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A virtual treasure hunt through Bern

March 30, 2020, 1 Comment

It’s hard to visit Bern these days, even if you live in Switzerland. Seeing as we are all under a shutdown, I...

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The day that Bern stood still

March 22, 2020, 3 Comments

The buildings look the same but the city certainly doesn’t. Bern is empty. It’s as if its heart and soul have been...

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The Expert Guide is coming soon!

February 19, 2020, 2 Comments

One year in the making with fifteen different authors and three translators. The result? The Expert Guide to Your Life in Switzerland,...

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Time for the Swiss to stand up to hate

January 28, 2020, 1 Comment

I’m often asked what’s it’s like to be a gay man living in Switzerland. My usual answer is it’s not Holland but...

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Happy Swiss Christmas to everyone!

December 15, 2019, No comments

Goodbye to 2019. It wasn’t a momentous year but there were a few Swiss highlights: The national elections produced the biggest change...

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Understanding Switzerland: a course in Basel

November 20, 2019, No comments

In January I am back in Basel, giving a short series of talks about Swiss history and politics – in English. This...

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A fabulous festival to remember

July 31, 2019, No comments

It’s big, it’s bright and it’s brilliant. Switzerland has plenty of festivals but none quite like the Fête des Vignerons. Not because...

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Vote for the best expat blog 2019

July 22, 2019, 2 Comments

I’ve been nominated for an award, the Best Expat Blog 2019. So now I need your votes! You can vote by clicking...

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How to enjoy summer in Switzerland

June 30, 2019, 1 Comment

Forget about the snow and skiing, Switzerland is actually much better in summer. Yes the winter wonderland scenery is beautiful but it’s...

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Three mountains trips from Lugano

May 31, 2019, No comments

The little slice of paradise that is Lake Lugano has more than gentle boat rides to offer: there are three wonderful mountain...

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