Yule tide carols being sung by a choir

Tis the time of year. If you are able to ignore the drizzly rain, you can really believe this is a Christmas wonderland. This post is full of photos of the scenes around us these days. The winter here so far has been unseasonably mild. That translates into a need to bundle up each morning…

Shared experiences and bonding over failures

There comes a certain responsibility with sharing our experiences, ensuring that we are painting a true representation of the full experience. Capturing the good, the bad and the ever present risk of getting locked on a train. Despite this transparent sharing, we seem to have encouraged others to consider an adventure similar to our own….

A Swiss tradition – National Futures Day

Welcome to Switzerland, enjoy your stay in 1951. Living in Switzerland has surprisingly awakened the feisty feminist in me. Feisty is a better word than angry or ragey. Those are the words, unfortunately, that more accurately described my state of mind earlier this week. Allow me to elaborate. This week we celebrated Swiss Future Day,…

Not all caves are created equally.

It feels like an impossible task, trying to summarize our recent days. When we chose to stay in Switzerland, we promised the kids that we’d travel and explore, near and far. A bucket list was created and slowly but surely we’re checking off destinations, only to be replaced by more and more places we hope…

A weekend to unwind.

I have learned from my recent ordeal with shingles that I must look after myself and I have made a serious effort to take it down a notch. I won’t lie when I admit that I am partially vain in this effort as I’d really rather not have to deal with more wardrobe malfunctions while…

Sweet sixteen.

16 years married. That’s longer than either of us has stuck with anything! One certainty is this, on that fateful day, 16 years ago, neither of us would have predicted where we are today. This life we find ourselves leading here has surprised us all. What began as a dream which took form during a…

Third time’s a charm?

There’s no other time of year that we anticipate with as much dread and hope. The furrowed brows and heavy sighs began during what should have been care free summer days. The weight of the new school year is heavy on all of us. The kids, for the fear of the unknown, made so much…

A summer hiatus

Over a month has passed since my last post. Perhaps the longest break since beginning this journey. It wasn’t a planned break but rather a reflection of the pace of life lately and the company we have been keeping. There is a certain pattern that has emerged in my journey with this blog. Creativity, for…

And then there was one.

With the trade in roles of Hausfrau to Hausmann comes the privilege/responsibility of summer holidays. Sunday, Manolo and the kids left for Canada in pursuit of carefree days of summer fun. I am left behind, suffering through the solitude of a quiet, mess-free existence. In all honesty the bliss of the quiet and lack of…

Inexplicable things

This week marked 2 years since we began this adventure. 2 years since we packed up our lives, to the utter shock and dismay of our family, friends and therapists; calling the collective bluff, so to speak. Surprising even ourselves. There have been countless pinch-me moments, fairly constant “wtf” moments and more character defining moments…

Lazy, hazy days of summer…sort of.

We have had a few days recently to feel as though we were on holiday, touring through the Swiss countryside like tourists do. Only we aren’t on holidays. Not yet. You see, those days we were touring Barcelona and Florence earlier this year, while you were cursing us and thinking “must be nice”, those days…

How heavy is your pack?

In case any of you have bought into the illusion that life here has become a string of parties with (read: near) billionaires, I’ll share a glimpse into our true reality. It’s not nearly as glamorous as that last post portrayed. On a day to day basis we continue to struggle with questioning the impact…