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Being in a foreign country, it sure is nice to have familiar faces just a train ride away. I headed to Nuremberg, Germany last weekend to visit my college friend, Melissa, for a relaxing weekend getaway. We went bowling, shopped, made some delicious comfort food, ate some delicious German food, and did some crafting. A simple weekend with good friends is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. Except the doctor also ordered me to quit travelling so much and catching colds on public transit. But that order went in one ear and out the other, and we are hitting the road again this weekend for our honeymoon! Runny nose, sore throat, and all.
I know it’s already 2014 and all, but I still want to talk about 2013 because it was an amazing whirlwind of a year and I’m not sure how 2014 will measure up.
I started out the year as a newly engaged woman who was trying to plan a wedding and sell her first home as a real estate agent. All the while, we were packing up our San Francisco apartment for a transatlantic move to Switzerland for my fiancé’s job. Jon left for Switzerland at the end of February and I continued wedding planning and working. I joined him at the end of March and was immediately thrown into a ‘real’ winter. This California girl was not prepared.
Christmas in Europe is pretty magical. I guess when you combine a ton of beautiful lights with a cold Swiss winter; the result is a wonderful Christmas feeling that I have never experienced. On top of the pretty lights, there is glühwein to be drunk (a warm mulled wine), a nightly singing Christmas tree, chestnuts roasting on an open fire (who knew that actually happened?), Saint Nicholas roaming the streets passing out fruits and candies, and Christmas markets that sell anything from ornaments to artisanal soap.
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.