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The other 1%, I'm reading the blog of a friend of ours who now lives with her family in Switzerland. And then I'm just slightly discontented.
Seemingly every weekend they're either on an awesome European travel adventure or busy hiking up a beautiful mountainside. Reading her blog pretty much makes me green with envy since--as we all know--I'd L.O.V.E. to live in Europe.
Anyway, recently they took a vacation and stayed on a "Bio Farm" in Austria. (All Organic, I believe...?) The pictures and descriptions made me moan in anguish and abject self-pity. I want to visit those places sooooo badly. (And I'm pretty sure I saw the exact place they're staying on the Travel Channel...)
BUT when I'm not reading her blog, like I said, I'm perfectly content with my current residence.
(Abrupt change in topic...)
Now, a few days after I read the Bio Farm post, a friend who will remain nameless,
invited me to join her for a mid-week picnic off base. (I threw in 'mid-week' to emphasize the fact that sometimes I leave the base, sans-Doug, during the week.)
I followed the caravan to...
Kawayo Green Farm.
Did you know Japan also has "Green Farms"? (Which I'm betting are just as eco-cool as 'bio' farms?) I personally did not know Japan had anything of the sort!
We walked to a grassy hillside with a beautiful view of the surrounding farm and countryside and ate our picnic lunches. (PB&Honey and apple slices for us.)
It was remarkably idyllic with rolling green hills and farm animals grazing in the distance.
After eating lunch, we ventured down the hill and sheepishly fed some hungry sheep...
(Gabe was slightly afraid...)
then visited a barn with a large and intimidating bull
(Gabe was very afraid...)
bypassing some cows and horses along the way...
and then inhaled some very rich and creamy ice cream!(Gabe was not even remotely afraid.)
(Nor was he inclined to share.)
There is also a Fancy Restaurant, Youth Hostel, and Golf Driving Range on the premises.
It was a great day and a SLIGHT consolation that I'm not living in Switzerland. Or Germany. Or ideally, England. But whatever. Bloom where you're planted, right?
Japan rocks 99% of the time!
I've just gotta stop reading Tanya's blog.
(Wanna share Tanya's wanderlust? Click here to read about her Bio Farm adventure! After leaving a comment here, that is...)