G‘day 2019

Ethiopians and Eritreans only just began their new year yesterday, as I was told, and the Chinese only will on February 5.

What have you who already are in 2019 been writing onto the first pages of the book called 2019?

Hopefully, already some colourful, touching, and funny stories!

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Here is a little sunny smile for you from this cutie. Did you know that ladybugs are a sign of luck in many different cultures? 

Laughter, hugs, walks in the woods, and in the fresh snow, watching Queen of Katwe, being curious about what 2019 brings, all sorts of feelings, and much more is written in mine. I was not only writing, though, but also reading.

That is Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming and oh dear, I virtually delved into it and can hardly put it away…. I love autobiographies of people who fascinate me anyway, so after finishing Branson‘s Loosing my virginity lately, this one came in very handy. Today I set a digital bookmark on page 367, shortly after Barack asked her to marry him 😍. Whoa! Luckily, I still have more than 600 pages to go including her time as the First Lady. I guess, this is called a book recommendation 🤪.

Are you reading it as well or is it on your booklist for 2019?

 

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish those of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. May it be full of love, peace, and laughter.

Spending some time on Lanzarote we attended a concert by Christmas Voices. We were not only pampered with Christmas carols, but also got to hear some stories. One stuck to my mind and even though it was written around hundred years ago, it has a great meaning still today. More so, I think, it is quite independent from any religion and much more resonates with a kind and mindful everyday attitude. The only thing that has luckily changed is the use of gender words. Please, think of everyone whenever you read men or man. Read more

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

How do you feel about snow? Does it make you dance? Does it give you the joy you so often experienced as a child? Do songs like the one in the title of this post come to your mind and stick for the day? Or is it simply a nuisance to you?

Do you get any snow at all in your corner of the world?

White landscapes are magical and snow is a natural wonder for me. So today, I feel like sharing some winter photographs – which I have taken in the Swiss Alps – with you. It wonderfully coincides with the first snow of the season in the lowlands of Switzerland for we awake to a winter wonderland this morning. Unfortunately, it does not last long as temperatures have already risen above zero and streets and pathways have immediately been “cleaned” with snowploughs.

Most people here still hope for a white Christmas in the cities and lower regions, but it is rare these days. Mountain resorts, however, are lucky as snow has fallen in huge quantities lately. The following pictures give you a little idea what to expect when visiting the Swiss Alps in winter :0).

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Delightful December

A warm welcome, dearest readers!

Many of you enjoy summer now, some of you experience warm temperatures and around twelve hours of daylight all year round, and a lot of us see the days rapidly getting shorter and the nights becoming longer at this time of the year.

That is why I thought to share a little collage of those long dark nights in December, which actually become quite sparkling and twinkling in our cities.

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A stroll through Lavaux

Nestled at the Lake Geneva between Vevey and Lutry the Lavaux vineyards not only invite you to a glass of white wine but also to enjoy the stunning views.

Surely, they are worth a visit every season of the year. Here you can indulge in the autumn nuances.

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Beautiful living between the grapes

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Autumn love from Blenio valley in Ticino

Come with me on a train ride through the longest railway tunnel in the world and end up in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. This is how easy you can move around here and find yourself not only surrounded by another language, but also by a different cultural atmosphere.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is quite a thing here in Switzerland, and maybe in the world. It was opened in 2016 and took almost 17 years to be built. It surely is a masterpiece of engineering. The tunnel is 57km long, starts in Erstfeld and ends in Bodio, and leads right through the Swiss Alps – a challenging barrier between the North and the South of Europe when it comes to mobility. As a passenger the only thing you realize is the dark view when you look out the window. Going at around 200km/h you will see the sun and the typical palm trees of the Ticino after a 20-minute ride. For those of you who would love to learn more about this spectacular tunnel, I recommend watching the 8-minute long documentary by the Swiss Radio and Television.

Gotthard Base Tunnel 360° Documentation (in English)
Gotthard-Basistunnel 360° Doku (auf Deutsch)

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The famous palm trees you see when visiting this sunny canton of Switzerland

Ticino makes you indulge in the beautiful language, the warmth, the socially-minded culture, and the way they celebrate and cherish food. Read more

South up North

We travelled north to finally see three outstanding musicians with their program “Süden” – meaning south in German. It took more than six hours by train to get to the Bavarian city of Regensburg, but their friendship mirrored in their music, their heartwarming and inspiring words and songs, their focus on humanness, the Hang instrument played by Kälberer (one of the musicians), and the beautiful atmosphere they created was more than worth it. They finished their first tour five years ago with a grande finale in the Arena di Verona/IT – yes, we missed it :0( – but luckily took it up again this summer. What’s more, they will have a Süden II tour next year. Tickets are already ours for this one….

What is the furthest away you have ever travelled for a concert? Read more