Saturday, August 6, 2011

From Germany to Austria

Germany has many concentration camps that were used in WW2 to exterminate millions of Jews, political prisoners, and other opponents of Hitler and his regime. Since we were driving past Dachau, one of the first concentration camps, I felt it would be a good teaching opportunity for the kids. We have been discussing the second world war quite a bit recently, starting with a visit to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam last week. I can see the curiousity and interest in Winter, similar to that which I had as a child. It’s important for kids to learn these difficult and sad histories, to build character and understanding.

After Dachau, we had just a few more hours of driving to our vacation apartment. Instead of taking the scenic route, I couldn’t wait to get out of the car. A VW golf is not the ideal roadtrip car, with a huge lack of room to spread out. But it amazes me that somehow we have enough space to bring stuff for 5 people without a problem. Especially considering the fact that we use to could barely fit everything in our Suburban.

When I researched vacation destinations, I could tell that Brunnleiten was located in a pretty valley in the mountains. What I didn’t realize was just how far it was into the mountains. I had all sorts of day trips planned, which quickly seemed silly. Silly, because we could just enjoy our whole week in this valley and the surrounding mountains.

It was so fun to see the kids’ excitement over our apartment. They have their own room that they all sleep in, which is just super exciting. They loved that we have our very own kitchen, and balcony overlooking the valley. What got them most excited though, was the swimming pools. If it was up to them, they’d spend all week in the water.

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