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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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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The importance of the unexpected

  While reading a New York Times article this weekend on “How to Bring your vacation home with you,” one thought struck a chord with me: …Research seems to support the idea that the best way to maximize the benefits of your vacation is to take shorter and more frequent breaks. Perhaps. But my personal […]

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Is this the next big travel trend?

Three times in the past month I’ve listened to friends speak excitedly about their future travel plans: Driving the French countryside, seeing Scotland for the first time, staying on a Greek island. “Where to travel next” is one of my all-time favorite conversations; but, what struck me is that all three are saving these trips […]

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On how to win an argument in Switzerland

  While waiting in line at the bakery this weekend I witnessed one of the rarest creatures in this country: A public disagreement. It’s the second one I’ve seen in my nearly three years of living in Switzerland and the two were eerily similar. They both involved the unspoken rules of waiting in a queue. […]

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On making family travel traditions

I can’t stop thinking about an article I read in the New York Times in which editor Wendall Jamieson discusses why he knowingly went into debt to provide his children with memorable, international vacations before they went to college. Here’s an excerpt:   I’m writing this now because that trip to Japan, in April of […]

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