Falling sky!

Time: 17:20
Place: office window
Day: Thursday

Suddenly a strong wind started blowing, the trees were fighting to remain attached to the ground, the sky became all dark, thick, black, scary!
Immediately the clouds vomited litres of dark grey water and ice onto the soil… 20 minutes of apocalypse… and then quietly the world started again.
The sky quickly turned blue, the sun started blinking again and the rainbow brought its comforting, soft, magic stripes and good mood for everyone!

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My little pony




Picture “My little pony: friendship is magic” from: Variety.com

This post will not speak of the famous series “My little pony” invented by the American Hasbro and very popular among all young girls (including mine!).
You will not hear me speaking of pony characters such as Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie (Having two girls, I am a master of the “Little Pony” nomenclature…).

Instead, I am telling you a unique experience I got today.
While going to the supermarket of a neighbouring village to buy some water, I had this “prime”: in a small piece of land just next to the supermarket I saw a “baby” (almost just born) pony, a real little pony!
I never had the opportunity to see such small animal before!

It was very cute: first, sleeping next to the mother under the sun, and then starting to walk around in an unstable way.

The pony mother was very protective: when the pony father tried to get close, although busy with her “herbal” meal, she gave him a two leg kick, which made him immediately go back to his corner! This is harsh, this is actual reality, this is true maternal protection instinct: well different from the coloured, carefree, timeless, imaginary stories of… “my little pony”!

Carnival or horror movie?

The Carnival closed its curtain on Tuesday, as usual (even if in some cantons and cities it will last some days more).
During the Carnival, people normally have fun, get masked with funny costumes, make jokes and go to parties.

In the small village where I live, as every year, during this “amusement” period, some weird, dreadful and scary characters suddenly appeared in the weirdest places…

Quite creepy, isn’t it?
This is just Carnival, but maybe in Switzerland they mistake it for a horror movie?!

Swissed… cult!

Today I was in Zurich in the quarter of Albisrieden, which I did not know so well.
I would have expected to find eventually a typical church dedicated to Calvin, or to Zwingli, the two famous Swiss reformers of the 16th century.

On the contrary I found something I would have never expected to see in Zurich.
A quite normal building where they spread the cult of Tom Cruise and John Travolta!
Scientology exists also in Switzerland: Swissology probably…

The snow has arrived!

Switzerland is probably not a country which inspires poetry, romanticism or rhymes.
But when the real winter arrives and the snow is falling, even in the grey Confederation, some inspiration can come…

Steps on the white,
arms to the night,
going there,
hoping that,
everything silent,
light, dark, white, black.
Wait for the moon…
It’s already the sun!

OK, I know. It’s probably much better to look outside of the window and just keep quiet, enjoying the silent fall of the snow and the white landscape!

What is this?

During one of the usual Saturday’s trips to Zurich with my family, I found out a unique “thing”…
Just at Bellevue, the main square next to the lake, I saw a strange polygonal light blue shape.

I went closer to see: it is not a ship! it is not a boat! it is neither a normal house nor the Addams Family’s mansion! But it floats on the water!
It seems a building arrived here from a fairy tale: the pastel colour, the weird shape, and the magic mood around it…
I went closer and closer and finally I discovered it.
It’s the “heart barrack”!
It is a seasonal (October-March) floating real cabaret theatre with restaurant which offers a very interesting programme: every single night a different show!
This is a great entertainment for Zurich city: it seems like a time machine to go back to France at the time of art nouveau!

You do not believe me? You do not think that such delight can exist in Zurich?
Check it out by yourself and let me know: www.herzbaracke.ch

The love lock bridge

Last Saturday I was walking in Zurich coming from the Niederdorf towards the station and Bahnhofstrasse, when I passed on the Mühlesteg to cross the river Limmat.
This narrow pedestrian bridge is unique in Zurich!
A lot of padlocks of the most different shapes are fixed on the guard railings of this fragile walkway. Each padlock is engraved with the names of modern and unknown Romeos and Juliets…
It should be absolutely romantic to lock your love on the river, watching the lake, under the sky, fired by the sunset light!