Reality

I should remember to never fill a post with claims of happiness and bliss. It’s inviting it to all go to sh*t. Since claiming that D and H were blossoming into a fairytale friendship they have been scrapping like cats and dogs. Or I should say, fighting like the siblings they are. I really can’t…

Progress…

Nearing the 6 week mark of our arrival in Switzerland and we are just starting the very last week of so-called vacation. Manolo has a trial run at a job tomorrow and the kids start school one week Monday. Life will be very different by then and we’ll begin to once again settle into our…

The key to happiness…

Had a bit of an epiphany today…what has felt like a feeling of being a bit unsettled comes down to friendship, or lack there of. I’ve realized that this is why I take the time to do the blog everyday. It’s the conversations I’d be having with my buddies. Via text, on the phone or…

Camping – Swiss style!

Before we settle into a restricted schedule of school & work we set out to explore in the mountains. First stop was in Rapperswill. Another Swiss town that should be more well known, it is so beautiful. Consistent with our visit there nearly 9 years ago, it was rainy and grey so we didn’t get…

One month mark

Yesterday was our one month mark and, as it typical of us, the day went by without notice of the milestone. We are a date challenged lot. (Some of my extended family members took more than their share of brains when it comes to dates and the ability to keep track of all things date…

A little arts & culture for your Sunday.

The sleepiness of Sunday here really is delightful. Even some traffic lights stop working.  We are perplexed by where everyone goes. Unlike last Sunday, which was cool and rainy, today was hot and sunny. There were for sure lots of folks enjoying the parks but for a town of 100,000, it becomes remarkably quiet. What…

Just a typical day here…

So, I was staring to feel better about myself again. Away from Lugano and the cheese-proscuitto-beer-wine-diet, into a regular routine, eating healthy-ish. And then I watched the women’s beach volleyball…whoa. Those women are amazing. As someone who doesn’t play volleyball because of a bum knee (Ha!!! The old knee excuse. I don’t play because I…

The other side of the tracks

All this wandering is wreaking havoc with my brain. I’m starting to forget things. Like important things. Like credit card pins, which is highly inconvenient when you live far, far away and accidentally disable your credit card. Perhaps it was an action of self preservation considering our unemployed state…(But Manolo has his first interview Monday…

Swiss are red tape experts

I have come to accept that getting my visa is my job. It may take the entire time that we’re here.  Dutifully returned to the office today, chaperoned by my husband. Went early in the day before the heat got the best of me. I didn’t want to arrive all sweaty so that they thought…

Lost & found

Today was toasty so we took advantage of our cousin’s pool right up the street while they’re on vacation. How lucky are we!? I may have discovered my new most favourite thing…fresh blueberries, right off the tree. I hadn’t ever experienced that before, pretty sure I’d never seen a blueberry bush. Now that I know…

Swiss National Day

Well, what a summer. Celebrating Canada’s birthday in Canada and celebrating Switzerland’s birthday here. So much to be thankful for… We’re now fully equipped with bikes. Diego will use Titi’s mountain bike while we’re here which he’s very excited about. The family exploring by bike is so great. Now we can all delight in the…