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I Already Miss Switzerland

I Already Miss Switzerland

Since Nick and I decided to leave Switzerland, I’ve started mourning my family, my friends, and all the wonderful Swiss things I’ll miss in New Zealand. It’s a confusing feeling to start missing things and people you still have access to. It’s like my brain decided to start processing the inevitable nostalgia waiting for me … Continue reading

Capturing Falling Leaves Forever

Capturing Falling Leaves Forever

Every Autumn, I feel an urge to collect all the yellow, brown, and red leaves scattered on the ground- I know they will soon be gone. That’s probably why I love Fall photos so much: they capture the ephemeral falling leaves and changing colours forever. Many bloggers have shared incredible Autumn photos posts: check out this … Continue reading

Challenge Cécile: The Swiss Party

Challenge Cécile: The Swiss Party

“I’m gonna practice Swiss-German tonight at a party!” I announced proudly to Beat, the guy who valiantly tries to teach me Swiss-German. “Oh, you know, they can probably speak French or English too,” he said, looking slightly worried. During our language exchange sessions, he speaks slowly and I say a few words but we have … Continue reading

My Zürich: Chocolate and Blossoms

My Zürich: Chocolate and Blossoms

Spring is here! Every green leaf and sunbeam brings me a rush of positive energy. New season, new projects: I decided to post photos more often. I’ll start with 2 things that make me happy in Zürich at the moment: chocolate and blossoms. Below is a sweet selection from my visit to Le Salon du … Continue reading

What Switzerland taught me

What Switzerland taught me

Switzerland gave me my first real job. Not a summer job, not an internship; the job that would pay rents and bills. When I arrived 3 years ago, I suffered from a kind of French disdain for work. Working was something annoying I had to do while preserving my energy for my private life. I … 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

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

Switzerland’s Dirty Secret

Last week, on December 6th, I discovered a Swiss tradition that might explain why the Swiss are such good citizens. As I arrived at the school where I work, the secretary handed me a little bag full of chocolate and nuts. “Thanks!” I said, assuming they were giving me a long overdue and well-deserved reward … Continue reading

The Yoga Class

What do you call a hot guy in a yoga class? A mirage. Usually when you think Yoga, you imagine a room full of women. So you’ll understand my astonishment when the door to my first yoga class opened to a room full of gorgeous men. They were wearing shorts and tight colorful shirts. The instructor, Reda, … Continue reading

Zürich Demonstrates For Global Change

Zürich Demonstrates For Global Change

Today was the international “Occupy your city” day, following the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. I was a bit skeptical when I heard there was going to be a protest in Zürich as well. Switzerland is not famous for protesting- the Swiss never go on strike! It was also a cold and grey day; the conditions were … Continue reading

Why is Starbucks so Popular in Zürich?

Zürich is not a big city (380 000 inhabitants). Despite that, Starbucks is all over the place. The American franchise started the invasion only ten years ago and is now about to open its 16th café on Zürich’s main shopping street. It’s surprising because Zürich has many other cafés offering coffee and food of superior … Continue reading

On Consuming Less

Zürich is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Nick and I have been thinking about our options for the future, and as some of them might involve significantly lower income, we also began to think about our expenses and lifestyle. I am quite bad at keeping track of my spending, or even … Continue reading

The Swiss and Their Rules, Guns and Money.

Teaching French to adults in Switzerland is an endless source of frustration, puzzlement… and laughter. Frustrating, because it can be tricky to get Swiss people to debate in class about any subject, especially a political one. Of course, I am their teacher, and they probably prefer to share their opinion at home or with friends. … Continue reading