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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  • Lanternenfest in America 5 days ago The Frau joined a German Spielgruppe in Chicago. Ja, ja. She did it so Toddler M could continue her German, but instead The Frau continues her German while all the Kinder run around speaking English.C’est la vie, yodelers. However, you’ll be pleased to know that Toddler M still yells “nein”...
  • Moving Day. The Swiss Version. 2 weeks ago The Swiss have a special culture. And sometimes The Frau needs to be reminded just how special it is. By Mexicans.In particular, the wonderful Mexican movers that unpacked The Frau’s container yesterday.Her Mexican movers were careful, gracious, and did a great job. But they couldn’t help but...
  • Why the Swiss don't smile and the Americans do 3 weeks ago The Frau’s American experiment is teaching her a lot about the Swiss.Namely, why the Swiss are like they are.To understand this, she has been studying Americans for the last three weeks. Americans are very effervescent in public. Perfect strangers bubble over with smiles and life stories. And...
  • Swiss customer service nostalgia 1 month ago The Frau never thought she would miss Swiss customer service, but it has come to this, yodelers. Now. As some of you may know, The Frau used to complain about Swiss customer service. In particular, she complained about those charge-you-by-the-minute-for-the-pleasure-of...
  • Thanks for spending 250,000 francs with us. Now about that scratch... 1 month ago The Frau has one word for her apartment handover meeting. Amazement. She was prepared for the best that Swissness could offer. And still. She was…here is a nice way of saying it…dumbfounded.It’s more the concept of the thing than the thing itself. It's the fact that you could spend over CHF...

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