Reini has a very deep love of squirrels. I remember him visiting Elon and being in awe of all the squirrels running around, up and down the big oak trees. Whenever he visited me in Marietta my daddy would place some peanuts around the yard to coax the squirrels into view. 🙂 Sadly, there don’t seem to be as many squirrels in Austria. Whenever we’ve gone on our hikes or nature walks, I’ve never seen a squirrel. So when Reini’s friend Hannes told him of a special park where squirrels will eat nuts out of your hand just outside of Innsbruck, we had to go. We went with Hannes and his girlfriend Bianca to find the little friends. Sure enough, we offered the squirrel some hazelnuts that Bianca brought and they came running to us. These squirrels are not like Georgia or North Carolina squirrels. They are way cuter. I guess alpine squirrels need extra fur because they are so fluffy! They even have long ear fluff! Reini was in heaven for sure!
That evening we went with Hannes, Bianca and some of her friends to the opening day of Innsbruck’s Christmas markets! Some musicians played their horns from the famous golden roof and there were some light up angel ladies walking through the market. We got to enjoy our first glühweins of the season. Yum! I was just excited to see all the pretty Christmas ornaments and other handcrafted things for sale. Reini wrote his Christmas wish to the Christkind (he asked for a squirrel) and put it in his mailbox (like American kids write to Santa). One of the giant trees was sponsored by none other than Swarovski. It sparkled like crazy over one of the glühwein stands. Just a magical start to the season!