Blessings

This is to share another side of my expat experience: the moments of joy reminding me how blessed I am to be here. This view of the Alps on my drive back from currant-picking. These red and black currants, waiting to be made into jam. I’d never had currants before a friend introduced me to…

On Windows and Cleanliness

Today, I washed the windows inside and out; this was the first time in my life that I washed the exterior of a window, and I’m left with the sinking feeling that most of the windows look worse now that I’ve finished with them…

The Atlantic Ocean

Yes, the Atlantic lies between me and my family. Between me and my home. Between me and my country. Yet here with my husband I have a new family, a new home, a new country. This journey isn’t easy, but there is no journey without its difficulties …

An Earl Grey Day

The forecast said rainy, so I was in no hurry to get out of bed. Celebrating the new year in my parents-in-law’s mountain chalet was lovely, but staying up past midnight always hits me hard. Much to my surprise and delight, the forecast was wrong. Despite it being a bit nippy, I set out on…

Christmas, Citrus, and Continuation

One of the things I love most about the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is all the baking and candy-making. There’s nothing quite like humming Christmas carols while whipping up a batch of gingersnaps or crafting a pie. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by candy-making. I remember the one time my grandmother and I tried making…

A New Start

I’m now back in Switzerland, but it’s almost time to turn around and go back to the US already! I head back in December to take some exams and to spend Christmas with my family. After much reflection, I’ve decided that I want to keep writing on a weekly basis, but without a clear goal,…

On the Road: Iowa

This week, my sister, close friend, and I went to a Switchfoot concert in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All three of us have loved Switchfoot for a long time but had never been to a concert. We had a great time! We didn’t explore the city very much, but the riverside was lovely.  We also visited…

Revisiting America

After nine and a half months out of the country, I set foot once again in the USA nearly two weeks ago at the Dallas-Ft.Worth airport. I was exhausted, but not so much that I wasn’t struck by the strange sight that greeted me—American flags. The last time I saw American flags was probably in…

Goodbye to Echallens

Last week was the end of my time in Echallens. After many happy outings with friends and many peaceful walks in the forest, I’m staying with my fiancé’s family before heading back to Nebraska on Wednesday morning. How quickly these months have flown by! I know the next few months will fly by too. And…

The Peculiar Satisfaction of To-Do Lists

After a lovely restful-yet-busy weekend, it was great to start the week with two meetings with friends. I got back to the apartment around 2:30 knowing that I had to leave again at 5 and wondering what I was actually going to be able to accomplish. Turns out, a lot! I crossed off almost all…

Sitting by the Sunset 

Tonight, I sat on a bench listening to cows’ bells and distant thunder and watching the sun set over the distant hills. What a lovely—if slightly chilly—evening! I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  He will not…

7 Things I Didn’t Think I’d Do While Studying Abroad

Let’s have a little fun today, shall we? Just one more week of classes, and with the weather so balmy, it feels like summer already. So, to be a little less serious than usual (and a lot more cliché), here’s a list of 7 things I didn’t think I’d do while studying abroad: 1.  Find some…