Memoirs Are Forever

I’m writing my memoirs for my son. I’m getting it all down: relevant childhood, teenage and adult anecdotes, as well as learnings and observations. I don’t plan to hand it over for at least six years, and it will probably be a work in progress for the duration. I’ll err on the side of indulgence…

Accordion Photo Album

Now that the summer holiday is over, there is a wonderful way to remember those long summer days: create a small photo album for the poetic sunset, a joyful playday by the lake, and family gatherings. What we need: I used square blank cards (it’s easier as they are already cut and folded), but you…

Pet Bunny: Do I or Don’t I?

I’m talking bunnies. A cute little white one with a light brown patch on its back and a light brown one with a little white mark on its crown. Both very fluffy and the white one even has bright pink ears from all this heat. My girls really, really want bunnies. And when I asked…

Pregnancy Loss – An Expat’s Perspective

The loss of a baby, however it occurs, is just a horrible thing to experience, as I can, unfortunately, personally attest. Last year my baby boy, who was diagnosed with a heart condition in utero, was “born sleeping” (I’m not a fan of the term “stillborn”) at around six months into my pregnancy, and I…

Teriyaki Skewers with Garlic Bread

To be honest, I haven’t been cooking regularly for very long. It all started about a year or two ago with a discovery. My father had invited me for dinner to the most amazing restaurant he knew in Rapperswil-Jona (Villa Aurum). The second course was a duck liver pâté with dried pears and melted chocolate.…

How Safe Are E-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) have been around for more than a decade, yet we don’t know enough about them. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a mouthpiece, which allows you to heat up a small amount of solution (the e-liquid) inside a special little chamber. The heat vaporises the liquid, and allows you to “vape”…

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Friends forever, miles apart, maybe in distance, but never at heart. – adapted from Helen Keller. So that time of year has come, as it does all around the world, when families start scouting for incredibly large cardboard boxes, so they can move onto their next jolly grand adventure. Some are moving with heavy hearts,…

June 2017: Journeys!

Summer vacation… it’s a great time to appreciate family, catch up with friends, and relax after a hectic school year. Perhaps you even have a journey planned. Whether you’re in Switzerland for the summer, or off elsewhere, we have great ideas on how to enjoy your summer journeys. There are tips for travelling in the Lake Como region and…

There and Back Again

There’s such a big difference between the words “luggage” and “baggage.” “Luggage” puts one in mind of matching suitcases packed with swimming costumes, beach reads, guide books and hiking boots. Whereas “baggage” is the heavy stuff that slows you down and steals your joy. There’s a difference, too, between the words “holiday” (a refreshing break)…