Category archives: travels

So the music last night was amazing, which was expected… the hour before the music, not so much. Boyfriend is VERY German, meaning he is incredibly organized, good at planning and a bit of a worrier. All of things i am definitely not. Needless to say we are a good match and balance eachother out. So, yesterday I was feeling very prepared for our drive with my printed google maps driving directions right to the venue’s door. We left with ample time, so we would have a extra hour in case we got lost. Two things I do not think I would do without him, as I have a history of being notoriously late and pretty good at getting lost in a car. (on foot i have a great sense of direction, but somehow driving really mixes me up) Apparently the majority of Zurich is under construction so immediately my printed directions failed us :( after driving for a bit, i decided to turn on the data roaming on my phone which is SO expensive once you cross the border. Finally we were back on track with a little guidance from my faithful iphone and found parking and were there right on time. We found the street the venue (Schiffbau) was supposed to be on and the address i had for concert hall was an office building which was closed. fail. :( we turned the corner and found a theatre with the name Schiffbau “oh this must be it” we go to the ticket counter to make sure and the woman looks at us with that look of “you idiot” and said the place we were looking for was on the other side of the city and we could take a tram #4 there. Our hearts dropped a little, we marched down the hill to where the tram was and i googled the venue to find out where in the world (or Zurich) this place was. The website said, a short walk from the central train station. ” oh great we will get out at the station and walk.” so we did. i googled again and realized we were off the tram 4 stops early, a good 30+ min walk and by this time we were very late. Back on the tram once more and a bit more walking after an hour of hunting we finally found this giant concert hall named Schiffbau. Really? 2 places in the city with the same name? Well the music was incredible, we even got there with enough time to drink a beer and get a place in the very front of the hall.
I just love how humble a musician he is, or atleast he seems to be. Not really any commentary, just a hello, goodbye, thank you and beautiful music, pretty much exactly like the last two times i saw him in San Francisco.
The night turned out lovely- but i think we are finally going to break down and buy a GPS for the car and I am going to try not to think about the roaming charges on my phone i definitely will pay a hefty price for next month. It was worth it, and definitely an adventure which is what makes like interesting, right?

travel obsession

Definitely had a bit of a travel bug lately and while i am happy to have the next month free of any planned trips and just take some time to relax and enjoy spring at home, i think after that i will be itching to hit the road again. So lucky to have a man who is open to go anywhere with me and who makes an excellent travel companion. Hopefully planning a trip to Croatia in July with another one of my favorite travel buddies, a country i really know nothing about, except that the photos i have seen look lovely. looking forward to doing some research and exploring a new place to fall in love with.

Thinking this map from you me and the royal we is fantastic and would look oh so nice on our wall and definitely loving the color coded pins for where you are, where you’ve been and where your headed…. maybe i will hunt down a vintage map and create one of our own, although that probably won’t do much to calm my travel obsession… just so many places to see!

I heart berlin

a short and lovely weekend getaway in berlin. the forecast projected rain for the whole weekend, but we were spared and even blessed with a bit of sunshine, except for a brief downpour right before we left for the train station. i decided it was the city’s tears, crying because it didn’t want us to leave :(

Mini Ashley sized doors :) even in heels i think its just my size….

Asian food and a beer after a very early morning and long train= perfect lunch

oh how i miss living in a city. the art, culture, food, the energy of city life, walking aimlessly making new discoveries …. and so much more…. :(

Now i suppose i need to focus on all the beautiful things I am surrounded by now in our quiet little city: the forests, the lakes, long bike trails…. the warm months of the year are definitely the best here being able to be outside, please come soon spring!

chasing inspiration at the saatchi gallery

We spent a short weekend in london a few weeks back… the tickets were dirt cheap during an easy jet sale back in January and the flight is only an hour so I impulsively booked us tickets. The place I found to for us sleep near South Kensington, was fine except that we had twin beds which gave the feeling of a childhood sleepover which needless to say is not exactly romantic…. but definitely a good laugh.

We really had no other plans than cruising around the city by foot and exploring, which is one of my all time favorite activities. The only “must-see” in London for me was a visit to the saatchi gallery and left with the spark of inspiration I was desperately searching for.
Two of my favorite sculptures, a taxidermy camel in a giant suitcase and a huge beautiful heart:

This exhibit from Emily Prince was incredibly sad and beautifully showcased. Her project “American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (But Not Including the Wounded, Nor the Iraqis nor the Afghanis)” documents the American men and women who have lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through 5,213 sketches. Read more about it here