One reason I’m afraid to move back to the U.S.

  This time of year I find myself thinking more and more about stuff. About shoes and gadgets and scarves and face creams. I find myself lured onto websites with the promise of “20% OFF” and Googling “the perfect gift” for family members who would probably be happy to simply spend time together — the […]

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A quick note from Geneva

Bonjour! Bonjour! How are you? Apologies for an extended blogging break. In short, I’ve been busy. In long, I’ve thrown myself into Geneva life. These days I have French courses, toddler music classes, pre-school and playdates. I went out with different friends last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights! I’m pretty sure I was in […]

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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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Bako, my beloved

I’m in Bakersfield this week and being here always gets me thinking about how much my hometown defines who I am — wherever I’m living. These thoughts are especially on my mind now that I’m raising a baby in Switzerland; a place that feels somehow more foreign as I wonder how it is shaping who he will be in the future. A […]

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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 a new year

I don’t know what is going on with you, but I’m really happy to have officially entered a new year. No matter where your political beliefs lie, 2016 was tough. More than tough. Uncomfortable. Unbearable. Almost unendurable. Well, the last nine weeks of 2016 were all of those things. Which, coincidentally, is about how long we […]

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On the differences between Switzerland and the U.S.

I came across an interview of a Swiss woman traveling in New York City and just had to share since it perfectly captures some of the differences between my home country and my adopted country. The original interview appeared in New York Magazine. Americans do not know much about Switzerland. “We’re from Bern in Switzerland. Even though […]

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The truth behind travel blogs

I came across a hilarious essay in The New Yorker this week titled “Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World.” It’s a satirical take on so many travel bloggers’ mantras and honestly, it’s a breath of fresh air. Read the whole essay if you get a chance. For now, here’s a taste: On […]

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Travel cravings: Paris

The best aspect of living in central Europe is our access to a multitude of other destinations. We love Switzerland, but we really love traveling outside of our Alpine nation. Living here has given us the ability to see many countries I did not believe I’d ever visit (such as Morocco and Croatia), as well […]

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Secret longings

Life abroad comes with some major plusses, so I try to refrain from discussing any negatives and end up sounding like a whiny, unappreciative expat. Over the past few months I’ve been stashing away my stateside desires in a mental file titled “secret longings.” And while the top 20 things on the list are seeing family […]

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