Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Una noche española

Hello Everybody :)

Well... July is almost over and this is the first blogpost of the month. I'm sorry.
For the past two weeks I've been studying none stop for my finals, but now I am finally on summer holidays.

The past few days have been really hot and and sunny. This is why I spend most of my time at the lake or the pool.

Yesterday I went to the lake zurich with a good friend of mine - Janine.
We always wanted to cook a paella together and yesterday we sponatneously went to her house and cooked a spanish dinner.

I'm taking paella, guacamole and tortilla chips(I know its mexican but we needed an aperitif) and sangria. Listening to spanish music completed our " noche española" The paella was really delicious and we ate the whole, it was meant for 4 people - ups - .
However we had to take some breaks in between because there was so much food.

Enjoy your Wednesday and your Holidays,

xoxo,
Vanessa


picture by me

picture by me

Hola Todos :)

Sorpresa! Es la primera vez que escribo en español. Solamente aprendo español para dos años, por eso por favour no ven los errores. 

Porque tengo una noche española con Janine ayer, pienso que es una idea super bien de hacer un blogpost en español.

En suiza es tan caliente en el momento y por eso voy al lago o a la piscina. Ayer encontró con una amiga - Janine - por nadar en el lago. Espontáneamente fuimos a la casa de ella y cocinamos una cena española.
Cocinamos paella, guacamole y sangria. La cena era super deliciosa ( y mucho) y la vista era muy bonita.

picture by me - view by Janine

picture by me, plate by Janine

Disfruta el miércoles y tus vacaciones,

xoxo,
Vanessa


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Hello Everybody :)

As you may know I used to be a rhythmic gymnast and now I am a coach. 
(I made a blogpost about it here)

Since there was a competition and an entry exam for the Regional Centre (a higher level of training) lately, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tell you a little bit more about rhythmic gymnastics.

credit for the picture

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport practiced by mostly women. ( In Japan there are also men). It includes elements of ballet dance and acrobatic skills.
The combination of the music and either a hoop, ball ribbon, rope, clubs or free hand (for the little ones) it is a fascinating olympic sport. The girls perform a choreographed routine in front of judges on a 13x13 meter carpet and this alone (or in groups of 5). Sometimes the girls are just 5 years old. Next to the individuals there are also group performances which I enjoy a lot, because it is just incredible how 5 gymnasts melt together as one.

The difficulty of this sport is to make the elements seem easy when they really aren't.
They invest so much for this 1.30 minutes on the carpet and a lot of people don't see the sacrifice these girls make to live their dream.
The girls train up to 30 hours per week and a lot of them are still in school.
The career of a rhythmic gymnast is over at the age of 20-22 which means they need to have a plan B on what they are going to do later.


credit for the picture

Nevertheless Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) is a great sport to participate because it gives you so much. You learn a lot about posture, balance, flexibility, boosts your confidence and you get mature a lot earlier. I coach girls ranging from 4 to 14 years. For their age they are really mature and I sometimes have to remind myself, that they're still really young.

If you want to look up the club I am coaching on you can click here.
So you don't have to only read my words I will include some great gymnasts here for a more visualising impression:

Ulyana Travkina from Russia who is 10 years old.

Yana Kudryatseva from Russia and she is 18 years old.

The most popular apparatus is the ribbon. If you click here you can see the group ribbon final at the european games in Baku 2015.

Enjoy your Wednesday,

xoxo
Vanessa

Here is the link