I am a firm believer that summer is the best time to visit
Take the past two weekends for example, both of which were awesome enjoying outdoor parties, an outdoor movie, and strolling around and swimming in the beautiful lakes. This past Saturday was simply perfect. My friend Giovanni came over and we reunited after not seeing
each other for four years. Giovanni and I were exchange students together and we went to the Migros Klubschule to learn German along with nine other exchange students. We, eleven students, had our crash-course-in-German-before-being-thrown-into-a- Swiss- High-School during our first month of our exchange year and as a result we became an international family. Giovanni just graduated from the hotel management school in the Italian speaking part of
I love openair events especially movies. On Friday, I am going to go to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A couple of weeks ago there was Openair St.Gallen which is a huge concert where you camp out for a few days while several acts perform all weekend long. However it’s really expensive so I didn’t go and am happy that I can use the money instead for the Zurich Tango week which will be at the end of the month. I have gone weekly to the Argentine tango Milongas (tango dance event) in St. Gallen and am really excited for Tango week which will include several Milongas (some openair ones too!), two balls (I new those formal dresses would come in handy!), and several classes and workshops taught by some amazing tango teachers from Argentina.
In the past two weekends, I have attended two cook-out equivalent parties. The one from the past weekend was a birthday party for my friend Jasmin who lives in Glarus surrounded by beautiful pristine Swiss Alps. Her cook-out thankfully consisted of a lot of salad which I was thankful for since I have been keeping to a vegetarian diet (with the exception of the occasional seafood making me a pescatarian, which I am not so sure how to spell). Not so fortunate for my diet, however was sitting in front of the four cakes that were delicious. I mean you have to try them all right? It’s a good thing I offseted (hmmm my offset research is taking over my thought process) that cake by bike riding and swimming the day before.
The one from the weekend before was to say Bon Voyage to my dear friend Nora who is journeying back to
really travel far distances for their holidays. The secretary at the Uni is going to northern Africa for her holiday and many people have already left the office bound for a summer in
Before the party I picked some of the now perfect cherries from our tree in the garden which is the other reason summer equals awesome. Fresh cherries means my Swiss mother spends the day removing the stones from the cherries so she can make homemade jam (9 jars so far), making cherry soufflé, cherry pies, cherry sorbet, and then she freezes the kilos of cherries in the deep freezer so she can do all of this culinary magic throughout the year. All these cherries are from one tree, surprisingly, and even though we have been picking and munching and inviting relatives over to do the same, that tree is still full of cherries. For me, my favorite is the
raspberries which I spent the remainder of the day picking after I got home and mowed the grass (with a highly sustainable old school push mower…hmmm Katie-Peige-power is my favorite renewable energy :D ). Since we just got a new ice cream maker, I am excited for the raspberry ice cream prospect. YUM. Oh and then there are the black and red currants which I wasn’t sure what they were really but soon found out that I really liked their sourness in the cookies and pies I have sampled so far. Mmmmmm summertime in Switzerland is delicious.