New Year’s Eve in Switzerland

These women.

From Germany, USA, and England, who found each other in Australia.

Who happened to reunite in Lausanne, Switzerland over New Year’s Eve.

Giggles and having fun

Monkeying around

I’ve never been a huge fan of those massive, fancy New Year’s Eve type parties. It’s always overcrowded, overpriced, and overrated. Instead, I usually try to gather a nice group of friends to celebrate at someone’s place, where we can all reflect together, dance in living rooms, and maybe go out if the mood so strikes us. After all, Christmas is always so incredibly hectic and stressful. Isn’t partying best with those you love the most anyway?!

Lausanne city centre

Streets of Lausanne

Last year was no exception. We were lucky to be able to borrow the flat from Anna’s sister, and spent a couple of days shopping, eating, jogging, laughing, bitching. At midnight, we went out into the streets, to the cathedral where people were singing, couples were kissing, and we made our way to a nightclub to end the night.

I couldn’t have asked for a better end to the 2016, a massively amazing and very grounding year for me. To start 2017 off right, Nathalie vowed to quit her unfulfilling corporate life and start coaching. Needless to say, her self-employed life is incredibly rewarding, albeit exhausting and challenging in its own way.

Looking forward to 2018, the beauty of new years eves are that of course we cannot know for certain what the new year will bring. That’s why it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed: what you did, maybe what you should not have done, and how that has shaped or even changed you.

We may not all be making gigantic resolutions or pledges like Nathalie did, but we don’t need to. Sometimes the goal is to just play nice and do some good, spread some joy.

I hope that that’s what 2018 brings for all of us in this beautiful little world of ours.

running

On a run with Nathalie

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup, and surely I’ll be mine.
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

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