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A Kid’s Life : Switzerland

5 Jun

I’m really excited to have a new interview for my A Kid’s Life series on the blog today.  Over the last  months I’ve been busy looking for interesting families from around the world and I’ve found a few great ones that I’ll be interviewing in the coming weeks.  I was recently reading back through the previous interviews from Italy, Japan, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Colombia, Germany, Belgium, France and The Netherlands and I still love to hear what family life is like in all these countries and cultures.  Learning about all the little differences in our daily lives is fascinating and I’ve discovered that my kids absolutely love reading these interviews as well. They get a huge kick out of learning things like a baby’s first food in Japan (fish paste!), that school starts really early in Colombia and The Philippines (7:30am), the fact you can learn Chinese as a 2nd or 3rd language in Tasmania and that kids in Germany only go to school for half days (they thought that one was quite unfair).

Today we’ll be hearing from a family living in Switzerland.  I met the super dynamic Elisa at The Hive blogging conference a few weeks back and I immediately Ioved her energy and positive personality.  I just wish I’d met her at the beginning of the week-end and not 5 minutes before I was leaving to catch my plane!  Elisa lives with her family in Zurich, Switzerland and has a great blog called Globetrotting In Heels where she writes all about fashion, travel and much more (she’s really funny!).  I loved her candid interview and am now craving a good Swiss roesti and raclette dinner.

So, let’s hear what family life is like in Switzerland…

What country do you live in?

We currently live in Zurich, Switzerland.

Are you and your husband the same nationality?
No, my husband is Swiss, I’m Italian. Ok, technically I should probably say yes, since I am a naturalized Swiss citizen and now have a Swiss passport, but really, it’s purely a burocratic thing. I’m no more Swiss now than I was a few years ago – but don’t tell the Immigration Office, ok? 😉

Do you both work? Or does someone stay at home?
Right now my husband Sascha works and I mostly do the mom thing, do some volunteer work and the occasional freelance assignment. I’ve also recently gone back to school, so I am studying for an international diploma.

How many languages are spoken in your house? What one(s)?
Three: Italian, German (mostly of the Swiss variety) and English.

How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
I have two girls: Sarah is 13 and Stella is 7.

3-girlsLondon

At what age do kids start school in your country?
Kids start school at 7 but both my daughters started at 6. When they are ready they are ready. I never would have pushed if they weren’t but when kids aren’t challenged they get bored, and when they get bored they get in trouble! Best to avoid that by keeping a child occupied and give him enough new things to keep him/her interested and engaged.

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Traveling With Kids Column on Classic Play! (Sleep in the Hay, Switzerland)

4 Oct

Today over on Classic Play! you can read my newest Traveling With kids column.  This time I write about our recent “Sleep in the Hay” experience in Switzerland.  We stayed at a beautiful farm in the Swiss mountains above Lugano and the kids were in heaven the entire time.  Breathtaking views, wonderful walking trails, lots of animals, farm fresh cheese and goats who shared our sleeping quarters.  What more could a kid want?  Check out my post here.

Barn and Breakfast

13 Sep

Did you know that goats snore?  Well they do and I know this first hand.  Last week-end my husband was away and the weather was gorgeous so my children and I booked to sleep in the hay in a barn in the mountains of Switzerland.  With goats.

There is a great program in Switzerland called Schlaf Im Stroh (Sleep in the Hay) in which over 200 farms open their barns to tourists to sleep.  It costs next to nothing and is an experience to say the least.  And to make it all the more fun and convenient the farm where we stayed is only a little over an hour from our house (the kids mentioned that it’s so close that we could even do it EVERY week-end).

In the coming weeks I’ll be writing an in-depth description of our stay for my Traveling With Kids column on Classic Play!  but in the meantime here are a few photos of our wonderful stay (the kids said it was their best trip EVER).

Where we co-slept with the snoring goats.

Our bed for the night.

On a evening stroll in the mountains.

Views from the farm.
Most delicious cheese made at the farm.

Check back for the link to my travel column soon to find out more about this amazing barn stay.

Monte Generoso Switzerland

30 May

This past week-end we went on a little hike in the mountains of Switzerland.  We reached the 1704m summit of Monte Generoso by a little cogwheel train that we caught in Capolago on Lake Lugano. 

The views from the top of Monte Generoso are absolutely spetacular.  On a clear day you can see all the local lakes (Lugano, Maggiore, Como and Varese), mountain ranges and even Milan in the distance.

There are beautiful trails for every kind of hiker (15 minute walks to 4 hour hikes) .  Some take you through Swiss cow pastures where you’ll hear the lovely sound of cowbells and see the dairy cows chewing their cud and minding their own business.  A great hike to take kids on is the trail that leads you to some ancient bear caves where you can have a guided tour of the cavern and all its 20 000 year old bones and remains.  My kids absolutely loved it.View down to a little Swiss town from our picnic spot.Dancing amongst the Swiss Dairy cows.  I could only think of chocolate when I saw them.  Delicious Swiss milk chocolate.Looking for fossils along trail.  And there are many to be found!

This is enough to give a mama a heart attack (until she realises there is a little landing below and not a cliff).

For more information check out the Monte Generoso official site for timetables, activities and any other information you might need to organise a trip there with friends or family.

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