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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…


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.


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 …


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 …

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 c…