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…

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.…

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…