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Feeding the Birds  Posted on 03/29/2014
On the Zurich lakefront, swans, ducks, pigeons, and all of our dog’s other favorite winged creatures congregate. There is a statue there that I like to think of as an overly dramatic feeding of the ducks–which is no less...
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Paradise for a Museum Lover  Posted on 03/27/2014
Switzerland has a lot of art museums. A LOT. This makes sense, of course, given that it is a rich country (lots of collectors and donors) that has kept itself politically neutral (minimal bombing and looting and the other sorts...
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Lost & Found  Posted on 03/20/2014
Earlier this week, I lost my wallet. I had it at the grocery store, and then 15 minutes later at the bus stop, it was gone. I retraced my steps but found nothing. What a drag! I’ve never lost my wallet before. After a few moments of...
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Cristo Redentor  Posted on 03/11/2014
Brazil remains a special place for me, and I enjoy keeping up with what’s happening there. With the World Cup approaching quickly, there has been a lot of news coverage — from stadium woes in Belo Horizonte that add to the...
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Fountains  Posted on 03/10/2014
I’ve heard that the Swiss pride themselves on the cleanliness and quality of the water available in their public drinking fountains–and I’ve seen many people using them, so there must be something to it. (Note: you drink...
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Homecoming  Posted on 03/07/2014
This has been a planes, trains, and automobiles kind of week. We had a US trip planned for some time, coinciding with work travel for Scott. It was my first time back since our move last fall. The itinerary was short and sweet: a weekend...
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The First Few Months  Posted on 02/27/2014
We’ve now been in Switzerland for about five months. Five! In some ways it’s hard to believe it has been that long, but we really do feel pretty established, and that takes time. I’ve taken a bit of an unexpected break...
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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise  Posted on 10/23/2013
The ongoing controversy in the United States about the Affordable Care Act provided interesting context for a letter we received this week. The letter requested our insurance information because everyone living in Switzerland is required...
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Slap Shot  Posted on 10/19/2013
We went to a hockey game this past week, watching the ZSC Lions take on the Rapperswil Lakers. I haven’t been to a hockey game in years, but it was a lot of fun. The Swiss hockey league is quite good. In fact, the ZSC Lions beat the...
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A Taste of Brazil  Posted on 10/15/2013
How excited was I to discover that our local Zurich supermarket carries Guarana?! Que legal! For those not familiar, Guarana is a Brazilian soda. When the dark winter days here make me miss sunny Belo Horizonte, I know what I’ll be...
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