus to Davos and explored an op-shop. There was some really great stuff that we couldn’t possibly fit in our suitcases but it was fun just to look. We were able to do this without the boys as they were off picking up sticks (? yes,I know…an odd activity but they enjoyed it) with the local school kids and their teacher. This was after they gave a powerpoint presentation at the school on life in Australia. Most of the kids don’t speak English, but through Nat’s interpreting they asked some good questions and found it hilarious that people in Mapleton think 18 degrees is cold enough to turn on a heater or wear a beanie. They were horrified at the picture of a Funnel-web spider!

Have I told you how beautiful the houses are here? I will have to post some photos of them. The walls of the houses are made of logs about 30cm thick and lined with more panels of wood and the windows are double-glazed. All doors, drawers, and any moving parts of anything simply glide smoothly and silently with that incredible Swiss precision. There doesn’t seem to be anything that doesn’t work around here!

Andrew told me before we left Australia that I would be amazed at how different other countries are…..and he is so right!

Love AnneyXXX

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6 responses

  1. Sheila Grant

    All so very interesting (although I have been to Switzerland and know what youa re saying) and so thrilling to hear what a great experience it has been in every way….each looking at different perspectives. It was the cleanliness that thrilled me!!!! Remember to speak of Joseph by name, the account of the snow and “fish” could be a little confusing, even I thought he was throwing at a fish!!!!! Love you all, so glad the school event was such fun. Rich blessings, Mum

    June 12, 2012 at 7:45 am

  2. Denise F-C

    Hi Grant Family – so glad you love Switzerland – it is one of my favourite places – so clean and ‘perfect’ !!!! Love the Cheese fondues too : oh and the abundance of Lindt!!! Definately worth the ‘long haul’ – isn’t it!!!! Hard to comtemplate sitting on a plane for so long BUT wow is it worth it!! Brady will be able to swap ‘throwing’ the snowball stories with fish – so that will be nice they can share the experience when you get back.
    Love reading the blogs – keep them up .. .. chow ….

    June 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  3. Brenda Black

    Hi Grant Family
    Am enjoying reading about your holiday, we at Nambour Christian College Learning Support and especially me ( Brenda) are living through you! Switzerland sounds amazing and cannot wait to see all the photos, and hearing all the stories. Please tell Joseph that the Roosters were beaten (really beaten!) by the Broncos – so I am very sad.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  4. Yes, I have heard of marmots and love them and squirrels. Love the blog too and hope you have a great time exploring in the minivan – be careful driving on the wrong side! Sounds like Tim will come back fatter! I love the overseas sausages too – and also the lovely cheese and bread.Keep having fun and blogging! Much love and God bless . Betty Boop XX

    June 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  5. The Inalds

    Oh it makes me want to go there and be with you! I could definitely live on cheese and bread – yummmm
    So many new experiences – yippee!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

  6. The Elands

    O.K. we are all jelous about the cheese and chocolate. Esspecially the cheese says Vicki. So glad that you are having a great time.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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