The Winter Snow welcomes us back!!

We landed safely on Saturday morning 6.30am at Zurich airport, Switzerland. It was -1 & raining.
Later that morning, it started snowing heavily & kept on through the night & this morning (Sunday) we were greeted with at least 30cm of snow, if not more. The drive to church was terrible, there were jams as everyone had to slow down to about 40/50km, even on the highways! & there was a section of the highway which was not cleared yet – so it was a rather bumpy & icy ride. Then we got behind 2 snow-plows, which kept the speed at a steady 40km/hr. Then one of the plows got a flat & had to pull over. Nearer church the roads became clear. But it took us twice as long to get to church today, almost 2hrs instead of the usual 50mins!! sigh! Tobi got quite restless during the journey & towards the end kept asking to be carried! Also in part he had gotten used to being carried in taxis while we were in Singapore (no car seats in taxis).
Here are some pictures of the large amounts of snow.

Now let’s backtrack a little to the flight home:
Tobi bumped his head hard as he ran into someone’s trolley just before we were to go to the plane. So that was his major thingy before we left Singapore.
We had a delayed start as there was too much traffic on the runway & we waited an hour on the plane before we took off. During that time, the engines were off so the air-con was limited & it got really hot. The good thing was Tobi wasn’t bothered by the heat – he was so tired he just went to sleep. It was a midnight flight. Thank God he slept for a little more than half the flight – although he kept tossing around – at least he was sleeping & i could at least get some sleep too – even though it was interrupted sleep, still better than not getting any. Then i kept him entertained with food, Hi-5 video on the in-flight system, drawing, books & more food. He slept again an hour before landing – which i’m most grateful for.

Now need to get some sleep as Walt leaves early tomorrow morning for a business trip.
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In 12 hours 35 mins we fly

Tomorrow at 1215, if all is on time, we takeoff from Zurich Airport & head towards Singapore – the little island where we (at least 2 of the 3 of us) were born.

Tobias has flown so many times in his little life – i think definitely more times than me before i came to Switzerland. Each flight with him has been so different – he grows & changes all the time.

Tobi’s 1st Flight
He was about 10weeks old – of cos we were so nervous, wondering if he would be ok on such a long flight (12hours), wondering if we would get any sleep, wondering if he would cry the whole time … etc … BUT as it turned out it was the easiest flight to date!! He was really wide awake during the 1st few hours, listening to the airplane sounds & stared at the ‘no-smoking’ light above his bassinet for quite a while. But he eventually he got tired & was walked to sleep & went on to keep pretty much to his feed & sleep pattern for most of the flight. & of cos he stayed in his bassinet or in our arms all the time.

Tomorrow’s flight would be Tobi’s 15th flight (i think i counted correctly)of his life of 20 months! & he has flown to 4 different countries!

i think it became a lot more work to fly with him when he started to walk & then he wanted to walk up & down the plane. But i must say he flies really well, compared to a few other kids i have seen & the horror stories i have heard.

The most difficult flight to date would be the one at the end of last year to London & back. The timing was just at his nap-time & i thot great he would sleep on flight – but no, the flights (both there & back) were delayed & so he got overtired running around the waiting area & then did not want to sleep & was screaming to walk around, which of cos was a no-no on a budget airline flight (no room at all!).

Well, people say it gets better from here on, as kids start to be interested in more than walking & can be reasoned with to a certain extend – let’s pray so!

Next post would be from Singapore.
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