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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  • Birth in Switzerland and American Citizenship 1 day 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 week 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 weeks 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...
  • What You Never Thought You'd Miss about Switzerland 3 weeks ago Here’s something The Frau thought she’d never miss about Switzerland: mold. And yet there it is, yodelers. About four months into her American Experiment, The Frau misses mold.Will those strawberries go bad before you can eat them? That depends. Which country did you buy them in?Mainly, she...
  • Cross-country skiing in Switzerland 3 weeks ago The Frau is skiing. And she is skiing the way she knows best—on flat land. It’s a relief, actually, to know that her cross-country skiing this year will not involve those pesky large hills people from Switzerland refer to as flat land.Chicago has had a lot of snow this winter (the fifth-largest...

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