New Blog

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 7.37.50 AMPerhaps this blog has one or two more posts left, but now that I have been steeped in life back home for over a month, I have started a new blog called Claremontography which you can read here.

My About page reads thus:

Those of us who live in the southern California town of Claremont know what a gem of a community this is. Originally a railroad stop on the Santa Fe line in the 1880s, the first industries of citrus and education created an environment for the growth of a diverse population. The photos and stories which will appear in Claremontography aim to highlight some of what makes this small city unique.

Of course, when my wanderlust kicks in, the scope of this blog will extend to other locales throughout Southern California, the United States and the world.


What Travel / Expat Blogs to Read

If you are one of my loyal readers (and I know who some of you are – I appreciate all your emails and comments in response to my posts), you might be interested in following other blogs with a European or Travel focus. I, too, am happy to see when my favorite blogs have a new post. Most bloggers do not write every day, as I have done, but often enough to keep me happy.

I think some of the WordPress formats allow you to put links in the sidebar of blogs that you follow, but the one I have used does not, so here is a list of some of my favorites.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.46.48 PMTwo Small Potatoes – these American friends of ours have been in Switzerland a few months longer than us, but they will probably be moving soon, but where? Read their blog and see where they go and where they’ve been.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.48.19 PMConfuzzledom – This British expat lived in Karlsruhe, Germany until recently when she moved to Basel, Switzerland.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.49.16 PMNewly Swissed – This blog has a number of different writers who explore various parts of Switzerland.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.50.31 PMA Humorous Guide to Switzerland – this blog only has several posts per month, at the most, but if you like to read about this charming country, put it in your feed.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.52.21 PMRick Steves – This blog comes alive in the summer when Rick, the European Travel Guide Kingdom Guy, spends 100 days in Europe every year.

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 5.41.49 AMWSJ Expat Blog – I discovered this blog through Facebook and find the variety of topics fascinating.


If you have a favorite travel blog, let me know!

This Is Just to Say …

To paraphrase Alfred Hitchcock, “Blogging is real life with the boring parts cut out.”

Just to let you know, there are days when H goes to the lab to “play science” and I stay inside and do yoga, make meals, read, play the violin and spend way too much time on the internet.

It’s good to balance out all the excitement of travel and living in a new country with some down time. Even on the weekend.

And then it rains – making staying inside more attractive.

Expat Blogs

Something about living in a new country makes some people want to blog. Every day brings something new for blog fodder, and there’s so much to share with friends and family from back home. I have been reading blogs about Switzerland expats for about a year now, but since moving here, I now know the authors of three blogs. They are listed on the right side of this page, but I want to bring your attention to them.

destination: macaron is by a friend of mine at the AWCZ. Unlike me, she has moved here permanently. She blogs a variety of things, from learning German, to travel, her cooking and crafts.

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This blog is co-written by another AWCZ friend and her husband who I would probably have met even if I hadn’t joined the club since her husband works in the same lab as H. They are here for his post-doc which is in its second year.

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The Two Small Potatoes are friends of my daughter whom she met in grad school. Like Herr Cervelat, they are here for a post-doc, but they live in Fribourg, a canton and town which straddle the French and German-speaking parts of Switzerland. They are learning French. These Potatoes (native Idahoans) moved here about a month before we did. We met them in the US, but have not yet met up with them here. That shall happen.

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