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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On two years in Switzerland

This week we’re celebrating two years living in Switzerland and I’m surprised how emotionally-wrought this anniversary has been. We’re experiencing the most difficult of expat conundrums: The longer you live in your adopted country the harder it is to imagine moving home. In fact, it’s harder to define where “home” lies these days. We’re having […]

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On terrorism and living abroad

I am having trouble processing the atrocities in Brussels today. It shouldn’t be so difficult for me to do. In a previous life as a newspaper reporter I used to cover horrible, ugly things. I used to listen to police scanners for words like “homicide” and then race to the scene where I’d hound police […]

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Would you try an app to find friends?

It should come as no surprise that the hardest part of being an expat is living far away from friends and family–even in the age of FaceTime, WhatsApp and email. You can invest a lot of time in keeping in touch with your stateside group, but eventually you will crave some real face time. And about […]

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My expat shopping list

When I lived in the States you couldn’t pay me enough to spend a precious Saturday afternoon at Costco, stocking up on bargain-sized products. These days, my husband and I daydream of going to such a super store and filling an oversized cart with all the things we miss back in the States. We even keep […]

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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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