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Come to find out, in Switzerland and other parts of Europe, you are expected to treat on your birthday. Whether it’s a meal, drinks, or dessert, it’s up to you to foot the bill or bring something to share. I think it’s great. You get what you want on your birthday! No need to worry whether your coworkers know you well enough to buy you a chocolate cake instead of a lemon pie. And you get to go to your favorite restaurant without guilt! No one can complain about free food. Then when it’s other people’s birthdays, you just get to relax and enjoy. It seems like a win-win situation to me.
I have officially been a Swiss resident for one whole year. Where did the time go? It feels like just yesterday I arrived to a snowy and cold winter Sunday in Zurich. Thinking about my past year abroad, I can best describe it as constant learning experience. Learning a new language, new ways of doing things, a new city, how to be a better traveler, the list goes on. There are obvious things you need to learn, but then there are the things I never could have imagined that I would have to (re)learn. Like throwing out trash and recycling correctly. Or not doing laundry on Sundays as to not disturb fellow tenants on their “day of rest”. Or weighing your produce at the grocery store before getting in line (ooof they get mad about this one!).
Surprisingly enough, my favorite Valentine’s days have been spent with friends. There is so much hype around the day of romance, that it is much more fun to throw tradition aside and spend the day with all the people you love, not only your significant other. This year, I’m going to miss out on our annual Valentine’s brunch, but instead, I had a “virtual brunch” with an old friend. I brought the coffee cake.
Dates are my best friend during detox season. They are the most delicious, naturally sweet fruit out there and they deserve an award. When ground with almonds and cinnamon, they make yummy bites of sweetness to curb your sugar cravings. But due to my giant sweet tooth, I managed to over-dose on the cinnamon date balls this month and it was time to find a new date recipe.
We are finally making our way to the Swiss Alps in Zermatt this weekend. I’m really excited and really nervous. If I knew I would be knitting in the lodge the whole weekend, I could just be excited. But people keep telling me that I need to try this whole skiing thing since we live in Switzerland bla bla bla. I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret secret: skiing freaks me out.