Thursday, December 13, 2012

I got beat by a Krampus this weekend. How was your weekend?

This weekend, Andre and I headed to Munich to do some Christmas shopping!

I feel somewhat guilty about the lack of sightseeing we did (i.e. none).  This is the first city that we've visited and haven't done any big tourist activities.  We went mostly for the food and the European Christmas market experience.

We tried new foods:

Dampfnudeln - not a noodle at all but a light springy cake drowned in vanilla syrup and topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon

and had plenty to drink:

Gluhwein (aka spiced or mulled wine) - why yes we did "forget to return" some of our glasses - shhhhh - don't tell!

Of course, this being a major city in Europe, we couldn't avoid the tourist sites.  In fact, there was a giant castle in the middle of the Christmas Market!  

And then on Sunday, we're walking along minding our own business when we hear this giant racket and all these creepy goat dudes start running by banging chains and ringing bells.  Apparently, this is the German version of the Schmutzli.  It's called a Krampus and if you are a naughty child, it kidnaps you and takes you away.  We heard several children scream when they came by.  They stopped running not too far ahead of us and so of course, we had to get closer to check them out and take photos!  And that my friends is when one of the Krampuses/Krampi (?) beat me about the legs with his bundle of sticks!  Rude!

And then we came home.  And this is what greeted us.

Walking in a winter wonderland....all day...every day....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Samichlaus and Kit Kat

It's a good news and a bad news kind of post.

Good news first - Guess who came to visit me in the office this week?!?!

In Switzerland, they celebrate St. Nicholas day on December 6.  If the kids are good, Samichlaus comes to visit and brings them chocolates, nuts and oranges.  If the kids are bad, Samichlaus's helper, Schmutzli, comes to visit, kidnaps them and then beats them with sticks!

Apparently, all of PwC was good, so Samichlaus came to visit!

the gift

and the contents!

In the bad news arena, my poor Kit Kat had to be put down last week.  One of the hardest things I had to do when I moved over here was make the decision to leave my two kitties behind.  Mentally, I knew in my head that it was the best decision but it was still really hard to do.  On the bright side, I know both cats totally got an upgrade in life quality.  Armand is currently living it up in Raleigh and Kit Kat spent the best ten months of her life with my friends Kim and Matt.   Kim put up an amazing blog post about Kit Kat (Cardigan Chic: Its So Hard.............) and her totally spoiled rotten last ten months.  I could not have left her in better hands and for that, I am extremely grateful.  

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Random Christmas Related Pictures

Woooooo!  Christmas in Switzerland!  That is all.

They had a Christmas market here in Uster on Thurdsay and Friday.  They set up on our street.

me walking home on Thurs....taking deeeeeep breaths and chanting "patience is a virtue"

taken from the safety of my living room

Sophs checking things out

meat on a stick!  

bread dudes are super popular for Christmas here - no idea why...

It's Santa & Schmutzli

aaaand their pet donkey!

Zurich with snow

Cuckoo Clock!

the snow is real folks - 2nd snow of the season!

Wooooooo!  Christmas!  :)   Come visit!