Mar 12 2009

It’s the little things….

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A few of the things that I will miss:

The mountains, the closeness, and being able to get into them quickly
The views
Rodeling
Old Town, beautiful Old Town
Christkindlmarkets
The gorgeous old buildings, everywhere!
Cafe Munding
Cafe Central
Almdudler
Radler
Alms-actually Alm food
Hüttes
Käsespätzle
Käsenudelsuppe
Gröstl
The immense and inexpensive cheese variety
Delicious inexpensive red wines (mostly from Italy)
Living so close to Italy (one of my favorite places in the world!)
Schoko vanille croissants
Lovely neighbours-especially Vici and Agnes
Francesca, our sweet and loving Francesca
My friend Karin
Biking along the Inn River
The size of the town, nice and small
The selection of boots and shoes!
Friday lunches with Alexander
Prendi Pizza
Picnics next to the Inn River
Spending so much time with Alexander

Hmmm seems like there’s a lot of food on my list. Oh well, when in Rome……or should I say Innsbruck ;)

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Mar 03 2009

Spring has Sprung in Innsbruck

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The birds are chirping and the little snowbells are blooming! It has been over 10 degrees all week and there is no trace of snow left in town.

Last week Alexander had a week of ski school, which was just on time.
He had no classes and and just a week of fun skiing every day. At the end of the week the parents could watch the final day race and cheer the kids on. Of course, it was the coldest day of the week, so we all stood around in the snow and froze.
Alexander had a great time, but was exhausted by the end of the week. He did his best in the race and brought home a medal too!

Ahhhh springtime is the season of new beginnings. I do love spring!

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Feb 05 2009

~ One year on my bike

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One year ago today our shipment arrived from Canada.
I can still remember the feeling of excitement as we unpacked and attempted to make our apartment more homey.
Patrick assembled my bike and I was on it right away. I can honestly say, that being on my bike almost daily for a year now, is one of the best things about living in Innsbruck!
I can’t remember doing this since I was a child.
I recently had a couple of flat tires, due to broken beer bottles on the bike paths. When my bike was out of commission, I had very anxious feelings. Perhaps it’s because my bike is my freedom, which allows me to zip all over town and to Alexander’s school.
I have also adapted to riding in all different weather conditions, as long as I am dressed properly. Alexander and I ride to school in rain, cold winter mornings and light snow. He is amazing and never ever complains. All of the children in his class get driven to school, which surprised me. The town is so small and many people ride all year, so I had assumed that more children would ride bikes to school. Actually, there are very few children on the bike paths. Alexander receives a lot of attention and comments as he flies along the path with his Maple Leaf flag proudly displayed on his little backpack. He is extremely comfortable and in control on his bike (similar to daddy) and the adults seem surprised by this.
Oh well, I am sure that we will be remembered as the crazy Canadians who rode our bikes to school all year as the Innsbruckers shivered in their cars!

p.s. Happy Birthday Ethan!

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Jan 26 2009

VENI VIDI VICI

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Just had to post a little ski update.

Yesterday I went back to the hill that I had the awful fall on last year in Kuhtai. I am happy to say that I skied it a few times!!
I was pretty nervous but felt amazing after I made it to the bottom.
Of course, Alexander was skiing it just fine, with beautiful turns and in complete control.

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Jan 23 2009

It’s been a while….

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As you can tell by the lack of updates, we had a great Christmas. It certainly was a lot different than last year with only the three of us.
Mum being here for Christmas and New Years truly was the best gift.
She couldn’t get enough of the Christkindl Markets, the food and gluhwein. Actually, mum preferred the rum punch. Old Town and spending time in the coffee houses, cafes, as well as shopping were her favourite pastimes.
Sarah Jane and Matt arrived from Manchester on the 29th and stayed until Jan. 1. We took them rodeling after enjoying a delicious lunch at the alm. They were nervous at first, but after a quick lesson at the top of the hill they really enjoyed themselves.
New Years Eve Dinner was pork tenderloin on the BBQ, yes we had to be the crazy Canadians once again! Just before midnight we grabbed our champagne and went outside to watch the firework display from the mountain tops. Alexander managed to stay awake again this year, but as soon as midnight struck he had a bite of his marzipan pig and was off to bed. We think the marzipan pig was the motivation that kept him awake all evening, as he was promised it after midnight. Our festivities continued until 4 a.m!!
Mum’s leaving was really awful :( After crying and feeling sad for a few days, I got back into my mummy, haus frau routine.
We have been out enjoying Alexander and Patrick’s new skis. Last weekend we went to see an Innsbruck Hockey Game, what a laugh. It was a lot of fun, but a lot “softer” than the Canadian hockey that we are used to.
Now, we have a birthday at the end of January to look forward to.

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Jan 02 2009

Happy New Year from Innsbruck

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Happy New Year to our family and friends!

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Dec 25 2008

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family in Canada!

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Dec 23 2008

Mum/Gran is here!!!

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Mum arrived safely yesterday, after a rather long journey. Too bad that there was a huge snowstorm as she was departing, but she is here now.
And, we are all ridiculously happy!

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Dec 17 2008

Mum/Gran is coming for Christmas!

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I am getting so excited about seeing my mum again. She arrives next Monday, 22nd and we can’t wait. Alexander is counting the days on a little countdown calendar that he made.
I can’t wait to enjoy Christmas with her in such a beautiful little mountain town!!

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Dec 12 2008

Snow in Innsbruck

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We finally have some snow in our little town at the base of the alps!
It has been snowing for the last few days and there is about 10 cm covering everything. Alexander and I finally had to stop riding our bikes to school on Wednesday, not bad as it is December.
It’s beautiful and white everywhere you look, on the trees and mountains, everything is covered in a blanket of white. Apparently this is the most snow that has fallen in town in the last few years.
Yesterday afternoon Alexander and I played in the back yard with the kids from across the hall and had snowball fights and built snowmen.
Patrick can’t stop looking out the window at the fresh snow falling and can’t stop thinking about his new skis.
I think we will definitely have to head out this weekend and take advantage of all this white stuff!

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