it is snowing and snowing and snowing. and it's cold. like real winter.
everything is covered in white and all the trees and shrubs have big snowy caps. when the sun comes out and the snow is sparkling it truly feels like a winterwonderland! looks like we'll have a white X-mas!
Ever since I made it to my parents' place I've been busy baking (and eating) X-mas biscuits. Outside it is freezing and it has been snowing for the past days, but in our kitchen it is warm and cosy, and this is where I am spending a lot of time these days, watching the snow fall and enjoying a hot cup of tea. It's good to be home for Christmas!
On my day off I took a bus to Chichen Itza, where the most famous Mayan temple in Mexico is situated. The journey took us through the jungle to an underground waterhole and finally to the big pyramid in Chichen Itza.
It was fascinating to see how perfectly the Mayas modeled this temple to match their beliefs! They were truly extraordinary architects and mathematicians with a quirky mind and a lot of fantasy - imagine what amazing projects they would come up with in today's world!?
Thanks to our fantastic tourguides Edgar and Jorge for this super interesting tour!
this pretty beach has been in front of my nose for the past days but so far I haven't had a chance to really enjoy it! the week has been quite busy, but now it is almost weekend (and no meetings scheduled). so hopefully this will be a good opportunity to explore a little bit of the area....
On my journey to Cancun I got to spend one day in Bavaria. And guess what: I was just in time for the first snow! Hurra! Everything was covered with a nice white blanket and the snow was sparkling in the pale sunshine.
I must say (despite all the troubles winter is causing these days) I am looking forward to some more snow, powder and winter sunshine!
Last Friday I was asked to cover an event for the magazine I am working for. I didn't have any information except the time and place, so I just asked my sister to come along and we went to see what Gaborone's party scene has to offer. Imagine our surprised faces when we got to the venue and the party turned out to be a German beer fest! Ha! Of course, if I'd known this before I would have dressed differently, but anyway it was lots of fun and we even enjoyed some special Bavarian food. The only thing missing was the German beer, but I guess the well staged party made up for this!
The charity project that I've been involved in for a while was organising a Christmas party on Saturday. Already the week before we were busy preparing everything, including gift bags for more than 2oo children.
On Saturday morning everyone gathered for a Christmas party and it was such a great experience to join the kids singing and celebrating.
With big eyes and huge smiles on their faces they received their gifts after a long wait and then were treated to a warm meal and some cake.
Some of the kids were totally speechless and seemed to have forgotten the world around them for a while.
It was a very moving event and the kids were incredibly to watch. I am so thankful and proud to have the opportunity to work with the children and the awesome team at Happy Home!
Thanks to my sister for coming with me & taking all the beautiful pictures!
In late October I went for a weekend in VicFalls (but I only got the pictures now) where we celebrated my best friend's birthday with hightea on the terrace of the famous Victoria Falls hotel, had a sip (or two) of Zambesi and a real African party for Halloween.
All the time, we could hear the thundering of the water and even see the spray high in the sky. Of course, we also went close to take a look (and some pictures) of the falls and the beautiful rainbows.
It's been my second visit to the falls and it's quite different when the water is low, but magic nonetheless. I'm hoping to see the falls again soon, preferably next time together with my favorite man!
when we got home on Friday, we saw a little angora bunny being chased by one of our neighbor's cats. without thinking too much, we got out of the car and lured the bunny with a carrot. it was very tame and definitely someone's pet, so we put it up in our garage for the night and let it out in the garden the next morning, feeding it with more carrots & apples, and cuddling this cute furry animal while discussing what to do with it. the problem was solved when we realised that the bunny had escaped when we didn't watch it for a moment...apparently some bunnies do have a sense of adventure and do not like to be kept as pets.
last night when we got home the power was gone, so we sat in the dark with a glass of wine, talked and listened to the thunderstorm outside.
when we got hungry we decided to order pizza from the wood-fired pizza-place and have a real candle-light dinner :)
sadly, the pizza never arrived and we ended up eating a little salad made from everything we found in the fridge that didn't need to be cooked.
we knew the power was back when the alarms in the neighourhood went off and the dogs started barking like crazy in the middle of the night - and this meant that there was much-needed fresh, hot coffee in the morning!