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My trip to Siberia, Russia

As was mentioned a few weeks back I was planned in for a trip to Siberia, Russia.

 When telling people about this I received a few remarks, as for example:  It is cold!…. Gulag!…  Criminality!…Aeroflot!…Security!… etc.

I must admit I did not know what to expect myself. 

In my eyes cold it was as the temperature  was between -6°C and -17°C which in my opinion is cold. 

Gulag… Not where I was and Siberia is amazing big. 

Criminality! We were informed by our contact when arriving , this is something you can see in movies.

This was something which was correct  during the 90th but nowadays it is gone and no more criminals there as in most normal European cities. No danger to move around.

Then about Aeroflot who have not any good name floating around, everything claiming from bad old planes and we should not talk about bad service.

Here must say, this is absolute not trough at all. Modern planes and friendly staff exercising an excellent service.

I have nothing against airport security… But for the security on Russian airports I don’t know if I shall cry or laugh really.

From the airport entry doors at Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) and until you are through security as in most airports we had to pass four security scanning points. For us who stayed one night at Hotel Radisson Blue we had our first scan already leaving the hotel. From here we was able to walk 50 meter until the next scanning point. Then a new 10 meters before the check in counter! After this the normal security scan came straight after emigration which was smooth and quick.

When it came to people we meet I can only say that they have all been friendly and really nice to meet. It was as well interesting to talk about all kind of topics for example education, environment, politics etc. 

When it come to the job I was there for… Yeah it was really good prepared and went much more smooth then we have seen since long, we can just give 5 ⭐️ on that one. We could finish up before schedule as well.

As it looks next time I will travel to Russia seems to be in April and I must say I am looking forward to see everything in spring too.

 

Twinkle-Twinkle

Hi there!

How are you all? Preparing for Christmas? Survived the first crisis and near-nervous breakdown?

Well, I must say I’m one of the lucky cats, without my servants folks getting stressed out! The only thing they did was decorate the house a bit Christmas-isch, which looks not bad I must admit!

Recently I went around and took some pics:

Pretty, isn’t it? (Bloody love these stupid reindeers….haha)

The only thing what worries me a tiny bit is that my mum and dad want to spend a few days in Sweden during Christmas…. Well, they won’t dare leaving me here alone! Maybe this time I’ll even be allowed to accompany them? I imagine that would be really mouse-crazy exciting!

All right….I’ll wait and see what happens!

Take care and heaps of glitter-purring, unicon-like greetings to all of you =^.^=

 

Cheers!

It’s autumn, as we know.

One of the few good things at this time of the year is, that many winemaker open their doors and invite you to test their new wines!

Patrik and I usually visit the nearest ones, mostly because one has to get home again somehow… But also, their wines are convincing and we like to support the locals.

So last weekend we visited Juliana & Stefan Traber, at our neighbor village called Dietingen. Their wines became even more attractive since he changed the label a couple of years ago (it was unbelievably…..well, suboptimal…afore). Although, we didn’t have much time actually, we went for a quick visit to say hello and test a couple of wines. Yes, very tasty, so we bought a couple of boxes, plus a grappa. We met some other friends, but had to say good bye….. Next time, guys J

Unfortunately, we don’t have many pictures of this happening, plus it was still daylight – not as cozy, as in the dark, with open fires and candles.

This weekend, our “neighbour” Hausammann, with their impressive winery, has open house.

Patrik and I decided to visit them on Friday evening. Firstly, the atmosphere is amazing in the dark, with its lights and the lovingly arranged Christmas decoration!

 

Secondly, Patrik has to travel to Siberia on Sunday morning and needs the Saturday to pack his cases and arrange a few things for his journey, into the freezing cold!

We very much enjoyed the evening, chatted to the Hausammann family, tasted their sparkling – and not sparkling – wines, accompanied by some cheese and fresh bread. Naturally, some friends also showed up.

We tried to capture the magic of the evening, voilà:

We wish you all a glistening and happy Advent Season!

 

A Secret “Boat Sitter” & A Culinary Highlight

The other day, Patrik has been contacted from Igor – the owner of the lovely “Osteria No 6” in Albenga .   This time it wasn’t only small talk or sharing recipes.

Yeah, Igor and Patrik keep a casual contact, joking with each other and sending pics with tasty meals to and fro.

We also know that he and Donatella – his wife – like to drive to Loano every now and then and pay a visit to our Luna Azzurra. Every time sending us a picture or two with some comments! It makes us happy of course, knowing that someone cares so much about our baby.

This time Igor informed us, that he drove there after a bad weather period, with rain and strong winds. And luckily he did so, because he wrote that the cover of the plotter had flown away and was lying close to the waters edge.

He also tightened the ropes, since Luna Azzurra had a bit too much of freedom to move around…                         It actually crossed my mind when I saw the webcam pictures,  just a day or two earlier.

Well, of course Patrik thanked him and we both agree, that we are very lucky having Igor and Donatella being so attached to the boat. Even driving there sometimes and look after her – we must say, we are very touched about it!

So, Igor and Donatella, a big GRAZIE MILLE to both of you! Next time we meet we’ll make it up to you guys, promise!

Until then, I’m sure there will be a few more recipes shared and one or two more jokes told!

It feels incredibly good to have friends like this!

Igor’s “Osteria No 6” in Albenga is well and truly recommended! Not only his cooking skills is worth a visit, but also the cozy ambience! You’ll find him under:

https://www.instagram.com/osteria_n6/?hl=it

https://www.facebook.com/pg/OSTERIAN6/photos/?ref=page_internal

 

Blankness

Patrik and I have been searching and searching……..sadly, we found none!

I talk about ideas for this weeks post. Amazingly, we simply couldn’t come up with a good idea – one, worth writing about (better nothing than some crappy yaaaaawn – story)!

Might be the early winter blues….who knows?!

So, sorry folks, no report this time! But we do wish you a wonderful and comfy weekend – I’ll be busy doing my Italian homework. What fun have you planned?

Ciao a tutti e a prossima settimana,

Baci

 

About Scorpios….

Already November – can you believe it?

Well, that means not only cold and unpleasant weather, it’s also the month’s with most birthdays in our family!

On Thursday, the 7th, it was my dad’s and yesterday it was mine! On the 26th it’s my brothers birthday (OK, he doesn’t belong to us Scorpios anymore). Then, there are many friends and acquaintances also celebrating their big days in November! A party month actually, hahaha….

Anyway, since my birthday happened to be on a Friday this year, my parents, Patrik and I decided to take the chance and go out for dinner! My mum booked a table in a lovely Italian restaurant in Winterthur a week ago – since it is quite small, you have to be in good time to book a table.  Thanks again, Mams. It’s called “Cantinetta and offers specialities from Tuscany – yummyyyy!

At 19h we met at the restaurant – inside – since the weather was typical november-ish with rain and only approx 3 deg. C! *brrrrrrrrrr* 

With a glass prosecco as aperitif, we chose our dinner and a suitable wine. It actually took some time, despite the small menu card – small but nice, indeed!

Anyway, starting with a sallad followed by a very tasty main course we enjoyed a lovely evening together. The staff was exceptionally pleasant and attentive.

We finished our dinner with a espresso each and went outside – into the chilly evening. Together we walked for a short distance until is was time to say good bye. My parents came by bus and Patrik and I had our car.

Wish you all a cozy weekend, so long!

 

Elba – Capraia – Loano

We where leaving Isola d’Elba heading for Isola di Capraia and from there we headed straight to Loano.

It was a bumpy ride between Isola di Capraia to Loano, but in the end we where in the end happy that we did not sail first to Corse which was our wish and plan.

To visit Corse have to wait until another time and in the end have its own story.

 

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