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Helloo and welcome back! That is more thrown to myself than you – I have the feeling time is flying by waaay too fast at the moment and I am seriously lacking updates on all sides and levels. And even missing out everywhere? That is, even some of my friends are already complaining that I am barely available anymore (which is not the norm considering I am online or on my phone 24/7). Nonetheless, I am far from complaining. Life is good to me – seriously. I landed in Miami Wednesday night and have been more or less running errands since then. I did catch 2h of sun today though (for those that saw it on snapchat @stylephantom).

With Friday being more or less over and me still being at the office (not working anymore though), I only have tomorrow left to explore the city a bit. Which is more or less impossible. From what I have seen though, this is a great city. It has everything. Similar to Cayman, the temperatures are a dream-come-true. The worst about coming home – as much as I love it – is that winter basically already started. From what I hear, people have already unpacked their winter clothes and are walking around in fur-jackets. Can you imagine? It’s still October!

I’ve tried updating you guys more or less via snapchat and instagram (@laurananette) the past days to not be too absent, though still have quite a bit of content left to share with you. Before I bore you with forever-long-texts, though, I thought I’d share a few snap-selfies with you and give a quick heads-up that I am still alive (and loving life). I promise to give a better update and share some better pictures soon. Now I will once more stare at the art pieces here at the office (seriously, my colleagues have amazing taste – you might have seen a glance on my snaps / I feel so at home here) and then most likely go to bed early. I have been going to bed at around 10-11pm every night now, which is super early compared to my usual routine, and woken up before my alarm clock (if any). I actually get work stuff done before heading to the office or going for breakfast. And you know what? It feels great. I am so productive! Let’s see if I can keep that routine going after jetlag hits me once more next week (arriving back in Zurich on Monday)!

Also, it almost looks as if I cut my hair shorter (long-bob / blob style) in the first picture. I’m really digging it – but so indecisive. Thoughts?

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PS. I also updated my ‘wish-list’ on the right-hand-side. Seriously, how pretty is that LV bag? I can’t get over it.

Paradise

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Who would have thought that such a little island, in the middle of “nowhere”, can offer oh-so-much! I landed in Grand Cayman Monday evening and fell in love with it ever since. I am lucky enough to have come here thanks to my work. The main reason for me was to meet the team (we have an office here) and then I also tried to arrange some meetings. I can seriously say – and am proud in doing so – that I have the sweetest, most welcoming, and heartwarming colleagues one could ask for. One of them has been picking me up every morning, brought me back to the hotel every evening, and the week went by way too fast. I am lucky enough to waking up every morning and loving what I do. Not once did I drag myself to work in the past years thinking this is not what I enjoy (although I might be a bit cranky if I don’t sleep enough haha). The team has taken me out to lunch every day, took me out to dinners and drinks daily (alright, I really need to watch my diet again now..) and not once did I spend an evening alone at the hotel. Another colleague actually came over from the States to visit (and in liking to pretend it was for me), I now know most people I work with on the regular (previously via email and the likes).

Whilst the week has been filled with work and started usually at 4.30 in the morning (jetlag joys!) and ended rather early (10pm), I have taken off Monday & Tuesday to enjoy the island a little more. One of my colleagues (if you read this, another big THANK YOU) shares my passion for diving and has been organizing this weekend for me. Whilst living here means one can go dive every weekend (or day..), it was on the top of my to-do list as I rarely find time. Today was finally the day and we started nice and early at 8.30 to go for two dives. Both were from a boat – one dive being a little deeper (around 30m), and one in more shallow waters (maybe 15-20m). Tomorrow I want to explore a little more so I am crossing all fingers that the weather plays with us. It’s hurricane season here and although the beginning of the week was perfect, we’ve had quite a bit of rainfall the past days. We were lucky with the weather today as it stayed dry most of the day and only just started pouring in the late evening. What I did learn however, it might pour majorly in one area, and a 10 min drive away, the sun is out.

Here are some of my first impressions of the hotel and my first sunrise walk (I try to go to the beach daily if possible in mornings). The colors of the ocean are insane – the most beautiful blue and turquoise shades possible! Now I beg you all to cross fingers for me for the upcoming days regarding the weather. Wednesday I’m off to Miami (also business – though off on Saturday) and the days are passing faster than I would have hoped. Over and over again, I thank life for what opportunities are given to me – especially when being able to travel around so much. Yet, as much as I love what I do and am able to experience, I am already looking forward to going home and spending some quality time with my loved ones (and sleeping in my own bed!).

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