Swiss democracy

Switzerland is a perfect example of democracy in practice. The citizens get to vote on just about everything before it can become law. This weekend we had another vote. There were 3 things on the cards. The first one was about making it easier for 3rd generation residents to get Swiss citizenship. We were looking…

holiday on balconia

This week I am taking a week off work and just holidaying at home. I spend so little time at home, that I wanted this week just to chill and do some of those things I never have time for on a weekend. I already have quite a list for this week including going to the…

Messing around on the river

We are very lucky to live very close to the River Aare. It flows along at the top of our street, and is very popular with people who want to go down it to Bern in a rubber boat. Here are a few shots from this afternoon, including the people queuing to get on the…

Giardina

Today I visited the Giardina gardening exhibition in Zürich. I am looking for inspiration, and there was plenty there. There were water features made of taps and tubes, simple muslin for shade in the natural garden, wood piles with pipes for birds to nest in, grills in all shapes and sizes, and price classes. There…

The Swiss and the foreigners

one of the dark sides of life here for me has always been the Fremdenhass that one sees in society. This means hatred of foreigners. It is not unique to Switzerland of course, but it still disturbs me. Here we are in a beautiful country with a super lifestyle, and yet there is this undercurrent…