Astan

Astan was busy texting and listening to music with her headphones on when I approached her. She had a pretty smile that made me instantly like her. And when she was ready to talk about herself, I was super happy. She told me this – “I was born and raised here in Switzerland, and am…

Nyima

This is a lovely girl called Nyima who I met in Bern. And she had a little story to tell – “I am half Tibetan – my father is from Tibet, and my mother Swiss. I was born and raised in Switzerland and am studying music here. I want to complete school with good grades…

Zari

Since I started drafting stories, I noticed a pattern among the Swiss and the non-Swiss here in Switzerland. You know you are speaking to a Swiss when you notice the obvious apprehension in their demeanor. Not ones to be impolite, the average Swiss will take time to listen to what you have to say or…

Robin

I met Robin in Bern recently as he was walking past me in the opposite direction. He seemed to be in a bit of a hurry but was kind enough to give me time to talk to him. He shared with me – I am from Switzerland, and am a medical masseur by profession. I…

Christoph

I was in Bern the other day, just out of the ‘crowded’ Bahnhof when I saw this man standing at a strategic place to get the attention of people coming in and out of the station. ‘Free Hugs’ was what he had to offer. This wasn’t the first time I took the opportunity to hug…

Ruth Stöckli, Founder, GARTENBIJOUX

Last week, I had a chance to visit a vintage garden décor shop along with a friend who was kind enough to take time off for me on a weekend. After hopping off trains and a few Post Auto buses, we reached the fairytale land. If you are into the old world charm and everything…

Röthenbach, Emmental Valley

Admit it. Didn’t we all dream as kids to grow up and be able to live in a nice house high up in the mountains? I saw this house in pristine nature a few days ago, and was so taken by its charm I kept looking at it until I had to leave. Growing up…

Jano

“I was born in Senegal and have been living here in Switzerland for the last seven years. I work here and I am happily married. In my free time, I love to play the guitar and the Djembe, an african musical instrument. Life is good, and I really cannot complain!” Jano.

Subur

I met Subur, a young refugee from Jalalabad in Afghanistan yesterday. He has been living in Switzerland in a refugee camp for the last one and half years and is making the best of what life has to offer. He shared his story with me. “I am training to be a mechanic and also attend…

Kalimera, Greece!

Last week, Martin and I went on a week´s vacation to the islands of Santorini and Mykonos in Greece where we knocked on heaven´s many blue doors and managed to get an entry. October was the right month to go there as the temperatures never exceeded 25 degrees during the day and were pleasant despite…

Elsass/Alsace, France.

This trip was made just a few days before we set off. Thanks to an extended weekend, Martin and I wanted to explore a new region but also not go too far and tire ourselves out. Then we decided on the Elsass region, where he had already been but would love to visit once again….

St Gotthard Pass

This was one delectable sight – to see the reliable PostBus in a no man’s land. Well, almost. The Gotthard pass is great to drive by on a warm, sunny day. I was lucky to be there last week, enjoying both the view and the warmth. I stopped midway for a short break and while…