One year of blogging: 12 Photos – 12 Places

I published my first post in April 2010. Back then, although I had already been living in Switzerland for 7 months, it was the first time I really felt lonely. It was probably when I moved from the honeymoon to frustration in the 4 phases of culture shock. Hoping to escape from this feeling of not belonging in Switzerland, I traveled as often as time (and money) would allow.

One year later, I’m now in the stage of Understanding the country, its culture and traditions. I’m learning french and enjoy my quality time at the lake or in the mountains.

For this occasion, I’ve gathered together my favorite 12 photos of 12 places I’ve visited in the last 12 months. I hope you enjoy the ride!

Sydney, Australia

Mid-May las year, I flew over to the other side of the World. My first stop was Sydney. Although I only stayed for 5 days, the city immediately hit my heart.

Having free champagne and sushi when visiting a small art auction, walking along the coast side watching business people changing their work suits for wetsuits and running off to the beach (and secretly hoping that could someday be me) and feeding kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park are only some of my favorite memories of that short period of time. In less than a week, the city won my heart and obtained the second position in my Top 5 City Ranking (right after Buenos Aires).

New Zealand – North Island

Tongariro, New Zealand

Right after Sydney, we flew over to Auckland. 2 intensive weeks of road tripping from the north to the south were just ahead us! I was fascinated by the country’s geothermal activity, discovered I had the physical health of a couch potato and spent most of my extra cash in Wellington’s thrift shops.

New Zealand – South Island

Glacier Hiking, Franz Joseph, New Zealand

On an early morning, we took the ferry from Wellington to Picton and then slowly drove down to Queenstown. We stopped in Franz Joseph hoping to do a helicopter ride over the glacier, but our adventurous spirit pulled us towards the 3 and a half hours glacier hike. I never thought I’d enjoy ice this much and would do it all over again!

Annecy, France

Annecy, France

Annecy is a little Venice in France, not far away from the swiss border. Besides for being quite crowded during summer time, it’s a beautiful place to walk, eat crêpes and drink french cider.

Lavaux Region, Switzerland

Lavaux Wine Region, Switzerland

I was just celebrating my one year in Switzerland when I discovered the beautiful region of Lavaux and haven’t stopped dreaming of it ever since. Good wine, some cheese, the Alps and the lake – could there be any better combination to spend a warm summer night?

La Habana, Cuba

La Habana, Cuba

In October, my job took me to the timeless city of La Habana. During those two weeks, when I wasn’t working, I walked along its colorful streets, danced to the rhythm of casino (the real cuban salsa) and ate far too many fried banana chips. I love my job.

London, UK

London, UK

London is my safe haven – Whenever I feel lonely or just need a change, I know that this city won’t fail. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to London in the last year, but I do know that, the more I walk through its streets admiring its Victorian mansions, the more I fall in love with it.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain)

La Geria Wine Region, Lanzarote, Spain

I spent Christmas on a neighbor island – Lanzarote, particularly known for its volcanic scenery and good wine.

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Paris and me. A Love-Hate Story. On a sunny friday afternoon, as I was on my way to the train station and return to Switzerland for the weekend, I finally decided to put my resentment aside and give the city of love a second chance. And then I fell in love again.

New York, USA

New York, USA

January 2010, I won the best prize I could ever receive at my company’s Christmas party: 2 tickets to New York! I invited one of my best friends and we had a great time – despite the big freeze.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh was one of those impulsive ticket purchases on a really low price (for swiss standards, that is) – and I’m so glad I did! It did rain all the time, but this didn’t stop me of walking its small and enchanted alleys. This is where I discovered that rainy days make out for great pictures!

Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

Home Sweet Home. I just returned from a relaxing week in what still is one of my favorite places worldwide – How couldn’t it? Its black sand beaches and breathtaking mountain scenery, its fresh fish and good wine, my family and two cats. My one week vacation was just too short…

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26 thoughts on “One year of blogging: 12 Photos – 12 Places

  1. The new site looks great! The travel pics look great and I only wish that it had been me hiking that glacier! Looks like some pretty amazing places that you’ve been to. Not a bad place that you live either! When you were in Cuba did you encounter the people trying to sell you dried rolled up bananna leaves?

  2. Congrats on your blog’s success! I really like the look of it. What a year you’ve had, wow! Did you ever stay home? 🙂 Great photography as well.

  3. Great set of pictures, you life looks like it is full of beautiful adventures.

    When you spoke of your initial homesickness and loneliness you reminded me of when I lived in Italy (many years ago). I was enjoying myself but lonely and not feeling at home. One night I went to sleep and dreamed of people speaking in Italian, when I woke up I was no longer lonely, I felt at home.

    Enjoy,

    elena

  4. Congratulations on a year! You’ve been all over the place and have some really awesome pictures 🙂 I really enjoy reading your blog and being a person living in a foreign as well, I feel like I can relate to a lot of things you write about. Good luck with the next year!!

  5. What a beautiful collection of photos! I kept thinking, that’s my favorite…no, that’s my favorite! Congrats on one year.

  6. Congrats on 1 year! Such beautiful photos!! I’m jealous of all your travels 🙂 Stopping by from the Storytellers hop–hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

  7. I love the ones of London (and I didn’t enjoy it there much), Paris and Edinburgh. Pictures have a way of capturing a single moment, even a basket of feelings. And congrats on 1 year!

  8. great pics! especially I love New Zealand – South Island & Annecy, France shots. I used to live in Croydon for 6 months and whenever I was feeling low or missing my family, I used to go to London, so I can relate to what you mean by “the city won’t fail’!

    Keep blogging and many more returns of the Blog BD:)

  9. Lovely pictures! Australia and New Zealand look familiar 😉

    I like the picture of Annecy…

    Can you believe I’ve never been to NY? It’s embarrassing considering how “close” it is to Ottawa. Been to LA, bused across the US to go to Mexico… but always skipped NY. I need to win a trip like you did 🙂

    1. I definitely recommend you to take a jump to NY… I think its quite european, compared with other US cities. There’s a big food culture that really felt familiar. The only thing: try avoiding january! Well, for me at least, it was a bit too cold to enjoy the city as I wished I did…

  10. I love this post! What an awesome life you lead! I love annecy, it is so beautiful. Where in Switzerland do you live? I live in st ettienne France. So glad i found your blog, i think it will be a new favorite!

  11. Hey! Great to see OZ featuring so prominently in your list! But it’s not all about Sydney … Just popping in from the Storytellers Blog Hop!! Have a great weekend (that’s what we Aussies live for!!!)

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I wish I had had more time to visit more places in Australia… but you need more than just 5 days to do such a beautiful and big country – so I will have to wait a while until I have more than just 2 weeks of vacation for that!

  12. Congrats for your lovely new blog and birthday! i’ve lived out of italy for one year, and i can really understand your feelings. at the very beginning i was scared of greece way of life… and in the end i was totally in love and sad to come back home 🙂
    i really like your way of bloggin’ and these pics are simply lovely! i totally agree with you to the london idea… i’ve been there last week end, and as usually it tooks my heart! i think it’s my fav city ever!
    thanks for sharing and good luck for your french school 😀
    Serena

    1. Thanks Serena! I guess its all about time when it comes to getting used to a new place… at some point, you don’t understand how you could ever “hate” it.

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