Category Archives: Swiss Life

2013 Week 51: Bern’s Christmas market

There’s a market every week in Bern, most likely it’s very similar to markets across Europe, where you can find street food, herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables, cheese, hand-made crafts, knitted hats and scarves, didgeridoos and bongo drums. But during … Continue reading

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2013 Week 49: YouTube, a Thanksgiving miracle

Holidays create some of the most profound imprints on our memory and recalling those memories with all of our senses brings certain feelings bubbling to the surface. We may not remember the details of our past, but for anyone fortunate … Continue reading

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2013 Week 48: Watch this Rendez-vous to brighten your day … and night!

It’s not often that standing outside on a cold, dark, drizzly, autumn night for half an hour can lift your spirits. But if you take the time to watch Bern’s Rendez-vous Bundesplatz, a light and sound show on the parliament … Continue reading

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2013 week 31: Sacred Sundays, a curse and a blessing

I walked into the grocery store, picked up my basket and smiled. It was Sunday and I was shopping. Ah, freedom. This was a highlight of my summer vacation back in the United States. (Simple pleasures) One Swiss tradition / … Continue reading

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2013 Week 1: King for a day

Happy New Year! Here in Switzerland, the holiday season doesn’t end when you ring in the new year. You get to celebrate DreiK√∂nigstag, or three kings’ day, on January 6. The day marks the Christian acknowledgement of Epiphany, the manifestation … Continue reading

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Week 51: Language school fail

Several months ago, I managed to accomplish a small goal — researching and enrolling in a German language course. I found one that fit my interests, my budget, my schedule. Everything. I called the office. Spoke (in English) with a … Continue reading

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Week 49: Say hello to Samichlaus and Schmutzli

This week it’s my turn to be introduced to a new holiday tradition: the Dec. 6 feast of St. Nicholas, here in Bern, and the rest of German-speaking Switzerland, known as Samichlaus. It’s a fun celebration for kids similar to … Continue reading

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