Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Packing Up & Selling It All

DGJ_4659 - St. Paul Island South Point Lighthouse
DGJ_4659 - St. Paul Island South Point Lighthouse (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis))
one very weird thing about moving away and cutting all strings that connect you with the place you've lived in, is how you are in a sort of twilight-zone during your last few days. stellenbosch is still the same and very familiar, but our flat looks completely different now.

a few days ago, we started packing up everything and selling whatever may be sold including our furniture, my car, cds, dvds, books... and so forth. so, gradually, our apartment is getting more and more empty. at least our bed is still standing, so we needn't sleep on the floor - yet.
and let me tell you, it's absolutely unreal to pack all your everyday household items into boxes, and driving them to the next 2nd hand shop to sell them off for a ridiculously low price and then getting told that you actually got a sweet deal out of it. it surely doesn't feel so.

when moving around frequently, it is absolutely crucial to not get too attached to your belongings because if you do get too attached to them, you'll end up with a huge pile of things that you've got no idea how to get rid of (in fact, you don't want to get rid of them, anyway) an hour before leaving for the airport. we're pretty much well-trained in that aspect and during this year, every now and again, we gave things away that we knew we wouldn't absolutely need.
both, my wife and i, have trained ourselves also to avoid buying all these small decoratives - "kakkies" as she calls it (translates to "crappies") - that usually make your home just that little bit more personal and cozy, to save ourselves the work of getting rid of them again. of course, in the end, we still have bought a few such kakkies. but at least by restricting ourselves, we don't have to deal with too many of them now.

i just got a call from my wife that we finally found someone to sell our car to. so it's time to say goodbye to my trustworthy vehicle - probably the only object that i tend to get attached to - and i surely hope it will be just as reliable for the new owner as it was for us.

anyway, i'm getting more and more excited about moving to the green shores dublin. the itching has started and continues to grow by the day.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Your Switzerland Travel Guide

View onto the Lake Geneva form Torgon Français...
Switzerland is a very diverse country that has quite a few regions. Knowing where you are when you're traveling around Switzerland can be valuable, so we've highlighted a few of the top destinations for tourists so you can learn a bit more about the areas.

Lake Geneva 

Located on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman, this section of Switzerland borders the Jura section of the alps, and is a popular spot for skiing. The city of  Geneva is well known internationally for being home to over 200 governmental organizations, and is often the meeting site of international leaders. It is also a great place to experience the culture and arts that Switzerland has to offer.

Bernese Highlands 

Home to the majestic Bernese Alps, this is a great section of Switzerland to do hiking, skiing and rock climbing. It's also home to the city of Interlaken, which is considered the outoor and action sports capital of Switzerland. Tourists flock to the city to partake in skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting and canyoning. If you're looking for a place to stay, I would recommend the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, Interlaken which is one of the best hostels in Interlaken Switzerland.

Bernese Lowlands

A beautiful and less mountainous section of Switzerland, the Bernsese Lowlands have many French and German influences. The city of Bern is a historic town of Switzerland, with tons to do while you're there. View beautiful old buildings, go out to one of their many restaurants, or spend a night out and tour their bars and clubs.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Train Tours In India

The Rashtrapati Bhawan which is the residence ...Image via WikipediaThere are many great ways to tour a country, and train tours across India are one of the most fascinating ways you can take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of this vibrant country.

There are so many wonderful travel tourism information sites to choose from, you almost can't go wrong. We suggest doing a couple Google searches for "travel India" or "see India by train" to find an adventure that most fits your desired method of experiencing a new country and a new culture.

Thanks for stopping in!