The Gilmore Girl effect.

It is quite possible that Lorelai Gilmore is to blame for all that is wrong with families today. I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls when it first aired in 2000. I don’t know why, I was definitely watching TV back then. Same reason that I didn’t watch Grey’s Anatomy or Lost or How I Met Your…

Squeeze your mom today.

Living abroad means that you might not get to give your mom an in-person hug on Mother’s Day. But if you’re lucky, like I am, you’ll have a jet-setting mom, who loves to travel, and who comes to visit so you get your Mother’s Day hugs a week early. Last week, while Manolo and the…

Frolicking in Florence

So this last school holiday for the kids provided a chance to explore into Italy a little further than we have to date. Turns out it wasn’t an original idea. I think the whole world was there. All of them signed up for a walking tour which brought them, en-mass, to every single street we…

The most londony London

Another post comprising mostly photos. Scenic photos to be precise. I recently traveled to London. I was in London while in grade 9. My memory of the city from that trip is virtually nothing. Thank goodness London didn’t seem to remember me either. I was able to take advantage of the work trip to add…

Blissfully busy

Oh it is a treat to be too busy to blog. Especially when that busyness comes in the form of hosting dear friends from home. It means real conversations – not just this dialogue I indulge in for a place to hold all the ramblings in my head. Today’s post is light on ramblings, heavy…

The birds and the bees.

I must tell you, there is something kind of funny about helping your child with their sex-ed homework in a different language. It’s not the awkward, uncomfortable-funny that one might expect. Rather it’s a whole new level of curiosity, wrapping our heads around words we’ve never heard before, definitely can’t pronounce, but which have the…

The next chapter in “Whose life is this?”

There is no way that my deepest imagination could have pictured the scenes which unfolded last week on my first international business trip. The world I now find myself in is at once exciting, bewildering, challenging and awe-inspiring. My peers are brilliant in engineering and languages, coming from corners of the globe I’ve yet to…

Shades of grey. 

Grey is the colour palette of our world these days. The vibrancy is subdued, washed out. There is still beauty in it if you look closely but I’ll admit, I haven’t been really trying.  I’m not proud of how I’ve coped with this “Beast from the East”, the cold that has swept across Europe. I’ve…

Our Spanish Imposition 

I try to balance the thought-heavy posts with light-hearted photo-heavy ones. Easy to do this week as we had a little escape to Spain. The kids had their 2-week Sport Holiday. As rule-following Swiss, they did get out skiing so we could check off the Sport part of the holiday. But after that it became…

Our new beginning…

Many of you are asking “what does this new job mean for you? Have you decided to stay?” The million dollar question. Let’s have a recap, shall we? What began as a grand year-long adventure for one little family slowly but surely evolved into so much more. Testing every fibre of our beings, all that…

The adjustment…

What’s the saying? “If you want something done, find the busiest person.” Turns out, now that I’m working 100% again I’m back into the groove of getting sh*t done. I’m not talking at work, although I am feeling pretty productive there too. I’m talking about life in general. I’m back to being a multi-tasking, taking…

Getting back into the game.

Confidence is a fragile thing. One moment you’re up, the next you’re wallowing in a pit of self doubt. Take the week before I started my new job for instance. I attended a Women’s Networking evening in Zürich which was focused on building stronger negotiating skills. (Working in an environment that is 90% male Engineers,…