The Big Swiss Colouring Book

There is a new book from Bergli Books called The Big Swiss Colouring Book; it is the inspired project of three art teachers from one of the Zurich-area international schools. Really, this book recommends itself; you don’t need me to tell you why you would should get it. If you see the book, it will…

Last Child in the Woods

The ultimate Easter experience for me as a child was to hunt Easter eggs outside. Growing up in New Jersey, where Eastertide was still chilly and wet, I only had this opportunity when we visited my grandmother in Texas one spring, for a warm, sunny Easter. My siblings and I were so excited. Looking back at…

Review of “Beyond Chocolate”

Whether you have been in Switzerland for five days or five years or more, you will enjoy reading Margaret Oertig-Davidson’s Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture (Basel: Bergli Books, 2002.) The author is Scottish, married to a Swiss man, and has lived in Switzerland since 1987. She mainly addresses English-speaking expatriates from Western countries, although many…

JustKidsApps for Your iPad

If you have kids and an iPad and you live in German-speaking Switzerland, you really should know about JustKidsApps. Katrin Draemann Barothy is the software developer behind JustKidsApps, and she has created some fun, interactive “storybooks” for the iPad. What is particularly useful for those of us in German-speaking Switzerland is that two of her…