Expat Life in Switzerland

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

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 ...
Paperwork for Swiss residency

Switzerland Gives Us The Boot

Ok, they're not really giving us the boot - at least not for another week.  As of today, we have seven days to remain in Switzerland as residents before our extended permits expire. Our rather complicated residency status has only gotten more confusing. For ...
With friends at our first Swiss wedding

Our First Swiss Wedding

We recently attended our first wedding here in Switzerland.  It brought our lives full circle back to a group of people who wholeheartedly welcomed us just over a year ago. When we first arrived in Europe last July, we stayed for a week at a superb Airbnb in ...