Alpabzug in Urnäsch

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For the first time I have attended the Alpabzug in Urnäsch. I wanted to do this for years and now I finally had the time and a visitor from China – no more reasons needed…!  The traditional fest marking the parade of farm animals down from the high mountain pastures in the alps to the farms in the valleys.

This year the colorful event was shown on Swiss TV life from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. That’s probably why there were that many people – for my taste, my Chinese friend didn’t think it was too crowded…  At least peoplewise, but she said never in her life had she seen that many cows and goats!

 

 

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Relaxed on the Island of Ruegen (Germany)

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For one week I went for a very relaxing vacation on the island of Ruegen in Germany. It was not the goal to travel the whole island, I simply wanted to relax, read a lot of books and do nothing. Which I did very successfully in my roof wicker beach chair.

 

There are mainly German tourists on the island. Sometimes you can also hear some Swiss German. But imagine my surprise, when I saw a Chinese family right in front of me at the beach. Who would have thought that there are Chinese on Ruegen?

Wuxi Notebook Ruegen Germany

 

Here are some impressions of my relaxing vacation:

Wuxi Notebook Ruegen Germany

Wuxi Notebook Ruegen Germany

Wuxi Notebook Ruegen Island

 

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Wuxi on my iPad

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Wuxi Notebook iPad App TriposoI was in Wuxi for six months without a travel guide, that is pretty tough for a planner like me. Wuxi is not mentioned with one single word in my thick Lonely Planet travel guide for China. Most information about the city I found in the internet on Wikipedia. I couldn’t even read the city map, since it was available in Chinese only. I ended up writing my own little travel guide about my temporary home – my Western colleagues, who came to Wuxi later, were grateful.

 

Today I read in our regional newspaper about the App of the month: Triposo Travel Guide. Travel is always good, I had to look at the App immediately. I discovered a Triposo Travel Guide for China. Without any further expectations I downloaded it to my iPad. When I looked at it more thorougly I nearly fell off the couch : There was Wuxi mentioned. And it was not just mentioned, no, there were eight App pages about Wuxi ! Some information were more interesting (e.g. restaurants and bars where expats meet) others were less interesting („Shopping: Wuxi is a city with a lot of shopping areas, although it is very expensive, there are a wide range of brands.“ – Okeeeeyyyy…). But all in all it is quite a useful App. Apart from Wuxi there are 85 (!) other Chinese cities mentioned, e.g. Qufu, birth place of Confucius, my favorite city Qingdao and many more.

 

The App is available for many other destinations like Switzerland, Germany, Vietnam, Chicago, USA, UAE etc.

 

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My Name is Health, Dr. Health

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I found the following advert in Qingdao:

Wuxi Notebook Health surgery

 

 

Cindy and I stopped in front of it and were astonished – but for different reasons:

Cindy was wondering, if the photo showed a man or a woman – or a man that used to be a woman or a woman that used to be a man…

 

For me it was quite clear, this was a man, but I thought his name was quite special: Dr. Health – or being more specific Dr. Health Plastic Surgery Hospital! What is his first name and what is his last name?? You only find this in China!

 

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Good friends…

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…know what you need! BTW, you can get your Tsingtao beer in Switzerland at Coop, a six pack for CHF 12.60.

Wuxi Notebook Tsingtao

Xie xie, Mela!

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The Scent of Departure

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Hamburg, New York and Shanghai – those are my three favorite cities of the world. Each one of them has its own smell and each own of them I would recognize by its smell, if I had to walk the streets with blind eyes.

 

In Hamburg it is the smell of the sea, that is close by, the smell of the fish, when you walk along the harbor. In New York it is the traffic that has its own smell and in Shanghai there is a smell that I can’t explain, the only word I can use is „Chinese“, it is this Chinese smell. No other city smells like Hamburg, no other city smells like New York and no other city smells like Shanghai.

 

Apparently, I am not the only one who feels each city has its own smell: Certain Duty Free Shops are now selling a new perfume line called „The Scent of Departure“. The city-themed scents are expressed through their respective airport codes, such as Dubai (DXB) or London (LHR), and packaged in bottles that resemble checked baggage tags. I like this idea.

 

What sounds like the lyrics of song, are the names of the perfumes you can buy so far : Abu Dhabi, Budapest, Paris, Doha, Bali, Dubai, Frankfurt, Seoul, Istanbul, Keflavik, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Vienna. – Ok, New York is there, but where are Hamburg and Shanghai ??

 

Since I am always taking a deep breath whenever I am arriving in one of my favorite cities, I would not call this new perfume „Scent of Departure“, I would call it „Scent of Arrival“!

 

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Find your way through China’s traffic

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If you have been to China, you know that traffic is bad and that there are no rules (maybe apart from the traffic light, the Chinese pretty much do respect the traffic light). Now imagine this:

 

A three-year-old Chinese toddler is riding his toy scooter against traffic through a busy intersection in eastern China. It was all captured on video by traffic cameras. His grandfather who was supposed to watch him said the boy disappeared when he went to use a bathroom. Luckily a police officer saved the day – and the boy…

 

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