Friday, September 23, 2016

TRAVEL | So, how is life in Switzerland?

So how is life in Switzerland you all are asking me?

Because yes, last August I relocated from the mega city of Tokyo (Japan) to a small village in the western part of Switzerland. Not far from where I grew up in fact - except that it was on the French side of the border... and that makes a huge difference if you ask me.

Switzerland is neat, clean and pretty. Landscapes in Switzerland really do look like postcards (when the weather is sunny). We've been blessed with a warm sun and long days ever since moving back, which certainly eased a lot the whole process. Because you don't really relocate from Tokyo easily. 

Nope, it's supposed to be hard, but it's been easy so far. Kids are very happy as they regained some freedom and they maybe think they are still summer holidaying... Hubby seems happy as the work pace here is much more relaxed than it was in Tokyo. Husband and kids come home every day for lunch, kids finish school at 15h05 and are back home by 15h30. There is a family life after school & work, which is good. There is time to tend to your vegetable patch, pursue a hobby and eat dinner all together. You go to bed early and go to work early too. 

There is always something going on: an art show, the open air cinema in Summer, a public event, a village fiesta, a seasonal celebration, a wedding and there are definitely a lot of activities for the kids. Children are very active here: they are walking to school and back home (4 times a day), going to the "gym du soir" on Monday, playing outside together, going for walks in the forest with their classes etc... That would tire out anyone, which maybe explains why Mathias needs an afternoon nap 😴whenever is not at school (on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)!

Below is a selection of my best photos taken over the past few weeks of the places we live in or visit often - including my Grand-Ma's house where there are always flowers and a cake awaiting us. In case you are wondering, he cat is my sister's and its name is Arthur.

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