Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring Break

Usually we hang around town for Spring Break (or have misadventures in the Empty Quarter), but this year, we decided to go to Germany. Here is what our "Spring" Break in Germany looked like upon arrival.

Yeah. Good thing Jeremy and I love the cold. It is such a treat to the eyes and to the body to be in different surroundings with a drastically different climate. Even if it is, well, freezing. Literally.

The girls are having to dredge up memories of living in Ithaca to remember how to cope with these weather conditions, since that's the last time we experienced natural cold and wet (so not counting Ski Dubai) like this. I had forgotten what a chore it is to prepare small children to go out of doors when it's so cold - layers, coat, hat, boots, mittens, scarf, everything zipped up and wrapped properly. In the UAE, it's more like "put on your flip-flops and let's go."

My favorite quotes from the girls so far:

"Porcupones!!!!!" - Majd, on seeing pine cones on the ground during a hike through a snowy forest.

"Mama, sometimes I look out the window and it reminds me of Christmas." - Miriam.

Me too, Miriam. Me too.

Speaking of religious holidays, it is an extra special free bonus for us to be spending Easter in a country that not only celebrates it, but gives a four-day weekend holiday to go with it. So Happy Easter!


Liz Johnson said...

It is just so weird to see you wearing long-sleeves, let alone with SNOW in the background.

Do either you or Jeremy speak German?

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Porcupones! Hilarious. Enjoy your change of weather.

Sarah Familia said...

Bridget, you look gorgeous. And very un-reverse-SAD.

Jenn Ridgeway said...

When we lived in Northern Italy, we loved heading up to Austria or Bavaria for Easter. There were Easter markets, and Easter bunnies handed out colored eggs to children on the street (not candy--real eggs!). It felt like the Germans really knew how to celebrate Easter, but I guess it's more that a lot of our American Easter "traditions" must have originated there.

Sarah said...

It looks very picturesque!

Katie Lewis said...

Mostly I'm just waiting to see pictures of your family + the Lewis family. Both favorites.

Bridget said...

Then, uh, we might need to take some pictures of us actually together before we leave in an hour.


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