I really think it’s great that Cee manages to come up with all those questions, week after week. And I love what they trigger in me. Like this time with her very first question, that brought me back to an early spring day, having dinner with a friend of mine at the Lake of Zurich, chatting about love and life and all the things in between.
What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?
The first place I lived without my parents was Zurich. Zurich is a little city in Switzerland and seems like a big city when you are actually from Switzerland, living in Switzerland. It’s simply beautiful. Not just because of the old buildings but because it’s situated at a lake with views of the alps. You should really visit Zurich if you ever get the chance. I know most of you fly into Zurich but then head on.
While I have now mentioned the things I loved the most like the lake, the buildings, the views of and of course also the short distance to the mountains, there was one thing I really didn’t like about Zurich. It was the long months of fog in winter. While fog has something magical it can get quite depressing when you have one day after another that you spend in the dark grey of a foggy day. Especially if you know that the sun is shining just a short drive away. There is always two sides to a coin, right? And for me that was what living in Zurich was all about. The beauty and the grey. They nice and not so nice.
What is your most favorite smell/scent?
The scent of fall. Or the ocean. Or the forest. The smell of fresh air. Yes there is such a thing. The smell of freshly baked bread, a good meal that is cooking. Some kind of flowers. And I love my essential oils as well. Recently I use a lot of Rosemary. But you can also always find Lavender, Sandalwood, Lemongrass and Lemon Myrtle in my house.
Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?
Now that is actually a good question to ask me. As you all might know I grew up in a snow resort in the Swiss Alps. So snowy winters were part of my life. Shoveling was part of my life. Worrying about the winter months not having enough snow and therefor not drawing enough tourists to the little town was part of my life. Being cold was part of my life. Loving the sound of fresh snow under my feet was part of my life, as much as skiing or horse riding through the snow covered forests. Catching snowflakes when falling was part of my life.
Now I live in Australia. While we have ski resorts here (yes, there is snow in Australia!) snow is not really a thing that Australians consider normal. Living in Victoria means living close to most of the few ski resorts in Australia. And while I utterly enjoy the beach lifestyle and living in a country that is so beach and warmth orientated, I do need my dose of winter and snow. But I also have to say, I’m seriously glad that, snow covered roads, shoveling a patch to the front door and scratching off ice from the windscreen of the car are no longer part of my normal winters. I love to be able to be a winter tourist. To get my dose of snow and then happily return back home to now snow when I had enough.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Please forgive me if I’m lazy and simply refer to my previous Tell Me Something Good post. It definitely still makes me smile…