‘Tis the season

As it comes to that time of the year where everyone is having family Family dinners and friend gatherings there is also a lot of other people who have to work through this happy season. I am one of those people. About three months ago I decided to take a seasonal job here in Zermatt. I knew that this job would be hard I knew that there would be long hours, knowing that around Christmas time I would be slaving away and have no time to enjoy it here. Yet I found some time on Christmas Eve for a beautiful walk around midnight and no sadly there was no Santa to be seen or his reindeer. I managed to just enjoy the moment of being in such a beautiful place in Switzerland surrounded by mountains which were actually lit by moonlight as it was a full moon. I really recommend this to anyone who feels overwhelmed around Christmas or New Year’s time, their own birthday or some big event. Go outside get some clarity, calm down and have a good nights sleep. It works magic.

Sometimes I forget that other people have to work on Christmas as well around the festive season and it’s easy to forget that this feeling of anxiety or feeling left out often passes and life is actually beautiful there’s no reason to not enjoy the exact moment you were in it all the time.

There’s a lot of other things that I also had to get done before the end of the year which I still haven’t done but I will when office hours are open here in Zermatt. I can finally tell the city council I’m moving in. (I’m very excited about that because the taxes and health insurance for cheaper here. It’s funny how in Switzerland the taxes and health insurance can be so different from one kanton to the other even though they just an hour apart.) I’ve also not sent any Christmas presents to Australia yet which I started creating well over a month before hand. Oh well!

Now this is for my friends and family: I’m sorry if I don’t write back or I don’t text back or I don’t give you a call back sometimes working here is a bit too hard-core for me and even I need a little nap in the afternoon on my break during my split shift. Having less communication with the outside world can sometimes automatically make you make me feel left out. Trust me. I feel it already taking a toll on personal life and my own day to day routines!

All in all, I’m enjoying it here in Zermatt. I’m looking forward to the new year and actually starting a bullet journal! I’m also looking forward to working towards new goals whatever I want them to be. I need to take life by the balls more often. Time keeps flying by. Until next time, I wish you all a happy new year!

April

It all went by so quickly! I managed to make a birthday cake for a friend, lay out in the sun every chance I could get and caught up with friends and family. It doesn’t sound like much but it somehow takes up a lot of my weekends – not that I’m complaining!

Now, I’m not going to go into detail about the amazing weather we have had, as a typical swiss person will tell you, because the weather has been quite perfect so far… Oh, no! I just did. What am I becoming? All jokes aside, I’ve learnt to appreciate the good weather as it comes. In Switzerland, it can change from sunny to cold in a matter of hours. This is something I always found amusing: the amount of people confused by the weather. I’ve seen people wear coats and scarves, and  people wearing shorts and a singlet – both on a perfect 24 degree day.

As mentioned before, I like to lay out in the sun as often as possible! So naturally being the woman I am, I ordered myself another bikini for the summer. Black, high waisted bottoms and a nice classic triangled top. After trying them on, I’m still not sure if I can pull of the look of being a 2018’s Baywatch extra.

Here is a pic of me nearly asleep after a pedicure and relation in the sun at the Montreux palace spa. It doesn’t get better than that.

What most surprised me about making a cake for a 5 year old is that I can actually do it! In the back of my mind I always thought it would fall apart or I would drop it just before the party. But no, it turned out well. It wasn’t perfect – but I know now how to make it look better next time I make one. Maybe after a few more practice cakes I could make a tutorial…

Not sure why, but this year I’m very excited for summer and can’t wait to have an excuse to wear less clothing. I’ve been planning a few outfits I want to wear – including many things I’ve had in my closet for a long time but never wore! Oops… I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this.

Until I have more important things to report, I’ll leave it at that. I hope everyone is having a great day/night. Xx

Important things I’ve learned so far.

On my birthday weekend, I went to Zermatt. There was even a flight in a helicopter and it was amazing! On my birthday or leading up to it, I like to reflect back onto my life around my birthday to see how far I’ve come. I’ve learned so much over the past few years whether it’s just about life in general or things I wish I was told when I was younger, there is now a list! Here are mine, what would you add?

1. Learn to appreciate the small things.

2. Learn when to react and when to ignore. Your energy and effort is not infinite.

3. Be kind.

4. Stop putting impossible pressures on yourself.

5. Go at your own pace.

6. Have a hobby, preferably also one that keeps you active.

7. Travel as much as possible, experience different cultures, try different foods.

8. Save your money! Set a budget, put aside some money with every paycheck. It never seems like much but over a few years it adds up.

9. Do what you want to do – plan it, execute it, don’t ask for permission.

10. Communication is key. I’d rather repeat myself than miss out important information. In relation to: relationships, work environment, etc.

11. Go with your gut instinct.

12. Don’t rely on someone else for your own happiness.

13. The important people to keep in your life will make an effort.

14. Find out what works for you when it come to self care. It’s different for everyone.

15. You are enough.

16. Saying “I love you” doesn’t cost anything. Say it to those you care about!

17. Failure is just a lesson on how not to do “it”. Fail until you figure “it” out.

18. Fake it til you make it. We are all just hacking. Not everyone knows what they are doing.

Don’t miss this amazing place when in Switzerland!

A few weeks ago now I needed to get some Swiss alpine air as I had been craving it for a some time now! Within 30 minutes on deciding where I wanted to go, I spontaneously got on a bus, then a train, then a cable car and arrived after 90 minutes at my destination: Oeschinensee.

To get there: Public transport is good (in comparison to Australian public transport) but not always great. There’s only a handful of trains that go by Kandersteg and also when going back to where ever it is you came from, it can be up to an hour’s wait if you miss your connection!

From Kandersteg you can either hike the way up to the top or take the cable car, which is what I did. Because I have a GA I got (I think) 50% off my ticket. Its about a 15 minute walk from the train station in Kandersteg to the cable car. It was a pleasant ride up to the top which of course comes with many beautiful views into the valley below. To paint a picture for you: I spotted green pastures, classic Swiss huts, paragliders and even snow capped mountains. You can hear the little rivers that has been created from the melting ice hundreds of meters further upstream and breathe in the fresh air!

Once I had started along my walk, there were even cows grazing nearby with bells on. Swiss-ness Pur!

The Lake itself is reached by a brisk 20-25 minute walk from the cable car. I went with only little knowledge of what to expect and what to explore. So after 10 minutes of walking along, I was wondering where that big lake is. But when I saw it… I knew then already my trip was well worth the effort. Just to prepare you, it’s just as beautiful as it looks in pictures, or even better!

This destination is really a full day trip. Its the best way to soak up the atmosphere or at least leaves enough time go for a long walk. Oeschinensee has a lot to offer, such as: hiking around the lake, fishing, photography (with such a view, its a shame not to take photos), swimming, paddling (there’s a paddleboat hire), have a picnic with friends and family (I noticed bundles of wood for a small campfire at the kiosk for CHF12.-), go tobogganing, marvel at the beautiful wild flowers growing all around or just go there to find a spot to meditate and get some sun!

I wish I had gone earlier in the day to get more walking and relaxing in, but now I know

 

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Have been to Oeschinensee? Or are you yet to go? Tell me below!