Hiking in Saas Fee

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As you all may know by now – from having seen my IG stories and photos – I was once again in Saas Fee this year for business. This little town up in the alps is magical for me. I’ve written a post about it previously, and will thus not go into too much detail about it now. The drive up into the mountains was once more breath-taking and this time my boyfriend and our two puppies joined! The business events lasted from Wednesday night up until Friday and once again I learned more than I could have imagined in such a short time frame. Amazing! Friday night my man sadly had to return to Zurich early so I stayed in Saas Fee with the dogs and my family (parents & sis). Saturday, before driving back to Zurich, we decided to go for a small hike with the dogs. The path right from Saas Fee took us a bit further up into the mountains. We saw marmots (which you can actually feed with peanuts out of your hands!), walked past a huge water mill and saw the slowly melting glacier up in the mountains. All in all, it was absolutely wonderful. That is of course, if you’re such a nature fanatic like myself. Also: I think the dogs had the time of their lives!

in the fields with Luna & Zaphira
on the day of the hike – right in front of the water mill
one of my favorite shots!

The Silence of Nature

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Malta. The island isn’t all too big, all too large and rather easily explored – yet, there’s a new place every time I go for walks with my family. Right after New York, and after spending less than 36 hours in Zurich, I headed right back to Malta to see my puppy again. I left Zaphira with my mom and sister whilst I was gone traveling overseas so that she had family around her and wasn’t alone. Upon my return, I received a million kisses from my pup and couldn’t feel happier. It was just what I needed. Malta was just what I needed. In fact, I needed a short break. Traveling is a passion I love and I cannot be happier about the life I am living and about my career allowing me to travel to different places. Yet, once in a while I am just happy to let go for a bit; almost to shut down in order to reload my personal energy again. That is what I did over Easter together with my pup and the family. We were out daily, surrounded by winds, yet enjoying the warm sun that spring has brought to the island.

Generally, there is not much I love more than enjoying the silence of nature. That is, the sounds of breaking waves, the wind whistling through the sails of yachts and boats, the birds humming their songs and wings of bees vibrating so fast you can hear it for miles if you listen closely on an open field. I have learnt not only to love being outside in nature but appreciating all that it gives to us and does for us. My next personal challenge: the ultimate detox and enjoying nature to the fullest. That is, I want to plan a trip in the near future where I will be almost fully offline – cut off from the digital world.

I love the internet. Don’t get me wrong. I love being online and knowing what is happening exactly when it happens and the second a message gets in. Yet, being available at all times, receiving emails and calls 24/7, answering WhatsApp messages in bulks and FaceTiming every night with family and friends can make one feel restless. I’ve come to notice that a break from everything, at least once in a while, is quite the positive change. I now try going outside without checking my phone every 10 minutes – at least for those 2 hours that I am outside with my dog when going for a short hike. And my next challenge is a trip – a trip where I will restrict myself to only 2 short periods of online time a day (to let my family know I’m alive whilst abroad and to check important emails once a day).  I think it will be a real treat for myself. Have any of you gone through a digital detox – is it even possible nowadays in such a fast pacing world? I cannot wait for it!

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful start into 2017! We have exactly 361 days left this year, to make it our greatest – what’s the plan? I’m out and about a lot this year and will try to tick off all my goals within the next months. First and far most, however, I need to write (well, start) and finish my master thesis. Joy. New Year’s Eve was amazing by the way – we had a house party at my bfs place with another 14-15 people. We had some great food, bubbly wine and a whole lot of fun. Luckily, I had Monday off and was able to get my energy back – ready for the new year at work. Yesterday started rather calm at the office. I organised quite a bit and tried to read through all the emails that piled up over the last few days. Today is seems, is the real start. I’ll be out for a business lunch and am jumping right back into a few large projects that were slightly on hold due to holidays.

I also wanted to share these photos with you my sister took of me in Malta two weeks ago. It’s incredible how warm it was there compared to the weather here. It’s freezing now, a bit snowy and it seems we are still far away from spring. These photos were taken at the Dingli Cliffs. Wherever you looked, you saw nature’s beauty. The cliffs are breathtaking. Yet, what really struck me, were these cute little stone houses (?), which were quite frankly fully falling apart. I am not sure what it was, but I assume they used to be some sort of shelters for farmers when the weather turned bad all of the sudden? Either way, the fact that they were so tiny and, quite frankly, broken down – yet had No Entry & Private written all over – made them especially cute. I had to take a few photos there. It’s a great contrast to the rather fresh velvet trend that everyone is going on about. Well, same here. I love love love velvet. Here, I am wearing my velvet pants from Zara (a few years old), a velvet body also from Zara (this season), and my adidas originals (which are so dirty they must be thrown out, soon). The sunnies are from Dior. What are your thoughts on velvet – keep or throw for 2017?

Camana Bay

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Hi peeps – weekend already! Thankfully Saturday. I woke up this morning and could have sworn it is Sunday – and it makes me even happier konwing that I have another day off tomorrow and can sleep in. The week was super busy again, and going to Geneva for Thursday-Friday didn’t help with trying to get back into my routine (and off the jetlag). Yet it was super fun. I went over for work, attended a big networking event dinner (you semi-see my outfit on my last instagram photo) and then had meetings the next morning. Coming back to Zurich I was able to nap a little on the train, which was desperately needed as I went met up for drinks in the evening with friends. So much for resting. Today looked similar, I got home at around 1pm (stayed over last night), had lunch with my dad whom is spending the weekend here, went grocery shopping and finished an assignment for uni. Now I thought I’d give you a little update before I jump up again and get ready for dinner tonight. Cannot wait!

The only negative thing about being back home, really, is the weather. It has become so cold! Nevermind those lovely evening dinners and drinks with only a shirt and shorts on. It all about thick jackets and wearing a scarf already. Looking at these pictures almost wants me to turn around and fly back right to Cayman. These photos are of a little island just at Camana Bay. Visiting our office, this pretty place was only a 60 second walk away from it and I couldn’t help myself but go there once or twice after lunch to enjoy the view. It is really tiny. A touristy thing, but so pretty. Imagine being stuck in the office the whole day and within a couple of meters you can walk over a small bridge and stand on this cute little island and feel like you are on vacation. Right – not that anyone would do that actually living there; happy to escape the heat in air-conditioned rooms at the office. I surely would. At least that’s what I would like to believe.

Now this weekend everyone is going to Halloween parties. I totally missed it this year – or will be missing it. I had the chance to go to a big party with reservation but already cancelled a couple of weeks ago. I wanted some time to rest after all those travels. Quite frankly, I am happy I did. I get to enjoy some quality time and go out with great people. Seeing Kylie Jenners Halloweeen-Party on snapchat today, though, made me question this whole thing again. Yes, I liked it. No, actually, I loved it. I want it. So right now my plan for next year is an awesome Halloween party. Let’s see what actually happens in a year but the thought is quite heart-warming – or better, bitter sweet.

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Graduation x Family

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I am back from Düsseldorf and seeing the family – and already miss them (especially my baby, aka dog)! I have quite a few photos to look through from graduation, though wanted to share one with you already. Here you see my grandpa, grandma (shortly after tears of joy), my beautiful sister (congratulations, again!), my stunning mom, and myself. My dad sadly isn’t on the photo, as he was standing behind the camera. Though, I should have a few photos together with all of us. I love family photos – they caption so many memories and are super fun to look at in later years. Sadly, the whole family doesn’t get together all too often (other than my parents and myself), so I always try and capture some of the moments. The graduation was on Friday, and Saturday we had my aunt, uncle and the three kids over and went out for another dinner. Speaking of dinner, we had the most amazing dinner with a breath-taking view on Friday – we went to the “Rheinturm,” which is the highest tower (218m) and offers a view over the whole city. We were also really lucky with the weather, as it was supposed to be rainy and quite cold. Luckily, it turned out to be quite warm – thankfully, as I only brought summery clothes.

Now I am back in Zurich for the week, catching up on work and preparing for the next weeks ahead. On Sunday I leave to Geneva again for business, returning Monday evening, and leaving to Malta Tuesday. As you might remember from an earlier post, my family is moving from Düsseldorf to Malta, so I will be flying over to catch some sun hours and help with the unpacking. I’ll stay in Malta one week, and then on July 6, early in the morning, I’ll fly to London to stay for business until Friday afternoon. Things should calm down once I am back in Zurich and my agenda seems less full – so I am crossing my fingers that the summer finally arrives in Zurich until then; it’s been dreadful the past weeks! If you’ve been following me on snapchat (@stylephantom) you saw that I was quite active on it over the past weekend – and I am planning to keep it up as I travel: it’s such an easy way to share special moments with friends and family (and lets not forget the utmost joy these filters bring)! xo