What do you reckon: how many bees share this beautiful planet earth with us? Read more
When on holidays in Sardinia two years ago, I met this incredible woman after I had already learnt that quite many people in Sardinia healthily grow to a 100+ years old.
In the streets I really saw many more elderly people than I would at home. What struck me even more is that they mostly walked around without any walking sticks or walking frames. They met no matter the heat, men sitting on a bench chatting excitedly with each other, neighbouring women talking to each other from one window to the other or in front of their houses. Couples coming down to the Piazza to meet others and see what’s going on.
They may also still be working eight hours a day at the age of 90!
Meet Rosaria. Read more
It is that time of the year again… you hear drums, your body and especially your hips move with the rhythm, you smell fire, fish, and sunscreen, you see more colourfully dressed people than usual (thank goodness!), and you see smiles and content faces everywhere.
It is when Africa takes centre stage in a Swiss city.
It is Afro-Pfingsten Festival in Winterthur.
She stole my heart. Do you see the elderly lady looking out the window in the top middle image? I dared to take a picture without asking her as she had this big contagious smile in her face moving her body with the rhythm of Ma belle chérie we were all listening to (on stage in the photo to the right of her).
Let’s do it like her: Keep smiling and dancing forever!
Are you in the mood now to listen to some African rhythms? Then watch the videos in my other Afro-Pfingsten post.
Warm greetings and have a wonderful (long) weekend,
How are you?
It has been a while as I was fully absorbed in Uganda. Honestly, there was no way to wrap my head around anything digital or social really, I was simply so overwhelmed by the many sights, sounds, and odours my body, soul, and mind gathered. And I was focused on the people I met, hugged, and connected with, the amount I learnt, the work I did, and sometimes I was busy with the challenges the tropics have in store for me.
Back in Switzerland, I think I am ready to share some stories with you. Today, I would like to tell you a bit about one of the staple foods in Uganda: Bananas. Read more
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.
Ticino makes you indulge in the beautiful language, the warmth, the socially-minded culture, and the way they celebrate and cherish food. Read more