Our 2 month anniversary coincided with moving in to our new home which will in all likelihood be my forever home because they are going to have to forcefully remove me if they ever want me to leave as
I am never doing this again I really like it here.
In the last three months we have lived in four different homes and out of ten suitcases and whilst we’ve had a lot of fun, it’s also been exhausting and it is so good to finally be able to settle down and to have a place to call our own. Julz is also enjoying her new room and retreats there often. I’m telling myself that she’s revelling in her new space and that it’s not the early signs of the teenage years which are knocking on our door a little too frequently lately.
In the first two months we didn’t have much of a routine other than Julia’s daily trips to school and our weekly washing day. (The washing day still cracks me up … in our old apartment we were allocated one day a week to do our washing and this was not negotiable. Luckily in our new apartment, the people are a lot more easy going and we can more-or-less do our washing whenever we want. EVEN ON A SUNDAY, which was a big no no in the old apartment.) The start of our third month has already brought with it more of a rhythm and we are quickly finding our feet and getting to know our new neighbourhood.
We live on a hill in a quiet little village called Winkel and are mainly surounded by farmlands and forests (a big tick off Benito’s check list). The landscape seems to change every few weeks as new crops and flowers are planted and we have a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables on our doorstep. This morning we went for a run through the forest and found a little box with bottles of fresh honey (CHF 7 – just put your money in the box and help yourself to some delicious honey). We also no longer get woken up by church bells but rather by the resident rooster.
The local school is a stones throw away which means that Julia’s current 50 minute commute will shorten to a 2 minute walk in October when she’s able to join the school – just in time for the changing seasons and we are so excited by the promise of the extra hour being added to our sleep pattern in the Winter.
The school term comes to an end in a few weeks and we have a 6-week Summer break ahead of us. Zürich really caters to the kids during the Summer and for CHF 25, they can get a Summer pass which allows them to travel on any form of public transport (bus, train, tram, boat and funicular) in and around the city. They get entrance to a whole bunch of badis (pools or designated swimming areas in the lakes and rivers) as well as entrance to the museums, zoo and a number of other attractions. We are already planning to take full advantage of the warmer weather and are busy creating our Summer bucket list.
Until then, we are enjoying …
… finally being rid of all of these boxes and having some normalcy restored to our living room.
… this. Here’s to hoping that her enthusiasm lasts!
… the view of our apartment building and one of the many beautiful views (if you squint really hard, you can see the mountains in the distance).
… evening walks in the forest and playing tennis with tree branches and a pine cone (my girl is happiest with a “racket” in her hand.