I'm going to visit my sister and her newborn (to be bilingual) baby in April in Fussen, Germany. As I'm landing in Munich, and can spend a couple of hours there, I was wondering, could anyone suggest some place that might be worth a quick visit with a toddler? Something English-related maybe???
Elodie, thank you, and I'm sorry I haven't replied earlier. Had visitors for nearly a week and between the preparation before and the tidying up and cleaning after I didn't have a minute to myself!! I've booked already, arriving in the morning on the 15th, and the plan is that my sister (assuming that the baby will be okay that day) and her boyfriend will pick me up from the airport. My plan is to stay in Munich for a couple of hours, but will have to check with them too, and I will get back to you. It would be lovely to meet you and your little boy!
Here I am, sorry. Since my son has given up on his afternoon nap about 5 days a week (the other 2 I either force him or we're in the car so he falls asleep...) I have no time to do anything!!! It's crazy!! Am I alone in this??
Anyway...still no news on whether my brother-in-law can take a day off or not, but I've just found out there's a zoo in Munich!! My son is a huge animal lover and we're flying out the day after his birthday, so it would be kind of a belated present. (There's no zoo near us.) I hope the weather will be good enough...fingers crossed. Are you living in the centre or outside of Munich? I'm also planning on visiting the famous Neuschwanstein castle and the centre of Fussen. We will only have 4 days...see what we can fit in.
I live at the Zoo, hum hum, really, I meant close to the Zoo! And it's greaaaaat (well I don't like zoos, but my husband and Sam go regularly)! Even if the weather isn't the best, it's still worth a visit. There are a few big "houses" with bats, snakes, aquarium, and I don't know what else.
Let me know how you want to plan to do the whole thing and I'm sure we'll arrange something.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is probably half a day visit. The guided tour is just under 45 minutes. But going up there and down takes quite a bit of time.
I'm sorry that Samuel has given up on afternoon naps. It happens to many kids around that age. Have you tried to have a quiet time? i.e. He should play in his room and not disturb mummy for a certain amount of time. (Maybe you can get an hourglass that lasts very long so that he can see the time passing by?) Good luck!
Great news about the zoo, that's one of our highlights in the summer when we visit his grandparents! He doesn't really play with cars or trains, just give him some animals and he'll be happy!
I'll let you know when I know for sure what our plans are.
About quiet times...hmmm...he's rather clingy and wants my constant attention. He can play on his own for a while but he wants me nearby. I'll give it a try anyway, thanks, he's getting older so it might work.
Elodie! I'm so sorry I haven't contacted you earlier, the last few days before our trip were so hectic, organising my son's birthday, packing, working etc...and Samuel started coughing just 2 days before the departure. We weren't sure how he was going to feel, so decided to see and decide on the spot. I didn't want to make you come out for nothing. In the end, he was feeling ok yesterday, and the weather was great, so we made it to the zoo, but today he's down with a bit of fever. Hopefully won't last long. We're in Fussen now, planning to go for a nice walk on Saturday around N.castle. Fingers crossed...
Guess what!! We're still here! My son had such a high and persistent fever and cough on Friday that we had to take him to hospital and so we couldn't fly back home on Sunday. He's fine now, but it was a bit of a shock... Going home on Thursday.
Bronchitis...but the doctor actually scared me to death....he said that his lungs were in really bad condition...and as in Fussen they didn't have a paediatrician in the hospital, we had to go to Reutte in Austria to a special clinic... What an adventure. Anyway, we visited THE castle today, it was lovely. Flying home tomorrow to Daddy!!!
I don't know...I'm just glad it's over. All in all it was a great experience, 4 languages going around, my sister's neighbours spoke English, and there was an Italian pizzeria on the corner where Samuel was able to use his ML for a bit, Hungarian at home and then a few German words to shopkeepers etc. And we made it to the castle!! Beautiful!
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9