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)…

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…

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…

A Short Guide to Travelling as a Breastfeeding Mother

Travelling with your breastfed child A mother travelling with her breastfed child may find that breastfeeding makes travel easier than it would be otherwise. Breastmilk is instantly on hand, contains immunological factors, and is always safe to drink. If the baby is breastfed exclusively, you won’t ever have to worry about unclean water supplies or…

The Chameleon and I

I remember the first time I saw a picture of a chameleon, bright green on a bright green banana leaf. Its tongue was rolled out, and those eyes! I was fascinated and wanted to find out more. I wasn’t disappointed, learning, among other things, that they can actually change their colour according to their background. Immediately…