Day 22 to 28 in Switzerland

Day 22 to 28 we spent at my parents’ place. My niece came with us and we spent the next 6 nights sharing my childhood bedroom.

Day 22
We went for a hike with my parents. The beauty of the mountains is absolutely breathtaking. It seriously almost hurts that’s how beautiful it is. There were so many cows and I can still hear the so familiar sound of the cow bells. The mountains are so inspirational to me and I wished that I had my paints with me. Black ink just didn’t do the beauty justice. I decided that day that I am going to create a series of paintings of mountains. I will make sure to post some of them once I start the series. Make sure to come back to check them out!

Day 23
We went to Zurich to go to the art museum “Kunsthaus Zürich” for the day. We took an early train so that we would have all day in Zürich. It was another beautiful day. We went for a walk along the lake, strolled around the old part of the city and visited some churches before making it to the gallery. It’s such an amazing museum and it was nice to be there with my niece and to have the opportunity to explain art to her. We saw everything from Rembrandt to Monet to Picasso to Warhol to Paul Klee. I really enjoyed the visit.

On the way back we stopped in at an amazing book store. The store only carries books on art, architecture, design, fashion and photography. I could have stayed there for days.

Day 24
My entire family took a drive over the Nufenenpass to the Italian speaking canton “Ticino”.  The drive was amazing and the views just breathtaking. We went to a mountain crystal mine and got some beautiful mountain crystals.

Day 25
A. spent the day with one of her girlfriend, so my parents, K. and I spent to morning at my dads shooting club. It was great to see K. shoot a handgun for the first time. He was a pretty good at it. It was nice to show him the club as I had spent so much of my childhood there. We used to have family gatherings here and I spent countless hours running around in the woods, looking for snakes and playing with my brother.

Day 26 and 27
We spent the last couple of days just enjoying spending time with my family. A. and I made a guitar out of clay for her dad. I forgot to take a picture of it, which is too bad because it turned out amazing. We even used small pieces of thin metal wire for the guitar strings.

Day 28
My parents took the train to Zürich Airport with us. It was nice to spend a few more hours with them before leaving. It’s always so hard for me to good-bye to my family. I hope to see them again soon!

Ich hae ew alli ganz fescht gaeru!

I hope that you enjoyed the pictures of my trip home. Make sure to come back to see more pictures of my work from paintings to jewelry.

Ciao

long week-end

It was great to have a long week-end and have some extra time to relax and to create. I worked on a few self portraits and I also finished my glass jewelry from last week-end. I had a wonderfully relaxing and creative week-end. Wouldn’t it be nice to always have a 3 day week-end?

Ciao!
Anja

 

 

 

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Day 16 to 21 in Switzerland

Day 16
Our first night in Switzerland we had a wonderful dinner with my brother, his girlfriend and A. It was a really nice night, filled with great food, great conversations and lots of hugs. It was so nice to be with my brother and my niece again. I miss them so much when I am back in Canada. The next morning A. and I got up early and went to town. We went to a few stores, I bought her a volleyball, chocolate and some flowers. When we got home K. and my brother had just come back from a little drive and we all had lunch together. We spent the afternoon at the pool, playing in the water and having fun.

Day 17
I woke up early and went to the store to pick up some wine and flowers for my parents. Then we drove to Planchouet where my parents were staying at my aunts chalet. When we got there my mom was waiting for us and it felt so good to give her a hug. We spent a wonderful day up in the mountains with my parents and my godmother and her husband. We danced, drank lots of wine, had some great veal sausages and some raclette. What a wonderful day!

Day 18
After breakfast we drove to a lake about 1 hour away where we spent the day swimming, BBQuing, and just relaxing. My brother and K. were doing flips of a dock which was very entertaining! At night we went to an open air movie in the courtyard of the castle “Stockalperschloss”. The event is put on by the Tourism office of Brig where I used to work. I remember working those nights, setting up the chairs and selling drinks. It was just as much fun as I remembered.

Day 19
In the morning K. and I went for a walk through town, took some pictures and went to an art exhibition. I was able to show him my elementary school, my college, the restaurant my parents used to own and lots of other places that are close to my heart. It was nice to spend some time alone and share my childhood memories.

In the afternoon one of my brother’s friends came with us to the pool. I tried to teach A. how to do a flip. She almost got it in the end. We all went to my brothers after and had coffee. S. asked me to design him a tattoo, which I was very honored by. I am really looking forward to it!

Day 20
My brother, A., K. and I drove to another lake to get away from the heat. We spent the afternoon diving into the water. K. tried to swim to an island in the middle of the lake and he almost didn’t make it. 🙂

Day 21
We went for lunch at my parents place and then went swimming again. I know we pretty much went swimming every day. This time we went to the pool in my home town. Another place I used to work at. When I was 14 I got my first job working at this pool. I had to clean the pool and the surrounding areas, making sure that the water had the appropriate chlorine levels and I also worked at the pool’s restaurant. I had a lot of fun! I remember cleaning the pool early in the morning, the sun shining, the birds chirping, the rustling of the trees in the wind and the mountains all around me.

This first week in Switzerland was wonderful. It was great to see my brother and A., relax and just enjoy being at home. It really is strange how much more I feel like myself in Switzerland. I know that might seem like a strange statement, but I can feel my roots. My family has been living in this part of Switzerland for centuries and I can feel the power of the mountains all around me.

Ciao

Glass fusing

It’s been a bit crazy. Today was my first day off in a couple of weeks and I had a fabulous day. I took a glass jewelry class where I learned how to make glass fused pendants and earrings. I had a lot of fun and I feel so much more relaxed now. Being able to create combined with a nap once I got home and I feel human again! I can’t wait to be able to spend some quality time in my studio again this week. I can’t believe I haven’t been to my studio in over 2 weeks. Just way too long! I will be able to pick up my glass creations next week so make sure to come back to check them out!

Ciao