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oh my.. where to start?!?!?!! The past few days have been amazing, exciting, and so much more, there’s very few words to describe it.

… Fashion… As I’d mentioned previously, I got tickets to the opening night of the first ever Zurich Fashion Days as well as to the Up and Coming Swiss Designers show; it was amazing. Let me tell you, I’m quite addicted now, I can’t wait to attend my next fashion show! Once I’m home and organised (if ever!) I’ll do a proper blog post about both shows with lots of photos!

On Thursday after the morning show and VIP luncheon, I raced to Zürich airport to catch our flight to Berlin. On rushing to the airport – MAJOR TIP – do NOT take Tram 10!! Unless you have lots of time to waste. I did have time but the ride was so long, I got bored!! At least I can say I took the tram to the airport, but never again, that’s for sure.

… Berlin… The last four days in brief:
So Thursday evening we landed in a rather cold and rainy Berlin and after unpacking and settling into the hotel we made a beeline for Alexanderplatz for dinner. Now don’t judge me too harshly but it was SO worth it! KFC Rocks! IMG_1361

Friday morning I was up early and headed to the hotel pool – seriously people, nothing beats a swim in the mornings! IMG_1367After a yummy full American breakfast we made out way on our ‘shopping day’. IMG_1371 They have these mobile sausage stands all over Berlin, one guy had it attached to his wheelchair and others generally strapped to them, so strange to see – I wouldn’t dare buy from them though.

While walking past Deutsche Bank we saw a huge Harrods sign and display, Kismet!IMG_1374 I’d just mentioned at work how I would love another Harrods Christmas Bear (they bring out a new one each year) and look what I got! My cute new teddy IMG_1378 (along with some fudge and English shortbread, hee hee).

Friday night we decided to get a quick bite and found ourselves at some Aussie restaurant – by far the worst meal I’ve had in a long long long time!! IMG_1387 After dinner we went to see Dirty Dancing live on stage, I had SO much fun singing along and dancing in my seat. I must admit it was weird that all the talking was in German and even some of the songs but the dancing was spectacular!IMG_1389

Saturday was a slow and lazy day with a bit of browsing at KaDeWe and a bar lunch of beer and flammküchen (French pizza type thing) IMG_1415     IMG_1410 and in the evening we met with a friend and his son at a restaurant that boasts 100 different beers on the menu and I had a Castle lager!!!

Sunday we decided to do one of those hop-on hop-off bus tours, though we did little hopping off! mainly due to the cold weather and that we’d seen quite a bit already. I took so many photos of buildings around Berlin, I find the old and modern architecture so fascinating! We ended our bus tour with a visit to the Berlin Aqua Dom . Anyone who knows me, knows how I love animals and even more so sea creatures, I can spend hours / days in zoos and at aquariums; and this one didn’t fail to impress and inspire

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Sunday, being my last night, we went to the hotel’s fabulous and famous restaurant for some delicious steak. I love how at the end of the meal you get to roast your own marshmallows!!IMG_1492

Then it was a 5am wake up call and off to the airport. It was great heading home last night to get cuddles from my furbabies, I missed them so much!

Now all rested and ready to face the rest of the busy week ahead! Tonight I’m meeting a dear friend going through a break up, tomorrow night I have a facial and Thursday night I’ll be preparing for our next girls dinner party I’m hosting on Friday which I’m really, really looking forward to!! Happy week everyone!!

Lets Play Catch-up, shall we?

So I’ve been away from proper blogging for about a month now, so much has been going on that I’ve either not had the time or just not the energy to actually blog about it. If only I could transmit the blog posts written in my head directly online, that would be wonderful.

So in the last month (or so) my hair has gone from this

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to this!

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I’m very happy with it, having gotten so very frustrated with short hair that one can do absolutely nothing with!

As the last part of my partner’s birthday presents, I got him tickets to Karl’s Bühne Gassenschau: Silo 8. It was absolutely amazing! Especially considering it was in Swiss German, in different dialects and with a bit of Italian thrown in to add to any struggling foreigner’s confusion. I was surprised at just how much I understood, even the Italian. Here’s some pics and a short video clip of the intro.     If you understand German and get a chance to see the show anywhere in Switzerland, I highly recommend it! (FYI, the current show runs until September 26)

Sunday morning we went for brunch at Bohemia, it’s so popular there you ‘have’ to book a table and they’ve even extended brunch to 4pm!! All day English breakfast, flapjacks and maple syrup and, and, and!! Its a very popular place for most of Zürich expats in search of a little something familiar; and its SO delicious!

Have a wonderful week!

NaBloPoMo: Spring

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A sure sign Spring is here (and oh so very small town Switzerland): the cows are out in the field again… our apartment is on the same street and old Mabel and her friend’s bells make a hell of a noise while they dine at 4am!!

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My absolute favourite part** of Spring, of course has to be the hayfever. The teary eyes, the sore throat and constant sneezing leading everyone on the train to think to have  bad case of Swine Flu and looking at you like a diseased leper. Not to mention the light-headedness from the multiple anti-histamines (cos one is just not enough!) and everyone constantly looking at you with pity then laughing and thanking the Universe that they don’t have to suffer like you do.

Ah yes, I love, love, love Spring!! >bah humbug<

**note excessive sarcasm here

The weekend

Saturday’s shoe of the day, 015worn with boyfriend jeans and black t-shirt with the same colours as the shoes. Ideal for walking around Ikea and the WestFest to celebrate the opening of tunnels through the Uetliberg making it faster to travel from Zurich to Zug and beyond.

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Fairground attractions – I, of course, took a ride on the Ferris Wheel 🙂

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085  Giant mammoth sized burgers, swiss style! And no fair (Chilbi) is complete without Knoblibrot (garlic bread) yumm!!!!!042

Shoe of the day

I’ve not been a good blogger of late. Though, mind you, I did blog a fair amount when I was home ill last week.

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Today, in spite of the drizzly weather, I’m wearing a pair of Nine West Leather peep toe shoe-boots. Along with it (since everyone gets dressed from their shoes up, right?) a pair of wide leg suit trousers and fitted three quarter sleeve polo neck jumper. To complete the outfit, Swarovski’s Domination range of earrings and matching necklace (I decided wearing the matching bracelet was a tad OTT, better suite for a night out) and casually draped around my neck, a grey cashmere scarf. (While on holiday in South Africa recently I saw the same shoe-boot in gold on sale at Nine West, bit too garish for me, but at least cheaper than what I paid for these in London.
I love this shoe-boot as it works well in Winter and could do for a night out in Summer (sans tights, of course), they’re super comfortable too!
Happy Friday everyone!