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My son today first time managed to climb a slide and then slide down. Although he was laughing more
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Old 19.06.2016, 00:16
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...my first book is available online so if you like to challenge your german skills ...


Ein Ufo in der Umlaufbahn
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I think you need to post the link, google doesn't spit anything out .... neither with title nor withe ISBN-No.
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Old 19.06.2016, 16:11
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I think you need to post the link, google doesn't spit anything out .... neither with title nor withe ISBN-No.

Hmmm....to fresh maybe, here we go:
http://www.buch.ch/shop/home/suche/?...der+umlaufbahn
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... even though it's really hot, the Rufus Hound is lying on her back under the kitchen table because I've got my shoes off and she knows she can get a prolonged belly rub as I work.
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We've been here 7 Summers now- but I keep smiling because for the first time we have garden warblers and blackbirds singing constanty. No idea why they took 7 years to arrive, but I won't ask questions and just keep listening- and smiling. Dawn chorus has been wonderful for weeks.
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Missing our Slinky and came out early this morning to go to our back field and see the horses (Nikita and Carmen- not ours- they just like to squat our field) - and there was, a young fawn drinking from the horses water trough. Watched it for ages until it quietly turned and over the stone wall to the higher field, met his mum and they run into the forest. The best.

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Old 03.07.2016, 15:21
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...I had a trip back from Open Air St. Gallen in the early hours of this morning, that was like a Swiss version of Scorsese's 'After Hours', but nowhere near as threatening. Traditional Swiss choir on the 02.32 train from St.Gallen to Winterthur. Swiss guys offering us peach vodka and beers at Stadelhofen, and many other little cameo's that ended with us watching the sun come up from lakeside at 5am.
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Old 10.07.2016, 12:49
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When I pass these ladies, I've started thinking they are like a herd of dogs. Swiss cows are super cute.

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Old 13.07.2016, 14:43
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I was contently minding my own business in my flat and suddenly a dog appeared in my living room. It looked just like this one, but with a tongue hanging out of the side which was obviously too large for it's little mouth.



He hung around watching us eat dinner and watch Game of Thrones, then snuck under the balcony divider home/to another neighbor on the 7th floor.
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Re: I smiled because...

The Tale of the Multi-Gift Bookshelf

Recently, on a hot, hot day, and I in my madness for the joy of it, met a kind, friendly, polite man who gave me a bookshelf.

He was about 10 years younger than me, from one country, I from another. He packed it all up for me, bound everything sturdily, walked with me to the bus-stop, helped me plan the best route home with the easiest changes, waited till the bus came, and loaded my trolley into the bus. I admit that I was a little nervous at how it would all work out. But his extra mile was the start of many more, and the story unfolded in ways that could hardly have been better.

At the first changing point, a young man jumped up to help me disembark, and of his own accord told his friend on his phone: "Sorry, I'll be a little later, I want to help a woman here, with her luggage." Then he took my trolley across the tram tracks and waited with me until the tram arrived, and loaded the trolley into the tram. He was Greek, and about 25.

In the tram, a Swiss man about 70 noticed that the young man had specifically gotten into and then out of the tram, just to help me, and smiled. When I told him that the young man had been a stranger, he said just hearing the story had made his day.

Then a woman got up to give me her seat next to her young daughter, so I could sit down while hugging and balancing the trolley. They were from Kosovo. At the tram-stop, her husband immediately lifted my trolley out of the tram.

I walked over to the taxi stand (glad to have a voucher) too tired and too hot by then to face much of a walk, and the driver said he'd fold down a seat and manage to take the whole caboodle in his taxi. As far as I know, that taxi driver is Turkish, he’s about 60. When he off-loaded my trolley, a neighbour I didn't yet know saw the situation and came running across the driveway, calling out that he would help me. He wheeled the lot to my front door. He was about 30, and I think he is Brazilian. He was gone on his way before I could ask him.

Wow! The whole experience was a real high. It was altogether foolish of me to have even dared to try it, yet thanks to so many along the way, I arrived home melted from the heat, exhausted, but elated from the many ways people had helped me. Had the giver had a car and delivered the shelf right to my place, that would’ve been great (and I won’t say “no” to any other offers, by the way) but then we wouldn't have ended up being part of the wonderful chain of all that compassion and public generosity. That particular journey home was one big brother-and-sisterhood-of-humankind experience.

A few days’ later the retired Swiss woman for whom I had collected the shelf first listened to the story, before I told her that it was something for her. When she saw those poles and planks in my trolley, she got tears in her eyes and flung her arms around me. It is the kind of shelf she’s really, really been wanting for a long time. Moreover, she feels that it is now worth so much more being, as she said, "charged up" with the lovingkindness of a random collection of kind strangers from all over. She said: “It’s like a big hug around the world.”

We hear so much in the media about the evil in the world. Everyone seems busy with their own lives, each with our stresses, disappointments and fears. And yet... there is also soooo much good all around us, in most of those we meet, in most of us a readiness to help and care and share lovingly wells up easily... and I feel we shouldn't lose sight of that.

For me, the The Tale of the Multi-Gift Bookshelf brought this goodness right up under my nose in clear focus. I smile whenever I think of it.
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Old 16.07.2016, 16:55
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Today I called into a little village garage that also sells 2nd hand cars. I liked the look of one particular model, and in my broken German, asked whether I could take it for a test drive. Presumably the garage owner didn't blink - went and got the keys, attached plates to the car, and waved me away. No licence or ID check, no record of my name. Just good old fashioned trust, which is especially amazing as I've never been to this garage before. Inside the glove box - the grey slip, so it could have been easy for me to cause some ownership issues....

Gotta love the simplicity of Swiss country life.
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The sun's out Zürich in the sunshine is a city transformed!
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I smiled because I'm coming to Zurich soon.
Can't wait to experience the Swiss life.
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Old 11.08.2016, 17:17
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This combo picture really made me smile---and still does. I don't really know why, but I sure hope I can get that excited about something, then following through.


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I had a first today. Bought a bio avocado from Migros. Opened it up and it didn't look like an oyster orgasm inside.
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I got a picture of my nephew (6 months old) eating his first non-milk foods: mashed papaya, mashed guava, mashed avocado, and coconut water.

He is a little Brazilian through and through!
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My lovely cleaning help (Brazilian) found out I had a birthday coming up, and bought along copious amounts of self - field picked sunflowers and other flowers, as well as another huge ration of wonderful grapes from her garden.

And she refused to take payment for her service today!

It's definitely the touching experiences which count more than anything in life...
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The Tale of the Multi-Gift Bookshelf

Recently, on a hot, hot day, and I in my madness for the joy of it, met a kind, friendly, polite man who gave me a bookshelf.

He was about 10 years younger than me, from one country, I from another. He packed it all up for me, bound everything sturdily, walked with me to the bus-stop, helped me plan the best route home with the easiest changes, waited till the bus came, and loaded my trolley into the bus. I admit that I was a little nervous at how it would all work out. But his extra mile was the start of many more, and the story unfolded in ways that could hardly have been better.

At the first changing point, a young man jumped up to help me disembark, and of his own accord told his friend on his phone: "Sorry, I'll be a little later, I want to help a woman here, with her luggage." Then he took my trolley across the tram tracks and waited with me until the tram arrived, and loaded the trolley into the tram. He was Greek, and about 25.

In the tram, a Swiss man about 70 noticed that the young man had specifically gotten into and then out of the tram, just to help me, and smiled. When I told him that the young man had been a stranger, he said just hearing the story had made his day.

Then a woman got up to give me her seat next to her young daughter, so I could sit down while hugging and balancing the trolley. They were from Kosovo. At the tram-stop, her husband immediately lifted my trolley out of the tram.

I walked over to the taxi stand (glad to have a voucher) too tired and too hot by then to face much of a walk, and the driver said he'd fold down a seat and manage to take the whole caboodle in his taxi. As far as I know, that taxi driver is Turkish, he’s about 60. When he off-loaded my trolley, a neighbour I didn't yet know saw the situation and came running across the driveway, calling out that he would help me. He wheeled the lot to my front door. He was about 30, and I think he is Brazilian. He was gone on his way before I could ask him.

Wow! The whole experience was a real high. It was altogether foolish of me to have even dared to try it, yet thanks to so many along the way, I arrived home melted from the heat, exhausted, but elated from the many ways people had helped me. Had the giver had a car and delivered the shelf right to my place, that would’ve been great (and I won’t say “no” to any other offers, by the way) but then we wouldn't have ended up being part of the wonderful chain of all that compassion and public generosity. That particular journey home was one big brother-and-sisterhood-of-humankind experience.

A few days’ later the retired Swiss woman for whom I had collected the shelf first listened to the story, before I told her that it was something for her. When she saw those poles and planks in my trolley, she got tears in her eyes and flung her arms around me. It is the kind of shelf she’s really, really been wanting for a long time. Moreover, she feels that it is now worth so much more being, as she said, "charged up" with the lovingkindness of a random collection of kind strangers from all over. She said: “It’s like a big hug around the world.”

We hear so much in the media about the evil in the world. Everyone seems busy with their own lives, each with our stresses, disappointments and fears. And yet... there is also soooo much good all around us, in most of those we meet, in most of us a readiness to help and care and share lovingly wells up easily... and I feel we shouldn't lose sight of that.

For me, the The Tale of the Multi-Gift Bookshelf brought this goodness right up under my nose in clear focus. I smile whenever I think of it.
Must've missed this one... what a wonderful day.
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Old 09.09.2016, 18:05
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We rehearse and perform in a giant old woodden theater in the mountains. We have an amazing troop of firemen to assist us and local folks who bring us apples and other fruits from their garden. All concerts are sold out and the weather is so sweet. Everybody grins. The echo takes the tunes all over the hills.
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I went out to a bar yesterday night (a friday!) with friends from work, like normal people!



We are all engineers, so the definition of normality for us is a bit different..
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