Archive for the travel Category
For our few years abroad, creating a travel list was a must. The problem is, the more we travel, the longer the list gets. We cross one place off and hear about three more places to go. For a while, we had planned to save a portion of the list for three-day weekend trips. But let’s face it, there aren’t enough three-day weekends in the calendar year and our time here is passing quickly by. We decided to give up our three-day weekend wishes, and just start going. First up: Venice, Italy.
This time last week, I have to say I was proud to be an American. The Boston Marathon was an incredible experience. It was amazing to be around so many people that came out to support their town, their runners, and stand up against last year’s tragedy. My brother, the runner of the Dunn fam, qualified for Boston in late 2012 and our family decided to make a trip out of it. We wanted to cheer him on as he ran a ridiculous amount of miles (26.2) along side a ridiculous amount of people (35,000 to be exact). We made a pretty good looking cheer squad don’t you think?
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.
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.