February Holiday Trips & Train Ride

School holiday nearly came to an end, I had to admit I’m also nervous that tomorrow my daughter has to go to school again – meaning that again, I will hear the not-so-little-anymore whines and cries of how she doesn’t like to wake up early in the morning and go to school.

Why so hard you look at the camera, my dear?

I felt sorry many times she has to go through this. In her case (she’s Autistic and express her emotion with songs) I don’t know what things play in her head every time she set her feet in the school van leaving me and my husband off to school, but I pray so hard that she could brace herself to face many challenges in school just like every other special kid in her class.

An orange box that checks your pass before getting on the train.

It’s good that there’s a holiday. She can get a break from her anxiety. And I’m grateful for this week the holiday as well spent. We went two times on train rides – it was the first time the three of us go on a trip by train further than Versoix. I love to see how my daughter enjoyed the time so much. At least she could forget her worries, although for a short while. It’s nice to see her smile during the trip to Zurich and Bern.

Zurich Trip

We went to Zurich on Tuesday. The journey took about 2hrs and a half by train. It was our first experience going on the trip using a train. It’s a one-day pass that costs CHF49 per person. The weather forecast said that it’s going to be raining the entire week. So thankful that day Zurich was sunny. Oh, how I regret wearing my winter jacket🙄

We were planning to go to the Toy Museum first. I don’t know why, but when we got there the place wasn’t there as my husband saw on the internet. So our first itinerary didn’t go as planned so we had to think about what to do next. We did purchase a one-day pass which costs CHF8.80 per person (depends on the zone). My daughter is free because she has an annual student public transport pass which can be used the whole place in Switzerland.

Few of the pictures I took.

So the next itinerary was to let her enjoy the ride on the bus. I don’t know what is so fascinating about it, but she likes sitting a long time in it, near the window, gazing outside, and only sometimes her stimming catches the attention of the people. So we let her while I observed the surroundings. The bus designs, of course, are different than in Geneva. I can say more open with so many big glass windows while in Geneva it is more covered. Although I went to Zurich a couple of times, I had never been on the bus longer than that day. For the sake of our daughter, we went farther and changed many different buses and trams for the sake of her. The amount of love we give to her how I wish she knows that *sigh*

Anyway, back to the trip, after pulling and dragging my daughter who refused to get off of the bus, we had to carry her out of the transportation and had a quick lunch. I had to change her diapers twice. She is still in potty training, but during the trips, it’s exceptional. After that, we went to the Old Town.

The place is worth visiting. It reminds me of the maze of Venice. They still utilized the old building for shops which drove more people to that place. So much different than in Brunei. They go only to work or dealing just for important matters like banks, insurance agencies, and government administrations. If there’s no event, people won’t likely visit the city, even though Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital. So seeing how different it was, I was amazed by that.

I could feel the weather was getting colder when it was already late afternoon, but that didn’t kill her excitement. What got her all excited?

The flock of squawking seagulls.

It was also the first time I witnessed this. It took me a while to realize the cause of it – they were just fighting for the bread crumbs. They can be hangry too; not just human. Lol.

We departed from Zurich around 5pm-ish. I realized during the journey she covered her ears when we passed the tunnel and tried to pop her ears by pressing them with her both hands when we left the tunnel. Hubby said it was because of the pressure. She seemed to hate it and the only thing I did to ease her discomfort was to ask her to drink something just like we always do when we travel in an airplane. I didn’t know if that helps, though.

My Sleeping Princess

The next trip story will be on the next blog and I’ll update you guys when the vlog is uploaded. Happy Sunday guys.