Accordion Photo Album

Now that the summer holiday is over, there is a wonderful way to remember those long summer days: create a small photo album for the poetic sunset, a joyful playday by the lake, and family gatherings. What we need: I used square blank cards (it’s easier as they are already cut and folded), but you…

Pregnancy Loss – An Expat’s Perspective

The loss of a baby, however it occurs, is just a horrible thing to experience, as I can, unfortunately, personally attest. Last year my baby boy, who was diagnosed with a heart condition in utero, was “born sleeping” (I’m not a fan of the term “stillborn”) at around six months into my pregnancy, and I…

How Safe Are E-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) have been around for more than a decade, yet we don’t know enough about them. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a mouthpiece, which allows you to heat up a small amount of solution (the e-liquid) inside a special little chamber. The heat vaporises the liquid, and allows you to “vape”…

June 2017: Journeys!

Summer vacation… it’s a great time to appreciate family, catch up with friends, and relax after a hectic school year. Perhaps you even have a journey planned. Whether you’re in Switzerland for the summer, or off elsewhere, we have great ideas on how to enjoy your summer journeys. There are tips for travelling in the Lake Como region and…

There and Back Again

There’s such a big difference between the words “luggage” and “baggage.” “Luggage” puts one in mind of matching suitcases packed with swimming costumes, beach reads, guide books and hiking boots. Whereas “baggage” is the heavy stuff that slows you down and steals your joy. There’s a difference, too, between the words “holiday” (a refreshing break)…

Invisible Journeys

Moving countries is in my blood. As soon as I turned 18, my wanderlust materialised as planning long travels abroad – to learn a new language, to discover my roots, to relish the freedom and adventure of solo travelling around the world. By the time I’d graduated from university, I could add “walking into Tibet”…

Life Is a Journey: Hold on for Dear…Life!

Life is a journey, not a destination. – (very misquoted) Ralph Waldo Emerson If life is indeed a journey, doesn’t it feel like we have been strapped down in a wrecked old car, going 160 mph along tiny country lanes with a driver who looks insane? Journey? Seriously? This out-of-control scare-fest? We are sure that…