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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My expat mantra: Je ne regrette rien

I came across this bracelet while window shopping in Paris and I just couldn’t leave without it. I have long loved French singer Edith Piaf and her famous ballad “Je ne regrette rien,” but the song has taken on new meaning since I’ve moved abroad. The title of the song literally means “I do not […]

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