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”…

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.…

Yogurt Rice Salad

It is time to slip on your flip-flops, unroll your picnic blankets, fire up the grill and soak up the sun. Summer is here! Here is a colourful salad recipe that is a perfect accompaniment to grilled vegetables or meat. It is a light, fresh, and easy-to-make salad that can be packed up and whisked…

Food Memories from the Indian Railways

The great Indian Railways network is the world’s fourth largest railway network. A journey on the Indian Railways is quite different from the synthetic, sterile train journeys that one is used to in Europe. You get to see people from all over the country, chatting in one of approximately 880 Indian languages or dialects. Strangers…

How Many Children Do You Hope to Have?

How do I know if we should try for a third child? My two daughters are the same age as my sisters were when my mom fell pregnant with me. They are five and seven years old. They are both at school and very independent, and I have been thinking about what our life would…

Pocket Money: When? Why? How Much?

There are plenty of questions surrounding the pocket money issue, and there are no easy answers to those questions. Yet, with some guidelines, you can devise your own set of rules. Parents and experts have dealt with various arguments questioning the very need of giving pocket money to children, to how much, why, when and…

Preserving Memories of Our Children for the Future

We hold on to sentimental items that mean the world to us – the little blanket in which the baby was brought home from the hospital, a christening outfit, a wedding dress. As parents, we have an innate sense of responsibility towards preserving special keepsakes and passing them on to our children. Memories are, after…

“We Have to Be Heard”

  The Young are our future, but do we really always believe this? We parents are probably happy to give our children roots to ensure a strong foundation, but what about the wings to help them fly out of the nest and into the world? Are we too sad to let them go? Is it difficult…

“We’re Moving to Sweden?!?”

How do you tell your children you’re moving (possibly far, far away)? I’m not sure I have the right answer, but I definitely have the wrong answer. Don’t let a stranger tell them at a party. I know it’s very exciting news and you are just bursting to tell someone – anyone. You settle on…