After four hours bus ride through New Zealands beautiful North Island we arrived in Auckland. Since Panama we have not seen any city life at all. We checked in in our Air B&B and and the kids were completely excited! They had their own room with a big double bed, there was a wardrobe where they could hide in, there was a table and a small kitchen with a big fridge (with ice cubes in the freezer!) and a big bathroom with washing machine and a shower with endless warm water. You may wonder how this should be so exciting but for boat kids this is very exciting. They begged to eat dinner at our table in the Air B&B and not in a restaurant.
Next day we caught our flight to Zurich with a short stopover in Hongkong. Jaël and Amina were completely absorbed with the on board entertainment program. They were almost too busy to sleep…
We arrived in Zurich Airport very early in the morning and to our big surprise we got a warm welcome from our friend Lisa. What a beautiful surprise! She had to catch the train to go to back to Berne (it was a normal workday) but there was enough time to have a glass of Prosecco, coffee and a piece of this delicious “Welcome Mirabella” bread she had made for us.
The time in Switzerland passed very quickly. We visited our family and friends, spent a few beautiful days in Adelboden with my family in winter wonderland, went on a sledge run in Flumserberge, had Glühwein on the Christmas market and practiced our ice skating skills… we thoroughly enjoyed it. But of course it was also strange to be in all these familiar places without having our home. As our apartment is subrented while we are travelling we stayed most of the time in Küsnacht with André’s sister Karin.
On the 31st of December we took our flight to go back to New Zealand. It was not easy to say goodbye again not knowing when we would see our family and friends again but we were also looking forward to our next adventures.