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…

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…