Feeding the Soul

We are in our last few days in Berlin and have started packing for our flight back to Shanghai this weekend. We had such a fabulous time visiting our dear friends in Switzerland. It was an epic road trip to make sure we were able to touch base with friends we haven’t seen in a long while. If we missed you, we do apologise, but it was definitely a squeeze for time. We hope to make it to you when we next have the opportunity!

We could not have asked for nicer weather, Walenstadt.

We could not have asked for nicer weather, Walenstadt.

Christoph and I soaked in the most stunning weather which allowed us to take plenty of walks through the most simply beautiful places. I’m sure almost every Swiss resident is aware of how lucky they are to be so close to such amazing nature. I love the mountains, especially when they are snow-capped. I love the green with the abundance of trees in all shapes and sizes. I love the blue with wispy clouds and then the smattering of stars in the evening sky. All these aspects of nature when living in a big city are the details we forget; that we miss them. And when we do get to see them again, we smile, like the smile we give to a long lost friend ;o) Here’s a small selection of places that made us smile on our trip.

Having a cuppa at one of our favourite spots in Lucerne.

Having a cuppa at one of our favourite spots in Lucerne.

So thank you to RR, HR, PZ, CZ, MS, JB, SS, LZ, MM, IR, MF, JF, GM, LA, OM, BT, LK, JK, YS, KB and AK for the best Easter break we’ve had in a long time! ”Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”- Marcel Proust.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Greetings from a beautiful sunny Easter day in Switzerland. We’ve been loving the time we’re having with friends and family and have definitely been indulging in good food, good wine and good conversation in each instance. With such great company each day, how could we not?!

Our neighbour saying hello. 

Our neighbour saying hello. 

We have been and are trying to counter the indulgence by talking regular walks in the fresh air.

Christoph at one of his favourite walking paths near the Zurich airport; a popular plane-spotting location. 

Christoph at one of his favourite walking paths near the Zurich airport; a popular plane-spotting location. 

We’re now half-way through our Swiss road trip with more laughs to come; see you soon!! xx

Home Sweet Home

Greetings from a sunny blue-sky November day in Shanghai. It’s been a travel busy few months, which of course I loved but I am also happy to be back home. I hope you all had a wonderfully sun-blissed summer as well.

While I was in Greece with Linh, Christoph was kept busy with work. The factory project, new government policies and visiting colleagues fill his days which turn into weeks. So as the October National Holidays approached, Christoph was definitely ready for a break from the grind. We met in Berlin, re-packed and went on a driving holiday with friends, UM and TM, through Scotland. We flew into Glasgow, picked up a car and headed straight for the Highlands. What a magnificent area!

The pass at Glen Coe

The pass at Glen Coe

Our itinerary was Glasgow-Glen Coe-Dornie-Inverness-Perth-Edinburgh-Glasgow. The country’s landscape is just spectacular and we hope to go back again for a longer visit in the future. The main challenge with a Scotland trip is the unpredictable weather. We had a few days of light drizzle, one day of horizontal rainfall with high winds, a few overcast days but of the 9 full days, we had 3 beautiful clear blue sky days and felt very lucky for it :o)

Some highlights from our trip were the Pass at Glen Coe (see above picture), the Eileen Donan and Urquart Castles, the Porridge Making World Championships at Carrbridge, a cool gin bar in Perth, the Royal Mile and Whisky Experience in Edinburgh and meeting many warm and friendly Scots along the way.

After Scotland, we headed to Switzerland for a very short visit as we promised Christoph’s dad last year that we would attend his Autumn Party on October 13. We were both quite travel weary by then; arriving into Zurich on October 12 and after going up and down a mountain, flew out on October 14. However fatigued we both were, it was worth the effort as we were rewarded with the most fabulous weather, views and company.

The view over the Lake of Lucerne from Stoos. 

The view over the Lake of Lucerne from Stoos. 

I miss all the beautiful landscapes and scenery we saw but it all reminds me of how extraordinary our world is and how lucky we are to be able to see and enjoy it. I’ll post photo galleries of the various trips soon :o)

Work Experience ;-)

I'm in Switzerland for the next two weeks to lend a hand in a small restaurant in Zürich-Oerlikon called Potluck (www.potluck.ch). Friends of ours run it and I'll be there to polish my cooking and service skills. The weather is wet, grey and cold but the restaurant is bright, warm and cosy... and it serves delicious food!

Today was my first day and it was lovely to be back in familiar surroundings. Even though I hadn't been to Potluck previously, I'm generally quite comfortable in gastronomic environs. I spent the day pouring tea, clearing tables - basic things - and will be making my way into the kitchen soon. I'm looking forward to seeing how the week will unfold and if you happen to be in the area, swing by and say hi :-)

Image source: www.potluck.ch

Image source: www.potluck.ch

A Great Start to the Year

Christoph and I have spent the last few days visiting family and friends in Switzerland and southern Germany. It's been a tight schedule but we were so happy to have had the chance to meet up with those we saw. To you- Thank you for having the time to catch up with us :-)

One of my Swiss highlights is always when I visit with RR and HR. They live in a small village but have a wonderful set up in a renovated farmhouse. We always feel very spoilt whenever we are here, especially me as RR and I spend a lot of time together crafting or cooking. As a group, we share lots of laughs, enjoy furious debates and share decadent home-cooked meals. On this visit, RR and I made fresh pasta for one of our meals. To use our very own hands to make something that so many of us take for granted - dry pasta in a box - was so satisfying and great fun that I'm already looking forward to the next visit!

Pasta in the making and as a main course accompaniment. 

Pasta in the making and as a main course accompaniment. 

Invading Switzerland? Better Outside Working Hours

On February 16, an Ethiopian Boeing 767 from Addis Ababa heading to Rome was hijacked by the co-pilot who then flew the plane to Geneva. There were 220 passengers on board, no one got hurt, he just wanted asylum. That made the news.

What's also made the news now is that the hijacked plane was escorted into Geneva by French Air Force jets. Italian jets had shadowed it through Italian airspace and handed the task over to the French when they reached the border with France. However, as this was happening in the early hours of the morning, there were no Swiss F-18 Hornets available to take over from the French jets when the Boeing 767 crossed the Swiss border. Regrettably, working hours are between 8 and 5.

I'm now wondering if they have weekends off as well?