S4E01 - Louise Gooding is Just Like Me... and you should read her new book!
A few months ago Louise and Suzi met up in a covid friendly way at Louise's lovely home in the mountains to discuss her life as a new author. Louise has written and published her book Just Like Me which discusses the topics of neurodiversity and disability. Joining forces with 4 talented illustrators, Louise has managed to bring a book to the shelves on topics that are often shied away from, ignored or forgotten. As Louise has a neurodiverse family, she is keen to increase the visibility of disabled and neurologically different people through her children's book. Louise also discusses her life before being an author and her move to Switzerland, and how she made the decision to stay. Louise isnt the only Gooding to have written a book - daughter Ellie joined us briefly in the interview (although silently!) so we could discuss her book! Ellie wrote and published Georgie Moves to Switzerland which is a must read for all kids who have made the journey here, or plan to in the future. To get copies of Louise's book, you can pre order from Swiss book shops directly such as Orell Füssli, Buchhaus, Press & Books as well as Book Depository. Here is just one link for the book, but you can choose where you order from! https://www.pressbooks.ch/detail/ISBN-9781787418486/GOODING-LOUISE/JUST-LIKE-ME?bpmctrl=bpmrownr.2%7Cforeign.56071-1-0-0 This book is sure to make it around the world, so make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies available! To get a copy of Ellie's already released book, visit her website at www.elliegooding.com *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
January 10, 2021
S3E35 Lets get SALTY with Smiqql!
Suzi travelled to Pfäffikon to meet Dina of Smiqql fame, the co creator of "sprinkles of joy" - flavoured salts! Dina and Murat met, fell in love and created Smiqql as a way to share their love of food with Switzerland, Europe and eventually the world! Dina was a lovely guest who shares her story about life as a third culture kid in the USA and her return to Europe as an adult, and her journey from the corporate world to flaky salts. And it isnt just about the taste, Dina discusses why sustainability is important to her and the company and what Smiqql are doing to ensure sustainability. It is hard to express in podcast form how delicious Smiqql's flaky salts are, but if you have the chance to try them you should! visit smiqql.com to get your hands on some! *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
December 01, 2020
S3E34 - Healthfirst.ch joins us to tell us about an importance subject, including a free webinar!
Dr Mecky McNeill from Healthfirst.ch joined Gary to discuss some serious and important issues - Mental Health and suicide. To coincide with Movember, the yearly event to raise awareness for mens health, HealthFirst.ch is running a free webinar about the topic, with experts on hand to discuss it, as well as interact with the audience. This free 1 hour online panel discussion on the subject of men's mental health, hosted by Dr Mecky and Dr Michelle Wright, will be on 30th November, and the guest speakers are Dr Thomas Ihde, Swiss Psychiatrist and Pro Mente Sana President Dr John Barkat, International Monetary Fund Mediator and former head of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services Scott Poynton, Movember Switzerland Representative Carl Wahlers, founder of Blokes and Black Dogs peer-to-peer support group for men To join this excellent opportunity to discuss and gain understanding around this important issue, all you have to do is REGISTER at https://www.healthfirst.ch/event/movember/ *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
November 23, 2020
S3E33 Betwixt & Between, the theatre group bringing you a Hansel & Gretel: Lost & Found.
American Scott and Swiss Miriam joined Suzi (with Covid Measures in place! If you are wondering why we sound muffled, its because we wore masks!) to discuss their lives in theatre as well as their own bilingual theatre company Betwixt and Between. By having a bilingual play, children and adults alike can enjoy the story in their own language. The two friends discovered, with Basel being such a multi diverse city, that combining the languages and performing in both brings a unique and memorable flair to their plays. Scott and Miriam wrote, directed and stared in this hit play which showed in 2019 at the Mitte Safe in Basel, and now they are bringing it back for another round at the Theater Arlecchino. Remember the story of Hansel & Gretel? Scott and Miriam bring it to life on stage with a new take on the story - siblings return to their family home and discover a toy box that they used to enjoy together... what stories will they remember from their past? Even the Cantons in Basel Stadt and Land like the idea - So much so, they provided a discount for tickets! Listen for more details. And if you are worried about COVID restrictions, you can be sure that Betwixt & Between have taken it seriously! With a maximum number allowed in the audience so guests can spread out, extra room at the bar and other measures in place, this is a Covid friendly production that you can catch for a few shows only! For schools from Basel-Stadt: A ticket price of CHF 6.- per ticket. For schools from Basel-Landschaft: A ticket price of CHF 11.- per ticket. General Admission prices are 17chf for kids and 22chf for adults. The play is suitable for 1st - 7th grade. There are four performances for schools on the following dates: Tuesday, 17.11. & 24.11.2020 @ 10am Wednesday, 18.11. & 25.11.2020 @10am And two general audiences performances, although you can also attend the day time shows if you wish! Friday 4.12 and Saturday 5.12 @6pm They take place at the Theater Arlecchino, Walkeweg 122, 4052. Tickets can be booked at www.theater-arlecchino.ch or 061 331 68 56 *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
November 03, 2020
S3E32 - Chocolate Lovers Unite! For Britta and her vegan friendly treats from Kürzi Kakao
Britta joins Gary and Suzi in Zurich, hometown of Kürzi Kakao, to discuss her journey from the USA to Switzerland, and how she got into the competitive but exciting world of Kakao production and her desire to make a sustainable chocolate that is also vegan. As someone who has tasted this delicious choccy, Suzi can assure you it's AWESOME! And Britta was such a great guest, she is even giving away some of her bars! See below for details. One last thing... American listeners overseas... Don't forget to VOTE! NOTE: APOLOGIES for the sound quality at the beginning of the podcast - Gary and I haven't recorded for a few weeks, and we forgot what we were doing! Next time will be much better, we promise! *******WINWINWINWIN!!!******** For your chance to win 3 (Yes, THREE!) bars of delicious Kürzi Kakao, all you have to do is: Follow swisspats on facebook or instagram Follow Kürzi Kakao on facebook or instagram Comment on this post tagging a friend who you’d like to share a bar of delicious chocolate with That's it! And the winner will be announced in a week! Prize will be sent within Switzerland. *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
October 21, 2020
S3E31 - VOTE! with Democrats Abroad!
Liz Voss, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad, joined Suzi and Gary to update us on whats going on with the upcoming (Just 45 days!) US election and how you can make sure your vote counts in this very important election... For voter registration information go to https://www.votefromabroad.org/ there you can find how to get your ballot and how to make sure your vote counts. For information on events and how to get involved on a local level visit https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch_events - there you will find information on every Swiss event coming up, as well as how to be a part of a community for Americans living aboard. Contact Liz directly at firstname.lastname@example.org *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
September 18, 2020
S3E30 - Funny French Man enters the Chat!
Suzi and Gary travelled to Zurich to interview the ever hilarious Benjamin Delahaye, who is a comedian based in Zurich. Juggling with marriage, two children, comedy gigs, a full-time job and heavy partying, Ben still believes he can have it all. His comedy will make you realize that all the stereotypes you hold about French people are not only true but also worse than you thought. He has performed all over Switzerland, in his home country France, in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store, in Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Amsterdam, the UK & Australia. He also published a children's book on Kindle under the pen name "Isaac Cocci" Ben had us in stitches the whole time, and it was a shame to end the interview! Check out Ben's work at @comediesuisse and watch his youtube quarantine project at onlinecomedyshow.com @online.comedyshow Gary and Suzi also discuss some interesting things happening in Switzerland, like mandatory masks in Basel from the 24th August, and the possibility for fathers to enjoy time off when they welcome a newborn to their family. *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
August 21, 2020
S3E29 - Aussie Singer Songwriter Sings his Songs for SwissPats
SEE BELOW FOR A DISCOUNT FOR CARLYLE'S CD! Aussie Carlyle Christopherson came to Switzerland for love AND a job, usually its one or the other! But Carlyle moved on, finding a new love in life; his Swiss wife and his passion; music. After a long career in the corporate world Carlyle made a decision, to live a life with Authenticity and Integrity - AI. And what an inspiration! Suzi and Carlyle confuse Gary with their Aussie talk about Boxing Day and Bogans, but the thing about music is... it transcends all language and culture. You will love Carlyle's positive attitude and bright demeanour, and that is why we love his music too! Some of the artists mentioned are Paul Kelly, Mike Stipe, Jackson Browne and Bernard Fanning, amongst others. Listen to Carlyle's music on Spotify here! If you would like to own a physical copy of Carlyle's debut album Here Comes History, you can get a copy for 50% off, exclusive for SwissPat listeners! All you need to do is contact Carlyle on Facebook or at email@example.com and say SWISSPATS SENT ME to get the CD for 7.50chf instead of 15chf. Support Local Artists! AND If you have windows that need cleaning, Carlyle also cleans windows with a super system - HydroPure Ionic Pure Water Glass Cleaning.
July 22, 2020
S3E28 - Art in Basel, Art Basel. Basel Art... Natalie Corman, the Basel Artist!
***SEE BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THE PAINTING IN THE PIC ABOVE*** Natalie Corman joined Suzi to discuss her journey from Belgium, then Montreal then Basel, with falling in love and starting a family squeezed in too! Natalie brings a breath of fresh air to the usual expat stories - while she studied Biology and had an internship in Basel, her plans were not set in stone, and that lead her to discover many great passions, from working and training with dogs to her wonderful and unique art. You can also visit Natalie at her Atelier in Basel! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the artists Natalie mentioned are www.dorianfitzgerald.com/ and El Anatsui www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/el-anatsui-17306/who-is-el-anatsui ***WINWINWIN*** Would you like to own an original Natalie Corman? You can win this great piece, the French Bulldog, last of the series! All you have to do is find his name *HINT* you can visit https://www.corman.ch/pop/ or https://www.instagram.com/p/B8oLhHugOFN/ and like the picture! Comment below with his name, and you could win this special artwork! Winner must live in Europe! Before we get to the interview, Gary and Suzi discuss those oddities in Switzerland which make it so great, such as - If you lose 182,000chf worth of gold bars on the train, don’t fret, someone will probably hand them in! Also, the US embassy in Bern had a nice little loop hole to ensure they honoured Pride month in June. *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
July 08, 2020
S3E27 - Ruxi tells us what Transylvania is really like!
Ruxi Balea is originally from Romania but it was Zurich that Suzi and Ruxi met to discuss her life and journey from Romania and economics, to Zurich and professional photography. A woman with a passion for life, her family and her business, Ruxi made Suzi feel right at home in her studio. Visit Ruxi at Ruxi.photo to see her passion that fills the lens to create awesome shots. Gary and Suzi also discuss whats happening in Switzerland this week - holiday plans, or lack of! Are you heading away from Switzerland this summer, or staying close to home. Both Gary and Suzi discuss their plans to stay within driving distance of home, and how Americans will not be able to visit their families in Europe due to a ban on travel from the USA. Let us know your travel plans this summer. Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! *** To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
July 01, 2020
Anyone can paint with Paint It Easy!
*** SEE BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A GUIDED WORKSHOP OF YOUR CHOICE! *** This weeks guests are couple Patricia and Peter with Paint it Easy, that's a lot of P's! Patricia is the the artist, Peter is the one pouring your glass of prosecco while you paint! Paint It Easy was set up with a passion for art and the desire to cultivate everyones creative side, because Patricia believes that anyone can paint in her workshops. Not only do we get an insight into the story behind Paint It Easy, we also get to know the couples story from their goat herding days (!!) to meeting in a Brocki and eventually landing in Basel. *** WIN WIN WIN *** To win a spot in a guided workshop of your choice, visit paintiteasy.ch and scroll through the art, then comment on this post which one you would like to paint. One lucky winner will be chosen to attend a workshop with Patricia leading you through the creation of that artwork, for you to keep and hang with pride on your wall at home! *** WIN WIN WIN *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! *** To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
June 17, 2020
Want to have a HELLA'GRAND time? Odette is here to tell us how!
This week SwissPats get a special guest, a two in one - Joe visits us as himself, to tell us about his Drag persona - Odette Hella'Grand. Odette is the best Drag artist in Basel (she has the awards to prove it!) and one of very few drag performers who live and work in Basel. Bringing shows that are suitable for all adults in Basel, regardless of if you're a Swiss native, an expat or a visitor, Odette has thrilled with glitz and glamour while aiming to make Basel's Drag scene an integral part of Switzerlands entertainment circuit - and we at SwissPats think she is doing an awesome job! To see Odette in show in Basel, head to odettehellagrand.ch where you can click on the links to buy tickets for the Oh G! It's Drag, the Roasting Edition, set to take place on Oct. 9 2020. Or head directly to starticket.ch to book your ticket. Follow Odette at www.instagram.com/odettehellagrand as well as her friend and makeup artist, fellow drag queen Dita Whip www.instagram.com/ditawhip *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! *** To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g ***
June 10, 2020
Grab a Cuppa and get comfy with Shirin, Coffee Roaster Extradonaire!
Today Shirin joins SwissPats to tell us all about coffee - from living and working in the coffee regions of Papua New Guinea, to buying and selling beans for Peets and Nespresso in USA, Singapore and Switzerland. Shirin is knowledgeable and passionate about coffee, and wants you to get to know your coffee roaster - where do your beans come from? Are you buying sustainable beans? She certainly made Suzi eager to sniff a cup of freshly roasted coffee! Visit Shirin at the Carouge Farmers Markets near Geneva every Saturday and www.instagram.com/sweetbeancoffeeswitzerland and www.sweet-bean-coffee.ch *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats ***
June 09, 2020
Gary And Cary get together (over Zoom) to discuss life in the dramatic world of Theatre and Dance
Cary Rick is this week's esteemed guest on SwissPats, and he joins a guest co host! Gary Colen is a friend of Suzi, and has been kind enough to take some of the SwissPats load. We think you will enjoy hearing a different voice and it’ll be nice to get back into the studio with 2 voices instead of 1! But back to this week's guest... Cary hails from Chicago, and has spent so long in Europe he feels much more at home here. Not only has he had a successful career in acting and dancing, but he has worked with many people to make their lives better through Movement Analysis and the creation of Institut fur Bewegungsanalyse. Click the link below for the Les Arts Sceniques theatre company run by Cary and Martina Rich. https://lesartssceniques.ch/en/home/ *** Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/swisspats Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats ***
May 27, 2020
The Professor who inspires not just her students... but all women (and men!) too!
Dr. Ruby Bakshi Khurdi is an award winning International Motivational Public Speaker, Global Goodwill Ambassador for Switzerland, Chairperson for All Ladies League, Charismatic Educationist, Social Entrepreneur, Leadership & Cultural Trainer. She has been nominated Most Inspirational Female Entrepreneur of 2017 by Swiss Entrepreneur Magazine. She is a Role Model and Mentor to International students from Business and Hospitality Management Colleges. WOAH! What a resume! And she joined Suzi to discuss her 20 year Swiss journey to create this supportive network for women in Switzerland. Follow Dr Ruby on her YouTube page and join in her webinar on 22nd May on Managing Emotional Intelligence, information in the eventbrite website below. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_GI2pV0T8Lo7O-oYRnyVpQ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/billets-managing-emotional-intelligence-103335059946?fbclid=IwAR0HcuLBKzpD1l2xAVKxWMZJm85OnEt9vp0OTfIuKS2NIvOjQTbcprxp6NI Don't forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ https://anchor.fm/swisspats https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540 https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats
May 20, 2020
The Barbie Girl who loves to Party... and make people happy
Grace joined Suzi to discuss her journey from the Philippines to Switzerland... all in the name of love. In the 9 years Grace has been in Switzerland, she has made a name for herself as a woman who really can do anything - she's hosted very successful galas all over the world, including at the Dolder Grand in Zurich. On top of that, Grace runs her own party supply business AND is the owner of the first of its kind in the Philippines - the Hello Kitty House, which brings joy to those that live near the village she grew up in. Grace admits that the chance to follow her dreams is becuase of her wonderful family - both those still living in the Philippines and her Swiss family. To follow Grace's story and see photos from her past events and Hello Kitty house museum, follow the links below. https://www.facebook.com/GraceMengulloLeupi/ https://www.facebook.com/GraceLeupiHelloKittyHouse/ Dont forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ https://anchor.fm/swisspats https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540?l=en https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g Don't forget to comment, like and share all of SwissPats social media. To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats
May 13, 2020
Which Wine Will Work - Let's Ask Maria!
Maria Zioga joined Suzi this week to discuss her journey from a career in politics, hoping to change the world, to a world of wine - but not like you'd expect. Maria also lets us know what being a diplomats wife is like, and tells us the realities of living country to country, for set periods of time. As expats we may understand to some degree, but imagine not having the choice to stay, or having to stay somewhere you hate. Maria tells us how she's coped with that, and what she has decided to do as a result. You can join Maria on her Wine Tasting events online, which have been such a huge success that Maria will continue them even after life goes back to "normal", a positive outcome from the lock down situation! If you're in the Geneva area, Maria will continue the wine tasting events in town, as soon as she is allowed! Follow Maria @genevawinesociety on facebook and instagram, as well as @vinum_lore for regular updates on what Maria is drinking, what she thinks of it and interesting and fun information on grapes, regions and more. To join a meetup event go to https://www.meetup.com/Geneva-wine-meetup/ Dont forget to like and subscribe, follow and download! To listen ~~ https://anchor.fm/swisspats https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540?l=en https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g Don't forget to comment, like and share all of SwissPats social media. To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats
May 06, 2020
The Expat Returns... Home
This week Suzi caught up with Don to see how life is treating him back in the ol' US of A, finding out if he has managed to settle into life back home. It seems to be corona as usual, for Don, for Suzi... for everyone! Suzi also discusses a birthday coming up in her home, and wonders how others have handled Corona Birthdays. To listen ~~ https://anchor.fm/swisspats https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540?l=en https://open.spotify.com/show/1OKeUnxaZCiagpG88isB5g Don't forget to comment, like and share all of SwissPats social media- as well as let us know about what local businesses you are supporting during the quarantine. To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats
April 29, 2020
School's out for Covid... School's out for...ever?
Gary, a Stay at Home dad and Naomi, a teacher and mum joined Suzi on Zoom to discuss what the last 5 weeks have been like - with the kids off from school since 16th March. The guests discuss the difficulty in getting used to having the kids home, and continuing with some sort of school and structure. With an awesome insight into what it's like from the other side - how are the teachers coping, and what are some tips for being a good teacher/parent for your kids. Below are some links on some things we discussed, from screen time to how to work from home, “scaffolding” to how to homeschool. What have you learnt as a new home school teacher/parent? Studies - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/opinion/screen-time-kids-covid.html https://www.edutopia.org/blog/scaffolding-lessons-six-strategies-rebecca-alber https://nypost.com/2020/03/16/how-to-home-school-your-kids-like-a-pro-during-coronavirus-quarantine/ https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200312-coronavirus-covid-19-update-work-from-home-in-a-pandemic https://visible-learning.org/john-hattie/
April 22, 2020
Life Abroad Reimagined- Don Delco
Rylla is SwissPats Reimagined host - sharing stories of peoples life abroad, reimagined. Rylla is the author of Trailing Spouses Reimagined, and spent a solid chunk of her own expat life preparing for, interviewing, and curating the book which delves deep into the life of men and women who've followed their partners to create a new life as an expat. This weeks episode brings Rylla and SwissPats own Don Delco together to tell us about his journey, from the beginning in Basel and the advice to stock up at Costco, to the bittersweet end where his family make the decision to return to the USA to further his wife's career. Thank you to Rylla for her awesome interview, and to Don Delco for being his usual self (yoga pants, really!). Don't forget to comment, like and share - as well as let us know about what local businesses you are supporting during the quarantine. To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page!
April 15, 2020
Blogger, Business Woman, Badass!
Pragati Siddhanti joined Suzi and Don a few weeks ago, before the great Lockdown of 2020, to tell us about her journey from India to Switzerland, from being a career woman to finding a passion project all while studying and taking on new activities she wasn't used to. Pragati hadn't been an expat until she made the leap to Basel, and there were lots of challenges, hurdles and discoveries for not only her, but her family too. Joining forces with her sister Pragati began blogging at beforbeauty.com before creating her own blog about being an Indian expat in Basel. On her website myswissstory.com you can find awesome articles, features (including SwissPats own feature!) and more. To download her free Ebook at https://myswissstory.com/2019/09/11/21-hidden-gems-of-switzerland/ or visit Amazon for a copy. Follow this weeks guest on instagram at instagram.com/pragatisiddhanti Don't forget to comment, like and share all of SwissPats social media- as well as let us know about what local businesses you are supporting during the quarantine. To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page! https://www.facebook.com/Swisspats https://www.instagram.com/swisspats
April 08, 2020
Want to keep the kids zen during the lock down? Listen here!
Don and Suzi drove to Zug to meet the inspiring and fun Maricela Robles, the author of You Don't Need a Body to Sail a Boat, as well as 3 other books. Originally a lawyer in London, Maricela transitioned to published writer after finding solace in mediation, all the while embarking on a journey that took her from Mexico to London to Switzerland. Good news for parents, SwissPats is giving away 2 copies of You Don't Need a Body to Sail a Boat. All you have to do is comment below letting us know you'd like a copy, and Suzi will send a copy to 2 lucky winners. Follow Maricela and her meditation journey for kids at meditationfairy.com and @meditationfairy on instagram. Use #thisismeditation and #iamamediationfairy to keep up to date with other Meditation Fairies! Don't forget to comment, like and share - as well as let us know about what local businesses you are supporting during the quarantine. To leave a review go to our Facebook or iTunes page!
April 01, 2020
Let's not all turn into couch potatoes, deal?
Don was still with SwissPats when he and Suzi travelled in the pouring rain to the outskirts of Zurich to visit Danna Levy Hoffmann and her husband Georg to hear all about Organalicious, Danna's health coach business. Danna takes us on a journey from USA and Israel to Switzerland and explains why her family where a huge part of her healthy lifestyle story. You can visit Danna online at www.organilicious.ch/ Just because we are all stuck inside, doesnt mean this guest episode is going to waste - Danna explains that you can still use her services during lock down, and why now more than ever its important to look after our health.
March 27, 2020
Hey, how is the Coronavirus situation in your country? Episode 3
In the final special series on Covid19 where Suzi speaks to people all over the world, we get an insight into the different stages that some countries are currently in - with the understanding that these stages are changing rapidly - what is in place today may be ramped up tomorrow. Also, how is the community coming together to support those vulnerable members of society? In this episode we meet Maureen in Thailand, Barbora in Netherlands, Nishan in Finland, Ben in Sweden and Gemma in England. Before the interviews, Dr Michelle Wright from Health Matters provides some medical information for those living in Switzerland. Visit https://coronavirus.unisante.ch/ Thank you to Dr Michelle Wright for providing this service. To listen to this Special Edition episode, as well as Episode 1 and 2, visit SwissPats at www.swisspats.com www.facebook.com/Swisspats www.instagram.com/swisspats https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540?l=en https://open.spotify.com/show/2poqC63ETtbuZw8IxDAvZM?si=pzeELgQcQpusKCFTyXoUXg >>>Also on PlayerFM, PodBean, Stitcher and Google Play
March 18, 2020
Hey, how is the Coronavirus situation in your country? Episode 2
Today Suzi brings you another Covid19 special episode after talking to women all over the world about their personal situations dealing with the coronavirus. Suzi speaks to Hoda in Belgium, Ipsita in Hong Kong, Kim in Albania, Tess in Spain and Laura and Sarah in Singapore. Before the interviews, Dr Michelle Wright from Health Matters provides some medical information for those living in Switzerland. Visit https://coronavirus.unisante.ch/ Thank you to Dr Michelle Wright for providing this service. To listen to this Special Edition episode, as well as Episode 1, visit SwissPats at www.swisspats.com www.facebook.com/Swisspats www.instagram.com/swisspats https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/swisspats/id1255274540?l=en https://open.spotify.com/show/2poqC63ETtbuZw8IxDAvZM?si=-CHhcC2YTimH094W9tYbig >>>Also on PlayerFM, PodBean, Stitcher and Google Play
March 17, 2020
Hey, how is the Coronavirus situation in your country?
A normal podcast didn't seem appropriate this week, so Suzi reached out to people all over the world to find out how they're doing, what their country has implemented and the all important question - whats the toilet paper situation? In Episode 1, Suzi spoke to people living and working in Italy, Australia, Germany and Austria and got an insight into how their host country is dealing with the coronavirus, and what they are planning (or not planning) for the coming weeks. There will be more episodes like this, so keep an eye out in the next few days for more first hand, real life experiences of people dealing with this unprecedented situation that has affected the whole world.
March 16, 2020
The SwissPats Duo Become an Uno
ANNOUNCEMENT! No ads, no guests - SwissPats Suzi and Don are bringing you this unscheduled episode to make an announcement - the SwissPats Duo have officially become an Uno. Breaking up is hard to do, and that is true even for expat friends. Suzi and Don started the SwissPats as a passion project and something to do as expat stay at home parents, but become fast friends who relied on each other, supported each other and had genuine love and care for each other and their families. On this episode we discuss the feelings of leaving, plus the unknown realities of moving home during a pandemic. SwissPats isn't over, it will continue. But it will sound different for a while. We thank you with the deepest gratitude for your support over the last 3 years, and hope you will continue to listen and support this passion project of ours.
March 15, 2020
SwissPats Are Keeping Fit with Reggie
Don and Suzi welcomed Reggie Faria to the podcast to hear about his journey from Holland to Basel, and how his football life from the age of 4 has turned into his personal training business. In addition, Suzi and Don discuss the winner of the World Champion Cheese Contest, as well the Swiss entrant to the Eurovision Song contest, which of the 4 official Swiss Languages will this years entry sing in?
March 11, 2020
What's Happening in Switzerland March 2020 - NOTHING!
Each month the SwissPats bring you all the coolest and most entertaining events throughout Switzerland. We had something planned for you for March 2020. There were football games, car shows, ski marathons, jazz festivals, a women's expo and of course, the Basel Fasnacht. Well, those have all been cancelled. On Feb. 28 the Swiss government imposed a ban on public events that gathered more than 1,000 because of the coronavirus outbreak. So instead of discussing what is happening in March, which is mostly NOTHING, Suzi and Don chat about the nothingness that is occurring in Switzerland. We promise it is more entertaining than that sentence makes it sound.
March 04, 2020
Helping Americans rock their vote
Don and Suzi welcomed on two members of Democrats Abroad - Liz Voss and Kristen Jafflin. You don't have to be American to know the U.S. is having a Presidential election this November. Liz and Kristen shed some light on what Democrats Abroad do, the upcoming primaries in Switzerland and how non-Americans can help during this election year. Don and Suzi also cover Switzerland's increase in hazardously unhygienic restaurants and snack bars and the results of one drunk man's plan to walk through a 20-km train tunnel.
February 26, 2020
SwissPats get their bells rung
The SwissPats travelled to Cow Country — Baerau, Switzerland — where CEO Roger Kern gave us a tour of their factory and even allowed us to help make a bell. After a long day in the factory, they sat down to chat about his journey from IT to Bell Maker in his family's foundry. The SwissPats also discuss naked dining in Basel and a growing rat population throughout the country.
February 19, 2020
Switzerland’s famous watches with a female touch
The SwissPats traveled to the heart of Swiss watch making - Biel/Bienne - to interview Giselle Rufer Delance, who is the woman behind Delance watches, which are the only Swiss watch brand created by a woman. The discussion ranges from her childhood without a father to her trail-blazing education to finally battling the male-dominated culture of Swiss watchmaking in the 1980s and 90s.
February 12, 2020
Attimo World Record Chocolate Bar Giveaway
Suzi and Don traveled to Zurich to talk chocolate, specifically Swiss chocolate, with the co-founders of Attimo Chocolate, Olivia Madet and Alain Mettler. But wait, there's more. Attimo made world-wide news late last year by producing a CHF 640.- chocolate bar weighing 80 grams. They are listed in the Guinness World Record Book as having, "the world’s most expensive chocolate." SwissPats listeners can WIN ONE OF THESE BARS. Download and listen to this episode to find out how. (Note: Winner must be located in Europe.) Good luck!
February 03, 2020
What's Happening in Switzerland | February 2020
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. We may be in the heart of ski season, but there is more to do than carve the groomed pistes of Switzerland. From the beginning of the month that features is a charity concert for the Australian Bushfires in Basel to the end of the month and the carnival in Bern with plenty in between like igloo building, whiskey and music festival, a drag show and where you can find a 6-kilometer toboggan run. Charity concert for Australian Bushfire Relief | Feb. 1 | Basel Whiskey & Music Festival | Feb. 1-2 | Metropol Restaurant, Zurich My Mother Country – Paintings of the Aborigines | Feb. 2 | Kunsthaus, Zug Inside the Creative Mind | Feb. 4 | Freie Musikschule, Basel Expat Expo | Feb. 9 | Congress Center, Basel Afternoon Tea & Quiz | Feb. 14 | St. Ursula Church, Bern Oh G! It's Drag | Feb. 21 | Parterre Kultur, Basel Igloo building | Feb. 22 | Trübsee Engelberg The Dinosaurs' Garden | all month | Garden Centre in Gland 6 km Toboggan Ride | all month | Preda Carnival | Feb. 27-29 | Bern
January 29, 2020
SwissPats head to Ski School
We are in the thick of ski season so Don and Suzi welcomed on Dave Burrows of the SnowPros Ski School to discuss what he does, his teaching philosophies and, even some golf. (Sorry, Suzi). In addition, the SwissPats get a bit violent talking about a news item that involves a Swiss taxi driver his taser and a movie shoot that involved some actual shooting.
January 22, 2020
SwissPats How-To | Learning a new language
Welcome to another edition of the SwissPats’ How-To Series. In this episode, Heike Reinhart explains why you should learn the local language upon your arrival to Switzerland, as well as where to go, how to go about it and who you should pick. Heike was born and raised in Germany and spent eight years living in the US developing a business in education, mentoring and “cross cultural” training. In Basel she has now established her own business with an emphasis in “cross cultural” training. Heike has provided training for both groups and individuals in Fortune 500 companies in the US. She is bringing together global professional and cultural experience in dealing with cultural diversity. She has taught German to adults and graduate students, and mentored international students studying in the US. About SwissPats How-To Series: Unlike our typical show that features a guest or our first-of-the-month What's Happening, our How-To Series is here to help those who are new to Switzerland or even those who have lived here for a long time. Hey, you might’ve forgotten what it was like when you first got here and didn’t know anything. In our How-To Series, we have sought out those in the known to help you navigate your life here in Switzerland. From getting the train, to taking out your garbage, there are rules, regulations and guidelines that we all need to follow. A lot of information is out there, but we wanted to bring it to you in a short, bite-sized podcast. Maybe you already have this stuff sorted out, but if you see a newcomer to Switzerland, send them our way and hopefully we can help make that transition to Swiss life a little easier.
January 15, 2020
SwissPats hit 100!
In the 100th episode of SwissPats podcast, Don and Suzi discuss two new Swiss rules for 2020 that may or may not impact you as well as the country's new president. Did you know there was a new president? Most people didn't! They also welcome on Catherine Peloquin who is the president of the Basel's Toastmasters Club. What is Toastmasters? Where is Catherine from and how long has she been in Switzerland? Why does she love hiking the Swiss Alps so much? LIsten to find out. Happy New Year!
January 08, 2020
What’s Happening in Switzerland | January 2020
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. It may be the middle of the winter but there is plenty to get out of your cozy chalet to do and see beginning with family ski days to a light festival in Luzern, to a snow festival in Grindewald, a hot air festival in Château-d’Oex and even a museum night in Basel. (0:56) Three Kings Day | Jan 6. (3:36) Women Back to Business | Jan. 13 | Zurich (5:52) Famigro Ski Days | all winter (8:52) Lilu Licht Festival | Jan. 9-19 | Luzern (10:39) PhotoZürich | Jan. 10-14 (12:35) World Snow Festival | Jan. 20-25 | Grindewald (15:08) World Web Forum | Jan. 16-17 | Zurich (17:21) International Hot Air Balloon Festival | Jan. 25-Feb. 2 | Château-d’Oex (20:56) Museum Night | Jan. 17 | Basel (24:34) Cheese Festival | Jan. 26 | Markthalle Basel
December 28, 2019
Wait, there’s a third kind of football?
Don is approaching his third year living in Europe and he just now got around to calling soccer football. And now to confuse him even more he was introduced to Jason Ransome from the Basel Dragons Australian Football Club. In order to understand this kind of football, Don sat down with Jason to discuss this newly formed team for this very Aussie sport. Don and Suzi also discuss some good spots to go for some early season skiing and Suzi — once again — finds a Swiss police tactic that really grinds her gears.
December 18, 2019
Living a plastic free life with Lyfa
Lewys Thomas, co-founder and COO of Lyfa, joined us to discuss his idea of a 21st century milkman. Lyfa (pronounced: LEE-fa) is an online store and delivery service for plastic free groceries. You order all your products online and they deliver everything in reusable packaging directly to your door. Lyfa is in the midst of a crowdfunding that ends Tuesday 17 December. Find out more here. Suzi and Don also discuss where Lausanne and Basel rank in the best small cities in the world and the news/controversy stemming from Art Basel Miami, duct tape and a banana.
December 11, 2019
Holidays and Hoops
ANNOUNCEMENT! Suzi and Don reached out to past guests to ask if they would be interested in partaking in a SwissPats Holiday Giveaway for the listeners. And boy did they respond. Listen to find out a bit more on the Holiday Giveaway and stay tuned to our social media channels for all the amazing offers throughout this holiday season. This week's guest, Ina Nicosia-Schelker, came to Switzerland as a professional basketball player. After retiring from playing, she dove into the education scene and has since founded Kids Camp International. The Oberwill-based bilingual international school is the only school in Switzerland where children get music and sport lessons daily. Suzi and Don also discuss three Swiss Christmas traditions you should know about and a new Swiss Franc coin that features a "depiction" of tennis great Roger Federer. Listen to find out why "picture" is in quotations.
December 04, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | December 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. It's pretty simple for December: Christmas Markets. Don and Suzi discuss the different markets around Switzerland including the biggest one - Basel. Since that's where they live it's the one they know the best, but exploring the different markets makes December in this country so much fun. Top Christmas Markets in Switzerland: Basel Bern Geneva Lausanne Locarno Luzern Montreux Zurich
November 27, 2019
A Shropshire Lad on SwissPats
Suzi returns after an unscheduled trip back to Australia following the death of her beloved grandmother. Still fighting jet lag and a cold, she is able to focus and turn her attention to her favorite topic (food), as her and Don discuss a delicious new treat from Attimo Chocolates. Don also dishes (pun intended) on his favorite holiday - Thanksgiving - and how America's Black Friday tradition is alive and well in Switzerland. This week's guest is Jonathan Martin, the man behind every expats favorite Facebook page - A Shropshire Lad in Switzerland.
November 20, 2019
Life Abroad Reimagined with Rylla Resler | Howard Austin
The SwissPats are back with the third edition of its latest series - Life Abroad Reimagined with Rylla Resler. The Trailing Spouse Reimagined, a book written by Resler and her co-authors Francesca Incocciati and Adriana Quarck, explore the real challenges and true joys of life abroad as a trailing partner. The book was based on dozens of interviews with men and women who have relocated to Switzerland for their partners' career, and this podcast seeks to continue what the authors started. For the third episode, Resler interviewed Howard Austin, a New Zealander who left behind his surfing life to follow his wife to her native Oberwil where he established himself as a nationally accredited practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For more information on the book, click here.
November 13, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | November 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. (2:08) Wasserturmcup (underwater rugby) | Nov. 2 | Luzern (6:02) The Lumineers | Nov. 6 | Zurich Halle 622 (7:22) 23rd International Kurzfilmtage | Nov. 5-10 | Winterthur (9:25) Rocknacht | Nov. 8 | ISC Club Bern (12:30) Theater Sports | Nov. 14 | Zurich Improv Comedy (14:12) Ólafur Arnalds | Nov. 12 | Zurich Halle 622 (16:32) Lausanne Festival of Lights | Nov. 21-Dec. 31 (18:54) Frontofbicycle Exhibition | Nov. 15 | Basel Art Center (21:20) From Basel, With Love | Nov. 16 | Braswell Arts Center (22:10) Zibelemärit (Onion Market) | Nov. 25 | Bern (29:52) "What The Dickens?!" | Nov. 21-24 | Lausanne
October 30, 2019
Birthday Week is Gone, But 40 Is Here
Both Don and Suzi had birthdays last week, but Don is still coming to grips with turning the big 4-0. To say good-bye to his 30s, the two discuss some German words that perfectly sum up life in your 30s. They also talk Bernese Zungenwurst, or “blood tongue” sausage, and apples that are only grown in Switzerland, Miami and Australia. This week's guest are the makers of a new app called Let's Meet Now! Ben Freisberg, a Swiss native, teamed up with expat Peter Wakin to develop this app that not only allows users or venues to create events, but acts as a tool for people to spontaneously get together, like someone new to a town or foreign land *coughs* expats *coughs*.
October 23, 2019
Swiss wines are … good? No, really they are
Suzi and Don are back from the autumn break with author Sue Style, whose latest book - The Landscape of Swiss Wine - takes wine-loving readers on a tour of Switzerland’s wines and vineyards and the extraordinary landscapes that give rise to them. Suzi is also triggered by a pair of stories involving the pink tax and dash cams.
October 16, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | October 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. (1:21) Whiskey and More | Oct. 4-5 | Geneva (2:57) The Cheese Market | Oct. 4-5 Huttwil (4:21) Baby & Kid Planet | Oct. 4-6 | Lausanne (6:05) Oktoberfest | Oct. 5-6 | Wädenswil (7:30) Flute Festival | Oct. 4-6 | Gland (8:40) Zurich Film Festival | ends Oct. 6 (10:55) Zurich Tech Job Fair | Oct. 9 (12:27) Grape Harvest Festival | Oct. 11-13 | Cheyres (13:51) Living in a Box: Design and Comics | ends Oct. 20 | Vitra Design Museum (16:18) Shnit (short film festival) | Oct. 17-27 | Bern (18:43) Swiss Indoors Tennis Tournament | Oct. 19-27 | Basel (23:05) Career Relaunch Conference | Oct. 22 | Zurich (24:46) English courses | Volkshochschule Basel (28:07) Truffle Market | Oct. 26 | Bonvillars (30:05) Herbstmesse | Oct. 26-Nov. 12 | Basel
October 01, 2019
Nomad author settles in Swiss countryside
Welcome to the latest edition of SwissPats where Don and Suzi are back to play one of the hottest game shows sweeping the nation: Which thing was invented in Switzerland? They also discuss the urban myth that Swiss housing authorities do not allow residents to flush a toilet between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The SwissPats welcome author and new expat Tammy Lynn Stoner, who has just released her debut novel, SUGAR LAND. Tammy has lived in 16 cities in three countries and is somewhat new to Switzerland as she is still adjusting to life here after moving with her wife and three kids earlier this year. She not only discusses her new book, but also the odd jobs she's had -- biscuit maker, medical experimentee and waitress in a Greek diner to name a few -- and how her dog became friends with a Swiss cow.
September 25, 2019
Opera singing French teacher
Don and Suzi are back as Don describes how he went on his first hike in Engelberg over the weekend, and he absolutely loved it. Good thing because those 200 franc hiking shoes weren't a waste of money. They also explain what latest Internet trend was set by the Zurich police department. This week's guest is Isabelle Johnson, founder of Prêt à Parler. She is a trained opera singer, originally from Montreal, started her teaching company in order to help to native and non-native English-speaking expats to make French and Business French a part of their everyday life in Geneva.
September 18, 2019
SwissPats How-To | Basel Schools
Welcome to another edition of the SwissPats’ How-To Series. In this episode Simon Thiriet, the head of communications for the Basel-Stadt schools, explains how the local Swiss schools work. About SwissPats How-To Series: Unlike our typical show that features a guest or our first-of-the-month What's Happening, our How-To Series is here to help those who are new to Switzerland or even those who have lived here for a long time. Hey, you might’ve forgotten what it was like when you first got here and didn’t know anything. In our How-To Series, we have sought out those in the known to help you navigate your life here in Switzerland. From getting the train, to taking out your garbage, there are rules, regulations and guidelines that we all need to follow. A lot of information is out there, but we wanted to bring it to you in a short, bite-sized podcast. Maybe you already have this stuff sorted out, but if you see a newcomer to Switzerland, send them our way and hopefully we can help make that transition to Swiss life a little easier.
September 11, 2019
Life Abroad Reimagined with Rylla Resler | Adriana Quarck
The SwissPats are back with its newest series - Life Abroad Reimagined with Rylla Resler. The Trailing Spouse Reimagined, a book written by Resler and her co-authors Francesca Incocciati and Adriana Quarck, explore the real challenges and true joys of life abroad as a trailing partner. The book was based on dozens of interviews with men and women who have relocated to Switzerland for their partners' career, and this podcast seeks to continue what the authors started. For the second episode, Resler interviewed her co-author Adriana Quarck. For more information on the book, click here.
September 04, 2019
Whats Happening in Switzerland | September 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. September means the end of summer, but it doesn’t mean the fun slows down. The Swiss wine regions are the spotlight here, as there are numerous festivals celebrating the wine harvests, but also a night of American female comics, a cupcake festival for kids, a hike with beer tastings and even an Oktoberfest if you can't make it to Munich. Prost! Fantoche International Animation Film Festival | Sept. 3-8 American Standup Show Basel | Sept. 5 30 Years: Vitra Design Museum | Sept. 6 Traditional Grape Harvest Festival | Spiez | Sept. 8-9 Basel Cupcake Festival 2019 | Sept. 8 Le Temps du Cornalin | Sept. 14 Bierwanderig Ägerisee | Sept. 14 Parenting with Awareness | Cham | Sept. 17 Varen Wine Festival | Sept. 20-21 SlowUp Zürichsee | Sept. 22 International Week of Happiness at Work for Switzerland | Sept. 23-27 Oktoberfest Wädenswil | Sept. 27-28
August 29, 2019
Chantal Vroom has drive
There is no slowing down the drive of Chantal Vroom. (See what we did there?) She calls herself a communications trainer and while she self-deprecatingly said it may sound boring, the chat with the SwissPats was anything but. She covers her journey to Switzerland, having now two kids in this country, how she learned how to draw, what she learned from attending something called “Fuck Up Nights” and how she survived being Suzi's neighbor. Suzi and Don also discuss why a 5-year old was fined in Schaffhausen and how the Swiss schools are facing a language issue.
August 21, 2019
SwissPats How-To | Buying & Selling Furniture
Welcome to another edition of the SwissPats’ How-To Series. In this episode, Kate Bottriell explains how to buy and sell furniture - especially second hand - in Switzerland. When Bottriell arrived in Switzerland she had trouble buying good quality second-hand furniture, and thought that there was probably a better way. With a background in sustainable sourcing, she saw an opportunity to address a genuine need, while at the same time combine this with her passion to have a positive impact on the planet. The idea of ecochair.ch began to take shape. The webshop launched in January 2017 and the showroom opened in May of the same year. About SwissPats How-To Series: Unlike our typical show that features a guest or our first-of-the-month What's Happening, our How-To Series is here to help those who are new to Switzerland or even those who have lived here for a long time. Hey, you might’ve forgotten what it was like when you first got here and didn’t know anything. In our How-To Series, we have sought out those in the known to help you navigate your life here in Switzerland. From getting the train, to taking out your garbage, there are rules, regulations and guidelines that we all need to follow. A lot of information is out there, but we wanted to bring it to you in a short, bite-sized podcast. Maybe you already have this stuff sorted out, but if you see a newcomer to Switzerland, send them our way and hopefully we can help make that transition to Swiss life a little easier.
August 14, 2019
SwissPats take a hike
Suzi and Don are back from their summer holidays. Suzi was in the south of France and Don was golfing back the States. Their days of leisure are over as they return to talk about how U.S. tourists are flocking to Switzerland, how Germany would like more border checks and how Swiss banks are costs the ultra-rich. They also welcome on author and hiking enthusiast Melinda Schoutens who, with the help of her husband, wrote "Fresh Air Kids Switzerland," which is a hiking guide that acts as a companion for families who would like to spend more time outdoors and discover the multifaceted hiking country that is Switzerland. Click here to order her book.
August 07, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | August 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. July was full of festivals and that continues this summer month, as Suzi and Don discuss a rock festival in a Roman amphitheater, a classical musical festival in Lucerne and two in Zurich - the star-studded Zurich Open Air and the techno-flavored Zurich Street Parade. Also, there is the Taste of Zermatt, a celebration of buskers in Bern and free - YES, FREE - productions of Pinocchio and Pocohontas in Basel.
July 24, 2019
Life Abroad Reimagined with Rylla Resler | Francesca Incocciati
The SwissPats are proud to announce its newest series - Life Abroad Reimagined with Rylla Resler. The Trailing Spouse Reimagined, a book written by Resler and her co-authors Francesca Incocciati and Adriana Quarck, explore the real challenges and true joys of life abroad as a trailing partner. The book was based on dozens of interviews with men and women who have relocated to Switzerland for their partners' career, and this podcast seeks to continue what the authors started. For the first episode, Resler interviewed her co-author Francesca Incocciati. For more information on the book, click here.
July 17, 2019
Wait, Switzerland isn't family-friendly? Whaaaa?
Don and Suzi also talk their summer holiday plans and the odd results of a study where Switzerland is considered the "worst in Europe" for being family-friendly. Whaaaat?!?! As for this week's guest, Ariane Tavakol, her path to Switzerland was not a direct route. She left Iran at age 7 for Paris followed by stops in Los Angeles, New York City and even Buenos Aires. That has created a unique story and background for Tavakol and today she lives in Zurich. She joined the SwissPats to discuss her luxury lifestyle webzine, Discover Out Loud, and her latest role as a personal growth strategist.
July 10, 2019
SwissPats How-To | Rubbish & Recycling
Welcome to another edition of the SwissPats’ How-To Series. In this episode, Carrie Aikman explains how Switzerland's trash and recycling programs work. Aikman hails from the United States, holds a BA in English, and is also a LEED AP. She is happy to finally be putting her degree in Creative Writing to good use as the Chief Storyteller at the Hub, as well as writing segments on sustainability for The English Show on RadioX. She loves nature, art, furniture-making, traveling, reading, karaoke, every margarita ever made, and all things eco. And she truly believes that each of us has the power to make a difference. Unlike our typical show that features a guest or our first-of-the-month What's Happening, our How-To Series is here to help those who are new to Switzerland or even those who have lived here for a long time. Hey, you might’ve forgotten what it was like when you first got here and didn’t know anything. In our How-To Series, we have sought out those in the known to help you navigate your life here in Switzerland. From getting the train, to taking out your garbage, there are rules, regulations and guidelines that we all need to follow. A lot of information is out there, but we wanted to bring it to you in a short, bite-sized podcast. Maybe you already have this stuff sorted out, but if you see a newcomer to Switzerland, send them our way and hopefully we can help make that transition to Swiss life a little easier.
July 03, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | July 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk festivals and, hoo boy, are there a lot of festivals this month throughout Switzerland. There's a wine festival near #Vevey that happens only once every 25 years and Züri Fäscht that happens only once every three years. Music festivals cover a wide range of genres like opera, classical music, New Orleans jazz, country and blues, as well as events surrounding the alpenhorn, shepherds and their sheep and Switzerland's national sport, Schwingen.
June 26, 2019
Discussing Dandy Delirium’s Duds
David Max joins the SwissPats as he discusses his new shop in Basel, Dandy Delirium. This boutique clothing store specializes in eccentric fashion that you can wear to work or at play. Its inspiration comes from Max living in the Soho neighborhood of New York City in the 1980s. Suzi and Don also chat about how much a 3-year-old’s curiosity cost an artist at Art Basel, they read a list of the world's most and least dangerous countries and both have trouble wrapping their heads around what is it’s like to date in Switzerland. Spoiler: It’ll cost you.
June 19, 2019
SwissPats How-To | SBB
Welcome to SwissPats’ How-To Series. In this episode, SBB media spokesperson Raffael Hirt details how to use Switzerland's world famous railway system Unlike our typical show that features a guest or our first-of-the-month Whats Happening, our How-To Series is here to help those who are new to Switzerland or even those who have lived here for a long time. Hey, you might’ve forgotten what it was like when you first got here and didn’t know anything. In our How-To Series, we have sought out those in the known to help you navigate your life here in Switzerland. From getting the train, to taking out your garbage, there are rules, regulations and guidelines that we all need to follow. A lot of information is out there, but we wanted to bring it to you in a short, bite sized podcast. Maybe you already have this stuff sorted out, but if you see a newcomer to Switzerland, send them our way and hopefully we can help make that transition to Swiss life a little easier.
June 12, 2019
Too Souperlicious For Ya
Carolyn Moncel make soups, owns businesses is a digital consultant and a mom. She traveled from #Lausanne to #Basel to discuss how she went from #Chicago to #Paris to #Switzerland and why now she’s making delicious soups for Simply Souperlicious. Don and Suzi also discuss more problems with the Gotthard tunnel and how much a cup of coffee costs depending on where you are at in Switzerland.
June 05, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | June 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk Shakespeare at a castle, Zurich Pride Festival, Art Basel, a street art festival, UNESCO World Heritage Days, the Rapperswil Blues & Jazz festival, a trout festival and the ability to witness cows hike up a mountain. A Midsummer Night's Dream | June 3 | Castle Chillion, Veytaux | email@example.com Street Arts Festival | June 7 | Ascona Gotthelf Märit (historic farmers market) | June 8 | Sumiswald World Heritage Days | June 8-9 | 11 locations in Switzerland, see website Zurich Pride Festival | June 14-15 Rapperswil Blues & Jazz Festival | June 14-15 49th Trout Festival | June 29 | Lake Pfäffikon Alpine Ascent Engstligenalp | end of June | Adelboden to Engstligenalp
May 28, 2019
SwissPats met a poet, don't ya know it
TAK Ertzinger stopped by the SwissPats to discuss her new poetry book "Found: Between the Trees" available now at GreyBorders.com. The personal story of this American/Swiss poet and artist with a Latino background doesn't end there. She also discusses her battle with PTSD and how that led to her new found love of hiking and experiencing a pilgrimage throughout Switzerland. Don and Suzi also talk Eurovision and how a Swiss movie theater's new seating option is simply a bad idea.
May 22, 2019
Suzi had a tick. Don verbally squirms.
Now, we don't want to diminish this week's guest. Lili Giglia has an quite an inspiring story. From the age of 9 she suffered with severe eczema on her face and body and spent some 10 years trying everything to clear it up. Today, the former accountant now produces products at Essentially Lili that have not only have helped her, but others around the world. Oh, and just overall she's a pretty cool chick. But, yeah, Suzi brought back a tick from her travels in Australia and Don does most of the podcast on the floor in the fetal position. He could've used that information BEFORE his first official Swiss hike last weekend.
May 15, 2019
Connecting dots between Bulgaria and Boutique Theatre Basel
Don and Suzi welcomed on Susan Brownfield, a singer, actor, director and teacher who is one of two people behind the creation of Boutique Theatre Basel. From 7 June to 23 June, Brownfield is directing the musical, "The Last 5 Years." She joined the SwissPats to discuss that, as well as her journey from Oregon, to Boston, to Maine to Bulgaria and now to Switzerland. For more information on the musical, visit boutiquetheatrebasel.com. The SwissPats also discuss the wild May snowstorm that hit Switzerland last weekend, and an odd quirk to the toilets on the older SBB trains.
May 08, 2019
Talking that real life expat life
Suzi is back after a few weeks home in Australia. The jet lag is real. Still, she battled through, as her and Don welcomed on fellow podcaster, Sundae Schneider-Bean. American by birth, Swiss by marriage and now an expat in South Africa, Sundae is an intercultural strategist that helps other expats live an exceptional life abroad. She also hosts the Expat Happy Hour, which draws on the realities of expat life and offers smart and simple solutions. Don and Suzi also discuss why a Swiss guy was denied celebrating his birthday with croissants and rundown the survey results of countries with the sexiest accents. To listen to Sundae's podcast, visit her website SundaeBean.com.
May 03, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | May 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk cow fighting championships - no, that wasn't a typo - a foodie heaven in #Zurich, a TedX talk in Basel, a place where Volkswagon Beetle lovers are gathering, a run in Bern that is considered the "most beautiful 10 miles in the world, and more! Lausanne Art Fair | May 2-5 Cow Fighting Championships | May 4-5 | Sion Dinner & Yodeling concert | May 5 | Hoher Kasten Kafertreffen | May 2-5 | Aaregg at Lake Brienz Grand Prix | May 11 | Bern TedX | May 11 | Basel Food Zurich | May 16-26 Fribourg Tattoo Convention | May 24-26
April 24, 2019
Expat author goes beyond chocolate
Author Margaret Oertig-Davidson joined SwissPats to discuss her new book, The New Beyond Chocolate, as well as her journey from Scotland to Switzerland. The book, according to publisher Bergli Books, "examines the Swiss through the eyes of hundreds of people who have lived and worked here, and [Oertig-Davidson's] insight will help any reader gain respect and understanding for the diverse people that make up Swiss society." The SwissPats also discusses why Suzi no longer believes in ghosts, Don laments over his awesome pen that is now in the possession of his co-host and they discuss percentage of Swiss residents who drive compared to those who use public transportation.
April 17, 2019
The price is right with Janene
Janene Liston, also known as The Pricing Lady, sat down to discuss how her career as an engineer in the U.S. led her to Switzerland where she found her passion in pricing. The SwissPats also discuss what the results mean following the Zurich tradition of lighting a snowman on fire and how much the Lausanne police fined a man after parking for five minutes when he just paid for four.
April 10, 2019
Connecting with Basel Connect
Suzi and Don sit down with the chairperson of Basel Connect, Kathy Hartmann-Campbell, who moved to Switzerland in 1982. Today, her efforts at Basel Connect help promote collaboration between expats and locals in the Basel region. Don and Suzi also discuss daylight savings time, how Suzi changed the way she says "pasta" and how a horse's bodily function brought so much joy to Don's children last weekend.
April 03, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland | April 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk music festivals on mountains, flammable snowmen in Zurich and an event that features all things chocolate. Children's Author Tea Party | April 4 | Basel Cully Concert | April 5-13 | Lavaux Snowpen Air | April 6 | Kleine Scheidegg Festichoc | April 6-7 | Versoix Sechseläuten | April 8 | Zurich 20th Blues Festival | April 9-10 | Basel Zermatt Unplugged | April 9-13 Medevil Market | April 13-14 | Lucerne Easter Egg Hunt | April 21 | Mount Rigi Early Oktoberfest | April 19-22 | Reusch Fly Me To The Moon | April 5-June 30 | Zurich Kunsthalle Tulip Festival | April | In Morges, Lake Geneva
March 29, 2019
DIFFAIR making a difference
Daniel Salerno, an Australian expat and owner of a PhD in physics, is part of a four-person team that makes up Diffair, which is a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion manufacture based in Zurich that is committed to improving the social and environmental aspects of the industry. He joined us a week before their Kickstarter campaign ended. Good news! Four days after the recording with Daniel, Diffair reached their goal. For more information and their fashion selection go to Diffair.ch. Don and Suzi also discuss Basel World, the latest trends in Switzerland's cheese-eating habits and why Suzi's allergies are so bad.
March 27, 2019
Interview with Daniel Salerno of Diffair
This is a special interview-only release of the SwissPats podcast. Don and Suzi sat down with Daniel Salerno of Diffair, a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion manufacture based in Zurich that is committed to improving the social and environmental aspects of the industry. Currently, Diffair is undergoing a crowd funding campaign that ends March 28. For more information go to Diffair.ch or Kickstarter.com.
March 22, 2019
SwissPats' stylin' and profilin'
Back from a two-week holiday break, the SwissPats welcome on Sophie Adang, of Stylemixers. Sophie is a fashion consultant based in Basel who shows people how to choose clothing that suits them. Suzi and Don also discuss how Don deeply scarred his animal-loving son while visiting Iceland, how many Swiss cities are ranked in Mercer’s Quality of Living Reports, which offers city-to-city comparisons for nearly 500 global assignment destinations, how A Tribe Called Quest assisted an Emmental cheese maker and what are the chances a third class is added to rail travel in Switzerland.
March 20, 2019
Addicted to creativity
Don and Suzi head down to Biel/Bienne to the offices of Creaholic, where professional inventors have been creating interesting and helpful things for more than three decades. They talked with a few of their employees on a new app that is helping expats find one another through activities. In news, the SwissPats discuss Fasnacht plans, how long a Swiss man drove without a license and how much money someone won on a slot machine in the Basel casino.
February 27, 2019
What's Happening in Switzerland - March 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk Fasnacht as well as all the other top events that are happening this month in Switzerland including... Geneva International Auto Show | March 7-17 Schlaraffia | Frauenfield | March 7-10 Engadin Skimarathon | March 10 Festival of Culture and Jazz Music | Chiasso | March 14-16 Freiburg Film Festvial | March 15-23 Glacier Bike Downhill | Sass-Fee | March 16 Wohga Winterthur | Winterthur | March 21-24 Baselworld | March 21-26 Old Timer & Teilemarkt | Freiburg | March 23-24 Lauberhorn Run | Wengen | March 24 Women's Expo | Zurich | March 24 Expat Expo | Zug | March 24 WhiskeySchiff | Lucerne | March 28-30
February 26, 2019
Flyin' high with WRS' Katt Cullen
World Radio Switzerland’s midday host Katt Cullen joins SwissPats to discuss her journey from a trapeze artist to radio show host in Switzerland. Meanwhile, Don admits he’s starting to like skiing, the Swiss ski chief said dumb things and is no longer the ski chief and Suzi found three different stories highlighting the Swiss’ fanatical desire to control speeding cars.
February 20, 2019
We're back with Blokes & Black Dogs
After an unexpected week off because of Suzi's illness she's back to being (mostly) healthy and the SwissPats welcomed Carl Wahlers, creator of Blokes & Black Dogs. The idea behind Wahlers' group is to create a peer-to-peer support group for English speaking men in the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland, where the focus is on men having the opportunity to talk openly about issues they are facing in life. Suzi and Don also discuss the top Swiss words of 2018 and what the canton of Uri is doing to control bears and wolves.
February 13, 2019
SwissPats get punked
Harry Darling is third member of the Darling family to appear on SwissPats. His mom, Jeanne, is an educator and author. His sister, Kate, works at MIT on robot ethics. Harry? Well, Harry is an accomplished punk rocker and musician for the Bitch Queens and X-Darlings. (Listen to find out how you can win a free CD of either band.) Suzi and Don also discuss how Switzerland's on-the-spot fines will work beginning in 2020, what an "igloo driver" is and how it's bad and which publication ranks the country among best in the world.
January 30, 2019
What's happening in Switzerland - February 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don break down all the top events that are happening this month in Switzerland that include expos for men, golf fans and motorcycle lovers in Zurich (not all at the same time), Basel's Expat Expo, horse racing in St. Moritz, Luzern's version of Fasnacht and a Pablo Picasso exhibition in Basel.
January 28, 2019
A magical episode of SwissPats
This week the SwissPats feature professional magician Guy Portlock. After learning his passion and establishing himself in the UK, he now lives in Switzerland where he performs his craft in a place where English isn't necessarily the first language spoken. Suzi and Don also discuss why a Swiss cheese maker is exporting pink cheese and which Swiss cities travel magazine readers ranked among the 35 the best places in Europe.
January 23, 2019
SwissPats find wheely interesting Wine Guru | Part 2
In the second of two parts, the SwissPats host a Q&A with Juan Lo Bello, the Wine Guru on Wheels. Last week's episode Juan described his journey from Argentina to Switzerland and how he fell in love with wine. This week, wine questions from our Facebook page were posed to Juan to gain his expertise. Also, Suzi describes ANOTHER run-in she had with a Swiss authority figure and the latest stats on what annoys Swiss people about their neighbors.
January 16, 2019
SwissPats find wheely interesting Wine Guru | Part 1
Happy New Year! The SwissPats begin 2019 welcoming on Juan Lo Bello, the Wine Guru on Wheels. The interview was broken down into two parts. This week, Juan describes his journey from Argentina to Switzerland and how he fell in love with wine. He also explains how his unique business could help you and your future wine purchasing and drinking decisions. Don and Suzi also discuss their holidays and - surprise - a few financial stories. This time it involves the Swiss birthrate and overall happiness.
January 09, 2019
What's happening in Switzerland - January 2019
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. In this second episode Suzi and Don will break down all the top events that are happening this month in Switzerland that include a gourmet food festival, hot air balloon festival and a downhill ski race involving witches. Here are links to all the things covered in this episode. St. Moritz Gourmet Food Festival | https://www.stmoritz-gourmetfestival.ch/en Hot Air Ballon Festival | https://www.chateau-doex.ch/en/P1152/international-hot-air-balloon-festival The Witch Decent | https://www.belalphexe.ch/ Curling Club Zermatt HORU tournament | http://www.cczermatt.ch/en/ Luzern Light Festival | https://www.lichtfestivalluzern.ch/ Vogel Gyrff | https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/vogel-gryff-in-basel-bs.html
January 07, 2019
SwissPats talk robot ethics. Yup, you read that right.
Suzi and Don welcomed on Dr. Kate Darling, who is American but falls under the "third-culture" kid status. She grew up in Switzerland, but now is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. In other words, stuff that is waaaaay over the simple-minded heads of Suzi and Don. They also talk how buying expats holiday gifts can cause confusion and Don gives his Christmas present to Suzi. (It involves chickens.)
December 19, 2018
SwissPats talk Trailing Spouses
Don and Suzi welcome on Rylla Ressler, one of the three authors of "Trailing Spouses: Reimagined," to discuss what it's like to be a trailing spouse, as well as Rylla's experience writing a book. Don and Suzi also discuss what was found in bagged salad in Basel and nine things you can do in the winter in Switzerland if you aren't into the national sport - skiing.
December 12, 2018
SwissPats ketchup with Connie's Kitchen co-founder
Greg Beardwell, an Aussie expat living near Zug, is the co-founder of Connie's Kitchen that makes organic, no-added sugar ketchup. Greg explains his path from down under to Switzerland, as well as what it was like starting his business in his new country. Don and Suzi also discuss the harrowing ordeal of a U.S. hang glider, where you can join the mile high fondue club and whether or not it's ok for the University of Zurich to have classes in English.
December 05, 2018
SwissPats meet your guide to Zurich
Angelica Cipullo joined the SwissPats to discuss her website, Girlfriend Guide to Zurich. Cipullo co-founded the site to help guide and connect with English speaking expat women in the Zurich area. Check out her site at MyGirlfriendGuide.com. Also, Don and Suzi discuss how the American skipped Thanksgiving and the Australian embraced it, the stiff consequences of being a repeat speeder in Switzerland, the fate of those infamous payment slips and where you can find the world's best barista. And a big shout out to our friend A Shropshire Lad in Switzerland. You can find his page Facebook.com/shropshireladinswitzerland.
November 28, 2018
What's happening in Switzerland - December 2018
Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. In this inaugural episode Suzi and Don will break down all the top events that are happening this month in Switzerland and because it's December that means - Christmas markets!
November 23, 2018
SwissPats let the dogs out
Ever wonder why dogs are so quiet and well-behaved in Switzerland? It’s because of people like this week's guest, Birgit Hilsbos, owner of DogTrainingSwitzerland.com. Suzi and Don also debate the special treatment Basel native Roger Federer allegedly receives on the ATP tour and where Switzerland ranks in life expectancy.
November 21, 2018
Drawing inspiration from Colombian cartoonist
Sergio Lievano, an author, cartoonist and illustrator, joined the SwissPats to discuss his journey that began on his family's Colombian coffee farm and included a 10-year stint as an economist. You know, the traditional path for a best-selling author. Lievano has published seven books - five in Switzerland and two in Colombia - which can found at sergiojlievano.com. Don and Suzi also discuss a Facebook post about the police that earned an 18-year old a hefty fine, why a cheese maker in Emmental is experimenting with Led Zeppelin and A Tribe Called Quest and how electrical cars in Switzerland will sound different by the middle of 2019.
November 14, 2018
SwissPats get cheesy
Suzi and Don stopped by Markthalle Im Viadukt in Zurich to sit down with Michael Jones, owner of the British Cheese Centre to talk all things, well, cheese. Don and Suzi also confront some of their biggest fears. For Don, it's talking about a cable car gondola falling 12 meters in Switzerland, and for Suzi, it's from a woman who received an interesting bill from the SBB that she forgot to pay.
November 07, 2018
Fashionable footware finds SwissPats
Giulia Lori of LoriGio stops by the SwissPats. She explains what a mechanical engineer from Milan learned after living and working in more than five countries that has now led her to start a company aiming to deliver comfortable and affordable shoes for women. Don and Suzi also discuss why a Thurgau bar owner chose jail over paying a fine, where burglars are targeting expensive wine cellars and whether or not it's OK that a Zurich crematorium cashes in on Granny's ashes.
October 31, 2018
Secrets of baby making with BabySecrets.ch
Suzi and Don welcome on Laure Dangla of BabySecrets.ch to talk about her role helping pregnant women with the knowledge, support and information to live a serene pregnancy. The SwissPats also celebrated their birthdays last week and with it the stark reality they are getting O-L-D. They offer an apology to Formula 1 driver and Zug resident Kimi Raikkonen, discuss the rising costs of apartment living and offer information on SBB’s new wi-fi policy for 2019.
October 24, 2018
Pie Guy brings pie time to SwissPats
New Zealand expat Dale Margison of Legends Pies joins SwissPats to discuss how lust brought him to Switzerland and how he went from an igloo maker to bringing a taste of home to Europe for expats from down under. Suzi and Don also discuss how a Formula 1 driver and Zug resident had trouble doing his job on a city street and how one hotel in Davos makes their not-so-hospitable rules known up front.
October 17, 2018
Properly dispose your trash ... or else
Nutritionist Gry Persson joins SwissPats to explain how she helps clients navigate a healthier lifestyle. SwissPats also discuss how a Swiss company found itself in hot water for posting a job ad that asked for an “uncomplicated woman.” Also, a man is on the lamb after failing to pay a 150 Swiss franc fine for failing to put a sticker on his trash.
October 10, 2018
Silly and spooky Swiss urban legends
Nike Ossler is new to Switzerland, but the Swedish expat has made herself at home finding work at a film studio and as a freelance photographer. She is seeking families in Switzerland for Dollar Street, a project that documents families throughout the world with pictures of their toothbrushes to their favorite pair of shoes. The SwissPats also discuss some urban legends — involving Napoleon, a butcher and foot ailments — and just how much con artists are ripping off the Swiss elderly.
October 03, 2018
Breaking Bread with Basel's Bagel Lady
Don and Suzi visited with Vicki Kirn of Arbuckles Bagels to discuss how an American expat from the midwest brought a New York City staple to Switzerland. The SwissPats also discuss day-tripping tourism in Lucern, which rivals that of Venice, how the freakishly long summer lasted until late September and 12 famous movies that used this country's visually stunning hotels and mountains to its cinematographic advantage.
September 26, 2018
SwissPats find their green thumbs
Suzi and Don welcome on Sunbow, a new flower subscription service in Switzerland. Marc, a Dutch expat, and Sara have started a new company that brings fresh and exciting bouquets to your doorstep. Listen for details on how to earn 50% off your first order. The SwissPats also talk hiking. Don, a noted indoorsman, recently went to Wasserfallen, and now considers himself an extreme sportsman. Although, Swiss wasps may keep him from going ever again.
September 19, 2018
Jeanne Darling's novel ideas
Author and teacher Jeanne Darling joined SwissPats to discuss her expat journey that began in 1991. Soon after arriving Darling started founded and directed Tiny Tots, which is now the Swiss British International School, ELA Basel, taught at ISB and now is a published author. Her latest, The Monster Book of Switzerland, accompanies young readers on a tour of topics that range from how to dig a tunnel through the mountains to what makes Swiss chocolate unique. Suzi and Don also discuss a recent survey that shows how Switzerland struggles in making expats feel at home and, finally, nine things that are sure to surprise you about this country.
September 12, 2018
Touring street art in Zurich
Suzi and Don are back in Zurich this time for a tour with guide Jessica Hefti of Street Art Tours. The trio sat down to talk about the tour, which allows you to discover a new side of Switzerland's biggest city while benefiting a good cause. Suzi and Don also debate whether or not snakes are creepy or beautiful, and they run down some of the world records set in Switzerland.
September 05, 2018
Swiss(Pats) and Chips
Suzi and Don welcome on the co-hosts of the Bern-based podcast Swiss and Chips. Jo (a British expat) and Simon (a Swiss native) describe how their podcast helps those who are either thinking of or currently assimilating to life in Switzerland. SwissPats also run down 10 inventions you may not know originated in Switzerland, and how a driver in Geneva received a CHF 250.- fine for failing to go on green. Yeah, you read that right.
August 29, 2018
SwissPats meet SwissEats
Suzi and Don traveled to Zurich to meet Stacy Streuli, a food blogger and cook behind SwissEats.ch and the Lone Star Kitchen. The three discuss the food culture in Switzerland and explain to Suzi what is Tex-Mex. The SwissPats also cover Switzerland's confusing love/hate relationship with the automobile, as roads are being widened in the Basel suburbs while parking spaces are being removed in the city center of Bern.
August 22, 2018
SwissPats go for a swim
The annual Rhine swim took place in Basel so Suzi and Don went down to the river's edge to talk to other expats about the experience of floating through a European city. The two also discuss the different types of expat tribes found in Switzerland. Which one are you? Let us know in the comments.
August 15, 2018
We’re back in home sweet Switzerland
The SwissPats return from their four-week summer holiday and recap their time spent in the United States. Suzi and her family were on the west coast while Don and his family were, as Suzi called it, in the middle. They also discussed how one American was confused by how Christmas works in Europe and how jet lag has Don confused about everything.
August 08, 2018
SwissPast Summer Series -- Part 4 of 4
Welcome to the final week of the four-week SwissPats Summer Series. Suzi and Don are both on summer holiday but they wanted to showcase four of their favorite interviews from their past 50 shows. It’s been a long, but great summer. Who needs a beer? Kitchen Brew founder Fabian Ehinger used a six-month expat trip to the U.S. in 2012 to serve as inspiration to what is now an award-winning brewery with products found throughout Switzerland.
August 01, 2018
SwissPats Summer Series -- Part 3 of 4
Welcome to week three of the four-week SwissPats Summer Series. Suzi and Don are both on summer holiday but they wanted to showcase four of their favorite interviews from their past 50 shows. Tanya Deans of Swiss Family Fun (a.k.a. Moms:Tots:Zurich) is an American who lived in Switzerland the last 12 years and quickly developed a reputation as the go-to source for tips on traveling throughout Switzerland and Europe — especially with kids.
July 25, 2018
SwissPats Summer Series - Part 2 of 4
Welcome to week two of the four-week SwissPats Summer Series. Suzi and Don are both on summer holiday but they wanted to showcase four of their favorite interviews from their past 50 shows. Week Two is German language teacher Heike Reinhart. She has lived as an expat in both the U.S. and now Switzerland. She has developed a unique teaching style of establishing a teacher-student connection with an emphasis in "cross culture" training.
July 18, 2018
SwissPats Summer Series -- Part 1 of 4
Welcome to week one of the four-week SwissPats Summer Series. Suzi and Don are both on summer holiday but they wanted to showcase four of their favorite interviews from their past 50 shows. Starting off is Jen Bruner. She is an expat, self-taught home cook and food lover behind Knead Good Food. She talks about her journey that led to her to create her one-of-a kind business in Switzerland.
July 11, 2018
SwissPats reach a golden anniversary
SwissPats reach a milestone just before a summer break - 50 episodes. To celebrate, well, it's just another episode. They welcome expat and podcaster Dan Saks to the show. He describes his children's podcast, Noodle Loaf, and his journey from Maryland to New York City to Mexico City and now to a Swiss city. Suzi also tries to be empathetic toward Don after the news of LeBron leaving Cleveland (again) broke over the weekend and they eulogize the Swiss national football team bowing out of the World Cup.
July 04, 2018
Suzi found a proper concert crowd
With her dad by her side, Suzi traveled to Germany for a Guns 'N Roses concert and there she finally found a proper concert crowd -- something that is sorely missing in Switzerland. Suzi and Don also keep things low-brow, discussing toilet discrimination at Swiss railway stations and towns in this country that sound worse to a native English speaker. Finally, the SwissPats recasted an interview with Kate Bottriell of ecochair following the appearance of Suzi in a photo exhibition at the Basel secondhand and vintage furniture shop.
June 27, 2018
Living that expat life with multiple sclerosis
Grace Sanders, the Welsh-born actor, singer and expat joins SwissPats to discuss her journey to Switzerland, as well as her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Sanders has developed a following on her YouTube Channel - MS Goss - where she provides positive help to others affected by MS. In addition to their interview guest, Suzi has World Cup fever so she talks football (sorry, Don, not the American kind), Switzerland's ugly jerseys and how a group of Swiss fans ended up visiting a war zone en route to the country's first match against Brazil.
June 20, 2018
Everyone Kneads Good Food
The SwissPats return to their favorite topic -- food. They welcome expat, self-taught home cook and food lover behind Knead Good Food, Jennifer Bruner, to talk about her journey that led to her to create her one-of-a kind business in Switzerland. Don and Suzi also recap the latest Swiss voting results and after they ran into each other in the grocery story, they debate whether or not it's beneficial to create lists or just wing it.
June 13, 2018
SwissPats get juiced
Suzi and Don go on location to Juice Uncomplicated to interview owner and expat Tania Gauch to talk juicing, detoxing and where to find some good Mexican food in Switzerland. Also, the SwissPats discuss which Swiss city - Zurich or Geneva - is more expensive and seven English words Swiss Germans have made their own.
June 06, 2018
An accidental detox
Ever wonder if someone can accidentally start a juice detox program? Wonder no more. Suzi did just that. She explains how she survived five days of nothing but juices. Don fights through a man cold to celebrate his Cleveland Cavaliers returning to the NBA Finals and an Aussie winning the Indy 500. Finally, the duo talks Europapark fire and the state of restaurants in Switzerland.
May 30, 2018
Swiss donkey hunters
A Geneva man is facing two years in prison for shooting four donkeys in France. OK, that's a weird sentence. Also from the news desk, Switzerland has some work to do when responding to large-scale terrorist attacks, why a #kebab costs 91 Swiss francs and -- to piggy back off last week's episode -- the SwissPats again welcome back two old people to complain about traffic. [whispers] It's Suzi and Don.
May 23, 2018
Swiss connection to latest royal wedding
Turns out there is a Swiss connection to the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as Markle has some Zurich ancestry. Suzi and Don also discuss the nightmares that are the Gotthard Tunnel and driving in Italy. Also, Jake Dixon, from the podcast Coffee and Creatine, joins the pod to talk about his drastic transition from living in and around New York City to embracing the Swiss lifestyle.
May 16, 2018
SwissPats are throwing pots
Meghan Howard, an American potter turned expat, runs Design by Tro and sits down with the SwissPats to discuss how she went from the corporate world to teaching and creating pottery that is more than just a physical cup, dish or a bowl. The SwissPats also wrap their heads around how a burglar mistook a large Basel church for a villa, Swiss birds' mortal enemy and how a ferret-like animal is terrorizing cars mainly in Appenzell-Innerrhoden, Thurgau and St. Gallen.
May 09, 2018
Who’s up for a run?
The SwissPats put on their running shoes and interview Constanza Lisdero of ChiRunning. Don’t think you’re a runner? Listen to this interview and you may change your mind. In addition, the SwissPats also discuss a rather large tip at a Zurich kebab shop, a lost laptop that cost a Lucerne fella a large amount of cryptocurrency and the traditional way residents of Appenzell vote.
May 02, 2018
SwissPats get schooled
Suzi and Don stop by ELA Basel, a Swiss British International School, to speak with the new executive director and expat, Nick Owlett. The SwissPats also discuss what one country is doing to clear up confusion that they are NOT Switzerland, what most Swiss children do in their free time and how a speeder in Bern will avoid paying a stiff fine despite video evidence of going 52 km/h in a 30 km/h zone.
April 25, 2018