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There is recent talk that the weather in Zurich is about to get depressing. So much talk that girls I’ve met here are planning to buy a sunlight lamp this winter to boost their moods. Have you heard of these sunlight lamps? I guess they simulate the sunlight and give you the vitamin D you need to stay happy during the seemingly endless grey days.
I don’t think I have ever watched so much TV as I did last week. I was the first one home sick on the couch, then another one bit the dust so I had to keep him company in front of the television. By the end of the week, all I could think and talk about was Friday Night Lights. How did I not know about this show when it was actually on air?
This 4th of July will be a little different than usual since we won’t be celebrating in good ‘ole America. Fortunately for me, my American best friends are arriving in Zurich this Thursday, July 4th, and we are going to make our own party. As soon as my girlfriends found out I was moving abroad, the trip planning begin. We hit some minor bumps along the road, but we finally landed on meeting in Zurich and then heading to Croatia for a week of exploring and fun in the sun.
Our third May holiday in Switzerland finally landed on a weekend, so it was time to plan a trip. We decided on a little lake town in Italy called Stresa, purely based on the fact that it was far enough to feel like a destination and close enough to enjoy 2 full days there. The more I talked about it, the more people had not heard of it, which made me a little worried. I figured worst case scenario, we would at least get to eat some good Italian food.
Starting today, I will leave behind the Zürich rain and salute the sun in Lisbon, Portugal for a week long yoga retreat. Four hours a day of yoga and a vegetarian menu will be quite a change from my normal routine, but I couldn’t be more excited. To kick off my week of healthy living, Friday fünf is here to inspire you with some mantras for the week.
Since moving to Zurich, I have days that I crave normalcy. Walking out of the house is always an adventure here, which is partly why we came, but partly the hardest part. I’m learning all sorts of new things about the Swiss culture. I think some customs are better, some are silly, and sometimes I just want what I am used to.
Which is when I find myself in Starbucks.
I arrived in Zurich and a whole five days later, we were back in the airport. We were off to Amsterdam! I’m slowly finding out that not only does Europe have more vacation time than the states, they also celebrate every religious holiday by taking more time off of work. Everything is shut down on Good Friday and again on “Easter Monday”. Four days weekends for Easter? I could get used to this.
Our Nuremburg friends organized the trip, and 6 of us stayed in a rented apartment from airbnb. It was a relaxing weekend filled with lots of wandering around, bike riding, whining while bike riding, red light district culture shock, and heineken drinking.
I know you have been waiting anxiously for my return, and it is finally here. In the past 4 months I have moved from one apartment in San Francisco to another, started a new job as a real estate agent, got engaged, started wedding planning, and packed up our new SF apartment to move to Switzerland.
Boy have I been trying to go to this restaurant for a long time now! Finally, the Thursday night dinner crew made it to Zero Zero, but on a Friday night. It was a nice day outside and I had and hour to kill, so I walked the three miles from work to the restaurant. While walking, I was entertained by my Gram on the phone who told me all about her Friday movie club that included dinner and lemon drops, all before five o’clock. Can I retire yet? Unfortunately no, I have expensive dining habits to attend to.