Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 1 and 2 - Travel and sight seeing

After 24 hrs, 3 flights, and a new time zone - we are here!!

Our last picture as a family of 5.

We left Fresno at 2:30 and arrived in LA at 3:30. Our flight to Germany did not leave until 9:05 pm so Rob's parents(who live in LA) picked us up and took us to dinner. So thankful we did not have to sit in the airport for 6 hrs. They dropped us off at 7:00 pm and we waited to board.


We were able to skype the kids while waiting, which was really nice. I think leaving them has been hardest part so far! Our flight left LA on time and was uneventful - thankfully! We flew through the night for 10.5 hrs and were served breakfast just before landing. Funny thing is, it was 5:30 pm in Germany and when we boarded our next flight at 7:00 pm it was dark again. It was two days of night, weird.

In Germany - so beautiful there!

Our last flight was delayed a bit due to some dark clouds so we landed just a little bit late. At 11:10 pm local time we touched down in Ivy's country. To be in our daughters country was a bit emotional and surreal. After months and some uncertainty, we were here. We went through a passport check and picked up our bag that we checked in. Our driver was waiting for us, holding a sign with our last name. He took us to exchange some money and then to the grocery store to buy some food. Some things in the store were easy to tell what it was and others - not so much. I didn't really know what to get and felt rushed since it was so late so I just grabbed things that didn't make sense. The next day we ate potato chips and bread for breakfast.

Our apartment is on the 7th floor of our building. It looks ok from the outside, run down in the entry/stairs, and has a scary old elevator. The inside is nice though with a small living room, king size bed, and nice kitchen. We even have an air conditioner and internet, which aren't always common to have.

Living area

View from our window

Tuesday we walked around on our own and also had Eugene our driver take us on a historic tour. Lots of history and information to take in. Beautiful sights, old churches, parks, and souvenir shops.

Our first "foreign" meal :)

Part of the city from our walk

Beautiful old church

For my Zander who loves turtles

At a view point over looking parts of the city

We ate dinner at TGIF, watched a movie, skyped the kids, and called it a good second day.

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