Giving names to your house appears to be a Swiss thing, originated back in those times when white spots on maps were filled with mysterious references to sea monsters, four-horned men and “Here Be Dragons” warnings. In those sweet times you could be living at places dedicated to delightful things like loyalty…
…or rear thighs:
The origin of some names is still a mystery…
… some seem rather obvious, though:
Sometimes naming your house is an interactive process:
My personal favourite is this one (can you guess why?):
Most of the houses are dedicated to simple, joyful living things, like plants…
A whole zoo…
…with a colourful collection of birds:
Weather can also be a great inspiration. The sun rises…
…to a blue sky…
…or to a rainy day:
Of course, things start to get complicated when human race enters with its doubtful attempts at civilisation. Fictive creatures appear at once…
…and bears are forced to dance:
Medieval times are represented by angels…
…and balance scales made of gold…
…to measure all your (Swedish) money…
…or shame you for the lack of it:
Virgins are obligatory…
…and such are the things virgins should know nothing about:
For preventing them from getting first-hand knowledge in the art of rear love, virgins have to be safely stored in towers…
…built on the top of green mountains…
…surrounded by green forests…
…and locked tight with keys:
There they can sit and wait for being rescued
in the most contemporary way while counting down their time using sandglasses:
To their misfortune, knights do not seem to be available on the streets of Schaffhausen. The Ghost of Communism is haunting it instead!
It stirs up trouble…
…which leads to war.
Luckily, peace always sets in at the end…
…for which we can not be thankful enough!
One place where Germany meets Switzerland is somewhere in the middle of Lake Constance. To visit it, board the ferry in Friedrichshafen.
Don’t worry, you’ll arrive relaxed to your destination (entspannt am Ziel!).
When boarding, be aware of international spies.
Take your seat and enjoy the sight of your fellow travellers’ hair situation.
Watch the last passengers hurry up on board…
…and a few minutes later say goodbye to Germany.
On your way, greet those who are sailing…
the rich people who can afford to pay 200 euros for a 30 minutes joyride flight those who prefer air to water.
And now, on to Swiss waters!
The border is somewhere here…
Whatever. Can you spot the pirates?
A close-up of the fearless devils of the Bodensee:
Now it’s time to take a last look back…
…because you are almost at your destination!
Finish your drinks (or taking photographs of other people’s finished drinks, haha)…
…and prepare for landing.
To enjoy your adventure to the fullest, be the last one to leave the ferry.
Welcome in Switzerland!
I’m currently in the middle of a
midlife crisis, think health problems, work problems, family problems, financial problems, add general unhappiness and an invincible inner force to question the meaning of everything, haha; so I’m desperate for anything that could add structure or a frame to my life, for strategies to hold onto, for anything that could be helpful. I found my project 365 in 2012 to be an enormous help in bringing myself, when not exactly back on the same track, at least into motion. I don’t want to repeat it though – I’m way behind with photos on this blog anyway. So I decided to do something easier but equally fun: a reading challenge. I’m not very good at challenges, my last try was a complete failure (I finished only two books from the pile, both of them a year or two later than planned, haha), but let’s hope for a better outcome this time! (I never learn, do I?)
I got inspired by Manja Mexie’s booklist and some Reading Challenge lists floating out there on the internet but I haven’t found one that would fit my exact ideas, so I decided to create my own. Some categories are borrowed, some are made up to fit my rather narrow field of interest. My goal is to get out of my comfort zone of early 20th century detective stories but still find books that I enjoy all the same.
I’ll go down the one-book-a-week route, so 52 books it is. Of course it can be more, and of course it does not have to fit into a category on the list for me to read it. There is no particular order, but the list have to be complete with at least one title per category by 2017 December 31. I’ll be updating it continuously, just like I do with my record of finished books.
1. A book set in WW1
2. A book set in WW2
3. A book about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
4. A book written by a Soviet author, set in the Soviet Union
5. A book written by a Holocaust survivor
6. A childhood favourite I don’t remember very well anymore
7. A book in Dutch
8. A fiction book about music
9. A book written by a musician
10. A book about a nurse/nursing (not a medical book)
11. A book that was published in 2017
12. A book written before 1900
13. A book written before 1800
14. A book written before 1700
15. A book written before 1600
16. A book written before 1500
17. A travel journal/a book on travelling
18. A biography
19. An autobiography
20. A book translated from a language I don’t speak (so, other than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian)
21. A book with a character with my name
22. A book set in my hometown
23. A book written by an author from the country I’m currently living in
24. A book set in the country I’m currently living in, written by an author with a different nationality
25. A book that was banned in the Third Reich
26. A book that was banned under the Socialist regime
27. A book that was banned by the Catholic Church
28. A play
29. A poetry book
30. A dog book
31. A cat book
32. A book about death/dying
33. A book about love (not necessarily romantic)
34. A book with numbers only in the title
35. A book with a name only as a title
36. A book with a colour in the title
37. A book about science
38. A book about mathematics
39. A book about religion
40. A book about the universe
41. A book to improve my life
42. A book set in a place I’ve already visited
43. A book set in somewhere I’ll most likely never visit
44. A book by a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
45. A book that was published in the year I was born
46. A science fiction novel
47. A vampire story
48. A book featuring the Devil
49. A book with an intriguing cover
50. A book recommended by my mother
51. A book recommended by my father
52. A book recommended by my sister