A 113-day adventure by chantal mueller
  • Day113

    Wiedersehen Nr. 15 - Hie bini deheim

    July 11, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Wow, what a wonderful way to come home. My dad and my younger brother waited for at the airport. We went to the other arrival hall and looked for Melinda and Mark coming from Dubai. We didn't really said a time or a place bit suddenly Mark was in front of me and it was so cool meeting them in Switzerland! I was a bit overwhelmed by all the things happening and seeing them was just adding up. They headed into town and and we to Murten. We were home quickly and also waiting for me was Joya, our very old dog. She didn't hear me coming since deaf, probably a bit senile, too, but I think she recognized me anyway. It was a bit curious that my mum didn't come to the airport. It was even more odd when there were big tables and benches in the yard. I knew that my other brother would come as well but with the time it was clear that some more people would come to have a welcome back party and surprising me. And they came and I was in a bliss the whole evening. Having almost all my favorite people around me was perfect. Going away is a really cool thing but coming home like this is the best.Read more

  • Day112

    New York

    July 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    My last day in New York was like this whole trip: wonderful 😊. I had a nice chat with a salesman, he was born in Peru and lived for 20 years in Japan and now is here in New York. I walked down 5th Avenue, had breakfast at the Butcher's Daughter, where Sophie and I were in California, too. Then I headed to the Moma Design Store and came out with a little less money. I decided to walk the Highline and head back to the hotel early enough. Yesterday we arrived at 6:30pm, four hours later by the way.
    I had been on the Highline im winter with snow, also very pretty but today, it was beautiful! They did a great thing up there, some people really have good ideas. It wasn't my last time in New York.
    Now I am sitting at the airport and waiting for my flight. What more to say, I am going home.
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  • Day111

    Stuck in a moment

    July 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    I am sitting somewhere on a recreational area looking at the cars on the highway who haven't been moving for an hour now. There is a fatal accident approximately 2km ahead of us and the whole highway is closed. No idea how long, the bus driver said something between 3-4hours. Luckily we are not involved in it and that I have the flight back home from New York tomorrow. I have a very interesting neighbor, Philippe, from Paris, working for a company that produces skin for medical and cosmetical use. We have been talking the whole trip now so the time passes quickly.
    Otherwise I let my thoughts go out and wander around. What an adventure my trip was so far. I can't believe it comes to an end soon. It as a gift and a privilege to have the freedom (by my fancy red passport, by money, by culture, my job, my family, the century I live in (many of those things came to me just by luck)) to travel around the world. It is by far not a banality or granted to be as free as I am. So I am grateful for that.
    And now I hope that this accident hasn't been as bad as it sounds and that we will make it to New York safely. New York, so cool!
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    Mü Winkuma

    Stuck on day 111. :-) Schänti, häb de e guete Flug zrügg!

  • Day110

    Washington, a big pleasant surprise

    July 8, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I landed after a very short night in the plane at the airport of the capital. After dropping off my luggage and a second coffee I decided to visit the Newseum which is a very interesting, well made and interacting museum. It is one of the rare ones you have to pay entry fee but it's valid the other day, too. It is totally worth it.
    Since I was so tired I called it an early night and went again today. I also visited the Hirshhorn, which has an exhibition on Ai Weiwei. He built with Lego more then 170 portraits of people being held or were in prison because of political reasons. It made quite an impact on me.
    All in all Washington is very neat place, you can walk or bike everything easily even more on such a nice day as we have today.
    Funny thing: Not many people pay cash here - I do and as you get back the change I either give it as a tip or put it right back into my purse. I never check it, so now I have a coin from Fidji, one from Canada and one from Mexico in addition 😊
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  • Day108

    Bye Sophie / Wiedersehen Nr. 14

    July 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    We decided to head to the beach again yesterday so we went again to Venice. The journey down there took forever since we got out of the bus a stop too earlier and then missed the following bus. Not that we would have been there that much faster but it felt like that. We went first shopping and then I read Rich's book for kids on the beach. It's called EB: Back on the Beat, a really well written and funny book about an undercover lizard agent.
    We had a delicious diner at the cheesecake factory with dessert of course. Today we decided to have breakfast in Venice again and having our nails done. Ahh, that was nice, massage included. I had then to say tschüss to Sophie, that was not that fun at all but since I see her again next week it wasn't that bad. Even more that I had rendezvous with Linda and Louis, a couple I met on Aranui and lives in the area of L.A. We were so happy to see eachother! I love reunions like that. They showed me the Getty, a beautiful art mueseum on a hill. I got spoiled all the way, the two of them being wonderful. Thank you so much, what a great way to spend the last evening in the West coast before heading to Washington DC!
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  • Day106

    July 4th / Wiedersehen Nr. 13

    July 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    "You came by public transport? Seriously?" Yes we did and it was an experience. We left our place at around 10:30. The plan was to take the bus to downtown, have a cozy breakfast, then head to Rich's home. First step in the plan was easy. Then we wanted to buy the ticket for the 12.30 train to Fullerton. There was a nice young man at the ticket machine, he got us a ticket in no time - but for the wrong train, leaving only at 2pm. He works not for Antrak but Metrolink. Hmmm. Doof. So we thought of buying the ticket from Antrak. This was not possible because you need either a passport or a driving license for identification. We had none of those items on us. I am mean for going on a 30 minutes train ride you meed ID?! So we had to wait for two hours at Union Station. There is nothing to do there and eating was out since we just had breakfast. So we tried to go shopping taking the Metro. But as mentioned, everything takes a looooot of time so we had approximately 10min of shopping before going back. We finally were in the train to Fullerton, it was almost 15min late. We had to rush to catch the other bus. It was very hot but we did it. And we arrived at Rich's. Yeah!! Finally. At 4pm. "Why didn't you just take an Uber?!" Well. No idea.
    Anyway, it was so nice to meet Rich again, we shared a lot of memories of our time in Brasov. We had a wonderful afternoon at his place, meeting lot's of people and then heading to the park for the very big and very beautiful firework. To get back we took an Uber. It took 50minutes 😊
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  • Day105

    Hollywood. Where is the glamour?

    July 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We got up at 6:30 to take the bus and the metro to the Hollywood Studio like probably half the US. It was packed, we had still much fun, though expecting something different, what exactly we don't know. Waiting for the attraction was long so we debated if the jurassic park thing was worth it. We ask a friendly staff member and he offered us a priority pass! How cool was that. After ten minutes we were sitting in the boat for a funny ride with a free shower in the end.
    Before dinner we went to the walk of fame. Again. Just stars on the floor. We are not so into this Hollywood thing, I guess. For diner we had a goddess salad in a very healthy vegan diner with a therapy room, too. We didn't know that. It was very green, bizar at the point where they would offer i.v. therapy against all sorts of things upon 155$. We really needed a Brownie after that. With lot's of ice cream. On the way home there were some road closed because of the 4th so the bus was taking another route. We weren't the only ones not knowing that. One guy said not nice words about the public transport in L.A. We think it's quite good so far, it just takes ages. So yesterday we had to take again the metro to another station and wait another hour to get home. But we did and going to bed was even nicer like that. And tomorrow we are invited at a 4th of July BBQ at Rich's, an American I've met in Romania 11years ago. So exciting!
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  • Day104

    Where are the muscles?

    July 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On the menu today: Yoga for Sophie, swimming for me, Shopping and Beach at Santa Monica in between and during lot's of eating (the vanilla bakery is really worth a visit), chatting, laughs and finally, to our big pleasure, again a lot of sun.Read more

  • Day103

    Santa Barbara

    July 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The plan was to leave Santa Barbara early to spend a couple of hours at the beach and then head to L.A. But again, the sun did not really wanted to work its way through the mist or whatever it was so we drove till Malibu, had a second blueberry pancake breakfast there at the beach and drove to L.A. Ir was said to be the worst traffic from the West Coast, they are probably right. It was very busy being a Saturday starting the long weekend since July 4th is soon coming. Sophie, who drove all the way down, did a wonderful job so we dropped our luggage in Alhambra, where we stay and gave back the rental car. Before entering the renting car area were a bump with some spikes. We were afraid to pass and destroying our wheels so we waited for another car to come. We let him pass and of course nothing happened. The driver stared at us a bit confused. But at least we knew nothing would happen, right? After that we strolled around downtown, were wondering why all the stores were already closed at 6pm and had a delicious mexican diner (on a bizzli hard cushion, gäu Sophie) 😊Read more