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,…

Big changes for this little Garcia family

My days of moonlighting with Starbucks have come to an end. I’ve given up the glamorous green apron (red for the festive season of course) and the daily free coffees.   Instead I’ve put on my big-girl pants and started a grown-up job! Our time in Switzerland has been humbling for me in my, until…

Post holiday hangover

The scenes of merriment and festive bliss we left you with last post were quickly replaced with scenes of winter storms, snotty noses and sick Canadians.  Thank goodness our early Christmas bliss was so abundant. It carried us through the dark days of Mediterranean-like blizzards and a nasty bout with the Swiss flu. It would…

Scenes of a Swiss Christmas. 

Light on words, heavy on photos. We’ve been busy! A quick post to share a glimpse of our Swiss Christmas.  ​​ Festive music to welcome us to Italy. A quick cross-border trip to gather the ingredients for the coming days.   It has been a whirlwind of merriment. Hoping you all found yourselves surrounded by…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

We’ve really ramped up the Christmas festivities this past week. I feel like it’s a dry-run for when Grandma gets here. But by dry-run I definitely don’t mean alcohol free; that would be total insanity. Partaking in the Glühwein is as much a part of Christmas as snow and Santa Claus. But then again, if…

Never let your guard down

There’s something about this time of year that puts me on edge, reminding me to remain vigilant and alert. After all, it was this time last year when I had that fateful night, getting trapped on a train headed for the trainyard. Still such a vivid memory. Danger, or more accurately, the risk of entrapment…

Seeking clarity in new adventures

Every now and then I am able to step outside of the moment I’m in and hear our conversations with a new ear. Conversations I’d never have imagined we’d have. Conversations our simple Bragg Creek life didn’t include. Like: “Hey, where’d you get this American peanut butter?” “Germany.” “Oh, awesome.” “Right?” Some conversations are odd…