Hop Suisse! Hopp Schwiiz! Forza Svizzera!

…or Happy Swiss National Day from Geneva! August 1 marks the anniversary of when the Swiss Federal Charter was signed in 1291 bringing together “three Alpine cantons [who] swore the oath of confederation.” That charter is also why Switzerland’s actual country name is the Confederation Helvetique or simply “CH.” All over Switzerland today you will […]

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How to summer like a European

While many of the American blogs I read are already using the phrases “end of summer” and “back-to-school,” Europeans are giddily preparing for the beginning of their real summer: August 1. Schools are out of session. People are leaving town. The restaurant downstairs has put up a sign that reads “See you in September!” Because […]

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Have a sunny weekend…

  …even if the forecast is thunderstorms, like it is here in Geneva. We might head to Lausanne tomorrow to visit the aquarium and our favorite burger spot. What are you doing? Meanwhile, here are a few, fun links for weekend reading: The best time to expand your kid’s food palate  Surprising things about French […]

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On having an identity crisis

The other day I found myself in a sticky situation. I was at a party, trying to have a conversation and also trying to prevent my toddler from destroying the host’s home, when the question came up “So, what do you do?” After a beat, I said “I’m a writer.” Because I am. Well, kind […]

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Have a slow weekend…

…because it feels as though the rest of the world is moving at a neck-breaking pace. Last weekend we planned to be luxury glamping in the Alps, when my husband suddenly came down with a mysterious stomach pain. He checked into the hospital with what we thought was appendicitis and six long, confusing days later he checked […]

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Have a light weekend…

  …because the world feels awfully heavy at the moment. I’m reminding myself that it’s ok to feel the heaviness, but I’ll still be going for a walk this afternoon to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. Meanwhile, here are some links to get you to the weekend: Vermont will pay you to […]

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Five lessons I’ve learned flying with bébé

The first time we boarded a flight with baby in tow — from Switzerland to Washington, D.C. — he was only seven weeks old. I wrapped him up tightly and strapped him to my chest; effectively creating a human shield between the dirty, scary world and my most precious possession. I was a stressed-out, new […]

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