PHOTO MOMENT: Bright new day

Ever been a run where you are so in the groove that you feel like you can run forever? That was me on this path along Lake Geneva. I would take it from Saint Sulpice and run until it ended about 10 miles later somewhere past Lausanne but before Vevey —  and then make my…

PHOTO MOMENT: Exploring new paths

The best part of running a new trail is exploring.  You have the slight adrenaline rush of being lost somewhere new, but at the same time, your mind and body is alert and ready to learn about someplace new. I realized today that life is also like that. If you run the route every day,…

PHOTO MOMENT: The runner’s nod

Like many long distance runners I have my quirks: Anything less than 10km isn’t worth me getting out of bed. I have favorite running socks that I only wear running. I like run alone (conversations ruin the zen). And like most runners, if I see you on the trail, I’ll smile big and do the…

PHOTO MOMENT: Spring trails

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you take seasons for granted.  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter…each year they are there to add some variety to your wardrobe and your day. As a runner, I’ve learned that seasons also help add variety to your run as your scenery changes from bare branches to buds to…

Schwing Festival – it’s a Swiss thing

For weeks my co-worker has been talking about Schwingfest (This was in 2016. I’m late with this blog post).  He had got tickets to this sold out event and had just ordered his button down blue shirt with little edelweiss flowers on it. “These are a Swiss thing,” he told me. “And everyone will be…

Strolling through Vevey

With so many cool places to visit, you often forget about the amazing things in your own backyard. I too am guilty to this. Since moving to Switzerland, I’ve done trips to France, Italy, Prague and other places, but I haven’t really explored here. With the My Switzerland App, I learned that you walk from…

The Matterhorn really is impressive

One of the great things of living in Switzerland is that you don’t have to go far to see the Alps.  I can actually see them from my balcony at home. However, you do have to get on a train or rent a car is you want to see the really cool mountains close up.  This…

Christmas Fondue – It’s a Swiss thing

Each country has its own traditions, but I do like the whole “let’s gather” for fondue tradition that they do in Switzerland. The best part is the “cheese crust” at the end. But there’s a knack to getting it out. Fondue is one of those totally delicious meals that you can’t have by yourself.  It…

Volunteering at a vineyard for a day

My fellow volunteers snipping the vines. I’ve always wanted to own a little hobby vineyard where I make my own wine and maybe have a little wine cafe that’s open only on the weekends.  Yes, I’m a bit of dreamer, but you never know…perhaps one day. In the meantime, I’m gathering information about winemaking and…

Did someone say Gruyere?

The mountains were hidden by the clouds that day in Gruyere The longer I’m in Switzerland, the better I’m getting at being a tour guide for guests. Sorry my peeps who visited me in June and July — I knew nothing and you got a lame vacation.  Now I’m ready to entertain. So when Taylor…

The underground lake of St. Leonard

There are some interesting things in Switzerland that I had no idea existed — such as the underground lake of St. Leonard. The lake is located between Sion and Sierre in the heart of the Swiss Alps.  It’s about 300 meters long — which doesn’t sound very big, but it is the largest natural underground…

Photo Moment: Vineyards outside of Sion

If you go to Sion, you need to through the vineyards.  This photo was taken while I walking the Bisse of Clavau.  The trail overlooks the Rhône Valley between Sion and St-Léonard.

A trip to Champéry

I got into hiking when I moved to Arizona in 2012.  I couldn’t resist the desert mountains with their amazing views from the top and the pink-tinted soil of the area (more about desert hikes in Arizona).  I admit I still love the desert and hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim was one of my favorite…

New word of the day: Persil

Here’s what I love about my little village in Switzerland.  They know me.  They may not understand me and I may not understand them as we speak different languages, but they know me.  And what they know me as is: “the girl who speaks English.” This is very reminiscent of when I lived in Germany…

Côtes de l’Orbe – the Swiss wine half marathon

The Côtes de l’orbes half marathon takes you along roads, villages and even forest trails. For years, I’ve been trying to do the Marathon Du Médoc in France.  This is a marathon where you run in fancy dress through the French vineyards, sipping wine along the way.  Doesn’t it sound fantastic? I’ve been dying to…

Strolling through the Lavaux vineyards

I had no idea there was so much wine in Switzerland until I moved to Lausanne.  And I had no idea that Lausanne was just 10 minutes away by train to the best wine area in the country — the Lavaux vineyards. To get there, you take the train to Grandvaux and then you start…

Urban Trail des Singes: The race that kicked my butt

Amazing…the website said. Beautiful…read the description. Absolute pleasure and sumptuous landscapes…were also in bold. So what was it? It was the Urban Trail des Singes. This is a half marathon that takes runners through one of the wine areas in Switzerland, and naturally with a description like that, I had to try it. The website…

My first “real” hike in Switzerland: The Gorge Dailley

Switzerland is gorgeous – as you can tell from my photos on Instagram. Surprisingly, all those photos were taken from my morning runs. Yes, that’s how amazingly scenic it is here. I haven’t even had to leave my neighborhood to be surrounded in beauty. But I do miss my hiking days in Arizona so figured…

Checking out Montreux

The rain has finally stopped in Lausanne so it’s time to venture out and explore. First stop: Montreux – mainly because I recognized it from the train route so it would be an easy town to get to. Montreux is famous for two things. The first is the annual Jazz festival which happens in July…

Open Wine Cellar Days (Caves Ouvertes)

After living just outside of Napa for years and being able to just pop in for a wine tasting any time I wanted, I was surprised to learn that it doesn’t work that way in Switzerland.  Sure, they will let you wander through the vineyards around the Lutry area, but you can’t just wander into…

Looking for an apartment in Lausanne

I’ve moved a lot over the years, but usually I can find the perfect place to live within days and am able to move in within a week or so. That’s not the case in Lausanne. When people told me to expect to spend 6 to 8 weeks in temporary housing, I thought they were exaggerating. Turns out…

Have the Swiss found the secret to happiness?

I’m going to be honest. My first few days in Switzerland sucked. It was raining, barely over the freezing mark, I was paying a lot of money for a crummy room with a crappy heater and the internet didn’t work. But then spring arrived a week later and life was good. There are still a…

Starting My New Life with New Vision

Moving to a new country for work is stressful – even if you’ve done it before.  In addition to learning a new job, you have all the added pressure of trying to find a place to live, a cell phone carrier, how to get to work, figuring out the language issue, the local customs, etc….