I moved to Zug, Switzerland. It is a small town and tax haven which brings in a huge international community. Even though I live in a small Swiss town, I can very easily get to the “big” cities of Zurich and Luzern with a 25 minute train ride. I absolutely love it here. Everything is so clean that it looks like Disney World.
There have been ups and downs though. Moving somewhere where you don’t speak the language causes some difficulties. I can speak some German now, but when I first came here I knew nothing more than Gesundheit and Guten Tag. Luckily, Since Zug is so international, pretty much everyone can speak English.
My 5 year old son Cameron, goes to a local Swiss preschool and starts Kindergarten in the fall. He understands a lot more German than I do!
I am a huge Sound of Music fan so I have to regularly suppress the urge to break out in to song whenever I see the Alps. The Switzerland logo is an edelweiss flower so move over Christopher Plummer, and everyone cover your ears, because I am going to belt out some “Edelweiss”!
The Swiss people are very different than what I am used to. I am used to friendly loud Americans who like to hug and silly drunken Brits who like to tell dirty jokes. The Swiss are quiet. At first, they seem like weird, aloof people with no sense of humor, but then you grow to love them. Even though some of that may be true ;)
I played sports as a kid but was never really an outdoor person. The Swiss are very outdoorsy. They are always out on their bikes, running, walking, skiing, etc. This inspired me to get off my butt and get outside.
I have become a big fan of hiking. I can’t do anything serious yet, but I am hoping to build up endurance (and lose some extra pounds) so I can do proper hikes. I try to hike at least 2 times a week. I am regularly passed by 80 year old power Nordic hikers. These people have been raised around the Alps so they are as comfortable as mountain goats up there.
I also enjoy painting and music, especially world and folk. You can check out my website, twitter, or Facebook page to see more and follow me.
This blog is about my life as an expat mum living in Switzerland. It is a bit ecclectic since it covers my interests and activities. I write about my hikes, books, traveling and shopping around Switzerland, Swiss culture, and trying to navigate the life of being an expatriate.
I hope you enjoy my blog!