One Big Yodel

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One Big Yodel
I'm an American writer who moved to Switzerland in 2006 and am still pondering the lack of cheddar in the land of cheese. I'm the co-founder of the Zurich Writers Workshop
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  • Enjoying life. A foreign concept. 5 days ago An American friend recently returned from a six-day trip to Belgium and France (because only an American would fly a total of 10,000 miles for less than a week’s vacation) and came back amazed.“Now I get it,” she said.“Get what?”An American with a newspaper, a coffee, and arelaxed...
  • Redefining motherhood one continent at a time 2 weeks ago Going from mothering in one culture to another isn't easy.Here's something that often goes unnoticed unless you move between cultures: your beliefs are shaped by them. Sounds obvious, but experiencing it can be a shock. Because The Frau became a mother in Switzerland, she gradually adopted Swiss...
  • Birth in Switzerland and American Citizenship 3 weeks ago Once The Frau became a mother in Switzerland, she realized something: Some Americans giving birth in Switzerland didn’t want their children to have U.S. Citizenship. Photo by Brian OpydThey don't really have a choice, since in most cases, a child born abroad to at least one American parent is...
  • Reverse Cost (and Culture) Shock 1 month ago It’s no secret that Switzerland is expensive. But The Frau is surprised by some of the prices in the U.S. In fact, there are certain things here that are much more expensive than they are in Switzerland.Here are a few amazing ones:Decent CheeseGood cheese is a good price in SwitzerlandThe Frau...
  • Fixing the furnace. A multicultural story. 2 months ago The first time a radiator repairman came to The Frau’s small Swiss apartment, he shook The Frau’s hand, introduced himself, and then proceeded to take off his shoes.A lot of hot air. You need it in Chicago this winter.The Frau thought this was both overly formal and overly informal at the same...

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