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  • I'm on a train. Maybe it's a bus. It's driving towards the airport and people around me are upset. I begin to realise that no one will be flying anywhere today. There's a traffic jam and our expected arrival at the airport is in no less than seven hours. I feel a mild panic rising on the inside but I'm not sure why. Where am I going?

    All of a sudden I'm there. I'm not sure exactly where I am, if it's a departure hall or a terminal of some sort. I've never been here before.

    Dazed by confusion I look around and to my shocking surprise I see Mom. She can't see me. She is walking with decisive steps towards another terminal. Her hair is made up in a blond ponytail. A hair curl is fixed just behind her ear and I think she is wearing a white and red blouse and those jeans she always used to wear. She is well and healthy. She looks just like she did before she got sick.  I call out her name but she can't hear me.

    I find my self running towards her, and in the blink of an eye, she turns around and sees me. Shocked. Can't say a word. Her entire body starts to shake. I understand I shouldn't be here. Not yet.

    She hugs me like I've never been hugged before and she won't let go. I instantly feel how missed I am and how much this hurts. She says nothing, but I can hear her thoughts. A more powerful reunion would be impossible in any world.

    I know I have to leave. I'm at the wrong place and I shouldn't be here. I feel and endless amount of love inside before I wake up.

    Where are you? Where were you going? Were you perhaps off to visit Madeleine? I'm sure you were. I miss you. I miss you both. I don't know how I managed to get all the way there but I just had to come see you. We see each other later. Then I promise I'll tell you everything.


    Love, Christine Deckert
  • Woke up contemplating yesterday  - I had such a lovely day you guys! 

    Zurich Thermal bath is really a cozy place, and we laughed out loud yesterday when we got reminded about the house rules. It's so cozy that they actually put up “no sex-signs” in the entrance. Jeez. Im sure we spent at least three hours in water and afterwards we had a beautiful dinner. 

    Since we didn't feel sleepy at all we decided to watch a movie - Captain Fantastic - It's a must-see! I haven't seen such a great (and bizarre and beautiful) movie in a long time. I strongly recommend it. Its “Yellow-Noir” for those of you who also divide movies into colors like me. I love yellow movies, they're my favourite. 

    We are leaving Switzerland for France tonight. It's time to get that working gear on and get some things done. Boy, I love the contrast. And the croissants. 

    Bon Weekend tout le monde!

    Picture from a shoot I did with Zurita Shanghai - (human(e), inclusive and substainable fashion).


    Love, Christine Deckert
  • My birthday falls on February 14:th (on Valentines Day, actually!), but we are celebrating it today. 1: because we are a bit slow. Obviously. 2: Zürich Thermal bath is at it's very best when it's getting cold, humid and dark outside - especially with reference to the giant roof top pool overlooking the lit city after sunset.   

    You can easily spend a full day in this reconstructed old brewery that also holds a boutique hotel with 51 rooms, 9 suites and a restaurant ornate with no less than 33.000 (!) books.

    It's one of my very favourite places in Zürich. 

    Brandschenkestrasse 150

    T 044 205 96 50 


    Love, Christine Deckert


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