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Sunday 15 December 2013

+Joe and I just got back from the most lovely winter trip to Switzerland.  We spent time in Lucerne, Grindelwald, Interlaken & Zurich all of which were stunning.  I've been editing a few photos and still can't get over how beautiful that country is - those Alps are something else.  There's something about being surrounded by towering mountains that really humbles a person.

+I'm so far behind on blogging - I have hardly touched on our trip to Istanbul let alone Brussels, Bruges & now Switzerland.  I don't even know where to start.

+We are in full on Christmas mode in our household.  This weekend we bought a real tree (my first one!!) and have decorated the apartment up perfectly.  This is one perk to staying put for the holidays.  We haven't decorated since we left Canada and while there are obvious downsides to missing Christmas with our families, I'm really happy to pull out the spirit and embrace celebrating here.  The warm glow coming from the tree, star and candles is magical and for once, I'm not entirely depressed that the sunset comes at 3 pm.

+Between consuming all of the heavy (but delicious) Swiss-German food and the mountain of Swiss chocolates we brought back with us, I'm feeling like I've put on a substantial winter layer on these bones.  It's not entirely needed in Stavanger being that it's 8 degrees Celsius and rainy most days but that doesn't stop me from grabbing another chocolate as I pass the box.

+Speaking of holiday cheer - have you seen this Westjet video?  Westjet is one of Canada's 2 main airlines and are known for their friendly staff and out of the box thinking.  They've been known to pull stunts like this before (see last year's here) but I think they went above and beyond this year.


  1. I don't know why but everytime I read "Grindelwald", I think of Harry Potter. Is it the amazing place I imagine it to be in my head?

  2. There could be worse ways to add "winter layers" than with swiss goodies!

    The photos are gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest :)

  3. Wow, this landscape is so amazing and the place seems to be so relaxing! China is so hot nowadays and I can't even feel the Christmas. As for the blogging, take is slow, don't force yourself with writing. Give yourself a break and when the Christmas comes, you will have more time to catch up with your blog. Can't wait to read your stories about Brussels. Loved it there last summer!

  4. Looks so chilly and crisp! I forget what wearing mittens feels like. And yeah, isn't that Westjet video fantastic? I bet that guy never asks for socks and underwear from Santa again haha!

  5. We're on our second real tree this year and I love it so much! I love how pretty it is and how sparkly. Christmas trees do wonder for moods, just looking at it makes me happy :)
    And yeah, I'm way behind in blogging too... I blame the season, we'll get caught up eventually.

  6. My inner marketing nerd totally loved that commercial!

    And I hear you on the chocolates. I strung Quality Streets on our tree this year and I snatch one every time I walk by it. Oof.

  7. I am happy to hear that you had a wonderful time in Switzerland! Looking forward to see more pictures and yes, I do miss the Alps a lot!!! Such a special place!! Have a lovely christmas and enjoy the festive season!! Kristina x

  8. Switzerland looks so nice.


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