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American Events: The Boston Marathon

Hi everyone, wassup?

I think I might have found out what seems to be the most important sports event in the Bostonian calendar (besides Super Bowl): The Boston Marathon. It’s a holiday actually as the race is held on Patriot’s Day. Ergo: People are happy to have a day off and use it to join the celebrations in the city. It’s a huge party in other words!

Reasons enough to share little bits and bobs about its history with you today as it will be happening next Monday.

How it all started and why the race is always on a Monday

John Graham, who was inspired by the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, wanted to have a marathon in Boston, too. With the help of a friend, he planned out a route throughout the city and its surroundings and got started. The first marathon took place on April 19, 1897.

Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line. Oops.

Originally, the Boston Marathon was held on Patriot’s Day, April 19, a regional holiday that commemorates the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In 1969, Patriots Day was officially moved to the third Monday in April and the race has been held on that Monday ever since.

The first woman running the marathon (as a man)…

Women were not allowed to enter the Boston race officially until 1972 (what, booh), but Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb couldn’t wait: In 1966, she became the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon, but had to hide in the bushes near the start until the race began. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as “K. V. Switzer”, was the first woman to run with a race number. Switzer finished even though officials tried to physically remove her from the race after she was identified as a woman.

Only in 1971 were women allowed to enter in the marathon. One year after that, Nina Kuscsik became the first official female participant to win the Boston Marathon.

The bombings in 2013

On April 15, 2013, two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people. Four days later, the police captured 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother and fellow suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with law enforcement earlier that same day. Tsarnaev was found guilty in 2015 of helping carry out the attack, as well as fatally shooting a policeman and was sentenced to death.

Why Boston/Cambridge Is a Great Place for Curious People

Hello everyone

I want to talk about curiosity today.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately, especially since having moved to Boston/Cambridge. I think that it is a great place to live if you are a curious person and appreciate being surrounded by an innovative and intellectually inspiring environment. Why that is you ask? Find out more below:

The “Athens of America”

Boston got this nickname due to its over 100 educational facilities and its big teaching and student population. Also, many of the universities and colleges (e.g. Harvard University or MIT) are considered amongst the best in the world.

Students EVERYWHERE (making me feel old, thanks)

With over 250,000 college students living within Boston/Cambridge, they account for 1/3rd of the total population. In other words, lots of young people around (making me feel old, not cool. Happy for them of course. But still.)

A City of Book Lovers and Book Stores

Although the Library of Congress contains the most volumes in the whole country (more than 29,550,000), Harvard University’s Library is second with more than 15,000,000 and the Boston Public Library is third with more than 14,000,000. So many books, right? Also, there are SO MANY book stores especially in Cambridge with lots of events going on all the time. Take the Harvard Book Store for example, alone in the month of April it will be holding 27 events, amongst them with world-known authors, professors or personalities such as Sheryl Sandberg, Noam Chomsky to name a few.

The startup scene is going strong

With nearly 2,000 startups in all possible fields ((bio)technology, medical, etc.) the city is considered a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship and rightly so. I’ve already met quite a few people (when I did small talk. Because that’s a way to learn things. Also a great way to “use” your curiosity as it is considered acceptable to ask lots of questions when doing small talk. Ok, long excursus over) telling me about amazing start ups they were working for. One girl (I sadly don’t remember the name of the organization) was working in a startup that was developing a tool that prevents people from dying from internal bleeding that could be used in war but also first aid situations, which I thought was really interesting (I’m sure I’ve done a terrible job at explaining as it was quite medical but the essence is, people do interesting stuff here).

Talks and Presentations to choose from everyday

One of the things that I enjoy the most here is the vast array and choice of presentations, talks and conferences you can attend literally EVERY day. If you wanted you could spend days only visiting MIT and Harvard public lectures (just to name two that I’ve gotten to know a bit better, there are tons of other colleges/institutes with their own stuff too).

It’s seriously a privilege being able to listen to so many intelligent and inspiring people that come to those institutions. So far, I’ve seen the mayor of the City of Boston talk about urban planning and the city’s future development, the mayor of Mexico City (a lot of mayors I know realize) giving a lecture on urban challenges and climate change or attended a conference on everyday feminism at Harvard Law School. I’ve seen Noam Chomsky and former Foreign Secretary of the UK, Mr. Straw talking about Brexit and Trump at MIT. It’s been super interesting and rewarding having the time to actually go to those lectures.

Today’s take away for you

If today’s post has a take away it should be that I’d encourage you to check out if the universities or other institutions in your city offer public talks and presentations that you could attend (if you’re interested in the topic that is).

For all of my Boston located friends who aren’t already familiar with those links, you’ll find the events calendars of Harvard University and MIT below.

Have a lovely day and remember:

A life without curiosity is quite simply a boring life.

How To Talk Like An American

Hello friends, how are you today?

A common question I get asked by my Swiss friends is how I get along with the language.

My answer will usually be, I get along well except for the odd moment where I’ll be searching for a very specific word. In Switzerland we get taught British English (if I remember correctly, it’s been a few years) so I wanted to dive into how you can start talking American English (if that is something you are interested in, if you aren’t I TOTALLY understand). Let’s get started, shall we? 

Instead of going through all the (real serious) details I recommend you going over to wikihow to read the article related to this topic here. If you’re interested that is. You’ll find my favorite recommendations according to wikihow down below with my added comments.

American phrases you “should” know*

  • “Awesome” and “cool” -> used to describe something great or used as a positive reaction to something someone tells you.
  • “What’s up?” or “Sup” -> used to ask someone what they’re doing, how they are, and as a general greeting. It’s fine to use casually with friends. It’s most often used by young men (haha, the last part made me lol).
  • “Hanging out” is spending time somewhere or with someone. It’s a phrase often used by teenagers to describe how they pass time and socialize, often without one particular activity or aim (again, major lol moment).
  • “Y’all” is a contraction of “You all”, the second person plural mode of directly addressing a group of people. It is used primarily in the Southern States, but is acceptable in other regions.

Say it loud, say it proud

“Try to speak a ‘little’ louder when you’re talking to someone in America. It’s perfectly acceptable over in the States, and it creates an atmosphere of congeniality.” I really had to giggle a little when I saw that.

Use ‘like’ in (almost) EVERY sentence

I’m like don’t do that, she was like no way am I going to that party. And so on. You get the gist.  It’s called the “quotative like,” and over the last 25 years, it’s become one of the language’s most popular methods of talking about talking. Yes, that’s a thing. 

Are you all ready to speak American English now after this thorough introduction?

Have a great day!

5 Things That Are More Expensive In The US Than in Switzerland

Hi everyone,

When recognized as a Swiss person, people sometimes ask me how great it must be to live in the US as they assume everything to be much cheaper for me.

But. There are things that are more expensive in the US in comparison to Switzerland. Here goes a list of things I’ve come up with:

Going to Uni

If you’re planning to raise kids in the U.S. (that will later want to go to college), you’ll probably need to sell a few heirlooms first to save for their university fees. Think tuition fees in Switzerland are too high? In the U.S., it’s normal for twenty-somethings to leave higher education with a six-figure debt. HSBC published a report in 2016 stating that the average annual cost of tuition fees to study in the US is at an estimated $33,215. Obviously this estimate can have significant variations in either direction. At the very top-tier US universities (such as Harvard, Yale, Brown and other Ivy League schools), fees and living costs are likely to add up to around US$60,000 per year (see also my post on Harvard on that matter here) but it’s also possible to study in the US at a much lower outlay.

Those seeking a more affordable option may find lower tuition fees at US universities within the public sector, still those roughly CHF 700.- per semester really are nothing anymore in comparison to this, right?

Health Costs  

According to the OECD, Americans spend about $9,024 per capita and year whereas the average expense on healthcare of a Swiss person lies around $6,787. Considering that the OECD average is $3620 we (as in we Americans and Swiss) seem to have to spend a whole lot more than the rest of the OECD for healthcare.

Feta cheese

What is it that makes a gourmet item of feta cheese? Philipp reminded me not to only state this but also try and show you by real examples (that’s the researcher in him not standing when I just say things without the proper base). So: A package of Feta (200g) will cost you CHF 3.95 in Switzerland (at Coop at least), while the same amount will cost you $7.39 at a very regular supermarket (nothing fancy). Crazy, right?

Bread

(like real bread, you know me by now): While you can get a beautiful (and organic!) loaf of bread at Coop for as little as CHF 2.85, you’ll have to pay $6 upwards here. Why is that? I really would love someone explaining me because it doesn’t make sense to me.

Muesli

As applies for the feta, muesli (not talking cereal here, those are cheap AF but more the granola crunchy style thingys), they also seem to be a gourmet item. While you can get a 450g package of crunch cereals in Coop for as low as CHF 3.30, you’ll have to pay starting at $5.49 upwards for the same amount of a comparable product here. Craycray! Enjoy your muesli is all I can say, if you’re a Swiss person reading this!

If you’re an expat currently living in the US, what are the things that are more expensive in the US in comparison to your home country? Or vice versa, if you’re an American living abroad, what are the things that strike you as pricier as back home? I’d love to know!

Have a great week!

Thoughts On Living Abroad

Hi everyone, how are you?

Let’s talk about living abroad today. Everyone knows that you will miss your holidays with your family, having your friends around, eating your favorite childhood foods from your favorite grocery stores. But I thought I’d dig a little deeper than that.

What is amazing about living abroad

I am aware that living abroad for two years is an immense privilege so I take it for what it is: A gift. Usually, when you get a gift (unless you seriously lack of education) you say “thank you”, right? So what is there to be thankful for being an expat and living abroad?

  • Besides the obvious (cliché but true) stuff like that it widens your horizon, that it forces you to learn new things and be brave (make new friends, strive to master the nuances in a new language) what strikes me as the most important of all is this:
  • The confidence you gain with yourself when you go to this new place and start all over again from zero on and the knowledge that you can rely on yourself to build a life again. That is quite a reassuring and good feeling, right? It really is a new beginning, full of curiosity and excitement. You have to figure out how basic things work in your new country (from public transportation, applying for a job, how to be good at small talk, shop at grocery stores or how to post letters, the list is endless).
  • A thought I also like is that the mere act of living in another country, in another language, fundamentally changes you. It forces you to rediscover your own personality as you are in a new environment where you have to reposition yourself in (as opposed to your home country where it is pretty clear where you belong, who you are). For example, I feel more comfortable talking to strangers now (not in a bad way, don’t you worry) but in a more being open-minded towards people I don’t know way (it is just considered friendly behavior here and my Swiss shyness seems just dumb). I am already picturing myself back in Zurich talking to people on the streets just because I feel like I want to tell them something and they go like “who dat crazy lady?” (yes, I’ve referenced myself as a a lady, haha).

Being part of an expat* community

Of course we try and meet as many locals as we can. I try doing that by volunteering, where I get in touch with lots of Americans, which I sincerely enjoy. As an expat, however, there seems to be this magnetic power to get together with other expats. And we are no exception. So far, we got to meet lot (LOTS) of expats here. It is definitely a hub for people coming together from all over the planet.

I met lovely and super interesting people from Romania, Finland, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Iran, China, Israel,  Czech Republic, France, Italy, Turkey, Haiti or Germany to name a few. Even though we couldn’t have more different backgrounds and home countries, there is one thing that unites us: The experience of leaving and starting a new life in a new country. And believe me that is enough to create a link.

Having major FOMO becomes a constant

Besides all of the lovely things starting a life in a new country entails, there is still one question always nagging you in the back of your mind that is “What am I missing at home?”. I think that we manage to keep up to date with everything going on at home pretty well, still one of my biggest fears is going home and finding out that I have missed too many things. Because, let’s be honest: Life goes on without us. I guess there is nothing you can do than trying to stay connected.

Visiting home is wonderful and strange at the same time

As much as I love visiting home I find it is strange at the same time. Except for family and friends (which are obviously great) basic stuff like our apartment or jobs aren’t there anymore. We live a life of a guest in our own home country if feels like.

Anyway, I like how this American experience has shaped me so far, I also love that I get to connect with so many different people at volunteering. This is definitely something I would like to keep up when I get back home to Switzerland (after eating mountains of cervelats and bread first).

BTW: We went to a Swiss Soirée** a couple of days ago (yes, that is what you do when you are a Swiss person living abroad) and you know what? IT WAS AMAZING. It’s crazy how food can catapult you home INSTANTLY even though it’s more than 6000 km away (unfortunately, they didn’t have cervelats at the soirée but they had Salsiz and Bündnerfleisch, WIN!).

*Disclaimer: Even though I am not particularly fond of the word “expat” as I don’t see how I am really different from a “regular” immigrant, I’ll still use it.

**I had a fancy alcoholic drink with a little white cross in it (see photo above) and it tasted FABULOUS. 

American Daily Life: 5 Things That Still Surprise Me

Hey gang! What’s up?

Hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend!

After the last two weeks of steering away a bit of the American posts and focussing more on wellbeing and living related topics, I’ve had a little think about the future mix of topics around here.

I’ve decided to post about American life, wellbeing and living each once a week, paired with two random ones. What do you reckon? Do you prefer themed weeks? (Or do you not care at all, also legit). Any suggestions and recommendations are warmly welcome. Don’t be shy!

Ok, so let’s get started with today’s post.

Even though I’ve been living in the US for four months now, there are still new things that keep surprising me every day (I’ve written about weird things that I needed to get used to here and here as well, if you want to read more about weird American things as seen from a very eurocentric European’s point of view, haha).

#1 Scented Trash Bags

Seriously, this made me lol the first time I realized it is completely normal to buy and have scented trash bags. Yes, (you Swiss reader you, reading this), this is a thing.

You’ve always wanted your trash bags to smell like Vanilla Flower, Hawaiian Aloha (what is this even?), Lavender and Sweet Vanilla, Citrus or Odor Control Lemon, didn’t you? If the answer is yes, this is your country.

Still, I can’t understand the whole deal about them. We have lemon scented trash bags (Philipp bought those by accident) and they really don’t make no difference at all. The premise is that they control the odor, which I cannot really confirm. Anyhow, funny stuff.

#2 Post your outgoing mail in your house

That is actually a good one that really surprised me the first time I found out.

You can actually post your outgoing mail IN your building (YES, in your building. You don’t even have to leave your building to go find a mailbox to post your letters). The postman who actually has access to every building just opens a box next to the people’s mailboxes and takes them with him when he leaves.

Amazing, isn’t it?

#3 Where’s my cervelat at?

So if you know me, you know that I barely eat meat, especially not in the US. However, I’ve had a HUGE (HUGE) craving for cervelats and something called Bündnerfleisch lately. Random I know. Sadly, people here do not seem to enjoy cured meats or (good) sausages. They even seem proud to put on almost any package that the meat hasn’t been cured (when that is actually the part I love the most). I might visit the wrong grocery stores and am happy to get any recommendations you might have in that department for us.

My big hope is tonight. I might, if we’re lucky, eat a cervelat at the Swiss Soirée (an event organized by the Swiss Society in Boston, fingers crossed).

Rösti, Raclette (and hopefully cervelat), I’m coming for you.

#4 Addresses And Dates = Confusion

So, this confuses me greatly. If you’ve grown up learning to write addresses and dates in a certain way it is seriously challenging to adapt to the American way of writing them.

Every time I have to write down an address or date, be it on a personal letter, envelope or on a form, I seriously have to think about it (more) twice (embarrassing but true).

While I kind of get the address system, the date system I don’t.

Looking at a date such as 09/31/2017 just makes my brain go, wait what?

#5 Toaster Waffles

There is a thing such as frozen waffles that you can just put in your toaster and eat = MIND BLOWN.

Have a lovely week friends!

What Is This Minimalism Thing?

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend filled with lots of nice sleep, good chewing of your food, enough water and biscuits eaten out of a nice little (big) bowl. If all of that sounds very weird to you, you’ll find a bit more context over here. Nevertheless, I am really happy about your positive feedback on last week’s series. We’ll keep the “theme week thing” going, this time around it’s going to be all about Minimalism. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

So what is Minimalism?

If we look back a few decades, Minimalism emerged as an art movement in New York in the early 1960s. It renounced the recent art that it thought had become academic. This Minimalism movement favored the cool over the “dramatic” art. But what does Minimalism mean nowadays?

Minimalism is definitely a buzzword that I have been seeing flying around. It pops up pretty much everywhere and actually also means something different every time I see it being used. It is applied in discussions about living in tiny houses or microapartments, monochromatic clothing or interior decor. The millions of images tagged #minimalism on Instagram don’t help with finding out more about what it really is as they include everything from white sneakers, clouds, art work or neon signs. So long as it’s stylish looking, it’s minimalist it seems.

Let’s still try and figuring out what it is, ok?

The Minimalists* put it this way: “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”. That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately”.

Let’s think about YOU for a moment, shall we?

I have reflected on this last sentence for a bit. When I was younger and would read or hear people talk about certain products/clothes I would want to buy them too. I was (and still am) living in a culture that is driven by consumerism, especially here in America. It’s all about buying things, at the best deals, at any time of the day. Back when I was younger, I generally wasn’t genuinely interested in the things other people were talking about. I was interested in them because others were. And when you’re younger you tend to want to fit in with everyone else, which is normal and ok I guess.

Thankfully we get older though, more self-confident in our beliefs, tastes and preferences and are (should) be able to consciously decide if we want or need to buy something.

If I can inspire you to think about one thing today it would be to reflect about your last five purchases (could be anything really, from a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop, 5 new lipsticks, new trousers, a new tech gadget etc.). Did you buy those things because you really “had” to? What do they mean to you? Are they important to you, do they make you happy? Then I say, good for you. If you come to the realization now that you didn’t need four new red lipstick (as you already own three) this might serve you as a friendly reminder to not amass posessions if they don’t serve a purpose and that is to make you happy.

Have a great week, I’ll be following up with updates on how minimalist (or not) I am in different parts of my life. Be sure to come back tomorrow, see you then dear!

* Two guys have made a blog about their journey to and with minimalism. They’ve even made a movie. Check it all out here, if you’re curious.

American Icons: The Marshmellow

Hello people

It’s Friday! It’s the weekend soon! S-W-E-E-T!

What’s also sweet are marshmellows.

Smoothest transition ever.

Even though most of you don’t seem as enthusiastic about my American Icons series as I am (it’s ok though you can’t please everyone) I wanted to look into this food-related icon that the marshmellow really is. It isn’t something Swiss kids grow up with as they do here. Let’s get started!

It all started in Egypt (!) and it originally was used as medicine (!!)

Marshmallow candy originated in ancient Egypt. It was a honey candy that was flavored and thickened with Marsh-Mallow plant sap.

Nineteenth century doctors extracted juice from the marsh mallow plant’s roots and cooked it with egg whites and sugar, then whipped the mixture into a foamy meringue that hardened a bit later, creating a medicinal candy used to soothe children’s sore throats.

Until the mid 1800’s, marshmallow candy was made using the sap of the Marsh-Mallow plant. Gelatin replaces the sap in the modern recipes. It gives the marshmallow its “stable” form. Today’s marshmallows are a mixture of corn syrup or sugar, gelatin, gum arabic and flavoring.

The most iconic American campside fire snack

If there is an equivalent to the famous campside fire snack in Switzerland that are the Cervelat or the Stockbrot it is something sweet here (of course). It’s S’mores! Do you know them? I definitely love them. Check out the recipe here if you want to try and make it on your next excursion (because that is something you do, right?)!

Homemade S’mores with Marshmallows Chocolate and Graham Crackers

Fluff

Another weird thing is Fluff. Funny name. It’s basically a Marshmellow spread. The things people invent. I am not eating it, Philipp is weirdly fascinated by it though. Every time he puts it on toast I give him a disgusted look, which he finds funny.

Fluff

Do you like marshmellows? I’d love to know! Have a fantastic weekend!

A Short Little History Of Cereals

Oh hi there

As consistent as I was with my no sugar challenge last week, we’ll keep the sugar theme running up (you’ll see what I mean in a few seconds) until the end of this week. We’re back to normal next week, I promise.

Today I wanted to talk about cereal.

Something I guess everyone has eaten before.

It is a respectable meal. Not.

Yet I wanted to look a little bit further into its (American) history as it such an American product to me. To “spice” things up a little I will show you the funniest cereal finds I made during a supermarket visit a few days ago. The kids that are given this cereals must be on ONE BIG VEEEERRYY HIGH Sugar High when eating those.

Mid to Late 19th Century

In 1863, James Caleb Jackson, a religiously vegetarian from New York created a breakfast cereal from graham flour dough that was dried and broken into shapes so hard they needed to be soaked in milk overnight. He called it granula. John Harvey Kellogg, a surgeon who ran a spa in Michigan, later made another version and named it granola. 

1900s

Kellogg and his younger brother, Will Keith Kellogg, had figured out how to make a flaked cereal they called Corn Flakes. They added sugar (of course) and began mass-marketing them.

1950s

After World War II, cereal consumption increased with the advent of the baby boom, and sugar became a selling point (of course). Kellogg’s invented Frosted Flakes and its pitchman, Tony the Tiger, and a new era of television advertising began.

Present

Trying American Candy And Instantly Regretting It

Hello lovely people

After all the no sugar talk I decided to totally say YES to sugar today. I would generally consider myself a person that values fresh, nutritious and whole foods a great deal.

But.

Sometimes you need to eat that candy, am I right?

So what did I do? I went to a regular supermarket, stood in front of the candies aisle for quite some time (there are a LOT of things to choose from) and got five items that I didn’t know*.

Starburst

Starburst

What the brand says: Starburst candies are packed with a variety of great tasting fruit flavors and a deliciously chewy texture, to be enjoyed anytime and anywhere.

What I say: It’s basically the American version of Sugus. Every European reader will know what I mean. Nothing spectacular.

Starburst

Ingredients Check: As terrifying as you’d expect ingredients in colored candy pretending to be fruit to be. No further comment. Still, I ate SO many, can’t explain why. Just did.

Junior Mints

Junior Mints

What the brand says: When your sweet tooth demands both the rich taste of dark chocolate and the cool, fresh flavor of peppermint, there’s no need to choose: reach for Junior Mints.

What I say: I had to try it as it is a candy that has been produced in a plant here in Cambridge since 1993. Other than that, it’s not THE worst. I hope Philipp will eat it though.

Junior Mints

Ingredients Check: Nothing unexpected. What surprises me though (not in a funny way) is that it has been produced with Genetic Engineering. I suppose it’s the corn of the corn syrup. Ahhhhh.

Whoppers

Whopper

What the brand says: Malted milk balls covered in chocolate.

What I say: It’s basically the American version of Maltesers. Just less good. I really don’t know what it is but it all tastes so much sweeter or put in other words: The chocolate here is disgusting.

Whoppers

Ingredients Check: SO MUCH SUGAR.

Sour Patch

Sour Patch

What the brand says: “Sour. Sweet. Gone.”

What I say: That slogan is totally true. For some weird reason I love them. Don’t judge. 

Sourpatch

Ingredients Check: YELLOW 6, RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 1. Just to name a few.

Milk Duds

Milk Duds

What the brand says: A delicious blend of smooth milk chocolate and chewy caramel.

What I say: It’s so sugary. I know, why does that suprise me, it’s candy. Yet I feel like the caramel doesn’t taste like caramel it’s just cheap cheap SUGAR.

Milk Duds

Ingredients Check: Let’s not go into that.

Dear American readers or anyone else knowing American candy better than I do, let me know if you have any recommendations! I’d also love to know what your favorite candy is?

Have a sweet day (haha)!

*Note to self: I should just have gone for the good and VERY VERY delicious classics such s M&Ms (I am seriously addicted) or for Reese’s Peanut thingys and should NOT have tried weird new things. Oh well, I’ll book it under supermarket fails.

My Week in Photos

Hello friends

I hope this finds you feeling good. I wanted to share my adventures of the last seven days not using that many words for once but photos instead. Hope you’ll enjoy!

Have a great day, lots of love from freezing but sunny Boston.

Tuesday

Wednesday

I went to a social get together of the HSSPA, which was lovely because I got to know a lot of lovely people. The sky on my walk home was fantastic, too.

Thursday

Receiving mail and  packages when you live abroad must be one of my favorite things EVER. Special thanks to Kevin and Nina for their very cute birthcards, to Nikol and Samuel a big thank your for their very witty (as always) card and to the best of all, my dear sister from another mother that is such a thoughtful and caring person and sent me this book! Really looking forward to start reading this.

And I will think of you, gracias Laieta!

Friday

Took a tour at the Downeast Cider brewery, which is my absolute favorite cider ever, SO delicious! The brewery itself also was a fascinating place.

Saturday

We went to see this crazy movie. NEVER have I ever seen an audience more engaged with a movie and screaming all the time. It was. SO. CRAZY.

Sunday

Living next to the sea really is amazing, it is so calming. We explored the Harbor Walk, which was definitely one of my favorite things to see so far in the city. Tried to make a new seagull friend. Unfortunately, it wasn’t interested AT ALL. Sad times.

Monday

Back to werk werk werk werk.