My first stop in Switzerland landed me in a stone railway station with arching windows and dozens of suitcases marching about like ants.
My train arrived two hours earlier than expected, and I wasn’t sure how to reach my friend. But since I was no longer in Europe (Switzerland opted out of the European Community years ago), I had to exchange some money and find a phone.
But once again I was in Swiss-German territory. Who would understand me?
If I had paid better attention in geography class, I would have known I could speak French to the locals but I didn’t. Instead I blabbered away in English.
|Bea and Me in Basel. |
With time I found a phone, called my friend, and arranged where to meet. My dear friend and fellow Newlife graduate, Bèa, met me at the tram station with warm hugs; we dropped off my bags and immediately headed into the city center.
Basel has a beauty and tranquility that is hard to describe; its rich past bleeds through picturesque views of the Rhine; its worn, cobblestone steps hint at an antiquity full of lore.
We only had a few hours to catch up, so we set out at it with gusto. Bèa and I laughed and reminisced over pasta and pizza, then I sent her off to work while I tumbled into bed. She works nights.
The next morning, I climbed back aboard a train for Zurich where another Newlife graduate, Medea, met me with her 9-month-old belly. She’s due any day!
|Meda and Andre near Zurich. |
Our time together was blissfully restful though, and I’ve come to realize that weary travelers and term preggos need about the same number of naps each day! --I love naps!
The following day after visiting another amazing Christmas market in Zurich, I caught the last train of my trip.
Now I sit at my sister’s house in Geneva, sipping on my forth cup of coffee and listening to the house wake up on this sleepy Sunday morning.
|An fun handmade Advent calender. |
Their home is laughter and joy, warmth and love. Thank you Jesus for giving me such a wonderful family and so many extraordinary friends! I’m blessed... so very blessed.
Next stop... Kenya.
I fly out in the morning. Please pray for traveling mercies. Thanks.