December 8-10: We have a new place to live!


One from the vault – where we currently live, with our little house on the left

As sad as we will be to move away from our beloved little Stöckli, from February 1 next year we’ll be right in the “thick of the action” in the village of Wohlen.

We’ve found a very large apartment in the town centre, which means no more forest on the doorstep, but also no more walking with a safety vest at night in the dark on the way home from work.

Our new place is large – 5.5 rooms, compared to the 2.5 rooms we currently live in – and while it has a definite 80s feel it has SPACE. It lacks the Stöckli ginger-bread house charm, but it does have convenience – a two minute walk to the bus, two minutes to the shop and three minutes to our favourite place to eat, Restaurant Kreuz. And there’s a pot-belly stove in the loungeroom! And we can still see the Alps from the bedroom window! And Leo now has a painting room. And and and …

Our good friends and neighbours Liliane and Rene will live just a 15 minute walk away, so we’ll still see each other often, which makes us very happy.

Half of me can’t wait to move in and make it ours, and the other half wants to hang on here as long as possible. The time will come soon enough when I’ll be firmly in the “move now” camp. Since finding out yesterday that the place will be ours, it’s almost all I can think about. We’ll have enough space to allocate one room as a chillout zone, for want of a better phrase. We’ll hang the hammock, have a nice rug maybe, the stereo with tunes and enough space to leave the yoga mat always on the floor. 2016 could be the year of reading and yoga. Oh wait, that’s what 2015 was supposed to be! 🙂

My minimalistic tendencies will be put to the test with all that space, but I think it’s still going to be a wonderful place to live and thrive. Just like it has been here for the past four years. I’ve been in Switzerland for four years. Can’t believe it. My arrival anniversary was December 5, and I totally forgot to celebrate!

Wishing you a wonderful day.

11 thoughts on “December 8-10: We have a new place to live!

  1. Oh my gosh, happy anniversary!! And happy nearly anniversary of Fit for 15 in 15!! You’ve been doing THIS for almost one year! You are amazing and do anything and everything you set your mind to. Very impressed, my friend xx


    • Thanks Kristen. Can’t believe it’s been four years, truly. fitfor15in15 has been fun. Any suggestions for what I should so next year? I think the chillout room might offer up some opportunities!


  2. Dear Angela and Leo,

    Christmas greetings from Mooloolaba. Hope you both have many celebrations for the festive season.

    Delighted to hear your latest news and all the excitement in your lives. The long awaited job and all the adjustment that must have made to your life. Hope it is all that you wished for and you are coping with the challenge. Then the new apartment! Can imagine it is bitter/sweet feeling leaving your dear little house behind. It certainly looked idyllic but in the winter it will be a bonus being closer to work.

    It is great that we are having Christmas with Margie and Jude. They will spend Christmas night with us also so Jud can enjoy the drinking part of the meal!! There is so much happening at this time af the year. A bit mad really.

    Love to you both Mel and Bette


    • Thank you Bette and Mel! We know you’ll have a lovely time with everyone at your beautiful home for Christmas. I’m frantically packing for a two-week holiday to Fuerteventura – we leave tonight! Time to plan and pack is sorely lacking these days, but it’s a good thing. Am enjoying work. We’re very excited about the new house. We’ll miss it here, but the practicalities of moving outweigh the sadness. We met the new owners last night and they said we can always come for a visit. And because we’ll still be living in Wohlen, it’s not too far to walk up the hill (Just glad I won’t be doing it every day soon!) Lots of love and see you in December/January next year when we come back for a visit xx


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