We were invited to the Tuteur family reunion (my mom’s side) in Germany. There was no way we were going to go. The Ruddens, on their own volition, offered to fly out to CA and take care of Jasper if we went. All of the sudden, the family reunion sounded like a good idea, especially if we used it as a jumping off point for a European adventure. So Stiners and I headed east for 2.5 weeks sans Jasper. I went through the emotional wringer prior to leaving, but settled into our vacation as the days slipped by.

We kicked it off in Germany (Bad Kreuznach), with an amazing tour through the places where my ancestors roamed 100 years ago, drinking tasty beer at every meal. We then departed from our extended family members, and headed our way down to the Swiss Alps. We toured through Switzerland for almost 2 weeks. Getting around in Switzerland was thick savory pie. Trains ran often, and where the epitome of comfort. I love trains. Jasper will soon.

There’s nothing quite as awe inspiring as the Swiss alps. And who doesn’t love a gondola ride? Nobody.

Why go to France, when you can go to the french part of switzerland and be equally as confused? Same with Italy. People were stylish and beautiful, but I wouldn’t call them friendly.

Mostly I’ll the let the pictures do the talking. It was quite a experience. Good times were had.

We connect with my old co-worker Joerg while we were in Zurich. That was fun.

We are deeply indepted to Lolo and Lola for taking such awesome care of our son.

Thanks for cleaning the shit out of our house as well.

We were apprehensive about how Jasper would react to our return. To our delight he was crazy happy to see us, and laughed for an hour. We missed him terribly. Arriving home to him was a terrific reward for staying up for 20 hours straight.


Jack Rouchaud » 23 Jul 2011 » Reply

HEY, loved reading about your trip abroad. I am so happy that things turned out so that you could go. I had a French speaking mother from Switzerland, and I have seen many of the scenes in your photos during a trip I made with my wife and it’s still a dream come true numerous years later.
Love your music, all your creative efforts, and your openness.
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adam hh » 25 Jul 2011 » Reply

Holy shit, I can’t believe all of those places are real. DAYUM! I also can’t believe Stiner’s folks took care of little J for 2.5 weeks! That’s bazonkers and awesome.

I am on hold for a conference call and I think I dialed in the wrong number or something. Where is everyone? Why is this hold music so awful!?

Hugs to you guys and your awesome family.

Jesse Garrison » 1 Aug 2011 » Reply

Switzerland is on my Top 10 places to go. I’m so jealous. My wife and I can’t wait for the next album and would be happy to donate again on it’s release. Cool Aberrations is my 3 year olds favorite to go to bed to. :)

Cheers and welcome back to the homeland.


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