Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas in the Alps

This year for Christmas we ended up going to Simon's work cabin in Schliersee. We decided that since Auburn doesn't quite understand waking up on Christmas morning to open presents yet and we are so far away from family that there was no reason to stay in Munich. We left on Wednesday evening and stayed until Saturday. It was probably the most relaxing Christmas we will ever have. We slept in (even Auburn), played and relaxed. The cabin that his company has is awesome! They have a couple play rooms for the little ones with lots of new toys that Auburn loved playing with. They also have ping pong tables, a billard room, fussball tables, internet and a library. We also can take some amazing walks as we are in the Alps and close to the lake.


Auby and Daddy on our Christmas Eve walk

Outside Schliersee
our apartment was to the left of my head with all the windows on the top

I didn't want to carry all of our Christmas presents up to Schliersee, so we opened Christmas presents on the 26th when we returned home. Auburn loved all of our gifts and is still enjoying playing with the new toys.






She isn't walking yet, but she got this stroller from my parents from Christmas and has been taking it everywhere in our apartment. It took her a day to get use to it, but now she takes her "baby" and "bear" everywhere.

We hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nürnberg

A few weeks before Christmas we took a day trip to the city of Nürnberg. They have a famous Christmas market there, and we thought that we would take in the market and a soccer game all at the same time. Nürnberg is about 2 hours away by train from Munich. It was cold. Luckily Auburn stayed warmer than all of us.

Our little sweetheart

Look at all of those yummy treats! Lebkuchen is a type of cookie kind of like Gingerbread, but softer and in my opinion much tastier. Nürnberg Lebkuchen is very famous and I bought myself one to try while we were there.... it was delicious! Simon doesn't like them, but he surprised me with a package of Nürnberg Lebkuchen for Christmas.




There were rows and rows of stalls. They sell all types of yummy treats, christmas decorations, toys, handmade items and other gifts.

We watched the Nürnberg v. Hamburg game. It didn't turn out so well for Nürnberg, they lost 4-0, but we still had fun.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Krabi




This is the last post of the Thailand pictures. The last part of our trip we flew from Bangkok to a town in the south called Krabi. There isn't much to Krabi, but you can take boats out to see some incredible islands.



Ko Phi Phi Islands
Our first excursion was to the Ko Phi Phi Leh and Ko Phi Phi Don. We took a speed boat with some other travelers and went snorkeling, swam and enjoyed the fantastic scenery. Our boat stopped at different places on the two islands and we also did some at sea snorkeling. Simon and I just had to take turns. I had never snorkeled before and it was awesome. We saw some great fish and corel in the water. It took Auburn a few minutes to warm up to being the water, but then she loved it. The temperture of the water was perfect and the water was so clear.



Maya Bay




Our little swimmer


Daddy and Auburn getting ready to enjoy a feast on the beach




Than Bokk
One day we headed up to a national park. We were kind of disappointed because it turned out to be quite small for the time we spent getting there, but it really was beautiful.





Auburn chowing down her rice. She would get so excited when she saw that bowl of plain steamed rice coming.




Mommy and Daddy's Pad Thai
seriously delicious



Auburn actually took her first step in Thailand. This picture was taken right after it happened. She hasn't repeated it yet, but we (especially me and my pregnant belly) are hoping that she soon gets the desire to walk.





Koh Rok Nok
The other excursion we made by boat was to Koh Rok Nok. This island has no hotels or resturants on it. Our tour guides brought lunch in and we ate on the beach. On the beach we saw iguanas and snails. We also went snorkeling on this excursion, but we were able to spend a little bit more time on the beach.











Our sleepy beauty



A perfect end to a wonderful vacation.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cambodia



We head to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a temple complex built in the 12th century. It is in a city called Siem Reap. There are many temples in the complex and the Angkor temple is the largest. It was incredible. We rented a driver and a tuk-tuk for the day and went from temple to temple. We spent a lot of time walking through and around the temples. It was really hot when we were there. Auburn was a trooper. She was able to take a few naps in the carrier and enjoyed plenty of water and snacks throughout the day.

Angkor Temple
This is the biggest and I would say the most impressive one. There are more pictures at the bottom of the post.














Ta Prohm
This really felt like a movie set with all of the trees growing out in the growing through and around the ruins. There was actually part of a movie filmed here, I think it was one of the Tomb Raider movies. We still have to watch it to see if we recognize any of the places.





















taking a break before we hiked to the top of the temple



Bayron
If you look carefully you can see faces on temple.







more Angkor



Chaing Mai

I know the post says Chaing Mai, but we also went to a place called Kanchanaburi which is about two and half hours away from Bangkok. We went to a place called Erawan Falls. This water fall has seven tiers that you can hike up and then bathe in the pools in between. I am proud to say that I made up six and half of the tiers. The last part involved some climbing so Auburn and stayed while Simon went to the top. It was really quite beautiful. It is a place that a lot of local Thais go on the weekend. I picked pictures without other people in them, but it was pretty full the day we went.
I think this was the fourth level.
Isn't she adorable?


Chaing Mai
Chaing Mai is in the northern part of Thailand. We got a sweet deal on some airline tickets and flew out of Bangkok. We went to an elephant camp, the zoo and saw a ton of cool Wats. At the elephant camp we saw the elephants bathe, play soccer, paint and put on a little show. We were also able to ride an elephant. It was pretty cool.


Simon getting some love from the elephants.











Auburn really liked the elephants. She kept calling them "dogs". That is what she calls almost every animal that has four legs.



We went to the zoo. It was unimpressive, but Auburn didn't really care. She loved seeing the animals and playing on the playground.




Doi Suthep
It is a Wat in the mountains and is one of the most sacred sites in Thailand for Buddhists.




There was some type of religious celebration going on while we were there, but we had no idea what it was.