Jet lag cure: It has little to do with zzzs

I’ve been back in the Swiss time zone for one week and only this morning was I able to drag myself out of bed before 9 am. I know that moving across time zones can be brutal on the body’s circadian rhythms, but I’ve never had an issue with jet lag before. I tried to […]

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Miss me? This week I am…

…decorating my stark apartment. The inspiration. …reading this book. …pouring over these sweet watercolors from this up-and-coming artist. …planning a trip. …shocked over this love story gone wrong. Let it be a lesson to all journalists. …touching all the things. …picking up French lessons again. Twelve bizarre phrases en français.

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This week I am…

…dreaming of Swiss ski chalets. …being irresistible. …watching Home Alone! How the booby-trapped home was filmed. …preparing for holiday travel. …and learning to sleep on a plane (I’m terrible at it!). …reading up on the real American Thanksgiving. …drinking wine–apparently these are the new wine rules.

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My favorite souvenir from Greece

I went to Greece with plans to shop, since the country is more affordable than Switzerland. And I did bring home a few special things (like an olive wood cutting board and a gold necklace), but my most cherished souvenir was completely free–the pebbles I collected on Firiplaka Beach. We found Firiplaka beach on accident […]

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Kimolos: The Accidental Greek Island

About halfway through our two-week adventure in Greece we made a mistake. A big one. It began with a ferry from Paros to Milos. A ferry we thought would be an easy, two-hour ride that turned out to be a crowded, nauseating, four-hour ride. Apparently, the 50 m.p.h meltemi winds that hit Greece every August had just […]

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Ciao! Off to Italy…

After finally carving out a few vacation days with my husband, we’ve made plans to head south. Our dream Italy vacation would include hiking the Dolomites and relaxing in Cinque Terre, but with just a handful of days we’ve decided to focus on the Piedmont region south of Geneva. We’re headed to Aosta in the Italian […]

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Travel wanderlust: Where do you dream of going?

Here in Switzerland we’re still experiencing a sticky, triple-digit, AC-free heat wave that can only be cured by daily dips in glacial Lake Geneva. When I visualized my life in the Alps it did not include as much time spent on a beach towel slathering on sunscreen, but more of a Sound of Music compilation video. Which […]

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On Humor

I picked up some postcards the other day to send to family back in the States, but instead of the “Wish you were here” variety, I bought cards from the humorous section. Well, the Swiss-French believe they are humorous. What do you think? Here is one: That’s some gentle comedy, as one of my favorite […]

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This week I am…

…booking a ticket to any one of these cooler-than-cool swimming pools (#25–wow!) …learning a lot from these uber-British travel etiquette rules. …laughing over this hilarious dog grooming trend. Only in Japan. …applauding San Francisco on being the #1 city for … (answer). …wearing this as much as possible and pretending I’m French. …mulling over this thoughtful letter from […]

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One Week in Jamaica: Jake’s Treasure Beach

Last week I found nirvana at Jake’s Treasure Beach on Jamaica. I do not throw around that word lightly. Within an hour of checking into this quirky boutique hotel on the south side of the island I had already reached a level of relaxation I’ve been trying to achieve for months in yoga class. As […]

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