Time goes so fast indeed. I remember how I would constantly remind myself that I won’t be able to stay long in Switzerland.
Three months was enough. Then I got a job. Okay, two more months. Then came six more, then a year, and least than I expected, I was able to live in Switzerland for surprisingly four long years!
I took that giant leap out of my comfort zone. Since then, things have never been the same again.
Away from my home country, living in Switzerland has taught me a lot and changed me in so many ways. True enough, you’ll get a better understanding of yourself and what surrounds you, once you expand your horizon.
Fifteen dishes in my Cooking Diaries. A few more unpublished recipes. Tried, tested and prevailed. Summer holiday guests. Belgian mussels in season. Cebu lechon. More meat and seafood, pastas and rice, cheeses and wines…
This is how I describe my cooking and food adventures in a nutshell for 2014.
Somehow I’ve anticipated that I’d be in hiatus again. Yet a two-month worth of time (or three, almost) that just guiltlessly went by didn’t seem to be fair. As I’d put it, there’s a blackhole; between the days my husband and I spent our holidays and the time we settled in to our new home.
For weeks we ‘d been living out of our suitcases. I’m considerably an avid traveler, but then I realized that I cannot remain a nomad for a long time. I still felt the need for a home base. What’s even more, we also had to move our stuff over the thick snow at zero temperature.
My husband surprised me with a fancy dinner at Auberge de l’Union in Arzier on my birthday. Well, we had been trying to come up with a surefire excuse to visit this restaurant for a long time, even though in fact, it is not so far from our place. So far for this year, we’ve already celebrated two special occasions somewhere else – his birthday at 2-star Michelin Nuance and our Valentine’s day at the top of Jungfrau. At the same time, whenever we go hiking around and pass by it, we’d sometimes start talking about this restaurant, which would leave me relentlessly curious about. Then come my birthday, and me, the celebrant got lazy to organize. It’s such the best timing for hubby to take me to this quaint, classy resto I had sought out for quite some time.
I have been lucky nonetheless for being able to visit more countries in 2013. To date, I’ve got a total of 19 countries and over a hundred cities and towns. In 2013, I was able to add 9 new countries and over 20 new cities on my list, which is quite a lot by the way, compared to previous years of my traveling spree. Lucky me.
Another too, I just found a new travel buddy – my husband. And lucky boy, he’s been to over 50 countries all throughout his life. So that perhaps explains why I’m more inspired to travel around and discover more new places. It might be also my competitive side that’s secretly wanting to beat his high travel score, too!