This morning when I was busy in the garden (in my pyjamas, I’m can be so weird
sometimes) I felt fall just around the corner. I could literally smell him already, the cool breeze, the crisp air, the changing nature. Summer here is officially over my dears and as always it went by way too fast. And this year’s summer was special for me, of course, here in my new home at Lake Geneva! It was full of weekend trips and BBQs (which C calls braai), visits and late night garden sit ins, open roof deck drives and picnics, canoeing and bicycle rides. ‘Pack your bag we’ll go on a surprise trip’ and laying on a blanket in my neighbour’s garden watching an open air movie was one of my most favourite moments.
I stumbled over a list of goals I scratched on a small piece of paper beginning this year in my agenda the other day and I was surprised to discover how much I achieved so far. So by the end of this summer I can say that I’ve made some good progress here! I grew my very first tomato and chilly plants, learned as much French as to be able to call people on the phone and get what I want, I got my residence permit (wohooo!), a health insurance (which was almost harder to get than a permit), a gym membership, signed up for ballet, yoga and French classes, I made a few very lovely friends and I even know where to get the best croissants in town! Man this makes me even proud! And not to forget I have a job that I like a lot and that even pays me to go shopping!
This summer also taught me a few things about my new home and about me:
- people can be very nice to you and make you feel like you are their new best friend, but then never call you again.
- I like to be a small town girl, but to be close to two major cities appeases me also.
- The prices here are always triple with almost everything, but there are smokin’ hot good end of season sales.
- As a woman you eat very little here, if not at all (I will never integrate in this matter!).
- I’m in love with my entire neighbourhood. There you have it.
- In August everything closes for the whole month, because for the sake of summer and the clocks turn slower (and you don’t ask questions).
- Homesickness is cured the fastest with my mom’s curd cheese dumplings.
- 30 feels so great and I want to stay that age forever.
- Love is the best reason to move.
- It’s never too late for anything.
- Stick to the speed limit in Switzerland. Just do.
- I actually wear the hiking boots my dad gave me once more often than I ever thought I will.
- I miss my friends back home and my old roommate that could kill any of my self- doubts with only one sharp statement.
- Swiss people put up the same mailboxes, vacuum clean outside and they even top my sense of order and tidiness.
And now my most favourite season starts, the one that brings back my sister from abroad to live close to me, that brings hot baths at night and cinnamon tea!
P.S.: Hairdresser on Friday and the white wall is NOT in the neighbour’s garden, it’s all under control.