[Note: We’ve been home many many months now, but we had written a few draft blogs before we left. This is one of them.]
“So, what are you doing here exactly…er…why are you here?”
I hear this a lot. When I meet someone new here in Basel, or even tell friends at home what we’re up to this year, there are usually a few polite inquiries about where I’m from or going, and how I was able to arrange it all. A few minutes in, it becomes clear that we’ve put in an extraordinary amount of effort to plop our family down in a place it does not normally belong, and they want to know why.
It is a fair question and one I usually respond to with a slightly guilty, “because we’re privileged assholes,” in my head. Out loud I usually answer with, “Oh, lots of reasons. Mainly to experience new cultures and take time to do more as a family.” Continue reading
So, once upon a time a Colorado family took a break from their careers and moved to Switzerland for a year and hijinks ensued. Our year in Basel ended June 18th when we flew out of Zurich back to the states, complete with 14 pieces of luggage, 2 car seats, and 54 weeks of memories. The van we hired to shuttle us and all that gear to the airport arrived early in the morning. As we loaded it up, neighbors came out to the street to say goodbye. We wished we had gotten to know them better earlier on in our stay, with some relationships not fully forming until a couple months before we left. It felt as if we were leaving too soon, that we still had unfinished business there. But, looking back now it is clear that we had a very full year with new friendships and memories we treasure. Here are some of my (Barry’s) favorite things about our year: Continue reading
Gruyeres’ main drag on a Sunday afternoon
As noted in our first-ever blog post, one of the reasons we wanted to take a career-break/sabbatical in Switzerland was that we had recently been diagnosed with a cheese and chocolate deficiency (if only). We have been looking forward to returning to Gruyeres since the last time we were there back in 2010. Continue reading
Tears. So many tears. Tears mixed with sobs, tears mixed with sunscreen, tears evaporating from the heat.
“Mommyyyyy…whyyyyyyyy!!!!!!” It was hard for Jana to answer, since some of those tears were her own. Not sure if you noticed a blip in the space-time continuum, but sometime last week the universe ended, just for a second. But I get too far ahead, let me back up. Continue reading
On a day threatening to rain we thought we’d stay (relatively) close to home and explore Basel a bit. We first went to find my work on public transportation so that on my first day I wouldn’t arrive two hours late after being overtaken by tram-pirates (I have not heard that is a thing, but I imagine it might be, and so am now worried about it, which is totally normal). We found work without incident but it was closed, which makes sense since it was a Swiss holiday. (Whit Monday; apparently that is a thing, but I don’t know enough to worry about it. Perhaps that is when pirates take the day off to plan their next tram attack? OK, now I’m worried.) Continue reading
We saw that we had about a half day of sunshine on Saturday (day 2 in Switzerland) before rain was forecast to move into the area (also about the amount of time we can get the jet-lagged kids to play along), so we decided to take our first day-trip of our career break out of Basel to Bern. Continue reading
You may have noticed in Barry’s last post about packing there was not much mention of actual packing. Since writing about packing does not actually put things into bags, I’ve been delaying the former in favor of the latter. But today is the day we leave Colorado and we are finally packed! Continue reading