My Man & I: Attending the Officer Ball

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Happy Tuesday! We had such an amazing weekend and I wanted to share some insights with you. On Saturday the day started off a little hectic – we had to clean up the apartment a bit, Samuel went to the hairdresser, I got extra ready (shaving, peeling, creaming, etc.) and walking the dogs. In the late afternoon we brought both dogs to my parents – whom thankfully were in Zurich and agreed to dog-sit Saturday to Sunday. Then we stopped by the city for a drink – because you know, there’s little better than an apero in the afternoon ;) and then back home again to get ready. Saturday night was the officer ball. Swiss military officers with certain ranks were invited to The Dolder Grand in Zurich for a lovely evening with foods and for dancing.

I wore the black dress I had ordered some time ago from Zalando – such a good catch! Unfortunately I cannot find the dress online anymore, though I’m sure its available somewhere. Let me know if anyone is interested and I’ll make sure to find a link!

I love this picture because I look oh-so-skinny!

We stayed until the end of the officer ball until around 2am. The next day we seriously noticed our age. I am not as fit anymore and I always dread staying up too long! It feels like my body needs days and days to re-generate!

Sunday we picked up the dogs from my parents and took them out to a big field where the dogs could run freely and enjoy themselves with other dogs. It was so fun seeing them have fun and bathe in the river! Afterwards we had a lovely super-late lunch at Fork & Bottle – their pulled beef burger is to die for! But also the truffled fries. Oh, and the ribs. They are so so good, too! I also love the fact that its a huge beer garden, one that is dog friendly, and you can sit outside and enjoy the surrounding nature. I think we stayed a good 3,5-4 hours! It really was lovely.

Malta x Moving

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Good morning! I am awake since 4.45am this morning and we are waiting for the truck. Of course, one disaster follows another. The truck wasn’t allowed out of the harbor because they made a mistake at the border control office. Fast forward 2 hours, I am now sitting here in a still empty apartment, but – with good news. I just got a call from my dad (whom went to the harbor at 5), that they are now allowed to continue. The truck should be arriving in 20-30 minutes from now and then we will start unloading. Unpacking is the theme for the next couple of days.

I thought I’d use this little mini-break though to update you and, provide you with some iPhone photos I was able to make last night. Since arriving here, we have been running errands constantly and in between I have been working on my laptop (business and studies – so much for vacation..). Now I am crossing fingers that everything goes well and that I can then enjoy the weather a little bit on the weekend. I brought so many nice, new bathing suits! It would be a shame to not use them. And of course, I want to use these few days to tan a little if possible.

The photos are from lasts nights dinner (horrific quality, I know), when we went to Surfside (a Restaurant here in Malta, right at the water). It has an absolutely breathtaking view and the food was amazing. At least, I can surely say that about my fresh salmon – and I can only recommend the place to anyone visiting Malta. The Restaurant has 3 floors to it, with a Shisha bar at the beach, a more lounge/bar area for enjoying just drinks and some great music (and from time to time supposedly big parties).

Now I need to jump – the truck is about to arrive! xo

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Flying Mood 101

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Happy Monday my dearest of all! Enthusiastic much? Probably! I just arrived back at my hotel in London again after a not-so-fun flight from Zurich and a great dinner out at a steak restaurant (my favorite food, of course!). I don’t mind flying and thankfully have never been scared of it. This flight however, has been one of the bumpiest ones I’ve been on so far – and I do fly quite a bit. I knew it would be bumpy as the flight was delayed form the beginning on, due to windy weather conditions. What I did not expect was my stomach to feel off. So off – I literally felt clinched up. I honestly did not even know what to do about it – I am so not used to it. So I sipped on some orange juice as I had the feeling I needed to load myself with as many vitamins as possible.

I normally always sleep on short flights. Short flights only. Sadly, as much as I would love to sleep on those long flights, especially those going through the night, I am always wide awake. Short flies however make me tired as soon as I step into the plane. Not only my iPhone and iPad go on flight mode – nope, my body does too! It’s almost impossible to stay awake for me. I usually fall asleep before we are up in the air and only wake up upon hitting the ground – or even when all other passengers have already left the plane. This time round I had to write some texts for my studies and I needed to stay awake. I ordered two large coffees with my orange juice and started writing. Which by the way really isn’t that easy when the whole plane seems to jump rather than smoothly glide in the air.

Now, I do not want to continue rambling on and complaining! Instead,  I could go on forever why I also, absolutely love flying. I seem to calm down so much when up in the air. Suddenly all the connections are turned off – no more internet, no more phone calls that can reach you, no nothing. Instead, a peaceful silence surrounds me (with my headphones on) and I can drift away in my own thoughts. When starting off I try to watch the city become smaller beneath me. The houses look so tiny after such a short time, the cars become lego pieces and then look like tiny little ants flashing their lights to find their way through the darkness. Suddenly, I feel so small – so vulnerable. Is this just me? Similarly, I felt lost when arriving and going down to land over London. The landing (going down) took around 20 minutes after the pilot had told us we are going down slowly. 20 long minutes and flying to Zurich you usually see nothing but greens below you – or maybe a small village here and there. Landing in London becomes a movie itself – the city is so big that even from the birds perspective it made me feel tiny. I can’t stop myself: after every flight I suddenly notice I took about 20 different pictures (15 probably looking identical)! :-)

Nonetheless: I am really excited about London – hopefully I’ll find some free time on Wednesday to look around a bit and enjoy the hectic and chaotic, yet inspiring mentality of the city. Tomorrow is definitely a full day – my schedule is overflowing and my inbox is about to explode. And now it’s almost midnight – yet alone it is an hour later in Zurich so I have really gone a little overboard with staying up late. My alarm clock will be killing me in the morning – I see it coming! Until then though, I wish you all a great night and a lovely Tuesday! xo

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Säntis 3.0: Exploring the mountains

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It’s Friday – whoot! I am currently still in Geneva and enjoying every moment of it – I will tell you all about it when I am back! I found some more photos from my trip to the Säntis moutain I had told you about a few posts ago. I still cannot get over the beauty of nature when looking at these photos and I really want to go back up to the mountains again. Let’s see what is planned for this weekend!

To my surprise we saw quite a few birds up there! They glide so beautifully through the thin air it almost seemed as if they were in slow-motion. Yet, when they got close to the edge of the view-platform, they would fall down in a steep, steep angle, were it almost looked as if they had suddenly gotten a heart attack! It did scare me the first time actually, as one of these birds came right by me – not even a meter away! We figured that they would do their special jump dives everytime a visitor came outside onto the platform, probably in the hope they would receive some food. There is a restaurant up there so it makes sense that they think they would get something. What I did not understand however, was why they were up there, 2000(+)m above sea level, in an arctic freezing enviorment, when they could be further down at every other restaurant or house near-by. Yes- too much talking about birds now!

I can’t wait to tell you all about Geneva and hopefully I’ll remember to take a photo or two whilst I am here. Enjoy the rest of your Friday! xo

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Birthday Dinner at Kronenhalle, Zurich

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TGIF! Though actually, the  week has passed by so fast – once again! It’s unbelievable how the time just passes at such a pace. I swear, every sunday I think to myself “not again, monday tomorrow”. And as soon as the week starts, it’s basically over again. I love that though, and I guess that comes from me enjoying my job as much as I do – there is surely nothing worse than not liking what you do or just being bored. I couldn’t not do anything the whole week!

Monday night I promised to show you a few pictures of my birthday dinner. Now it’s friday already, sorry! Like I, most likely, mentioned earlier: the food was absolutely amazing! My dad surprised me by taking me out to the restaurant Kronenhalle in Zurich. It is one of the eldest in town and the reason being must be the quality. The food tasted enormously good – I still drewl on the thought of it. The service was spectacular – havn’t seen aynthing like it in Zurich so far! Obviously, I had to have some meat again, haha. Regarding the fact that I used to be a vegetarian for 3, almost 4 years, no one that knows me can actually believe that I basically live off of meat now. I have the feeling it fills me the most and provides me with the energy needed for the day ahead. I normally only have meat during the week at lunch time. At home I cook full-on vegetarian or even vegan at night (got to keep it all in balance!).

The birthday evening started off with brilliant white champagne, followed by a beet-apple-horseradish salade as a starter, deer-filets with red cabbage, rice, dates, grapes and smored apples as my main dish, some Moneterè (Valpolicella Ripasso 2012) red wine on the side and an espresso whilst trying to digest on what seems to have filled me over my limits previously haha. I also took a few photos of my dad’s food, though ended up making much less photos than I had planned. I didn’t even manage to get a picture of myself haha. And trust me, afterwards I was way too full, to think about anything further. So for anyone wanting a nice, chic restaurant with some french flair, I highly, highly recommend the Kronenhalle in Zurich.

That night I also decided that I want to try out a new restaurant atleast every month, to get to know more places around and in the city. Do you have any recommendations? It doesn’t matter what type of food or restaurant – I am open to (almost) everything! Tonight I will have another lovely late-birthday dinner with a friend. Next week friday I shall celebrate with the whole family (parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins – big crowd!) – absolutely looking forward to seeing them all again after such a long time!

Now off I go – work doesn’t stop and money doesn’t sleep haha. Have a great day everyone!

 

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