Friday Flow #57: My Little Mid-Week Treat

Ever since I started seeing the little Magnetic Words stuck at other people’s fridges and in so many hostels around the world, I’ve fallen in love with those little pieces. I always wished to have a set of those.

When I finally did find a set, I was living in an apartment with no magnetic fridge door (which is one of the most boring things there are on earth…^^ Who would design a non-magnetic fridge door anyhow?!). Two appartements later I still have no magnetic fridge door… But at least I’ve got my microwave set somewhere where I can easily reach to it. I decided to place my magnets there and to finally get creative and try it out properly.

I had so.much.fun with it!!! It was a great way to relax and come down after a long hard day at work, and I was just proud I actually just did it!

I then realized that I might have been pushed by this video by Jake Parker I found the other day – I was inspired to just finish the idea I had in my mind for so many years and was so content to have created something that it gave me a real buzz…

The whole project sparked an immense amount of joy ❤ . It made me feel good and happy. I can look at my poem every day and smile – because I did it! And I don’t specially mean the poem now, but the whole project! You can find it on my Instagram page if you like  🙂

I hope that you’ll get inspired by the video to go out there and just do and finish something you’ve had in your mind for a while. Enjoy the process – and have a wonderful weekend  🙂

Friday Flow #41: When Things Just Flow Along

Do you know those days when everything seems to come together? When little events happen along and flow right into what needed to be done and the hours seem to be running smoothly along the day?

It’s a tiny thing, really. But somehow, as it was all going well today, it made me very happy and content. It’s not like the perfect day or so, but just everything came along matching everything else smoothly…

It started when I was going back home from work and wanted to catch some of the last few sunrays of the day. As I was writing in this other Friday Flow issue before, this October and now November has been quite mild, unusually mild to be honest. It doesn’t feel like winter is coming at all^^ When out in the sun, you can take off your jacket, even your jumper! And when walking you don’t hurry back home yearning for warmth but feel comfortable strolling along the streets for a little while longer.

So as I was thinking of the Sihlfeld Cemetery again to sit down in the sun with my book for a little while, I came across their office which happened to be open. What a joy and surprise – as I usually never caught it to be open these days, and there was an exhibition I was really interested to see as the reviews seemed to be promising. So on I went into the old  building, happily receiving an audio guide and got ready to start the tour of the exhibition.

The exhibition might seem a bit peculiar to some as it is not an everyday topic being portrayed here. It is called “As long as I live, death will not be able to catch me”. To realize this project, journalist Tobias Wenzel traveled the world for four years and interviewed famous writers from all over the world at cemeteries of their choice. He managed to meet up with over 70 writers and publish their conversations in a book and audio series at the local radio.  Around half of these meet-ups were introduced at this current exhibition in Zürich.

With the audio guide you’d hear sounds of the surroundings, the voices of the writers and could listen to their tales. They talked about everything, and some conversations where really lovely and deep. As I was watching their big beautiful black and white photographs I could indulge into their stories, and before I knew it nearly two hours had passed!

I left the building refreshed, happy, inspired, and thoughtful. What a great exhibition that was! As I was walking home, I came across the most beautiful leaf I found this autumn – look at it:

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Isn’t it just gorgeous? I picked it up and it’s now between the pages of a magazine to be pressed and then hung up to decorate my wall.

As I kept walking, I passed a guitar shop – which was incredibly handy as I had just gotten back my electric guitar after several years and I had no guitar case for it. So I went in, had a chit chat with the owner and bought me a case and a new set of strings. Taking yet another street I usually don’t take I passed another shop which was perfect for an upcoming birthday gift for a friend.

Passing these places was all coincidence, but it just fit into my planning and lifted up some weight and stress as I now don’t need to do these things on extra errands, and even though I couldn’t soak up some sunlight, I came home happy and refreshed.watermarked-tn_chocolate stain 1.jpg

Opening up my rucksack I then found that I had forgotten about a chocolate treat which was given to me in a store, which had melted and stained some of my things that were in the bag. But nothing major, and as I know from this last time – chocolate can be washed up easily, so I brushed it off with a giggle and happy thoughts about a beautiful evening that just did me good ❤

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Happy Samhain!!!

Happy Samhain!!! Or for those who don’t know what it is – it’s Halloween before it was commercialized 😉

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Halloween (Samhain) is an old celtic tradition – it was the date marking the end of the harvest season. A celebration was held and fires / candles were lit – often in carved pumpkins, so symbolize the beginning of the darker winter season. It was also believed that the boundaries between this world and the world of the dead was particularly thin on that evening. People started disguising themselves as dead so that if the ghosts would cross the boundary and try to scare them, they would not recognize the living.

The pagan tradition was brought over to the States with the emigration of the many Irish people during the potato famine. From there, it evolved onto the English word “All Hallow’s Eve”, eventually becoming “Halloween”.

I think it’s fun (and also important) to understand where our customs come from and what they actually mean. Over here in Switzerland, the Halloween Parties and Trick and Treating events are slowly becoming bigger. Most people alas just go along with it and think it’s just an American thing…

I intended to post this close up picture I took a few weeks ago of a big ugly hairy spider for you. I can’t deal with looking at the picture though, so I stuck to one of my Weekly Photo Challenges (“Orange“) entries and share this lovely pumpkin found in a Peruvian supermarket during fall season. Isn’t he adorable 🙂 ?

Do you celebrate Halloween or have a custom around this time of year in your country? Please do share it with me – I’d love to hear all about it 🙂 !

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

I love the intro post to this week’s photo challenge. Photography has risen high up on the top of my hobbies in the past few years. I went from photographing people and landscapes to remember events and gatherings to try out silly things, dressing up for photo sessions and finding the tiny weird things you come across in life, trying to capture it the way I see them.

The most beautiful gift then is when you walk around having other things in mind and suddenly see something interesting from the corner of your eye.

Like this screw I found in the concrete floor somewhere in Zürich.

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It was just there. I mean, what does a screw do in the concrete?! Did anyone put it in there purposefully, or did it fall in there by mere accident? We’ll never know. Nevertheless, I love that screw 😀

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”

OK, muuuuuuuuuuuuuch later but still I’m happy I finally managed to enter this – even though the topic is now totally outdated but I, to be honest, just like entering photographs on the Weekly Photo Challenges for my own self and my own challenge 😉

When I read about the topic “Monochromatic” I remember an old photo session I had tried to do ages ago. I was inspired by those pictures that were all full of tiny trinkets and things in the same colours. So I had tried doing the same thing in different shades of blue. Looking at it now – I should have arranged the things in a straight order rather than just randomly scattering them. But because I had to think about this session I went to look for the photographs and picked one of the nicer ones to share here.

Have you also ever tried arranging such a thing, inspired by those puzzle pictures or such? 🙂

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Friday Flow #36: Ever Tried Surfing A Couch?

Did you ever try to surf a couch? No, I don’t mean literally 😉 But there is indeed a movement called “Couchsurfing”. Let me explain to you how it works:

Random people all over the world offer to host travellers from all over the world. They offer their spare room which is always empty, or their own bedroom when they’re out of town, or a couch, or a spot on the floor… It all just depends 😀 The idea is to meet random people from everywhere and share experiences together. It is all based on trust and there is no fee involved for the activities. You can also just meet up with people in your home town and show them around, or grab a coffee together. It’s really all just up to you.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Change

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

The final question asked on the Weekly Photo Challenge page this week is: What does change look like to you?

Well… it looks like this:

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Well I know it’s a bit of a smartassy answer 😉 Sometimes, I go for the first thought I have when reading the tasks for the Weekly Photo Challenges and I tend to do some humorous entries (just like I did for the theme enveloped for example).

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Connected

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

I’m catching up on some photo challenges today – this is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected.

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I see this old couple in kind of a symbolic way. You need to “connect” with your partner in order to be able to walk down a path together, and even more if you want to grow old together. I loved the sight of these two persons and it moved me so much I had to sneakily take their picture. Hope you like it as well ❤

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