December 24th, 2006

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Images of Advent


Advent 2006, originally uploaded by nice_cup_of_tea.

I love Advent. Pointsettias and advent wreaths, edible favourites on December 6th, satsumas, the lights in the Bahnhofstrasse (yes, I like them), decorated windows and christmas tree at Credit Suisse on Paradeplatz, the old town and the christmas tree outside work!

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Samiclaus Schwimmen

Advent for me in Zurich begins with the Samiclaus Schwimmen - On the first sunday in Advent, we swim 111 metres across the Limmat river! I've swum in 2004, 2005 and now 2006!

This year I swam with my friend Nat. She did so well, I was very proud :-) What can I say? We jumped, we swam, it was cold!

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Running the Silvesterlauf | 51.44 min (8.6 km)

This was a new advent tradition for me! The Silvesterlauf (New Year's Run) happens mid-way through Advent, this year on Dec 10th. I wasn't sure about running, since I hadn't run the previous week. I had been training quite hard. It was a relief to know that katcolorado felt the same way :-)

The race started just after 6 o'clock and it was really fun. It was dark, cold, with loads of runners and the atmosphere was terrific. The lights and illuminations were beautiful and it was a really well-planned run, 4 laps of the old town. We ran a really good pace and were delighted with our times!

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Distance: 8.6km (9.01km on my nike gadget)
Time: 51'44'' Official Time (51'52'' on my nike gadget)
Pace: 5:45min / km


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2006 | The Year in Pictures

January: The year started with plenty of time of tea-breaks with friends - here I am with Antonia in Starbucks!

February: Skating on the frozen Greifensee, Uster

March: Heaviest snow fall in Zurich since 1931

Easter: Dyed eggs for Easter

April: Sechseleuten Festival (parade of the guilds) in Zurich

May : A month of celebrations! Masters, Birthday and getting a job

June: Amsterdam trip with friends

July: Masters Graduation at Leicester University

August: Camping Weekend with the Connors in rainy Annecy, France

September: Jenn and Chris came to visit and we went to Braunwald for the weekend. Other visitors this year? Liz in February, Sal in November, Nat in December.

October: Weekend trip to Dublin, Connor Family Sunday lunch

November: November Disappeared in a month of work projects - Instead here's a photo of the the Uetlihof where I work (along with 5,499 other cs employees)!

December (1): Advent starts with the Samiclaus swim - 111m across the cold, cold river....
December (2): ... and then continues with the Silvesterlauf - 8.6 km race. katcolorado and I also ran the Greifenseelauf 10K in September.

Christmas: Christmas tree and decorated Credit Suisse building at Paradeplatz

Bright Shiny Star of 2006: My sister Kate for pursuing her dream to become a professional double bass player. The highlight was her concert with the Halle Orchestra in February

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Chilled Christmas Eve

I love my family :-) So far, myself and mr.ncot, Kate, Chris and Jenn are all together in Derby and I have spent the day using my brother's computer to upload photos, sort out flickr, write up journal entries and do a review of the year, plus sorting out www.helenpalmer.co.uk! My family have just let me get on with it and have brought me regular cups of tea :-) I feel chilled and relaxed.

Happy Christmas all, lots of love and good wishes from Derby....