you can imagine, 13 months on the road went by much too fast.
An extremely fascinating, enjoyable and interesting time with no
stress, no pressure and a great feeling of absolute freedom had
to come to an end sometime. (All the details, pictures and travelnotes,
you find on bigtrip.milsom.ch )
So we returned home just in time for the Swiss national holiday
in August. Coming home was not always easy: Getting back into "normal" life,
with rules, obligation and always the same surroundings, the same
people, the same daily routine,... But coming home also brought
some nice things - like having family and friends close again,
good food, daily hot showers, mountains, sports,… And everybody
really tried to make our home-coming easier, thank you so much!
first month was filled with lots of weddings of friends (and
my parents' 33rd wedding-anniversary party in our garden – so thrilled
that they are still so happy together!) Unfortunately we couldn't
attend all the parties. We had so many appointments with people
whom we hadn't seen for more than a year, we went for lunches,
coffees, dinners, biking or hiking together, talking about all
the experiences, us away and them here, to get the latest news.
Fixed dates and meetings and having to keep the time was a new
experience for us, after just living every day, one by one, for
such a long time – carpe diem! I still don't wear a watch and will
keep this freedom as long as possible.
first three weeks it was raining day and night, so being back
in Switzerland was even more difficult for me. Although I have
a “new” mountainbike I didn't go biking as often as other years… But
I loved cycling or rollerblading on the dam of the river Rhine,
for hours, just switching off the brain and enjoying the beautiful
Two weeks after we arrived back home I got an email from a friend,
that there was a job-ad in the paper that sounded perfect for me.
So I applied (although I only wanted to start working in autumn)
and got the job a week later. Since the 2nd of November I work
for ABACUS Research AG, a company that creates business-software.
I support the guys who sell and introduce our software to the clients,
write manuals, test them and will start giving courses next year.
It's really a great job, a fantastic company and such a nice team.
same week I got my job, Markus got a new one too. He's also working
in St. Gallen, at GWZ, a company that produces Software for insurances
and municipalities. He's working as a project manager and likes
his job, too. Also in the same week we found a cute little house
in Grabs. It has 4 ½ rooms,
just perfect. It's old but has a good spirit :-)
We went to Lenzburg a few times this year, to see Andreas and
Ursula. Once for a concert (Streetrats, was great) and once for
the baptism of their wonderful daughter Eowyn, Markus' god-daughter,
who was born just a day after his birthday! Another new baby in
our life is Cecilia, the daughter of Fabiola and Heinz, Markus'
brother. She's so beautiful and happy, smiling all the time.
All of September I was working in Wildhaus, teaching two classes
in one - happy kids who live in the mountains. Definitely different
to teaching in a town like Buchs. But as usual, teaching was hard
work and convinced me, that I am happy to give it up. However I
must say, it was rewarding to work with children who want to learn.
really enjoy all my time with Nanouk, my godson. He's 2 years
old now and such a clever and joyful child – no wonder with such
brilliant parents! When I had time during my "free" months,
I went to St. Gallen to look after him with my mother, when Natalie
(his mother, my sister) was working. Sometimes he came to see me
with his parents and once I even had a date with him over lunch,
at Ben & Gaby's.
In October I was allowed to go and see Ben's work at Sky-guide,
where he's learning to be an air-traffic-controller. I was absolutely
fascinated and most impressed! On the same day the earth shook
in Pakistan and India . Places where we had travelled only a year
ago were totally destroyed. As Pakistan was one of my favourite
countries, I feel close to those people there and am sad about
what happened on the 8th of October. All I can do is pray for the
people in the northern areas that they are strong enough to survive
the hard wintertime.
days after that, Seb, our friend with whom we had spent more
than two weeks in Tibet, came to see us in Grabs. He is cycling
from France to Nepal on his self-made-bike. We spent a great
week together, climbing, cycling, hiking and especially talking
lots about travelling and life. His father and his friend came
to meet him on their way east, bringing pizza, wine and a nice
time to our house. At the moment I'm making a website for Sebastien,
I love this creative work and could spend every free minute on
web design… The time with Seb motivated
us to start climbing again. We enjoyed some nice climbs out in
nature and on inside climbing-walls with friends (which we hope
to continue more often in the new year!).
my first course at ABACUS we went to Lugano to tidy-up the caravan
for winter. It was a beautiful sunny weekend, as always in the
November my working-life began and I still have to learn to get
used to my new part of my life. But I like my job and that's
a big deal. After my first week at work we went hiking the Fürstensteig
in Liechtenstein with Dani and Luzia and enjoyed our time with
week later I had to have my ankle operated after a small accident
in Thailand. So that made me walk with crutches for weeks and
it's still not as it should be. But hoping for the best – I don't
want to miss another snowboarding-season…
third weekend in November we spent with the whole Milsom-family
in Wil and Zürich, enjoying lots of fun and peaceful moments
together. We also went to see the musical “Sisteract” in a tiny
old church in St.Gallen with Mam, Ben & Gaby.
you see, my weeks seem to be packed with activities and I hardly
find time for myself to just lean back and enjoy the memories
of our bigtrip, sort and order our photos, relax and read. I
hope I can find more time for the people who want to meet up
in the new year. Sometimes I feel so bad that I can't stop talking
about my travels – it's just like an oasis in a desert, dreaming in my
memories is like a short trip to heaven… but I slowly feel my feet
touching the ground again. We'll see what the new year brings,
am sure it will be good.
the new year I wish you, that every day will be a special one!
Take care and enjoy life!
of love from snowy Switzerland – just
came back from sledging from the mountain down to our house…
new year letters.... 2003 - 2002