The world from here.

To say that our world has changed is an understatement. And yet so much is still the same. We are living in partial lock-down here in Switzerland, devastated by the stories of what is happening just across the border. And yet the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the flowers are impossibly spectacular….

To London, with love.

We’ve really come to like the school calendar here. A year-round school model, with two week breaks sprinkled throughout the year. While it does make it tricky for both parents to work a typical full-time job, we do really enjoy the opportunity to set out to explore every couple of months. So this Fall break…

After a long summer’s nap…

Well hello there! It’s been a while. A long while. It wasn’t you, it was me. Honest. You see, my mind has been quite full lately. My job challenges my mind in a way which leaves me with less time to ponder and genuflect. Less time to wonder if we’re on the right course, if…

Beat the heat

You may have heard…it’s been hot here. Like really, really hot. I’m not at my best when it’s hot. I become a certified indoor-girl. Seeking cool spaces and minimal movement. If I start to break a sweat, it can be hours before that will regulate. It’s not pretty. Elbows and upper lips shouldn’t be sweaty….

An abundant season of visitors.

We’ve had a recent stretch of visitors from Canada starting in early April with the arrival of my Mom and wrapping up now with my nephew Luke and his good friend on their first European backpacking adventure. It’s been a whirlwind stretch where we’ve shown off our favourite spots and discovered new places and new…

Easter in Portugal

In keeping with our promise to our kids that we’ll make the most of our time here to explore Europe, we’ve logged a few more miles this latest Spring holiday. Joined by Grandma, we had extra motivation to find new-to-all-of-us destinations. Our destination for Easter was Porto, Portugal. Other than the surprising, nearly non-existence recognition…

Adventures with my Mom

Living abroad means that you can’t always wish your mom a happy Mother’s Day in person. Luckily for me, my cup still runneth over with the memories of our most recent visit.   This is the second installment of the photos and experiences from our trip to Portugal and Northern Spain last month. The time…

Have passport, will travel.

Once upon a time, there was a girl with a passport and a pocket full of dreams. There was nothing that captured my imagination more than the idea of filling my passport with stamps, evidence of adventure and wanderings. So much so that a degree which began as Forestry eventually switched to Geography, matching my…

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…