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Monday, July 03, 2006

Fun in Thun

After seeing six apartments, Aaron and I finally decided on a new home. It's a brand-new 135-square-meter apartment right in the Altstadt very close to the clock tower. Our move-in date is set for July June July 14 (hint to all the visitors). This place is wonderful. It's got a washer and dryer next to the kitchen, a dishwasher, granite countertops, an electric range with a flat top (good thing, too - it'll be easier to clean), thirteen windows, two bathrooms, two huge bedrooms, and a huge living and dining area. We didn't expect there to be closets in the bedrooms (European apartment, after all), so we'll need to make a trip to Ikea to score some closet space. Our internet and phone number should be hooked up before we get there, so I can post all these pictures I've been taking for the past few weeks.

We spent Saturday in Thun, which is about a 30 kilometers southeast of Bern on the lake (Thunersee). It was beautiful! The views of the mountains are better than in Bern. We couldn't have asked for better weather. We spent the whole day walking around in the Altstadt.

While we were there, I successfully asked for and purchased a bottle of peppermint foot lotion at The Body Shop in German! The saleswoman said I was very good. I didn't know how to say "peppermint" in German, but she understood English. Apparently, it's "Pfefferminz" in German. Go figure. Just to try out my German a little more, I asked if she knew of a store in Bern. I know there is one - our new apartment is right down the street from it - but I thought I'd test my comprehension skills. Not only did I understand her, but I understood the directions she gave me from the clock tower. Yay for me.

After a lot of walking in the hot sun through the open-air market, we ate at an Italian restaurant overlooking the water with tons of ducks and swans. I ordered a large glass of Gurten to go with my pizza. Good stuff. After a trip to the liquor store for some local wine and a bottle of The Dalmore for CHF 80, we closed off the day with a walk to the lake and pictures at the Schloss Schadau where people were sunbathing on the grass and swimming in the crystal-clear lake.

3 Comments:

  • At 11:27 PM , Anonymous Becky said...

    Your move-in date is July 14? So why are we waiting til November to come? It sounds wonderful!
    MM

     
  • At 2:29 PM , Blogger Anna Martz said...

    Actually, it's June. Made a mistake earlier. :) So you can come sooner than that!

     
  • At 8:00 PM , Blogger Anna Martz said...

    Never mind. With today being July 4th, my brain thought it was still June. Go figure.

     

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