Posted in February 2012

My Wrinkles Psychosis

My Wrinkles Psychosis

Among my many mental disorders, my Wrinkles Psychosis is probably the most laughable. I am 28. I started worrying about the degradation of my skin at about 25. That’s when I started taking care of my skin seriously. A girlfriend told me she’d read about a miracle product in Cosmopolitan: Advanced Night Repair. “It’s a … Continue reading

How to be Jealous in Style

How to be Jealous in Style

He that is not jealous is not in love. St. Augustine. In jealousy there is more self-love than love. La Rochefoucauld. Is jealousy a component of love just as much as snuggling in sleeping bags or looking for a kitten together? Several of my girlfriends complained recently that their boyfriend was not jealous at all. Nick is … Continue reading

Enjoying My Own Company

Enjoying My Own Company

When I was younger, I used to love spending time alone. I am more social now so when I have free time, I find company to go somewhere or do something. But recently, with lots of my students getting sick, I’ve had some time during the day alone. Everyone else is usually working from 8 am … Continue reading

My Zürich: A Colourful City

My Zürich: A Colourful City

Before living in Zürich, I didn’t like the city very much because I thought it was sombre. Grey sky, grey buildings and people wearing black and grey mostly. I grew up in Nice which is an explosion of colours compared to Zürich. In Nice, the sky is bright blue, the sun shines and the sea … Continue reading

More English Words I Learned in 2011

More English Words I Learned in 2011

Read part 1 to learn English verbs and to know how I tricked Andrew into being my friend. Now adjectives and nouns (definitions are in red; Andrew made the pictures). Cheeky Impudent or irreverent, typically in an amusing way. Andrew told me his secret to score points with Swiss girls: “I ask them: ‘Bist du behindert?’ … Continue reading

My Zürich: The Hipster Side

My Zürich: The Hipster Side

Zürich is often wrongly perceived as a boring city where nothing happens. It may not be as exciting as NYC, London or Paris. But Zürich still has a lot to offer: cosy cafés, interesting museums with new exhibitions almost every month, plenty of concerts, a vibrant nightlife, amazing outdoors, and quite an international population. I’d like to … Continue reading

How to survive a Swiss winter with dignity

How to survive a Swiss winter with dignity

When winter comes, Nick and I usually have the following conversation: “It’s freezing outside, I hate winter!” I start whining. Nick answers with pure logic: “Why don’t you wear the down-jacket I gave you? You’d be really warm in it. You should also wear your gore-tex shoes, there’s nothing better to protect your feet from the … Continue reading