Exploring Switzerland: Zurich Katzensee (Lake)

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(Deutscher Post weiter unten / German Post further down)

February 19, 2020! This is a special day for many reasons – for one, and the main reason, I want to share it with you is that it is my mother’s birthday. So, Happy Birthday to you, Mommy! She is one of the kindest, most loyal and most heartwarming people I know!

Also, I wanted to share another small part of Switzerland with you that I absolutely love. The Katzensee (translates to Cat-lake – but don’t know why) is a small little lake near Zurich (around 20min drive from the city center) that one can walk / hike around within approximately one hour. The nature there, especially with all its trees and those coming out of the water, is breathtaking.

I have been sharing a few photos already on my Instagram with you, though they only show a small part of the photo. The full size ones are here for you to take a look at. For those interested, I shot these with my Canon EOS R (15-35mm 2.8 IS USM lens) – and I can tell you, I L O V E this camera and especially love love love the lens. You will surely be seeing more of these kind of photos from me going forward and I would love to hear some feedback from you! Also, all photos are available for sale in print if of interest.

German / Deutsch

Es ist der 19 Februar 2020 und ein besonderer Tag, denn heute hat meine Mama Geburtstag! Mama, ich wünsche Dir alles, alles Gute, Glück, Gesundheit und Zufriedenheit auch auf diesem Wege! (Natürlich hat sie auch eine Karte und Geschenke bekommen und wir haben im engen Kreise ein wenig gefeiert :-) Es gibt kaum einen vertrauenswürdigeren, liebevollen und herzlichen Menschen als meine Mama; weshalb ich es auch unbedingt heute und hier nochmals erwähnen wollte.

Aber nun zum eigentlichen Thema: Zürich und vor allem die Schweiz entdecken. Wie Ihr aus vorherigen Posts eventuell schon rausgelesen habt, versuche ich mehr und mehr von der Schweiz zu entdecken und nicht immer nur die Standart Routen zu besuchen. Letztes Wochenende sind wir dann zum Katzensee gefahren und sind dort einmal rumgelaufen. Der Spaziergang geht ca 1 Stunde (oder auch 1,5h, wenn Ihr so wie ich, immer Fotos machen wollt). Das Wetter war absolut perfekt zum Fotografieren – sonnig, aber nicht zu sonnig, bewölkt aber auch nicht zu dunkel. Der Katzensee ist ca. 20 Minuten mit dem Auto von der Innenstadt Zürich erreichbar und ein kleines Stück Land in das ich mich verlieben könnte. Jedesmal, wenn mein Verlobter und ich in der Nähe sind (wir Golfen auch dort im Nachbars-Ort) überlegen wir wie es wäre, wenn wir dort ein Haus mit kleinem Garten hätten. Oh wie schön es doch wäre!

Ich kann auf jeden Fall jedem, der einen kleinen Spaziergang in der Nähe von Zürich machen möchte und gleichzeitig die Natur geniessen möchte, den Katzensee nur empfehlen!

Für diejenigen von Euch welche an der Kamera interessiert sind: Ich habe diese Aufnahmen mit meiner Canon EOS R (mit der 15-35mm 2.8 IS USM Linse) gemacht. Ich bin wirklich ein klein wenig in meine neue Kamera verliebt und kann Euch somit schonmal versichern, dass Ihr einige weitere solcher Bildserien in nächster Zeit zusehen bekommt. Wer mir auf Instagram folgt, wird auch dort Teile der jeweiligen Bilder zu Gesicht bekommen (die kompletten Bilder sind dann hier – auch Ausgedruckt in verschiedenen Grössen zum Kaufen, falls Interesse besteht).

Visiting Frankfurt and speaking about future homes

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on the 11th floor in our hotel room at the Hilton Frankfurt City; wearing a Zara outfit and shoes from a small boutique store in Malta

Happy Thursday! Wow, where has the week gone so fast?! I have the feeling the week went by super fast and I barely got as much done as I had hoped. Well no, I did actually get a whole lot done, just not as much in my private life as I had hoped. Either way, we still have Friday and the weekend to come and I am hoping to catch up on some stuff, then.

My dad and I left for business to Frankfurt yesterday by train and arrived in the early evening. Just in time to check another few emails in the hotel room and make our way to the big event. It was HUGE. We were at the Yard in Frankfurt and almost 700 people attended (or so we were told). Really good for networking. We stayed until around midnight and then went back to our hotel – and as tired as I was, I could not fall asleep. So frustrating! It did give me the chance though to calm down and read through some blogs before closing my eyes.

And guys.. the bathroom light. A dream! This may sound a little random but hear me out. Our bathrooms at home are great – they have everything you need (we have two), they are super modern and clean. But they have the worst lighting and it can be SO frustrating at times. I really do not understand how some people can build homes, especially bathrooms, with bad lights. So when we came into the Hilton and I saw the light (even at midnight when everything else was dark in the room), I was amazed. So amazed, that I had to take some selfies, haha.

Believe it or not, this is a mirror I will want to have in my future house. Yes, my house. Ha, I don’t think I have mentioned anything on the blog about it yet but I am already working on my future home. And not just working a little bit, no, I mean really getting together all my inspiration and sources and filing them neatly. What started out with a Pinterest dream years ago already is slowly becoming more and more important to me. It was and always has been my dream to build my own home or renovate a house – whatever it may be. My goal right now, and I am dead serious about it, is to achieving this goal in the very next few years at most. It’s a huge financial commitment and who knows what other stones may be laid in my path before that but I am keen on making it happen.

I also spoke to a woman last night in Frankfurt (the wife of a business partner), whom is an architect. She regularly builds, renovates and styles homes for people of all financial classes (well, rather the upper classes is my guest after our longer talk). Either way, she told me to start a portfolio already now and be sure to put out all pictures and more or less know exactly what I want when the time arrives and I speak to an architect. She says the most money is thrown out when people cannot decide on what they want, or when the architects “need” to help out and decide for them (which is usually more expensive). And even worse – the more you change things during the process the more expensive it gets. She also told me that building from scratch is ALWAYS cheaper than renovating – so that is my ultimate goal. Let’s see, when and how I will be achieving that!

Baking for the voluntary fire brigade

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Happy Saturday! What a week! There was so much going on I barely had time to work on my personal projects, nor update you guys. The week was full of business and business events after I returned from Malta and only today was a little more relaxed – even though I ended up running errands up until now, too. Today the Voluntary Fire Brigade here in Opfikon opened their doors for everyone to see their machinery, their trucks and cars and to see what they work on and how they go about saving lives and, well, houses. It really is interesting to see, and, I even got to fight a fire myself!

playing with our dog, Luna

As my boyfriend is part of the voluntary fire fighters, I told them I would be more than happy to help in any way I can. And, since I love baking, that is exactly what I did. Not gluten free, not diary free – nope, full on fatty and delicious haha. :) Unfortunately I am not allowed to eat the cake due to the amounts of cream in it but I did try a little bite, and, must admit it is GOOD! It was a chocolate cake with a chocolate cream filling! If anyone is interested in the recipe – do let me know and I am happy to share it! Also, I am quite proud of how it turned out! What do you guys think?

I added the official symbol of the voluntary fire brigade of Opfikon onto the cake! (and added a little fire on the bottom, hehe)

Now I’m off again to the fire brigade with the dogs to pick up my love and then decide whether we will cook at home tonight, go out for dinner or meet my parents for dinner out! So many choices!

Week 35 and counting

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Happy Monday from Malta! Yesterday, Sunday, I flew to Malta to take a few days off. I wish! Honestly, I came here to see my dentist haha :) I had to get a filling fixed and really prefer my dentist here. Also, we have an apartment in Malta which makes everything so much easier. So I am staying here until Wednesday, enjoying the weather and working from home until then.

Enjoying the heat may sound a little exaggerated – it is SO hot here. At night it only goes down to 27°C if you’re lucky and today we have 33°C. I am melting!

the view from our balcony! I’ll never get tired of it!

So I thought I’d give you another heads-up of the week and what I have on my agenda – and take you with during the week of course.

Today/Monday – in Malta. I saw the dentist this morning and now am working from home / our balcony. The view is amazing and even though I’d love to go around or go shopping, my inbox is exploding. So it’s all about work today.
Tuesday – Another day working from the balcony. I also need to shoot something small which I am super excited about and will show you these days on the blog and instagram if all goes well! I may even have time to go to Zara in the evening and check out what’s new in store. I almost never find time to shop in Zurich so here I may find some time. AND, it’s a whole lot cheaper (around 30%).
Wednesday – back to the dentist – getting a second filling re-done so all is set for the future and get my teeth cleaned overall. I’m such a fan of getting my teeth professionally cleaned every few months if possible. Then I will be flying back to Zurich in the early afternoon.
Thursday – Hopefully seeing a dear friend for lunch that I haven’t seen in forever! In the evening I have a business event to attend. Thankfully the title is “Sumer Party” so I am looking forward to catching up with a few people from the industry over a glass of sparkling wine!
Friday – Nothing is planned so far. Yet, if the weather is good I am hoping for a nice lovely dinner somewhere outside with my love. I hate being away from him and cannot wait to seeing him again!

Also: how lovely was this purple sky when I boarded last night in Zurich?! I did contrast the image slightly but it really was beautiful!

Team Bride!

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Ahhh – how exciting are these news! Ok, let me rewind. My best (like seriously best best) friend Virginia is getting married next year and I am so, so excited for her! A few days ago I opened the post and received a little package that I really couldn’t get my head around. I had not gone online shopping (for once!) and I did not expect anything from anyone. When I opened it I found this super cute little notebook from Sloane Stationery with a bee (!!!) on it. Ok, those that know me, know that I am OBSESSED with bees. So I fell in love with this little notebook before I knew what it even was. When I saw the note, I almost fainted from excitement.

How cute is this? Seriously! I am now officially a part of the Team Bride and I could not be happier! What this means? I’ve got a VIP status at the wedding. Obviously (not). The cutest thing is, that all of her best / close friends received a small little notebook like mine – but each one has a different color and/or slogan on it. There are so many cute ones and she really did get the most perfect ones for each friend! Another friend received one that said “Little Miss Organised” – and if you knew that friend, trust me, you would totally agree that it’s the perfect fit!

Of course, I will keep you all updated on what happens and some photos of the wedding (if allowed by the bride) or wedding details once the time has come. Ugh, super excited! :)