You’ve landed on my personal blog. I am Cherry, now a mother of two boys and living in a small town in Switzerland, I’ve come a long way from being the school girl who grew up in an international school in Saudi Arabia, the college teen who studied in the Philippines, and that tourist who unexpectedly met her husband (Mr. M) in a museum in Rome in 2006.
Welcome to our version of life in the Swiss countryside!
Not a very typical Swiss family but living in a very typical Swiss town of 4,000 inhabitants, we are a multi-cultural, multi-lingual family of four enjoying the idylls of Swiss life.
And because of the circumstances that lead us to this life, we are never really sure if we will stay in this country for-ever, so While in Switzerland is dedicated to document the time we have here, maybe a few years, a few decades or maybe the rest of our lives, who knows. But it is a place to share stories of family adventures at home or outside, by foot, hiking and trekking in the mountains; by bike, visiting other small valleys and quiant towns; by short train rides to local cities or longer road-trips to neighbouring countries, and on special occasions, to far flung islands as well.
to be fair: Mr. M gets a photo too
Many people know Switzerland as that neutral land of milk, chocolate, cheese and the Alps, but not much more. Seven years and counting, one lively preschooler and another 15 month old growing, and I’m still learning about this place, one day at a time. Through daily life in the countryside, weekend visits to other cities and regions and raising my children in a culture and country I’ve grown to love, this site is a place where I’d like to share what our Swiss life is really like.
Since the birth of our second child, I’m taking time off from being a lab rat in a spine lab working with stem cells, and currently enjoying more fresh air, dirty hands and snowed-in feet while out daily with my two boys. I write less now about cell experiments but more about parenting ones, whether related to or apart from living in Switzerland, while still trying to make sense of failed and successful results. In this never-ending study, I am guided by my two tiny mentors, both still quite illiterate (fortunately).
Please feel free to look around, this site is still in its infancy stage and needs time to grow, so if you enjoy reading about our version of Swiss life and its peculiarities, you’re welcome to join the mailing list and follow us as we grow our children and this blog. Alternatively, you can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram. 😉
If you wish to contact me for any comments or suggestions or questions, please leave a message in the comments section or e-mail me at whileinswitzerland(at)gmail.com