I rarely buy things on Sunday. This has been true my whole life. For religious reasons, I treat Sunday as a day of rest, which means I don’t want anyone else to have to work so that I can go shopping. So, when I moved to Switzerland, it
As an American, I demand the right to a massive refrigerator/freezer with ice water in the door. That’s not a thing here. Okay, it’s becoming more popular, but it certainly hasn’t been available in any of the three apartments I’ve rented since I moved to Switzerland. The refrigerators
In 1991 moviegoers watched Sally Field portray Betty Mahmoody in Not Without My Daughter. In real life, Mahmoody was trapped by her Iranian husband in Iran, and she could not leave with her American-born daughter. The Swiss embassy helped Mahmoody smuggle her daughter out. How horrible, people said.
I’ll be attending my second funeral of September today–third if you count Queen Elizabeth’s. While Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was certainly much grander (and longer!) than any funeral I’ve attended in person, the dress code (minus the hats) is what I was used to in the US. Men wear
It’s been many years since I have had interns, so I said yes when the opportunity popped up. Meet the summer interns: This is Havana. She’s 14 months old and loves climbing and wet food. She hides whenever one of the supervisors comes by, but you can lure
Switzerland is famously–and infamously–neutral. During WWII they happily made money of the Axis and Allied countries. Plenty of people didn’t like Switzerland taking Nazi gold, but they held fast to their neutrality. This doesn’t mean they trusted their German neighbors during WWII. They were very concerned about the
After a glorious month in the United States of America, we arrived back in Switzerland yesterday, where we ate everything, saw tons of relatives and friends, and drove, drove, and drove. I don’t own a car, and because we live right in the center of Basel, Switzerland (we’re
UPDATE: I like to give credit where credit is due. I tweeted this post and tagged BA. Their Twitter person contacted me, asked me what I needed done. I told him, and went to bed. I woke up in the morning to new flights scheduled. From now on,