Off to Budapest!

We’re headed to Budapest, Hungary for the long weekend and I’m so excited to be back in Eastern Europe I can barely contain myself. Budapest is one of those places that has been on my secret travel list for years. The castle, the cuisine, the incredible history, the Danube River…I think I’m going to be enchanted. […]

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New in Switzerland: World’s longest train tunnel

The world’s longest train tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), will open next week in Switzerland after 17 years of construction. The 35.4-mile GBT is also considered the world’s “deepest tunnel” since it runs 7,500 feet below parts of the Swiss and Italian Alps. The GBT will allow travelers to reach Zurich from Milan in just […]

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Summer in Switzerland

I can’t stop giggling over this video promoting summer travel in Switzerland. It is spot-on with the stereotypes. A little something silly for today: Are you planning any summer trips? This time last year we had a stacked calendar, but this summer we’re taking it a bit slower and hoping to enjoy Switzerland more. A few […]

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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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This week I am…

…celebrating Chinese New Year… …and Mardi Gras… …and a personal milestone (what a week!). …eyeing this cool puzzle. …catching up on emails. …laughing out loud. …practicing français. Here are 30 un-translateable words.

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A one-minute confidence boost

Need a surge of confidence today? Stand with your feet apart, fists on your hips, shoulders thrown back and your chin tilted up. It may feel silly, but holding the “Superman pose” for 60 seconds is scientifically proven to boost confidence. Harvard researchers found that this pose helps reduce the body’s level of stress hormones–cortisol–by […]

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Travel Trend: Adult Coloring Books

  Maybe you’ve heard adult coloring books are big this year. Or maybe this is the first you’ve heard and your reaction is somewhere between “that’s ridiculous” and “that’s awesome!” Personally, I’m intrigued. I don’t consider myself an artist, so pulling out a blank sheet of paper and pencil–you know, just to sketch–sounds intimidating. Even stressful. […]

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This week I am…

…welcoming a new month–did you know 2016 is a Leap Year? …making my favorite winter soup. …correcting my work-life balance (err, not enough work). …re-listening to this podcast. Go journalism! …eyeing this project for snow days. …avoiding these airports. …getting my life’s motto emblazoned on everything. …trying to be cool.

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Hygge: How Danes beat the winter blues

Winter isn’t my favorite season. I may ski, drink vin chaud and wear the heck out of a shearling jacket, but I’m a California girl at heart. Since moving to Switzerland I’ve tried to change my perspective, because winter is truly something to behold here. Writing this article last year helped me look forward to the […]

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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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