Paradise

Who would have thought that such a little island, in the middle of „nowhere“, can offer oh-so-much! I landed in Grand Cayman Monday evening and fell in love with it ever since. I am lucky enough to have come here thanks to my work. The main reason for me was to meet the team (we have an office here) and then I also tried to arrange some meetings. I can seriously say – and am proud in doing so – that I have the sweetest, most welcoming, and heartwarming colleagues one could ask for. One of them has been picking me up every morning, brought me back to the hotel every evening, and the week went by way too fast. I am lucky enough to waking up every morning and loving what I do. Not once did I drag myself to work in the past years thinking this is not what I enjoy (although I might be a bit cranky if I don’t sleep enough haha). The team has taken me out to lunch every day, took me out to dinners and drinks daily (alright, I really need to watch my diet again now..) and not once did I spend an evening alone at the hotel. Another colleague actually came over from the States to visit (and in liking to pretend it was for me), I now know most people I work with on the regular (previously via email and the likes).

Whilst the week has been filled with work and started usually at 4.30 in the morning (jetlag joys!) and ended rather early (10pm), I have taken off Monday & Tuesday to enjoy the island a little more. One of my colleagues (if you read this, another big THANK YOU) shares my passion for diving and has been organizing this weekend for me. Whilst living here means one can go dive every weekend (or day..), it was on the top of my to-do list as I rarely find time. Today was finally the day and we started nice and early at 8.30 to go for two dives. Both were from a boat – one dive being a little deeper (around 30m), and one in more shallow waters (maybe 15-20m). Tomorrow I want to explore a little more so I am crossing all fingers that the weather plays with us. It’s hurricane season here and although the beginning of the week was perfect, we’ve had quite a bit of rainfall the past days. We were lucky with the weather today as it stayed dry most of the day and only just started pouring in the late evening. What I did learn however, it might pour majorly in one area, and a 10 min drive away, the sun is out.

Here are some of my first impressions of the hotel and my first sunrise walk (I try to go to the beach daily if possible in mornings). The colors of the ocean are insane – the most beautiful blue and turquoise shades possible! Now I beg you all to cross fingers for me for the upcoming days regarding the weather. Wednesday I’m off to Miami (also business – though off on Saturday) and the days are passing faster than I would have hoped. Over and over again, I thank life for what opportunities are given to me – especially when being able to travel around so much. Yet, as much as I love what I do and am able to experience, I am already looking forward to going home and spending some quality time with my loved ones (and sleeping in my own bed!).

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Ocean Vibes

Hello and happy Friday! I couldn’t be more happy to finish this week – not that I don’t love what I do, but I also love sleeping in and I really look forward to it this weekend. Yesterday evening I took a short break from „life“ and went to the movies with a friend of mine – we watched „Now you can see me 2“. I didn’t see the first one, unfortunately, but the second one surely was good! Of what I heard though, the first one was a tad better. Well well, either way it was a nice change to my usual evening-studies. I also wanted to share a few more photos from Malta with you from last weekend. I really enjoy going to this little Island, spending time with my family and dog, and walking around the stone beaches and exploring some of the nature there. Diving is supposed to be super fun there, too – especially because they have a lot of ship wrecks. Sadly I didn’t find the time yet, as I am always super busy when I go to Malta (with studying, spending time with the family – whom don’t dive – getting my hair touched up, etc.). Next year I’ll surely do it!

Also, I finally went darker again. And nope, I don’t mean I tanned more – though I really wish – but I darkened my roots and am not as blonde anymore. I did love being blonde, and I most likely will go back to it at some point in my life. In recent times though, I’ve felt that my hair needs a break (I’ve been colouring it since I’m 16!) and wanted to go a bit more natural. That being said, my hairdresser used the „balayage“ technique and darkened my roots and pulled some of the darker color down my hair. I really do like the change, though, it took me a few days to get used to it and I would swear that my hair actually isn’t that dark. Thus, it could be that my hair grows out lighter on the top *sigh* but I guess I’ll find out soon. Seriously, if there is no reason to really color your hair, don’t do it. Or at least beware that certain natural hair colours are not easily brought back or the hairdresser might have difficulties finding the perfect color match. Nevertheless, I really love my hairdresser in Malta – Sarah – she does an amazing job! If you’re ever looking for a hairdresser in Malta, let me know – and I’ll make sure to send you the details. I don’t have an „after“ picture yet, but I’ll try to get one these days. You can definitely already see some though on instagram or snapchat!

That being said, I’ll now finish my lunch and continue with some office work. Enjoy the weekend! xo

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Malta x Moving

Good morning! I am awake since 4.45am this morning and we are waiting for the truck. Of course, one disaster follows another. The truck wasn’t allowed out of the harbor because they made a mistake at the border control office. Fast forward 2 hours, I am now sitting here in a still empty apartment, but – with good news. I just got a call from my dad (whom went to the harbor at 5), that they are now allowed to continue. The truck should be arriving in 20-30 minutes from now and then we will start unloading. Unpacking is the theme for the next couple of days.

I thought I’d use this little mini-break though to update you and, provide you with some iPhone photos I was able to make last night. Since arriving here, we have been running errands constantly and in between I have been working on my laptop (business and studies – so much for vacation..). Now I am crossing fingers that everything goes well and that I can then enjoy the weather a little bit on the weekend. I brought so many nice, new bathing suits! It would be a shame to not use them. And of course, I want to use these few days to tan a little if possible.

The photos are from lasts nights dinner (horrific quality, I know), when we went to Surfside (a Restaurant here in Malta, right at the water). It has an absolutely breathtaking view and the food was amazing. At least, I can surely say that about my fresh salmon – and I can only recommend the place to anyone visiting Malta. The Restaurant has 3 floors to it, with a Shisha bar at the beach, a more lounge/bar area for enjoying just drinks and some great music (and from time to time supposedly big parties).

Now I need to jump – the truck is about to arrive! xo

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TBT NYC

Another day of meetings has passed, the electricity shut down on us today for almost an hour in the city of Zurich, the internet was dead for hours afterwards at the office, I handed in my assignment and it’s almost time to go to bed – finally! I remembered that I wanted to share a few more photos from NYC when I went back in March – and still have not done so. In looking through the photos I really miss it – it was such an amazing trip (yes, business mostly – but I had the chance to get a little of that ‚NYC lifestyle feeling‘ on the weekend). Will I go again? For sure! Yet, I have not planned anything and am slightly doubting I’ll find the time this year. It’s only the end of April, I know, but I have been booking fights for every month up until November this year. It’s usually small trips, several short weekend trips, some business trips, and I will be booking a combined business-vacation trip for October soon, too. I am so excited it’s beyond words – and of course, I have to use this chance to tease you a little! Once it’s all booked and final (hopefully by the end of next month), I’ll make sure to update you though.

Now I quickly need to pack my stuff for the upcoming days: Düsseldorf and Norden (city up in the north of Germany). I’ll be flying tomorrow after work, meet the family, enjoying a girls-day with my mom and sister on Friday, and then we (including dad) will drive up to Norden on Saturday morning to meet the rest of the gang (aka the family). My grandma is turning 70, so almost the whole family is getting together, joined by some of her friends and neighbors and we will be going out for dinner and ‚partying‘ afterwards. I haven’t seen them (all bundled up together) in quite a while, so I am surely looking forward to seeing them! Especially my little cousin, whom turned yesterday 3 (already!!). She is the most adorable kid and so incredibly mature for her age (she acts like she’s 6, at least!). With that, I should jump of social media, pack my stuff and jump straight into bed. xo

ps. make sure to add me on snapchat if you want to see more of my daily life (ranging from exquisite to double-chin-like selfies, daily impressions and of course little take-outs of my activities – and travels coming up)! @stylephantom

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New York, New York

Happy Sunday loves! Although it’s way past midnight Zurich time, in which I usually find time to write, it’s only 8.30pm here in New York. Yes, you might have guessed from the title that I am talking about the Big Apple; the city that never sleeps. It’s been an utmost amazing, yet exhausting week for me. Monday morning I took the flight to NYC, arriving in the late afternoon and finding myself a little lost when getting out of the express bus from the airport. This was my first trip to the Big Apple, surely, though, not my last. The city has amazed me, has taken my breath away and I am still dazzled whilst writing this here in the Lufthansa Lounge at the airport (thanks daddy, for having the status). The trip wasn’t all fun, though. Yes, it surely was fun, but not fun as in city sight-seeing and shopping-till-you-drop kind of fun. I came for a business trip, one that surely has opened my eyes a little further. I surely love my work, the opportunities it offers and how it constantly challenges me to further deepen my knowledge.

But enough of the business talk. I am most utterly sure that everyone immediately knew I was a tourist. Although I can (proudly) say that I have quite an american accent – with no german accent coming through – I was most lively noticed with either my camera or iphone camera being out at all times, trying to capture all important buildings and moments. Having rather lived in smaller cities, I am not used to all these skyscrapers – which was, quite frankly, a problem. How do you fit so much scenery into one photo by itself? You don’t. It’s a simple as that. Instead, I tried using the architectural giants as guidelines to creating some images with different perspectives, trying to capture the heights, sizes, widths, the depths, the reflecting windows, even the dark alleys. My phone storage is bursting full due to the photos I took, and I don’t want to load them all onto you at once – at least, not just yet. Instead, I will try and fit in some NYC memories I took with me from time to time.

I’ll now concentrate on some more emails, which I want to catch up on before the new week begins. Oh, and enjoy that glass white wine, which was just served to me with the most welcoming smile here yet. As I’ll be in the plane over night, not landing until Monday noon (Zurich time), I wish you already the most wonderful start to the new week! xo

ps. apologize for the quality of the photos – I’ve only had the time to upload some of my iPhone photos

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