Expat Life in Switzerland

Useful info & resources from 1+ year in Switzerland | Banking, housing, immigration, transportation, pets, taxes & more

Last night with Sexy Kitty before leaving Switzerland

A Night With Sexy Kitty

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...
Travis rides our rolled up mattress like a bronc

Relocation Is Never Boring

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 was the day after his birthday.  It was also the last full day at our flat in Switzerland, which ...
Goodbye card from friends in Switzerland

One Small Potato’s Birthday

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 ...
Half timber houses of Goettingen, Germany

We’re Moving To Germany!

In four days, we'll be leaving Switzerland to start what will hopefully be the next chapter of our lives in Germany. In July, Travis had a "Job Interview In Göttingen" Germany, where we spent a couple of days exploring the area.  We really liked it. A few we...
Last Swiss fondue before relocation to Germany

Saying Goodbye

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 w...
Swisscom store in Switzerland

Early Termination of Swisscom

The process of departing from Switzerland for a resident is a slow process, one that requires ticking off administrative tasks in the right order.  The first step is to officially report your departure to the local cantonal authorities.  For us, it took multip...
Fribourg SPoMi office to deregister in Switzerland

How To Deregister In Switzerland

For those who don't know, Switzerland has a rather pesky requirement that when you intend to leave the country permanently, you're required to "deregister" with the local immigration office.  For us, that office is SPoMi (Le Service de la population et des mig...
Our new Oru kayaks in Switzerland

Taking The Oru Plunge

One year, 3 months, and 21 days ago, I watched with a heavy heart as my beautiful blue Dagger Blackwater kayak went home with a new owner.  Completely taken aback by how emotional I was to part with it, I wondered when during our nine years of adventures toget...
Fall grapes in Onnens, Switzerland

A Good Job Is Worth The Wait

Like perfectly ripened grapes are to fine wine, most good things are worth the wait - including jobs.  At least, that's what we're telling ourselves, considering our rather tenuous residency situation here in Europe and Trav's continued search for employment. ...

Feast or Famine

Everyone knows that relocating is disruptive, but moving is so comprehensive that it affects every part of your life, even the contents of your kitchen cupboards. Before, during, and for sometime after a big move, we've always had too much or too little of so...
Blood moon from Onnens, Switzerland

The Blood Moon

How many of you saw the blood moon this morning, or for some of you, last night? I'm still a bit surprised at how few of our friends mentioned it or posted photos.  Even Facebook was largely silent, which is unusual.  Half the time these days, I find out who ...