Living a Local Life

Living a Local Life

First impressions are heightened somehow when you arrive in a new country. With no context in which to place things, the smallest observations are like pieces of a puzzle – scattered at first, until you have enough of them to form a clear picture. We moved to our Swiss neighbourhood from Australia at the beginning…

Taking Care of Business – Locally

Taking Care of Business – Locally

  All of us are interested in a good deal, right? Sometimes I shop online or go to the “big box” stores to get the best prices. Online auctions like ricardo and ebay are great ways to find things on the cheap. However, if something goes wrong with the transaction or the product, it can…

Breastfeeding Ideas Trends Old and New

Breastfeeding Ideas Trends Old and New

  An article in a recent La Leche League journal with the title “New Trends in Breastfeeding” caught my attention. Was this article about the latest colours for breastfeeding accessories? Or a trend where wet nurses were returning to fashion? No, the article merely described another alternative to the still-often-used traditional cradle hold. The “trend”…

The Schools in Your Neighborhood

The Schools in Your Neighborhood

I have lived in three quite diverse Swiss neighbourhoods since arriving here in 2002. The differences among them, in hindsight, are further accentuated for parents considering schools for their children. Any school has implications for a child’s future, so unless the parents gain an understanding of how their children learn, which style of learning and…

My Neighborhood Photo Safari Map

My Neighborhood Photo Safari Map

A great way to teach kids about their neighborhood and community is to get out there and explore! Ask your kids: What makes up our neighborhood? How is our neighborhood unique? I was inspired by this theme to create a photo safari map of our neighborhood with my son. For this photo safari map, we…

2016.09 culture07_01

Exploring Ancient Cultures along Alpine Lakes

Pile-dwelling and La Tène Cultures along Alpine Lakes in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Unteruhldingen, Germany Our trip to Augusta Raurica, the former Roman outpost on the RhineRiver, earlier this summer (“Roman Footsteps in Switzerland,” June 2016) whetted our appetites to learn more about past cultures that inhabited Switzerland and the surrounding alpine lands. So our family…

Swiss SpinachTart

Spinach Tart, a.k.a. Spinatwähe

  This spinach tart is called Spinatwähe in Switzerland and is a huge hit with my kids. The traditional day to serve Wähe – cheese or sweet tarts – is on a Friday. This is because in many Catholic regions one does not eat meat on a Friday. In America and England many call this…

Zurich: What's On

What’s On: Zurich

Here are a variety of upcoming events and activities in and around Zurich. Outdoor Activities Jucker Farm: Pumpkin Exhibition Sept. 1 until Nov. 1 This is the largest pumpkin exhibition in Switzerland. The theme this year is “Romans” and there will be over 300 pumpkins on show of all shapes and sizes as well a…