Q 1 2017

2017 started with a spontaneous trip to Goeteborg with my two girls. Got up January 1st and looked out the window: drizzly, grey January day. No plans. No place to go. A few clicks on the laptop later we were booked aboard the Stena Line scheduled to leave at 5:30 pm that afternoon.

We woke up the next morning to the bluest skies. We had from 9 am until 6 pm to explore the city.

Enjoying the Scandinavian lifestyle indoors. Cozy, yummy food, comfortable cafe corners, candlelight …

The girls and I put over 10 thousand steps on my tracker that day in beautiful Göteborg. Blue skies as far as the eye can see.

The rest of January was a fast-paced blur of short days and cold temperatures filled with sports and school activities.

This year I am determined to work out just as much as my kids. Running no matter the weather. Of course my motivation is not just the new year but also my birthday. 42 seems a good age to give fitness another chance.

As in the previous two years I got to spend my birthday in my favorite city: Hamburg. We got to spend a cold day warming up with scones and hot tea at Messmer Tee  in Speicherstadt just a short distance from the newly completed Elbphilharmonie. We truly love Hamburg. It’s rejuvenating to spend the day and return home inspired.

February gave us a couple of sunrays and let us hope that the worst of winter would be behind us:

And then Butch returned and our family was complete once again.

He got to see the kids costumes for carnival and be there for Seda’s registration for middle & high school.

Of course, tea / coffee time was especially fun together.

Having him back in town gave me the free time to join a friend on her day trip to the beautiful island of Sylt. We left early morning and returned by bedtime. It was a picture perfect (though breezy) day on this unique island in the North Sea. I am looking forward to returning with the family this spring.

The worst of winter seems behind us now that March is here and with it blooms poking out everywhere.

With spring in sight and lovely cozy winter memories behind this family has a lot to be grateful for.

Back here soon with sunnier pictures!

Love,

Yasemin

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