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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On wholeness

  Coming off of an awe-inspiring weekend in Grindelwald, I entered a week that felt heavy with unsolvable problems (the fires in Northern California, to name one). Yet the older I get, the more comfortable I have become with “heaviness” being a part of life. I don’t intend for that to come off maudlin. I […]

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Quintessential Switzerland: Grindelwald

  Three years ago today my husband and I got on a plane to begin a new life Switzerland. An experiment we’d try for a year, we said. Don’t pack too much, we said. Don’t get too comfortable, we cautioned. We’ll have our fill of adventure and be back before we know it. Yet, here […]

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