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Showing posts from December, 2012

Happy 2013!

Another year is over and a new one is about to start. I wish you all a good slide into the new year and lots of blessings for 2013! May it be a good year filled with joy and peace!


Silvesterlauf 2012

People in Zurich like to do some things in winter that may seem odd to people who are used to living in a warmer climate. There is the annual Samichlausschwimmen (lit. Santa Claus swimming) in the beginning of December where hundreds of people swim in the ice cold Limmat and Lake Zurich. Although I like the idea of the Samichlausschwimmen I never actually participated in it - too much cold for my taste! :)

Another annual event is a bit less exotic: the annual Zürcher Silvesterlauf. The name might be a bit misleading as this event does not take place on the actual Silvester (December 31st) but two weeks earlier on December 16th. It is a "Lauf" meaning it is a real running competition but most people simply participate for the fun of it. The participating runners run a track right through the middle Zurich and can enjoy the Christmas lights and evening atmosphere.

This is also reflected in the many possible categories that you can run in:
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10 Fun Things to Do Outside On a Snowy Winter Day

The last few days have been really cold in Switzerland. It's become a routine to put on warm winter boots, a warm hat, a scarf, a warm winter coat and mittens before leaving the house. Without them it would be rather unpleasant outside.
The cold also has advantages. It's cold enough for the ghastly gray rain to turn into beautiful white snow. And when the sun breaks through the clouds the winter day is perfect for some fun activities outside.

Obviously, one of the main winter outdoor activities in Switzerland is skiing. Almost every Swiss child learns it from an early age. It's like learning to swim or to ride a bike - it's simply part of a Swiss childhood. However, there are many other fun things you can do outside on a snowy winter day in Switzerland. Here are some suggestions:
Go skiing or snowboarding in one of the many ski resorts in Switzerland; if you don't have a car to get you to the mountains you might want to have a look at snow'n'rail which offe…


I don't think there is a better way to start a winter Sunday. It's snowing outside and I'm sitting inside with a hot cup of black coffee and some Christmas cookies. But what would be the perfect ending to a snowy December Sunday?

December is Christmas market season in Switzerland. In almost every bigger city there is a place or a street filled with booths that sell all kinds of handcrafted gifts, candles, spices and Christmas food. If you are got cold while walking around you can buy hot punch or Glühwein (hot spiced wine) to warm you up. A small sip will warm you up and the hot cup warms your cold fingers. Add some Christmas music, the smell of cookies and light snowfall and you'll get the perfect Christmas evening.

Sometimes, you'll prefer to stay home on a cold snowy evening. That doesn't mean that you'll have to give up on Glühwein. You can easily make your own batch of Glühwein at home. This is what you'll need:

1 liter red wine
1/2 liter water
8 …