It is strange to me that I’ve reached an age where I can say things like, “we’ve known each other for more than 25 years,” but last weekend, I said that sentence multiple times while introducing my visitor to friends & colleagues here.
I’ve had oodles of Purina visitors and several Miami visitors, but aside from my mama, this was the first visitor I’ve known since childhood. She was in a suburb of Lausanne for work, so it made sense to get together for the weekend. We squeezed a lot of things into a short visit (no surprise there, I guess).
[Lunch at the Nestlé office with one of my teammates. At Nestlé, lunch is always followed by a coffee.]
[Fondue dinner at Au Chalet]
In keeping with her typical Saturday morning tradition, we went to yoga class (which was taught by a friend of mine). Then, we drove to Bern for the day!
Bern is the capital of Switzerland. Like most other things in this country, it is adorable. There are many more people than Vevey, so it was fun for me to be surrounded by people. And to be able to shop in some fun stores!
[Parliament building. The last time I saw this place was during a really strange light show.]
[Spring has arrived in Switzerland, and I can’t get enough!]
[This guy was for sale in the market. Just a wee bit creepy…]
[Lunch at the lovely Kornhauskeller]
[The bear seems to be the “mascot” of Bern. Several bear statues around town…]
[…and even a bear park with live bears, who appeared to be hibernating]
[Dinner and a movie at home featuring several of my favorite meats & cheeses, including Gruyère, of course]
We enjoyed church and brunch in Lausanne before heading to the thermal baths in Charmey for an afternoon of relaxation…and a very authentic Swiss experience.
And for our final evening together, we had dinner with two of my friends – one of whom was visiting from Canada!
Add in the fact that we maintained her streak of eating a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) every day, and I would say that her first visit to Switzerland was a success!