Goodbye July – Hello August

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Sunset when I arrived in Zurich after my holidays in Czech Republic

Sunset when I arrived in Zurich after my holidays in Czech Republic

I have to be honest – I failed again terribly on my pledge to post regularly… But well, I think you get used to it, right? And maybe that’s another step-by-step improvement I’m facing, haha.

Anyway, July went by in a flash, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. I worked a lot, but I also had some driving lessons with D2.’s Dad and my driving instructor, and it’s getting better and better. D2.’s Dad said, that I am almost ready for driving on the freeway – yippie! Maybe I’ll finish this whole drivers-license-procedure before University starts again. 🙂

Then I traveled again to beautiful Czech Republic for a week, where I met V., his family and some friends I knew from former trips. The weather was awesome, and we spent a lot of time on the lakeside. 🙂 And we also went to Soost, a nature conservancy area with hot tubes, and the last day, we spent in the zoo in Prague. 🙂 But the most beautiful thing was the birth of 5 kittens on my penultimate day at V.’s place. I’ve never seen anything so tiny and cute as those kittens. Unfortunately, 3 of the 5 babies didn’t make it… But still, the two remaining ones develop beautifully. ❤

Furthermore, I completed the Swiss-Monopoly geocaching-series. I first managed to do the Whereigo-Cache in Winterthur with my Mom the last Sunday, and then we completed the series with the Geocaches in Thun, Fribourg and the two in Berne – Yeee-Haw! 😀

Finally, I started into August by saying goodbye to my dear friend Eli, who’s finished her semester abroad and went back home on saturday. I’ll miss her, but I’m sure I’m going to visit her soon! 🙂

And now I will prepare the blogposts about my trips to London, Brighton and the Czech Republic, which I owe you for so long already… Shame on me… 😉

Have a good start into the new week!

White Chocolate-Strawberry Cream Curd

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Hey Folks,

today I wanna share a super-simple but delicious strawberry-dessert-recipe that can be done no time. 🙂 I did it on last monday morning, as I wanted to treat D.’s dad with something nice, as he gives me free driving lessons so I don’t have to spend as much money on a „real“ driving-teacher, although he has to drive about an hour per way when he’s picking me up, and another hour to get back home… 🙂 Anyway, I loved it, D did, and his dad loved it, too. 🙂 As I had a small bowl of the dessert left, I gave it to a friend, who liked it as well. 🙂 I’d say it got a 5-star-rating from all the four of us 😀

White Chocolate Strawberry Cream Curd

For 4 servings you’ll need:

100g white Chocolate
2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
6 tablespoons milk
250g fresh strawberries
500g cream curd
200 ml cream (or whipped cream)

    1. Chop the white chocolate into small bits and melt it slowly with the powdered sugar and milk in a small pot on a low heat with stirring.
    2. Wash the strawberries. Put some aside to decorate your dessert when finished. Purée the rest with a hand-held blender. Scramble the melted chocolate-mixture with the cream curd. Whip the cream and mix it with the chocolate-curd. Put a layer of curd in a small glass bowl, add a layer of strawberry-purée and put another layer of curd on top. Put the glasses into the fridge for at least 2 hours. Garnish with some strawberries before serving.

Enjoy! 🙂

White Chocolate Strawberry Cream Curd

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It’s Sunday, finally…

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Howdy my friends!

It’s sunday, finally! I’m super happy that this week is over. I worked like 44 hours in 4 days, as we had to prepare our store for the inventory that took place last night… Nevertheless, we seemed terribly unprepared for the inventory. 😦 I’m being frustrated at my job already for some weeks now, and yesterday I’ve decided that it was time for something new. Tomorrow I’ll start writing letters of application again – certainly not a funny thing to do, but  -as Linkin Park have put it in their song “Shadow of the Day” – sometimes goodbye’s the only way. It’s not a healthy way, working 60% besides University when you’re one of the only employees that actually care about their store and their business etc., becoming anxious and stressed whenever you leave home for work… :-/ Don’t get me wrong, I actually love my co-workers as persons, but working with them just doesn’t work out… So I’ve asked my ex-boss from our store (we got a new store-manager 3 weeks ago, but that’s not enough time to judge someones on merit) to send me an interim-report. Yesterday, around mid-night, I’ve already checked for some job-advertisements online, and I’m quite confident to find something that fits me better. 🙂

But there were also good times this week! 🙂 I don’t know whether I’ve already told you that I’m only half Swiss… the other half’s Dutch. I don’t think I have to tell you that Friday night was quite a happy and joyful night for me. 5:1 against or rival from the last World Championship… Unbelievable! 😀

 

Hup Holland hup Laat de leeuw niet in z'n hempie staan Hup Holland hup Trek het beestje geen pantoffels aan Hup Holland hup Laat je uit 't veld niet slaan Want de leeuw op voetbalschoenen Durft de hele wereld aan

Hup Holland hup
Laat de leeuw niet in z’n hempie staan
Hup Holland hup
Trek het beestje geen pantoffels aan
Hup Holland hup
Laat je uit ‘t veld niet slaan
Want de leeuw op voetbalschoenen
Durft de hele wereld aan

So, and now I’ll rush off, I really have to re-tint my hair, and I’m gonna meet a friend from Spain this afternoon, before I’ll go to the “Böllebar”, a public viewing location in our village. Switzerland will be playing against Ecuador at 6 p.m…. 😀

How are you spending your sunday?

Hugs,
Sluníčko


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Opening Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park (Zoo Zurich)

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As I worked the early shift yesterday and the Zoo in Zurich was exceptionally opened until 10 p.m., I called D. during my lunch break and asked him, whether he fancied going to the zoo and have a look at the brand new elephant park “Kaeng Krachan”. The construction works started in May 2011. The architecture is simply amazing – I especially like how the roof is swung, and also how the visitor is slowly introduced to the natural environment of the elephants when approaching the elephant park.

View on Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zoo Zurich, Switzerland

View on Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zoo Zurich, Switzerland

Water plays a very central role in the new elephant park; there are water basins in the open-air enclosure as well as  inside the elephant house.  Inside the house, the visitors even have the possibility to see the elephant bathing from underneath the water surface through a huge window. On the outside there’s also a kind of shower that the elephants can handle themselves. There’s also a lovely restaurant on the upper floor of the elephant house with a fantastic view.

View from the restaurant's terrace inside the elephant house of Kaeng Krachan

View from the restaurant’s terrace inside the elephant house of Kaeng Krachan

We enjoyed a walk around the park, where we also found other animals in lovely decorated terrariums, such as scorpions and java mouse-deers. It’s really a fantastic park, and absolutely worth a visit, especially when you weren’t at the zoo during the last few years.

Elephant "Maxi" at Kaeng Karchan Park at the Zurich Zoo

Elephant “Maxi” at Kaeng Karchan Park at the Zurich Zoo

And there will be another huge change in the life of the elephants coming later this year: Elephant-Lady Indi will have a baby this year! 🙂 According to the zoo’s website, the pregnancy of an Asian elephant takes 20-22 months, and Indi is pregnant since August 2012… 🙂


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Yes, I’m still alive…

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Hey everyone,

sorry for not posting anything on here for six weeks, but I there was just too much going on in my life as well as in my psyche, as I had a depressive episode again, which really blocks me from writing every single time – grrr! But, I was not stuck in that depressive episode for the whole 6 weeks, I also went abroad – I’ve been to London & Brighton with my mother for five days, and then I spent almost a week in Czech Republic, which feels more and more like home to me.

After returning home, I had to study for the final exams of the spring semester, and I also had to write a few papers that were due during the last 2 weeks.

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Our new shoe cabinet… I love it ❤

I don’t know whether you guys know the feeling of simply wanting to run away, to some place you’ve never been to.. To some place you don’t even know where that is. Just leave everything behind, start all over again?! That’s a feeling that I have had quite often during the last two months… and as usually, I start trying to embellish my apartment, clean up, put new furniture and decoration up etc. etc. Not that anything would really push me away here, where I live, but sometimes I feel like nothing really keeps me here either. I know that I would miss my friends and family terribly, but well, I can’t help it, the feeling just keeps coming back.
D. and I started the project by finally buying a shoe cabinet at “Conforama”. I liked the design of it a lot, as we had a great time in London back in September 2012… 🙂 And as I’ve been just there in my Easter break, I loved the idea of having a tiny little piece of London in our apartment even more. 🙂 And even more I love the fact that I won’t have to search through a chaotic pile of shoes in every morning… 😀

But we did not only get a new shoe cabinet, we also got a few plants and decoration for our beautiful balcony. We bought a “fuchsia”, a small lavender tree, a lavender bush, a peony and a rambler rose, which should all be frost resistant and embellish our balcony for many years. I love the scent of lavender. It always reminds me of the summer and autumn holidays I used to spend with my family in southern France close to the Mediterranean Sea, and it always helps calming down after a stressful day at uni or at work. We also try to raise some tomatoes and pepperonis and chillies on our balcony, and I’m really wondering what we will be harvesting in the next few weeks… 😀 And we put up brand new solar lights… 🙂 I can’t wait to spend log evenings with friends, some barbecue and some cocktails on there… Summer’s just my favorite time of the year… 🙂

My Balcony May 2014

My newly decorated balcony… Even my tomcat Belial loves it 🙂

So, and now I should definitely get my Czech books and do some exercises, otherwise my Czech-German-Tandem-partner Lukáš won’t be amused at all… :-S But it is so much fun to study a new language and realizing that you are finally making progress… 🙂


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Morocco-Trip 2014 – Day 3

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On the third day of our Morocco-Trip, we wanted to see more of the Atlas, so we decided to leave the camper of my cousin’s friend at the hotel and take our car for an Atlas-excursion. The streets were very narrow, and sometimes I almost couldn’t look out of the window, as I’m afraid of heights… But I enjoyed the ride and the picturesque landscape of Morocco… We had a short break on the road, taking some pictures and enjoying the scenery. When we arrived on top of the mountain, we entered a cozy little cafe, where the owner lit a fire for us and served us a few glasses of “Whiskey Berbère” (= mint tea) and some coffee. We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and the silence up there for quite a while… I’ll stop writing here and let you see the beauty of the Atlas mountains through my photos… I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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View from our starting point of our atlas-tour…

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Feeling so close to the sky…

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Panorama from along the route

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Üse and our car – we all look so tiny compared to those massive rocks in the middle of nowhere… 

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An overhanging cliff – a weird feeling, knowing that there is so much stone above our heads when passing through 😀

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Having a short break and admiring the beautiful landscape

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Some information about the building of the street we just drove along.

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Enjoying the view and the sun…. *_*

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The tiny cafe/restaurant from outside, decorated with dozens of stickers coming from all over the world 🙂

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The owner of the Auberge – Restaurant – Camping du Col Tizi-n-Test lit a fire for us, as it was rather cold and windy up there, and he also brought us the obligatory mint-tea 🙂

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The whole Morocco-Traveling-Group, from left to right: Üse, me, Silä, Pia & Resu

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I’m so in love with the color’s of Morocco’s nature… *_*

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Beautiful view from the Atlas

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Sunset in front of our hotel in Agadir


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Recipe: Rhubarb-Liqueur

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I love the rhubarb-season a lot, and every year I can’t wait to get a bunch of them from the market, to try new recipes with them that I collected during the rest of the year. Today, I want to share a super-delicious rhubarb-liqueur-recipe with you. If filled in small and lovely decorated glass bottles, they make a perfect host gift for the next barbecue invitation or picnic at the lakeside. 🙂

You’ll need:Image
2kg of rhubarb
800g sugar
2 vanilla beans
2 bottles of brandy or vodka, whatever you prefer.

Cut the rhubarb in approximately 2cm-dices. Put them in a sealable vessel (I used a 5l canister) and add the sugar. Mix, so that the rhubarb is covered in sugar. Close the vessel and  allow to infuse for about 3-4 days.

Then cut the vanilla beans open and and put it into the vessel.Pour the brandy or vodka, leave closed for 14 days (you should open and close the canister every second day so the gasses may escape, so the vessel won’t burst) for fermentation.

After two weeks, sieve the liqueur and pour it into small glass bottles.

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Cheers! 🙂


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