Bright and early on the morning of January 7th, Travis and I set off on a much-awaited international expedition. Driving a medium sized moving van, we left the compact snow and frigid temps of central Germany for the warmer climes of Switzerland’s rolling pre-Alps. Our mission? To retrieve most of our worldly possessions, Continue reading Two Potatoes, A Moving Van, And Some Beer
Quite a few folks have asked us where we came up with the name of our blog. Why are we Two Small Potatoes? It’s not as if anyone interested in reading tips about travel destinations or what it’s like to live as an American expat in Europe would ever know what our blog is about from the name. In fact, I wonder how many people Continue reading “Two Small Potatoes” Genisys
Before we left Switzerland, we took care of some of the more important administrative tasks, like deregistering with the local Swiss authorities, canceling our Swisscom cell phone contracts, and canceling Trav’s medical insurance with Swisscare. Beyond that, though, our lengthy “to-do” list followed us to Germany. Blast…I’d Continue reading Prioritizing Our “To-Do” Drudgery
Our plans to leave Switzerland on October 1st didn’t materialize. Like everything we do, even our travel plans from Switzerland to Germany were ill-planned and subject to change. After just a few hours of sleep, we woke up on Halloween to finish cleaning our flat in Onnens. With Simone’s help, we had it ready to go for the new Continue reading A Night With Sexy Kitty
Relocation is never boring if you’re married to someone like Travis, who simply can’t contain his inner cowboy when the opportunity presents itself.
October 30th, the day after his birthday, was the last full day at our Continue reading Relocation Is Never Boring
In Switzerland, it’s customary to take a dessert to work to share with co-workers on your own birthday, which is the opposite from what we do in the US. Since Travis and I knew we’d be in the midst of packing to move on his birthday, which is on the 29th, we didn’t really make plans to celebrate. Continue reading One Small Potato’s Birthday
As Travis and I enter our last week in Switzerland, we’ve shared a flurry of farewell get-togethers with friends, starting with a dinner with folks from his lab at the University of Fribourg. We knew it was the last time we would see many of them, so dinner was bittersweet. Continue reading Saying Goodbye
With our deregistration business successfully concluded at SPoMi, we left the office for the last time. Deregistration letter in hand, we were finally able to start the process of notifying the appropriate agencies and companies of our departure. Our first stop was Swisscom, the Swiss equivalent of Verizon (minus Verizon’s superb Continue reading Early Termination of Swisscom
After two unsuccessful visits to SPoMi ( the immigration office) in Fribourg, Travis and I were finally able to officially deregister in Switzerland. Apparently the third time really is a charm!
This time around, we walked in, gave them 60 chf, handed over our Continue reading Deregistration? Check!