A jumper with yellow stripes, because yellow radiates warmth, cheerfulness and more

“Yellow is capable of charming God.”

– Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is not the only one recognising the power of yellow. When you read the following extract from the website bourncreative  you will understand why having yellow in your outfits is a good idea; the colour is quite powerful indeed!

Studies show that the meaning of the color yellow can be warmth and cheerfulness. The color yellow also helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision and build confidence.

I don’t know exactly which studies are referred to, but I like what I read there. Isn’t it great to radiate and stimulate all the above? Being a teacher and a mum I thought this was reason enough to go for a new jumper with warm yellow stripes, perfect for autumn and positively powerful too.

I have collected some photos, full of shades of yellow for you this week. Have a look and, by all means, have a look at your own outfits too and decide if you have got enough shades of yellow or if it’s time to hit the shops this weekend!

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“Into the wild” and what we can learn from that film

“Happiness is Only Real When Shared.”

-Chris McCandless

As you can see on the photos in this blogpost, Switzerland, despite being so organised and clean, can look pretty wild too.

When we went for a walk in Graubünden’s National Park a few weeks back, I felt like really going “into the wild”. Look at these impressive mountains with that first touch of snow on the top. Can you imagine how I felt, walking on a trail amidst these mountains and lots of trees, crossing wild waters (OK, over bridges, but still…) and even spotting some deer and other game. The film “Into the Wild” spontaneously popped up in my head and I turned to my husband to tell him so. In that instant the famous sentence “happiness is only real when shared” got its extra dimension for me.

It’s so true. No matter how happy you are, you are happier when you can share your happiness with others, building up memories together. That is also one of the pains of losing loved ones: shared happy moments can no longer be shared.

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Into the arena of Creux du Van; a natural spectacle in the Swiss Jura

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.”

– Carl Sagan

Are you a fan of natural spectacles? In that case you might want to consider visiting the Swiss Jura, where you can find this huge, natural amphitheatre, called Creux du Van. The rocky amphitheatre has got a diameter of one kilometre and the walls are 160 metres high, so everyone (and not just mini me) feels very small in this vast natural arena.

Combine it with a visit to nearby Neuchâtel (for some French flair and fine food) and you will have a perfect day out in the Swiss Jura!

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A snowy sunny summer day: a day trip to Wallis, crossing the Nufenen Pass and climbing the Sparrhorn

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

– Sir Martin Conway

Hi everyone. Great to see you again!

I am back in Switzerland, back on the blog and happy to share an outdoor activity with you this week.

On the first day of my summer break, early in July, when the weather was hot and sunny and the snow had not melted completely yet (see the above photo), we spontaneously went to Wallis for a day. Wallis is the home of the Matterhorn and the Aletsch Glacier and lots and lots of beautiful nature. How blessed can one be, having that more or less around the corner.

Yeah, that was something that kept my brain busy these past few weeks. I think that many of us are often so focussed on travelling to far away places that you sometimes forget the beauties that are around your own corner, the ones that you can enjoy on a (spontaneous) day trip.

That’s easily done in Switzerland of course, but not only there! Take this blogpost as an opportunity to enjoy a virtual trip to Wallis and as an incentive to plan a fabulous day trip around your corner!

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A super snow shoe walk to boost body & brain

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

–  Thomas Jefferson

The same Friday that I published my blog post about hiding the Xmas extras we went for a super snow shoe walk. Not because I wanted to bring the “walk your talk” quite literally into practice, but because there was an abundance of freshly fallen snow and you should always take your chances when they present themselves, right?!

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A sunny cardigan on a misty morning

Cardigan: Vögele, Top: Tally Weijl, Trousers: Jacqueline Young, Shoes: Lowa, Sunnies: Cerjo, Beret: H&M (new)

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

– Anthony J. D’Angelo

Living close to the mountains means that you can often go there to find both snow and sunshine in winter. A luxury I highly appreciate and often enjoy. And when even going to the mountains does not bring sunshine, I bring the sunshine myself!

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