It was so much fun...except for the heat. It was a wicked hot summer in Naples and I was watching my weather app for Bern and looking forward to the upper 70's temps. But a week before we left the forecast changed and it was just as hot as Naples...we must have brought the hot, humid weather with us from Italy!!
We left Naples at 7pm on Sunday, August 19th. The bus ride went ok...way better than I expected. Miles didn't fuss much, and he seemed to enjoy being on the bus. The first night he stayed awake until 11pm. The only frustrating thing was the bus would stop every 2-3 hours and they would turn on all the lights and everyone would pile off...and be LOUD. It was making me CRAZY. Finally I told them all to "shush! baby is sleeping!" (in Italian...go me) and they were quieter.
|11pm on the bus ride up...still wide awake. Silly kid.|
|Lake Como, Italy.|
|Miles being adored by his new Italian friends|
|The hostel at the Temple|
|The ROW of chocolate at the grocery store.|
The first night we were there we had a devotional on the steps of the Temple. It was definitely good practice for my Italian...there were only 6 English speakers in this whole group.
|The Bern, Switzerland LDS Temple...pic by yours truly...beauty, eh?|
|Feet in the forest in Bern, Switzerland|
|Enjoying a strupwafel...the YUMMIEST cookies. Two soft waffle cookies with butter caramel filling in the middle. mmmmmmm|
|OK mom...no more pictures|
On the walk back to the hostel from the restaurant I snapped this gem...
|A Mormon Christmas Tree lol|
|Me and Miles in front of the Swiss Temple|
That night we played UNO with some of the Italians from Naples. Trying to teach a game to people who speak another language is tough...and VERY good practice! I think my language skills doubled on this trip.
Miles also had his first sucker in Switzerland (thank you to whichever friend suggested suckers to me...he LOVES them and they keep him occupied!!)
|Sticky sucker face.|
While in Bern I took the opportunity to eat some not-Italian food...SUSHI!!!!
|yummy sushi lunch|
The architecture in Bern is very interesting. All the sidewalks are covered (like pic below). Einstein commented that the people of Bern had figured it out...you could walk the whole city in pouring rain and not get wet. It sure made for cool pics.
Speaking of Einstein...we saw the house where he lived when he lived in Bern. He lived there while working on his Theory of Relativity.
|The house where Albert Einstein lived.|
Bern is named for the bear. It was the first animal killed by the city's founder. Nowadays the bears are conveniently kept in a fenced in park at the edge of the city.
|The Bear Park on the river in Bern. The poor bears were all sleeping in the shade...it was HOT!|
This fountain wins the award for CREEPIEST THING EVER. It is a man eating a baby with a bag full of other babies slung from his shoulder, presumably to be eaten as well.
|Baby Eater Fountain|
|Being a world traveler really takes it out of you!|
|The Italians got the biggest kick out of Miles eating spicy chips.|
|Our bus full of crazy Italians, a few crazy Americans, and one crazy Ghanian|