Archive | October, 2012

Things I miss

19 Oct

Many of my friends and family often ask what I miss so far about being here.  Besides the obvious – which would be my family and friends, here are a few more!

1) Target.  I use to go there at least once a week and you can get pretty much anything there.  Here is Suisse you pretty much get everything at the Migros or Coop – their 2 main grocery stores, but it’s not the same.

2) My coffee. Yes, they have really good coffee here and yes we will buy a drip coffee maker once we move into our new place, but Nespresso coffees aren’t the same.  They are amazingly good, but I feel like I need at least 3 to start my day.  Our temporary apartment has a Nespresso machine, and it comes in quite handy, but I do miss my coffee at home.  At home each morning I would have my (big) Starbucks mug full of yummy coffee – always with either some French vanilla creamer or hazelnut creamer.  Crazy enough – coffeemate is made my Nestle, which is based out of Vevey, Switzerland, but they don’t sell it here.

3) The space.  I realize that our home back in PA is quite large and that we’ll eventually grow into it, but I’m still adjusting to the size of places here – I mean we went from 9,300 sq ft to 1,600 sq ft (our new place has about 2,200 sq ft).  Our temporary place is nice, but it has very unsafe steps to the upstairs (you know the kind with a huge gap that small children can slip through), and we don’t use the upstairs bedrooms.  I’m a little weird, I’ll admit, but I like being on the same level as the boys.  The downstairs has 2 bedrooms, so we have Thomas in our room with Henry next door…it’s tight! The refrigerators here are very small – which then means you have to go to the store every few days.  Back home we could stock both fridges and not worry about the store (besides little things) for like 2 weeks.

4) Shopping.  To be honest, I haven’t ventured out to go shopping yet, but I do miss the mall.  Some days I just went there to get out of the house, especially when it was rainy!

5) The language.  Switzerland isn’t a place where the language is French but most speak English – all in all most people only speak French, some with broken English.  Google translate is my best friend over here – I take it everywhere!  I have met some really great people that are in my shoes and 1 Swiss family that lived in Boston for 4 years – it’s all about stepping out of my comfort zone and saying hi to everyone!

The food is great here, I love that I can walk everywhere and rarely do I drive.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about coming home next Thursday.  I am really loving life here, but going back to my comfort zone (especially for the holidays) will be awesome!

That’s all for now,

Xoxoxo Tara

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Henry’s Swiss Haircut

11 Oct

I had been meaning to get Henry’s haircut before we left for Europe, but with all the craziness, it never happened.  Once we got here I started searching online for somewhere to go and they just don’t have kid hair salons here.  So finally after 2 1/2 weeks, and some very long hair, I did it.  It had to be done because Henry has SO much hair that he get’s super sweaty during his nap when his hair gets too long.

So last Sunday morning I put one of his cartoons on the iPad, and chop chop I went!  I definitely took my time, but in the end it turned out pretty well!  With the crazy prices here I probably saved myself 30 some dollars 🙂

Here are some photos:

Before – don’t mind the binky, we’re having a little bit of regression since we moved

My audience

After; of course I couldn’t get one of him looking at me

“Good morning”…??

10 Oct

Yesterday I was walking Henry to school and we walk by another ‘Primary School’ on our way.  This being said, there are a lot of children in our area which is great.  On a typical morning I pass by some 15-20 people who are too dropping their kiddos off at school.  The usual greeting to one another is “Bonjour”…or good morning (good day).  I did the usual greeting and out of the blue so many people responded with the “good morning” greeting.  I was in awe.

It’s amazing since living here that you really start to pick out the people who speak english.  The majority of people in the small village we are temporarily living speak French with little English.  So when someone responds to you in english, you immediately want to start up a conversation and find out where they are from and what brought them here.

Yesterday was just a crazy day because when I took the boys to the park, all the mothers there were speaking english to one another.  I was so happy to actually find someone to talk with.  Two of the mothers were from Italy, one was from Canada  and the fourth from Slovakia.  It was really nice to be at the park and chat while our kids played with each other – go figure H and T were the only boys 🙂

Speaking of the French language – yesterday I started my private French lessons with my tutor Frederic.  The hubby’s a little weirded out (not sure if that’s an actual word) that a french man is coming over to our place to give me lessons, but I reassure you he is very business like and seems to be a really nice guy.  I will be doing 2 days a week for 2 hours each for like 20 some weeks – I’ll keep you updated on my progress! Along with lessons, I’m also doing the Rosetta Stone…in my free time 😉

Bonsoir…or good night for now.  Stay tuned for more stories – like the one where I gave little Henry a haircut to avoid trying out a Swiss salon…and it actually looks nice 🙂

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Thomas’ favorite place to play…under the stairs!!

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My handsome little devil 😉

Welcome to my new website, a journal of our adventures through Europe!

8 Oct

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This is our current view – I think I take a photo each day just because it keeps getting better and better!

Xoxo Tara