A Modern Wonderland in Old Vienna: Hotel Topazz

You know how people love to joke “I need a vacation from my vacation”? It’s not actually funny if it happens to you. I think post-vacation fatigue is most likely to occur when you travel to big, foreign cities — ones that are filled with loud noises. Crowded restaurants. Strange languages. Unfamiliar beds. About 48 hours […]

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How a $99 flight to Europe becomes $500

Maybe you’ve heard the news that the Icelandic company WOW Air is once again offering $99 one-way flights to Europe beginning in 2018. I think it’s a wonderful idea to make international travel affordable — similar to what IKEA has done with furniture — but like IKEA, you should understand exactly what you are getting […]

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On fall travel

I’m in the process of preparing for our next international trip, which means I’m eating, sleeping and breathing Vienna. Mozart. Klimt. Schnitzel. Strudel! Suffice to say, I truly relish preparing for a trip. I plan out every detail — how we’ll get from the airport, what museums we’ll see, where we’ll have lunch and what […]

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Have a healthy weekend

  This time last year, I was experiencing what may be my favorite weekend in Switzerland so far — tracing my family’s roots in Gächlingen. (Read my story if you haven’t already.) This year, our own little family is down with a nasty cold. We’ve been blowing through boxes of tissues and eating soup by […]

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It takes a village and its name is Geneva

  It happened again yesterday. This time while grocery shopping. My friends told me it would, but I didn’t think it would bother me so much. Il a besoin d’une sucette. Il fait ses dents.  What the elderly woman in the jam aisle was telling me is that my son is teething and he needs a pacifier. He […]

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Have a cozy weekend

  The sky is overcast, the trees are ablaze with color and I’m craving my favorite bowl of chili. I didn’t realize how much I love autumn until I moved to Switzerland. That’s one thing Southern California just doesn’t get right. I may be wishing for California sunshine the rest of the year, but not […]

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On what bébé eats…

  …or rather, what he doesn’t eat, since our baby prefers to spit out everything we try to coax into that sweet, little mouth. Homemade applesauce? Non. Pureed sweet potatoes? Non! Baby cereal with banana? Merci, mais non! Wah! I was discussing this with our pediatrician yesterday when she produced a pamphlet on introducing foods to […]

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