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)…

Invisible Journeys

Moving countries is in my blood. As soon as I turned 18, my wanderlust materialised as planning long travels abroad – to learn a new language, to discover my roots, to relish the freedom and adventure of solo travelling around the world. By the time I’d graduated from university, I could add “walking into Tibet”…

Life Is a Journey: Hold on for Dear…Life!

Life is a journey, not a destination. – (very misquoted) Ralph Waldo Emerson If life is indeed a journey, doesn’t it feel like we have been strapped down in a wrecked old car, going 160 mph along tiny country lanes with a driver who looks insane? Journey? Seriously? This out-of-control scare-fest? We are sure that…

A Parent and Child’s Journey

Most children will have attended a playgroup or childcare setting before they reach the age of five. There are many theories on whether or not early socialization is effective in determining children’s future academic success. Some say that a warm and responsive home will provide the child with enough benefit to become well balanced and…

A Mother’s Childhood-Inspired Journey

One of the fascinating things about parenthood is how it makes you reflect about your own life journey. It is like you are going through life for a second time through your children, and naturally the second time around you want to make it even more fulfilling and worthwhile. You don’t want your children to…

Sunny Cinque Terre on Our Own Two Feet (Mostly)

Spring is here, and it is time to welcome warmer temperatures back into our lives, or maybe not! As of this writing, Switzerland has again delivered extremely wild weather and given us good reason to journey off to another land during the spring break. We drove south this year to Italy and visited the Cinque…

Family Holiday – Take a Punt on Cambridge

For a dose of English language and culture, Cambridge is an excellent alternative to London and easily reachable from Switzerland. The famous university city in Cambridgeshire is filled with history, charm and culture; it’s a wonderful place to visit for a long weekend or family holiday. We’ve been there twice and this is what we…

A Family Weekend in Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy

“What would you like to do when we arrive?” I asked our children (ages three and one) on our way to Italy. “Let’s go on adventures like The Octonauts do,” said the eldest one. “The Octonauts” is his favorite cartoon, featuring the undersea adventures of a polar bear, a penguin, a cat, and a rabbit.…

Tortilla Soup

For this issue’s theme of “journeys,” I wanted to bring you a recipe that has journeyed with me from California to Switzerland and is one of our family favorites. Incorporating recipes from your home country can be a wonderful way to connect with your roots, and some recipes just remind you of a place or…