Let's go with Option A, Holidays.
Ah, holidays. The last 10 days or so have felt all too familiar, which is nice. Kind of like I was only here last month...(contrary to popular opinion, I was not).
Loved spending Christmas up in the mountains. It's a completely different world up there...besides all the extra snow. Top 5 Highlights of 5 days in the Mountains (Davos):
1.) Success in Cooking a Turkey.
Would you believe, that I, having never (I don't think) eaten a turkey before(!!) cooked a turkey?! And, not only a turkey, but, if I may say so myself, amazing stuffing AND gravy. I'm still in shock. I did feel a little like I was sitting down to a Thanksgiving Dinner on Christmas Day....(I blame this on Hollywood) and I was too squeamish to actually put the stuffing IN the turkey myself, however, I CAN COOK A TURKEY!
|Done like a (Turkey) Dinner...and what is Duplo doing on the Table?!|
I know, I know. Last time I went skiing I swore to never repeat the act. This time, I did the same thing. Next week, I'll probably say it again. However, once I survive the treacherous act that is a ski lift, I love being so high up in the mountains with such a clear view of the sky.
(PS. Thanks to Nat for her expert tutelage and patience)
3.) A REAL Christmas Tree with REAL candles.
On Christmas Eve (when Christmas is actually celebrated in Switzerland) we went to the little church in Nick & Nat's village where the school kids were performing a few songs and a play. I made up the dialogue in my head as it was actually in Swiss German, and it was a pretty interesting play (if I do say so myself). However, the cool thing was the Christmas tree. It reached the roof of the 2 story church and the teenage boys sit up on the second story and light the candles. Nat told me it's always the same - some sort of rite of passage for this age group - you are allowed to be a part of the tree lighting.
Looked a little to me like the Swiss allow pyromanic tendancies to develop in teenage boys, however I was more worried about a lit Christmas tree in a church made almost completely of wood. And I was up on the second story with no easy escape.
So between making up the dialogue for a Swiss German Christmas play and planning my escape route, you can imagine I was pretty busy.
|Nick & Nat's REAL Christmas tree with REAL candles|
4.) HC Davos (Switzerland) v. Vitkovice Steel (Czech Republic).
This ice hockey game would have to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I felt very lucky to be invited to go with my Swiss family to a Spengler Cup match (HC Davos v. Vitkovice Steel)...the atmosphere was crazy and professional ice hockey is soooo fast! I now understand why they think cricket is a slow game!
I also learnt some German chants useful for ice hockey games. You never know when these will come in handy.
Ok, so I don't have a fifth highlight. The title was just catchy.
But, in general, I'm just quite happy to be here. It feels a little like home. Getting used to understanding nothing again, losing whatever English I did have, Slipping and sliding on ice, Eating good chocolate and drinking gluwein, Sparkling Apple Juice!, Dry lips and catching up with many good friends.
I'm heading to Kassel on January 1st, for an intensive 3-week German course (language + culture) and then am planning on heading back to Zurich for a few weeks before I start my semester in Munich.
Auf Wiedersehen! und Ich wunsche dir ein frohes neues Jahr!