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,…

Hamburg anyone?

My latest business adventures took me to Hamburg this past week. 5 days in the port city that is connected to the North Sea and as such, it is an incredible hub for shipping. We were attending SMM, known to be the biggest shipping exhibition in the world. And big it was! Staggering really. With…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…