Willkommen in Wien! Welcome to Vienna! We made it safely to the other side...tired, but well.
We were greeted at the airport with a police escort from 2 Austrian police officers whom we got to know or know better at the Evangelical Reformed Church conference Brad spoke at last October. Herbert and Maria live outside of Vienna, and we look forward to getting to know them much better over the coming months, and Harald and Jacqueline were here all the way from Western Austria. It was a genuine Austrian greeting full of Gemuetlichkeit!
Tabea (one of the Austrian girls who has lived with us) and her boyfriend Daniel, went above and beyond today also...as they met us at the airport, got us groceries so we wouldn't have to make a trip to the store, got us all goodies and then proceeded to make us schnitzel and potato fries for lunch! We truly were blessed by everyone who came and greeted us and then helped us get settled!
I've never seen these in America, but Tabea found them and thought our kids would love them...she was right! They are straws prefilled with strawberry and chocolate balls that turn your milk those flavors as you suck through the straw. Here is Levi trying both flavors at the same time!
The apartment where we'll stay until we find our own apartment is very clean and charming, and Brad and the kids went for a walk this afternoon to...count them...three local parks within about 5-10 minutes from the apartment. The weather here is beautiful, too, and God is clearly preserving our sanity.
Now a little game for all of you non-German speakers...what do you think this might be? My guess was toothpaste, but I was very wrong!