always i feel that time flies much too fast and it's already
more than a year ago since we moved into the house
in grabs and
i started working at abacus (a company that programs business software).
for this i attend a course of book-keeping once a week to learn
what the programs are all about.
summer months i managed to go and visit my godson nanouk and
my sister natalie and family in wil a few times. it's beautiful
to cycle over the toggenburg which i enjoyed much cycling with
my racing bike became a kind of meditation for me - to think and
at the same time turn off the brain. nanouk also came to grabs a couple of times to sleep here over night and play in/along the
after the year on the
road we enjoyed being closer to our swiss and austrian friends
again and had a few fun events - skiing, cooking, playing, going
out, brewing beer, climbing, hiking or rollerblading, sledging,
having fondue on the mountain or just talking and listening to
the stories of life... we also spent more time with ben & gaby
which is always good fun and there will be one big event in the
second half of this year that for sure will be really special for
the two... now that they live in wil i can meet up with my brother
and sister in one go.
in march i went to vevey (the french
part of switzerland) where i had a small presentation for the company
and later an exhibition in lausanne. i love the french language
and am glad that i get the chance to improve it at work.
and kai came to visit from germany. we met them about
4 times in new zealand and even though they are 10 years
younger than us it feels as if we had known each other forever.
the weekend after their visit we had a big family
all the cousins of my mother's side. i hardly ever see these people
but we all shared the same grandparents... so it was really nice
to meet them all again and talk about the old times.
weekend in may was organized by us a weekend
with the 9 milsoms in konstanz and lindau - germany - where we
went to sealife and walked along the lake in hot sunshine.
our friends sabina and richard got married in june and got their
wonderful baby boy nino just a few weeks ago - nearly at the same
time as ilaria and ursin, who are the proud parents of the cute
boy fynn. in july maleah
nita was born, the charming smiling daughter
of natalie and matthias and my first niece. nanouk is such a loving
brother and helps his parents incredibly much i
enjoy every minute with him and am impressed how much he already knows!
july stefan (an austrian friend whom we met in australia) came to our house
with his motorbike on his way to andorra. it's always good to talk about the
days on the road, the gipsy-life with no worries or stress... or as
william hazl expressed it: "the
soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel,
do just as one pleases."
for the world championship
of football we often had some friends here and watched the games
over the projector on the big screen having
a bbq and some beers besides.
this year we managed
to go to england twice but both times just
for a long weekend... first my cousine michelle
got married which
was a fantastic party. i loved every minute of the time up north
as i don't often get the chance to see my english-french cousines
and the rest of the english family which has grown since angelique's
son noah frederick was born just a few days before christmas 06!
the second weekend we spent with
my parents in broadstairs where
we stayed in their flat just next to the beach. we are really lucky
and grateful to be able to fly over for next to nothing with ryan-air
and stay in such a great flat. thank you so much, m&d!
sunny august we had a day out with our team from work canoeing
down the river rhine, having several unintended swims and ending
the day with a huge bbq. it is really a great company, where i
work. they manage to make work feel not so bad in providing great
surroundings like a table tennis table in the garden where i spent
lots of lunchtimes running around the table... also in august our
friends dani and petra got married before going traveling for a
in autumn i visited
a course to get some info about teaching adults. soon after i
held my first course to teach the customers how to use our software this
is a good mixture of my work now and teaching kids.
(with whom we spent 10
days traveling in china) came over from
london in october to mountainbike, hike and visit feldkirch.
autumn is also the time to pack up the caravan in the ticino which
gave us the chance to spend some time up in the mountains, walking
in the golden leaves and collecting sweet chessnuts.
a whole year with no holidays it was high time to go on the road
again. this time it's a month
in morocco a country that
fascinated me with it's high sand dunes, the wild coasts, black
deserts, lonely forests, gorges and valleys... and especially with
the open and warmhearted berbers playing their tam-tam-music and
sharing their food, time and traditions with us.
we often come
home from work late in the evening (we drive 1.5hrs every day to-
and back from st. gallen) so there was not so much time for sports
as in other years. but i spent lots of time working on several
websites which i still love doing extremely much... especially
if it's about travelling as i miss this really much.
so looking at some nice photos of far-away-countries or reading
travel-stories warms my heart and feeds my travel-bug... but, as
marcel proust said: "the real voyage of discovery consists
not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." for
me traveling is not about the amount of pages stamped in the passport,
it's about opening your mind, meeting people to learn from each
other and reflecting your life.
for the coming year
i wish that we all can enjoy life - every day - as if it were
our last... (inspired by paulo coelho's veronika
decides to die) smell the roses along the way, smile at the people
coming towards us and be grateful for what we have!
new year letters.... 2005 - 2003 - 2002