Friday, 9 March 2018

Wädenswil Fasnacht Parade

Fasnacht/carnaval is over for another year and as usual I did not see anything except the kid`s parade in Wädenswil. We go every year with most of the kids in our daycare and it is always a lot of fun and this time was no exception. In fact all the kids really enjoyed themselves, a few thought it was rather loud (yes it was) and they got tons of sweeties to take home.

Not much as been happening and thankfully the extremely cold weather of last week has gone and we got a glimpse of spring this week for a few days.

I have been buying a lot of books lately along with my fellow book friends, we all went tiny bit mad on Saturday. I bought 8 in fact but 5 of then were 2ch each so I don´t mind at all. There is a very good second hand book store very near to Bahnhof Enge, with a huge section of English books.

I also went to see the movie Red Sparrow which I didn`t really enjoy too much, as it was so violent (for me anyway). I did like Jennifer Lawrence, just not the movie!

This weekend won`t see much happening at all, Alessio will go and play with a friend and on Saturday evening will be having fondue. There seems to be nothing at the cinema for Alessio to see at the moment which is a shame!

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Book Subscription

So here is another book post, since December I decided to treat myself to a book subscription. I did some research and I decided to try The Willoughy Book Club.

I gave them a list of authors that I would like books from and then each month they send a book. I also got postcards and badge too, included in the package.

These are the three books that I have received and so far I have only read The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.

The whole thing cost £50 which I thought was quite expensive, but to continue I got a discount so I decided to try another 3 months. I just hope that the next books are ones I haven`t got as I have lots of books!

This is a big thing nowadays and there are many different book subscription to chose from like Book Voyage, FairyLoot, Book and a Brew, Owlcrate and Young Adult. They all sound really great!

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

January Reading List

In January I read 8 books and they were:

Glass Sword book 2 by Victoria Averyard

King`s Cage book 3 by Victoria Averyard

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Death in Mesopotomia by Agatha Christie

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

With Your Crooked Heart by Helen Dunmore

Cobra by Deon Meyer

I enjoyed most of them, I did not really like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas though, it was quite weird and strange. I really liked the Red Queen series by Victoria Averyard and the second and third books were both good. The final book comes out this year. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was really interesting, all about his life growing up in South Africa and becoming famous. Set in South Africa too was Cobra by Deon Meyer and really good.

Feb is now practically over and I read 11 books,  more about them another time, but here are some links to check out:

I did not read the first book Rebel Girls, but I would like to check both out.

Books which will come sometime this year and definitely want to read some!

This is an interesting read about Daphne du Maurier!

Have a good mid week!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Last summer Alessio and I, along with my parents spent one week in the Outer Hebrides. For around 3 days we stayed in Stornoway, which is the largest town in the Outer Hebrides with around 8,000 inhabitants.

We visited Lews Castle, where we explored the new Museum am Eilean and it tells the history of the islands and we saw the famous Lewis Chessman.

We wondered around the shop and some of the buildings are colourful like in Tobermory, but not as nice! We spent most of our days visiting other sites on the island like Callanish Stones, Dun Carloway, Gearrannan Blackhouse and Butt of Lewis.

On Saturday I visited with Alessio my friend Katrina and her lovely little baby Ellie along with Hannah. On Sunday, my in-laws,  Luca and Andrea with their kids Valerio and Mattia came for brunch.

Have a lovely week!

Friday, 16 February 2018

A Weekend in Barcelona!

The end of January Alessio and I went to Barcelona for a long weekend. It was a lovely weekend and we did lots of cool things.

I met up with a friend Elena whom I had not seen for over 20 years, we met here in Zurich when we were both au pairs. We met at Plaza Catalunya at the Cafe Zurich, it was great to catch up and we visited Poble Espanyol, which I already posted.

On Sunday Alessio and I visited Park Güell, which I will post at a later date. We also walked around the port area too for a bit and stopped for some food and drink.

The Sunday evening we went to Camp Nou to see FC Barcelona play D Alaves, this was our second time here and it was just as good. It was very busy and thankfully FC Barcelona won 2 - 1, although it was touch and go. Also it was great that Lionel Messi scored a wonderful free kick to basically win the game!

So our weekend came to an end and we both definitely want to go again to see them play!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Day in Fribourg, Switzerland

Berne Bridge

Zaehringen Bridge

Back in September with my parents we visited Fribourg, this Kanton is bilingual French and German. This was my first proper visit and it is a lovely city to see. We took the train there which was nice and easy to do. There are lots of great views looking down at the old city, which is called Basse-ville. And of course looking up from the old city too!

The city has the river Sarine running through it and apparently people living on the river`s west bank speak French and people living on the east speak German. This I did not know! The old part is lovely, it has lots of very interesting old buildings and it is there we had our lunch. We went on a Monday, there is a chance a few restaurants and shops maybe closed.

There are numerous bridges criss-crossing the river and once you have finished visiting the old part right by the river there is a funicular to take you back up if you are feeling tired or lazy! There are also many fountains, churches, the cathedral and many museums ( just not on mondays) to visit.

My parents are coming again in April so I forward to visiting some more places in Switzerland with them.

Well that is it for now, Alessio has only two more days of school and then he is off for two weeks. Tomorrow he is going skiing with his class, lucky him!!