Category Archives: Switzerland

Goodbye to Plan Z

I finally deleted the bookmark folder for “Plan Z” today. I maybe got a little emotional.

I know it’s just a bookmark folder, filled with a few links… but for a time it was a place where I was saving information about my “maybe” future with Kay.

After we had our talk on the hill, I began saving information about how to get married in my “Plan Z” folder. I didn’t tell Kay I was gathering information about his plan, but a year later when he proposed and asked me what was next… I already had an answer for him.

We didn’t waste any time once he proposed. I ordered my birth certificate and we gathered all the necessary documents before applying to marry, and less than three months after he popped the question we were legally wed.

Now with a new computer and a new operating system, I realize it’s been two years since we said “yes” on paper. I need to let the folder go.

Besides, who needs bookmarks when there is pinterest now? ­čśë

Autumn Returns

We had only one truly hot weekend this summer, with temperatures hitting 37┬║C (98.6┬║F) and then what seemed like a sharp drop off into cooler temperatures. Of course my immune system faltered with the cooling temperatures and I’ve spent the last week enjoying both a stomach flu and tonsillitis simultaneously. And now I’m worried I have a cavity and will have to finally find out just how expensive dental work is in Switzerland.

But when I woke this morning I was greeted with this view from my kitchen:

Zurich fog

Ahh…. Z├╝rich fog, you are back. It looks like autumn really is here.

See, where we enjoy a summer haze around the Alps in the warmer months, Switzerland has a way of letting the fog roll in during the winter months and blanket everything in a cover of disguise. It drives some people mad and to be honest, after several months of fog day in and day out, it does get a bit dreary. But to me it also reminds me of new beginnings.

You see, I first arrived in Switzerland five years ago on this day. It was the weekend before┬áKnabenschiessen, an annual shooting competition in Z├╝rich. At the time, I had no idea that the festival was about shooting because my German companion for the day spoke very little English. He basically answered “Yes” to everything.

During my three month stay the days were getting colder and many of them were filled with the same fog in the picture above. For me, whenever the weather starts changing to colder I think about new beginnings. It started in my childhood with the school year starting in autumn each year, but now when I see the fog roll into Z├╝rich I am reminded of my first weeks here.

When I decided to move here officially about a year later, I arrived in November. When I went back home for another visa to begin a job, I came back in time for autumn. When we left to get married we did it in the autumn.

It seems my life has had many new beginnings during this season, so when it starts I am always excited to see what will happen this time.

Do you have a favourite season for new beginnings?

Limmatschwimmen 2012 Preview

Last weekend we attended the Limmatschwimmen in Z├╝rich for the first time ever. Not even my Swiss husband who grew up in Z├╝rich had done it before. (Apparently it’s more an expat thing.)

That is not to say that Kay was unaware of it. He has worked during the Limmatschwimm many times on the boats running up and down the river that transport the swimmers’ clothing and the lone passenger. But this was the first year that he ever participated in the race himself.

Now, if you know me… you know I’m pretty lazy. There was no way we were taking part in the actual “race” part of the swim. No, no. We were there for the “Plauschwimmen” which is the “float down the river at your own pace” deal.

For 18CHF you are given a time slot for your swim, a free drink (Rivella!), an inflatable animal, a plastic sack for your belongings which are transported down the river for you while you float and then promptly given back to you when you get out of the water, ~ one hour floating time from Frauenbad to Obereletten, a hot tea when you get out of the cold river and then finally a commemorative glass cup to mark your achievement of floating without drowning.

There is some danger on the water though… which I’ve highlighted in my preview film.┬áMore to come later!

The Beginning

I suppose it’s about time I should write an inaugural post here.

Hello! I’m Katie.


And this is Kay, my husband man.

I am an American graphic designer/photographer and he is a Swiss-Brazilian electric engineer. We live in Switzerland, for the time being. I write and Kay shows up in pictures. I’ll be sure to let you know about his opinion on varying matters too. I’m very objective.*


Our newlywed status is starting to run a little thin, but we travel, cook and go on adventures. I’ll try not to be too boring, but I can’t promise exactly what I’ll talk about. You’ll just have to keep reading my sarcastic prose to figure it out.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.