Thursday, June 26, 2008

more cowbell!

We're the kind of parents who usually figure that no news is good news when our children are at camp or on a school trip. I mean, if something bad happens, they call you, right? They're not just going to lose your kid and forget to let you know.

But after almost a week and a half of not hearing a peep out of Boy15, we did start to get a little worried, especially since he had promised to write to his grandparents. They're the kind of people who take family correspondence very seriously.

Yesterday, with only four days to go, we finally had a sign of life from deepest, darkest Austria - a postcard for us and one for Oma and Opa! Phew!

Greetings from Kleinwalsertal. Experience the original.

Our card reads:

Hallo Mummy, Papa und Boy12,

In Baad gibt's nichts zu tun und nichts zu sehen, aber beim Wandern habe ich ein paar tolle Fotos gemacht. Es regnet nie and das Essen is super! Hier gibt's auch Minigolf! Wir haben auch 'nen kleinen Fernseher für Fussball. Und am Sonntag haben sich alle gelangweilt. Heute geht's auf die 3-Tages-Tour.

Boy 15

In plain English that would be:

Hello Mummy, Papa and Boy12,

There's nothing to do and nothing to see in Baad, but I took a few nice pictures while we were hiking. It never rains and the food is great! And there's mini golf! We also have a small TV to watch soccer. On Sunday we were all bored. Today we're going on a 3-day hiking tour.


That's our boy - saved by the (cow)bell.

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At June 26, 2008 3:45 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Wasn't it boy 12 who wrote you last year from camp in English? Or was that also boy 15? I am getting old, Mausi and losing my memory! LOL!
Funny the things kids write.

At June 26, 2008 7:18 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Ah, the mind of a Boy15. "And there's mini golf!" That cracked me up for some reason.

At June 26, 2008 8:42 p.m., Blogger Silvia said...

If there is not much entertainment for the kids and they are bored, what else can Boy15 write??? It has nothing to do with his mind...

At June 27, 2008 5:34 a.m., Blogger Lynda said...

Oh what a sudden flash of recognition!!!!
That is where we go skiing. I love it... one of the most beautiful places on earth. We often go cross country from Kleinwalsertal to Baad (that really is a tiny place) have a hot tea and then back again...I have never been in the summer....

At June 27, 2008 7:27 a.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

He's honest. I like that!

At June 27, 2008 8:54 a.m., Blogger christina said...

maribeth- It was Boy12 who wrote in English last year.

Angie - Me too! If there's food and mini golf everything will be just fine, I guess.

Silvia - I think Angie meant it as a joke. ;-)

Lynda - Friends of ours go to Hirschegg, a couple of villages over from Baad, every year for their winter holiday and the pictures they show us were gorgeous.

ms mac - Well, maybe not completely - we heard through the grapevine that there was other stuff going on there so he'll be getting the third degree when he gets home.

At June 27, 2008 4:13 p.m., Blogger Pam said...

His synopsis captures, perfectly, my entire time in Austria. Though our TV was a fairly big one.

At June 27, 2008 8:31 p.m., Blogger beaverboosh said...

Oh to be 15 and bored!

At June 28, 2008 1:16 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Pam - Future travel writer, perhaps?

beaverboosh - Oh, I know, I know!

At June 29, 2008 3:07 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Lol - that was a funny postcard. I'd be so happy to be away taking pictures, being with my friends and not totally at school!

At June 29, 2008 11:56 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I have a feeling there's a lot he DIDN'T say, Christina. :) HAHAHAHA. I remember mailcall at camp all those years ago and feeling thrilled whenever I got a piece of mail from home. So, do you write him as well?


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