Sep 28 2014

A story of the past but active in our minds!

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Dear friends

This blog section represents our storytelling of our five years ling and a growing a family in Andalucia, Southern Spain.

We do not blog anymore in this blog section as we are now back in Switzerland. But pls. follow Nadine’s ongoing blogging activities in www.michuchi.ch (Spanish/German language) and our “Close-ups fotoshooting” passion in the corresponding section of this website.

It has been a pleasure for us sharing some of your visual highlights of our Spanish years in this blog section.

Yours, Nadine & Marc

 

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Mar 31 2013

A happy Easter!

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We are enjoying some relaxed Easter days in our family circle – of course a lot of preparation has been done for celebrating our first “Bichelsee”-Easter break inspiring at least in our family home spring time while outside it is still snowing Zwinkerndes Smiley

Friends, wherever you are – enjoy Easter!

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Yours, Nadine & Marc

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Dec 25 2012

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Time – a precious good that has been flying by rapidly during last months! We have all settled in well in Bichelsee, our new home base. Grateful for all the good luck that we also had in 2012 we can look back on many deep and rich experiences of the last stage of our five years in Andalucía.

Gracias queridos amigos – no podemos ser más agredecidos para lo que nos habéis enseñado.

And with a somewhat “tourist view” we look at the beauties that we see in the surrounding of Bichelsee: the peaceful view on the mountains from Sitzberg, the Toggenburg, the green surrounding and the great forest trails in Bichelsee, the lake Bichelsee itself but also the rich cultural life and individual historic centre of close Winterthur/Wil with many unique museums and shops.

But most of all we have again been blessed with a good health for our family – the base of everything.

Dear friends, take care wherever you are, recharge batteries during these wonderful days and we wish you all a good health for 2013, a renewed discovery spirit to discover and explore the positive side of our world and society. This gives the energy to tackle the challenges that the same environment will give us!

Yours, Nadine and Marc

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Oct 07 2012

A Sevilla lemon tree blossoming perfectly in a Swiss garden..

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Dear friends:

Wow – another intense but also personally enriching phase lies now behind us – getting installed back in good old Switzerland – but: with an unforgettable background of our Andalucian years. This years have hopefully for ever some lasting effects, one is our perfectly growing Sevilla lemon tree…still outside with the flower starting to get ready for the blossoming of December/January – well, of course then he will be in the house Zwinkerndes Smiley

We are restructuring our website during the next weeks and will focus our “adventures” on travel tips for families and people who never stop exploring Zwinkerndes Smiley and of course our “creativity blog” focused on photography.

But the most active site to be checked out regulary: www.michuchi.ch or www.micocina.ch!

Yours, Nadine & Marc

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Aug 03 2012

Los suizos-andaluces on the road again!

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Although the current news about Southern Europe are full of economic and social struggle, which is true, as we have lived now almost five years in a challenging environment we just can say now on our way to Switzerland:

Gracias España y hasta luego pronto!

The linkages for us to this great country are these special people that we met all over Spain and we count them as our friends. Gracias, amigos. We will stay in touch and see us soon again Zwinkerndes Smiley This way we are – you know us.

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Jul 22 2012

Family Breakfast in the “Pinares de Puebla del Rio”

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Going in summer time to our beloved Pine tree forests with the kids means getting up early in the morning! It’s early bird time Zwinkerndes Smiley

The heat in Seville is currently so strong that going there during lunchtime would mean sweating a little bite: 40 degrees is what we usually have there during 2 pm and 5 pm. Well, therefore we enjoyed a wonderful family breakfast in this great place…and of course – after having eaten there it was time for a good walk with the kids and a little bit of football playing.

Friends, take care wherever you are right now!

Yours, Nadine & Marc

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Jul 07 2012

La Roja–The Spanish national football team strongly supported by the Suizos-Andaluces ;-)

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An other special moment that we have been living throughout the last weeks: The Spanish way through the European Championship and of course the famous final winning 4 – 0 against Italy. What an experience to share with our Spanish friends in our living area. Great, great, great!

Yours, Nadine & Marc

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Jun 30 2012

The Romería de EL ROCÍO: a true andalucian treasure!

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Recently we had the opportunity to share with our good friend José-Manuel again a very special Andalucian moment: El camino de Rocio. It is an old pilgrimage tradition which takes place around pentecost. Imagine that: from all over Andalucia over 1 million of people wander towards (a lot of them by horse carriages and foot) the village El Rocio, where on Monday morning of Pentecost the virgin Maria “La virgen del Rocio” is being taking out of the church to be taken through the village of Rocio.

Well, our journey has been only of one day accompanying the “Hermandad the Villanueva de Ariscal” on their way towards El Rocio. But there lies this unique mix of old culture, the religious spirit that people live for example singing in front of the Utrera church songs about “La virgen” and of course – the great way of living joy being together with good friends on this way towards El Rocio. El camino de Rocio – a true cultural treasure of this wonderful place. Check out some pics, dear friends!

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May 28 2012

The BOSS in Sevilla–again!

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Time is running by, things are changing but although we live in a dynamic environment some things keep the same: our passion for a timeless musician called Bruce Springsteen. His powerful music, his actual lyrics are always a source of power and reflection about seeing current affairs.

For his European tour he chose a kick-off Sevilla, what a great joy to participate in this concert; three hours of full concert driven by an energetic Bruce Springsteen, starring with his new album Wrecking ball and a great band….very big! The new album is really worthwhile listing; if you do it have a lot at the lyrics….more than a mirror of state of society.

Check out some of the pics!

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And have a look at the lyrics of a song, that Nadine and I like especially a lot of the new album:

Wrecking ball (Bruce Springsteen)

I was raised out of steel here in the swamps of Jersey, some misty years ago
Through the mud and the beer, and the blood and the cheers, I’ve seen champions come and go
So if you got the guts mister, yeah, if you got the balls
If you think it’s your time, then step to the line, and bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball
Now my home’s here in these meadowlands where mosquitoes grow big as airplanes
Here where the blood is spilled, the arena’s filled, and giants played their games
So raise up your glasses and let me hear your voices call
Because tonight all the dead are here, so bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball
One, two, a one two three four!
Yeah! Hey!
Yeah, we know that come tomorrow, none of this will be here
So hold tight on your anger, you hold tight on your anger
Hold tight to your anger, don’t fall to your fears
Now when all this steel and these stories, they drift away to rust
And all our youth and beauty, it’s been given to the dust
When the game has been decided and we’re burning down the clock
And all our little victories and glories have turned into parking lots
When your best hopes and desires are scattered through the wind
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go
Yeah just to come again
Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball (bring on your wrecking ball)
Bring on your wrecking ball (bring on your wrecking ball)
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball

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Apr 28 2012

Vamos que nos vamos–La feria de abril 2012!

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Dear friends:

As every year it it still a great pleasure to live the very famous “Feria de abril” or as we call it the CULTURAL EXPLOSION off all Andalucían cultural treasures, cultivated over many years within one week of intensive day and night (…) living Zwinkerndes Smiley

With all the years and better knowing Spanish and especially also the Andalucian specifications of the Spanish language we have got more into the text of the very famous “Sevillanas”, a specific kind of local folk songs combined with a very sensual and jolly dance that really a lot of people from all generations still practice. So, for everybody who understands a little bit of Spanish – enjoy this little extract of wonderful Spanish paying respect to the beauty of Sevilla in its best way:

“Yo te digo que Sevilla es la gloria de los cielos,

y nuestra Semana Santa la mejor del mundo entero

yo te digo que Sevilla es la gloria de los cielos.

Nuestra feria sevilla de arte, rango y salero

yo te digo que Sevilla es la gloria de los cielos.

y esa Plaza de la Alfalfa donde nació el espartero

yo te digo que Sevilla es la gloria de los cielos.

Una tarde en la Maestranza si quiere Curro Romero

yo te digo que Sevilla es la gloria de los cielos.

Y si alguien me contesta,

y me dice que es mentira,

que le pregunten al Gran Poder, el por que vive en Sevilla.

 

Just wonderful this text, isn’t it?

Well, check out some pics of Feria-Living!

Take care wherever you are, Yours Nadine & Marc

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