After a firm decision to remain in Switzerland for a third, and final year, we chose…at the last minute… (primarily for financial and family reasons) to return to Minnesota permanently in the summer of 2011. It was an amazing adventure. We would do many things differently (mostly logistics and having more patience), but it was a once in a life time whirlwind for our family. We’ll return…to show Danny where he was born, relive memories of Noah’s preschool years, and take a glimpse of what our life may have been if we had stayed. But everything happens the way it is supposed to. As we look ahead in 2012, deciding what we want our life to be…more adventures abroad of firmly planted in the States…I offer a final glimpse of the road not taken.
Belp. This was the town we were planning on moving to before we did an about-face and returned to Minnesota. It is a cute, small town, near Bern (a quick train ride from the main station), with lots of cows, great views, and most important friends who would have lived just feet from our front door.
I had become good friends with the mom of one of Noah’s preschool classmates. We each had two boys close to the same ages, she had lived in Canada, and BONUS for Colin, was originally from Germany, so spoke High German.
We had toured a number of apartments in the same complex/neighborhood and had chosen one. A spacious place with awesome views of the alps. The downside: they were in the beginning stages of building more units directly in front of “our place.” But, we figured we would be moving in a year, so we should miss the mess.
Noah would have attended the local kindergarten a few hundred feet away, with his friend, Janis. We had checked and double-checked and because there were so many Germans living in the area, the kindergarten would be taught in High German.
All of these combined to present a very appealing option for our final year in Switzerland. But, the stress of the move and separation of our family proved too much for us. This is the home we didn’t choose.
The view from the apartment complex area.
The path near the apartments, leading to good cycling, I'm sure.
Our apartment would have been in the building in the far back, in the sun.