My second last post was about meeting my Uncle and Aunts, on my first trip to my parents' homeland; Austria. This time I want to write about my cousin Gudrun and her daughter, Lena. I had known them both through their prolific Facebook posts, and now in person I learned (to quote Wernhard, another cousin I met for the first time yesterday, they are real).
Gudrun was just so lovely, warm and I think a bit overwhelmed. Lena was a retiring, but clearly confident girl who has inherited her mother's strength. I loved the proud way Gudrun showed my sister and I through her mother's 700 year old house, that was also, of course, where my mother grew up. I shot lots of detail shots for my mum.
Thanks Gudrun and Lena - it was a family unification that I will treasure.