3 x first impression

February 16, 2017



Viikko takana uutta arkea. Sen kunniaksi voisin jakaa omia ensivaikutelmiani tästä pienestä suuresta kaupungista.

1. Zurich on tosi kompakti - siitä tuo edellä tekemäni huomio pienestä suuresta. Kävellen pääsee joka paikkaan, kunhan vain kengät antavat myöden. Sen lisäksi että etäisyydet ovat maltillisia, kertoo kaupungin koosta myös samoihin naamoihin törmääminen. Jo kolme kertaa on tullut vastaan sama rouva harmaan tanskandogginsa kanssa, ja kahdesti olen törmännyt samaan omaa kieltään sepustavaan hortoilijaan. Tiistaina käydessämme vuokraemäntäni kanssa kaupungin toisella laidalla kävelyllä ja istuskelemassa laiturilla auringonpaisteessa, törmäsi tämä matkalla ainakin viiteen tuttuun. Enemmän kuin mihin minä Turun keskustassa talsiessani olen tottunut.

2. Luomu ja luonnonmukaisuus ovat kaikkialla. Ennen tänne saapumistani olin etukäteen selvitellyt muutamia luomu- ja kasvisruokaan painottuneita kauppoja. Aika turhaan. Ruokakaupat Coop ja Migros tarjoavat hyvän valikoiman luomutuotteita, joskin paras myymälä vaikuttaisi olevan Migros-ketjun etukäteen selvittelemäni Alnatura-myymälä, josta saan ostettua kaikki ruoat saman katon alta.

3. Teslat ovat kaikkialla. Eri malleja ja värejä näkee täällä päivittäin.

// One week in Zurich behind. Therefore I'd like to share a couple of first impressions of this little big city.

1. Zurich is a compact, walkable city. I've ran across same people several times (and no, they are not my neighbours). Almost every day I see this lady with her grey Great Dane, and already several times have I ran into a somewhat cuckoo lady who at our first encounter grabbed my by the arms and spoke her very own language (a short while later she was assisted out the museum).

2. Organic products are well represented. Before I got here I listed a couple of stores that sell organic food and household products etc. Well, it turns out these products are quite well represented in regular stores like Migros and Coop. Yet, the best store is still the one that I had checked beforehand - Migros' Alnatura, everything I might need under one roof.

3. Teslas are everywhere. Every day I see at least a few - in different colours and models.

Baden

February 15, 2017





Pilvisen päivän kuvat eivät ole niitä kaikkein onnistuneimpia. Jotain todistusaineistoa piti kuitenkin lauantain Badenin ja Wettingenin reissusta saada.

// Cloudy days sure aren't the easiest when it comes to taking pictures. However, I felt obliged to take a few snaps of these candy-coloured streets of Baden.

Sunday well spent

February 12, 2017




Menneet päivät ovat kuluneet kaupunkia ihmetellessä. Käveltyjä kilometrejä on takana kymmeniä, kenties sata. Paljon on kuvia kamerassa, mutta niiden koneelle purkamista odotellessa satelee kännykällä napsittuja.

Lauantaina kävin tuossa lähellä Badenissa ja Wettingenissä. Siellä missä isovanhempani ja isäni kymmeniä vuosia sitten asuivat. Kaupungin mukulakiviä ja Limnat-joen rantaa tepastellessa kuvittelin kulkevani heidän jalanjäljissään - niinhän minä vähän taisin tehdäkin. Hyvä etteivät komentaneet kamerani kanssa muualle räpsimään kun vanhan kotitalon edessä kuvia nappailin. ;)

Tämä sunnuntai vierähti Kunsthaus Zurichissä, kaupungin taidemuseossa. Yksikseen kiertelyssä on se hyvä puoli, että museossakin voi viettää ihan niin monta tuntia kun lystää. Niitähän nimittäin kului.

Huomisaamuna on (hetken mielijohteen ja supersaver-lipun seurauksena) suuntana Luzern.

// These past days have been made of endless strolls in Zurich. Dozens (or are we speaking in hundreds already?) kilometres later it's safe to say this city is beautiful.

As are it's surroundings, as on Saturday I visited nearby towns Baden and Wettingen. Charming towns, not the least because my grandparents used to live there when my father was born. Strolling down the cobblestoned streets and Limnat riverbank I imagined walking on their footprints - after all, that is what I went to do.

This Sunday was spent with one of my favourite, but often too infrequent, leisure activities - visiting an art museum. Kunsthaus Zurich was a positive surprise. This is where you'll find me on Wednesday's when the admission is free.

As a consequence of a supersaver ticket, tomorrow I'll be wandering the streets of Luzern.

In Switzerland

February 9, 2017




Terveisiä Sveitsistä. Tänne Zurichiin minä eilen rinkkoineni ja matkalaukkuineni iltamyöhään raahauduin, joskaan en niin intoa täynnä kuin mitä edellisistä kirjoituksista lienee ilmi käynyt. Aika kultaa muistot, niin myös vaihtoon lähdön osalta. Vaikka viime vaihto oli tuplasti pidempi ja välimatka moninkertainen, oli eilinen olotila vähintäänkin tyhjä. 

Minulle ovat "eron" hetket aina suuria tunteita täynnä - sunnuntaisin poikaystävän lähtiessä viikoksi töihin saatan muutaman kyyneleen vieräyttää. No, voitte varmaan kuvitella huulen väpätyksen vilkutellessani tuolle samalle ihanalle miehelle tämän kaikotessa näköpiiristä turvatarkastukseen kääntyessäni. 

Täällä sitä nyt kuitenkin ollaan, ja vaikka rintaa puristaa tuntuu kaikki eilisiltaa valoisammalta. Ei sillä että jokin olisi eilen saapuessani huonosti ollut - kertaakaan ei  tarvinnut kaikkia laukkuja itse kulkuneuvosta siirtää, vaan aina oli joku ystävällinen tarjoamassa apua. Asuntokin on oikein kaunis, kuten ensimmäisestä kuvasta käy ilmi (joskin huonosti, lisää kuvia tulossa).

Väsyneistä silmistä ja ryytyneestä olemuksesta huolimatta taisin tänään sopeutua väestöön - ainakin jos neuvoa kyselevää sveitsiläistä rouvaa on uskominen. Tänään tuli käveltyä ympäriinsä reilut 30 kilometriä, viimeisenä suorituksena 6 kilometrin matka ruokakaupasta kasseja raahaten. Ja koska koko päivänä syödyt banaani ja appelsiini taisivat olla liikaa, huomasin etten ole koskaan kaasuliettä käyttänyt eikä mukana tuomani sauvasekoitin ainoana laitteena sovi paikallisiin pistokkeisiin. Onneksi omput ja spekuloos on aika jees.

Havaintoja: tarvitsen tuollaisen oranssin matkalaukun ja alimman kuvan juuttisandaalit.

// Greetings from Switzerland. I landed in Zurich last night after a more or less exhausting day. How come I forgot how many tears you have to shed when you move to another country for a while and leave loved ones behind. 

But here I am, going strong with a few hours of sleep fuelling my 30 km+ stroll with only a banana and an orange I had this morning. Of course, now that I got some grocery shopping done I noticed we have a gas stove (that I've never used) and a stick blender in desperate need of an adapter. Well, surprisingly I don't mind eating apples with speculoos. 

Note to self: I need an orange trunk and a pair of those brown jute sandals. Please.

Beauty Regimen

February 4, 2017



My favourite Moroccan insta-stalker asked me to write about beauty regimen. ;)

I must have said it too many times, but I'm quite relaxed with everything beauty-related. I mean - I don't dye my hair or curl the eyelashes. I don't use hair dryer or own a foundation (I had to Google the word 'foundation' just to make sure it's called that). All this does not mean I don't have a little something called beauty regimen, even if it is mostly about healthy habits and enhancing natural beauty. 


I start every day with oil pulling, whereas flossing is a nighttime habit. Lemons are currently in season (<3), which means I dare to buy organic ones and they are included in my daily diet. I consider it to be a part of my beauty regimen to drink a cup of warm lemon water every morning. Right after juicing the lemon I sink my nails in it, as by doing so I can easily brighten my nails.

You often hear people telling how they've heard or read you should do something. I admittedly do that as well (like right here, right now), but in many cases of well-being it may suffice to feel. That's the relationship I have with my hair. The products I use include shampoo, conditioner and oil. For the past few months it's been on a daily basis Swedish La Bruket's  shampoo made of balancing essential oils. I use Madara's conditioner and Rodin's hair oil whenever I feel like it - could be once a week or so.

Taking care of the skin is my favourite. I could not live without oils and creams. Literally, as my skin tends to be quite sensitive and itchy if not properly taken care of. The products I use vary a lot, as I hardly ever buy the same product twice. Currently it's either an olive oil cream from an olive farm nearby the farm in Africa, or Madara's sculpturing oil for the days I stay at home. Not exactly loving the dress up-game after oiling. If you could recommend a good (natural, organic, bunny-proofed etc. all things nice) body oil, I'd be grateful !

I now have to knock on wood, but lately I've been really quite happy with my face. The skin somehow seems to be soft and glowing. The ice swimming must be working. In the mornings I use toner; still have some of Madara's balancing toner left, but I'm excited to move onto Dr. Hauschka's sprayable one and get rid of those cotton pads. High five for less garbage! I then apply eye cream and three drops of  balancing blue tansy oil from Herbivore Botanicals - the product that evens out the skin in colour, texture and what not. Lastly I put on some Madara's tinted day cream for added moisture. On days I need even more moisture I apply Raaw in a jar's rose hip oil instead of the blue tansy one. In the evenings I dig up the same arsenal with only one addition, Madara's gentle cleansing foam. Spick-and-span in no time without the drying effect.

To get ready for the day I use Tata Harper's illuminating cream as a highlighter and Dr. Hauschka's bronzing powder to bring some sun to my face. Some brown mascara (Dr. Hauschka, again) and a few strokes of a light eye brow pen. From shower to this in 10 minutes. 


I never bring make-up with me, even though lately I've been trying to carry a lipstick around. I love a good red lipstick, be it Parisian or orange(ish). Something fresh. Most of the time I'm left with lip balm, and I always have a hand cream with me. Currently using one from Grown Alchemist.


And I thought I'd have nothing to say about beauty regimen.

Two (Plus One) Book Tips

February 1, 2017

I think book recommendations are in order to balance all the recent (and upcoming) beauty-related in here.

These two books I can recommend for those who are interested in geopolitics, politics and/or history. This truly is a balancing act.

The first one is (surprise, surprise) something my advisor a.k.a. dad had recommended. The book is by geopolitical forecaster George Friedman and it's called Flashpoints, the Emerging Crisis in Europe. It's a great history lesson of European geopolitics combined with present-day crises. A couple of years back I read Friedman's the Next Decade - another interesting book that I can highly recommend, as you get to reflect his writing on what has happened since it was written.

The second (or should I say third) recommendation is Martin Meredith's the State of Africa, a History of the Continent Since Independence. In high school I took all history courses possible, but somehow I didn't find the most recent African history that fascinating. Not that a lot of attention was given to it anyway. However, I've recently discovered a new interest in African issues and to brief myself decided to get this book at the airport in Johannesburg. It gives an overall glimpse of 700 pages on the history of African countries since their independence. A huge bonus of this book is that several maps of Africa are included in its first pages. I went back and forth while reading to make sure I learnt (at least some of) the locations and capitals. Beware - a lot of difficult names as well as cannibalism is involved.

My family used to play this board game called World Tour where you learn the countries and their capitals etc. by picking up a card presenting a flag of one of the world's countries. These books make me want to play that again.


Monday Mood

January 30, 2017


shirt  Sand, jeans Acne, suede boots Gianvito Rossi

She was beautifully out of place. Sometimes I believe she intended to be.
 
Like the moon during the day.
 
D.R.
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