Ah, the glorious Schoggiweggli. How we have loved you. Schoggiweggli are a perfect snack. Little buns the size of an American dinner roll that are studded throughout with just the right amount of chocolate. They are not too sweet, just a hint salty, and the dark chocolate they contain add a quality you just can't … Continue reading Basel Schoggiweggli – A Breakfast Bread with Chocolate Chunks
It's official. We only have 6 months left in Basel. Sad. That doesn't quite cover it. Bereft is a better word. I didn't think I would love it so much here or that Switzerland would seem more like a "home" than a "2-year vacation/experiment." But I do love it here. I love the ease of … Continue reading 6 Months Left
So, fresh off our trip to Copenhagen, Mark (who never seems too tired to travel) found us a really interesting Swiss day trip. The city was Porrentruy in the Jara canton. It's on the French side of the country and actually almost touches France. Everyone speaks French there and so my German was absolutely no … Continue reading The Swiss Family Carlson has a mission in Porrentruy
One of the more awesome (meaning both "excellent" and "some to be awed by") things about living in Switzerland is that you can, on a whim, jump onto a train, go north an hour, and be in picturesque areas in either France or Germany. It takes slightly longer to get to Austria, Italy, the Czech … Continue reading Boating the Rhein and Birthdays
My folks, including my afraid-of-heights Dad, actually braved the 8 hour flight from Minneapolis to Basel for a second time. Just to see us! Oh, and probably because I promised Mom loads of chocolate. They were here at Christmas to visit and decided that they should probably also see Switzerland in the summer. We talked … Continue reading Mountain Adventures with the Ruzicka Grandparents!
It actually gets hot in Basel in the summer. This summer some of the high temps were around 100F! I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't having to endure 100 degree heat with no air conditioning. The people of Basel have obviously had to endure this kind of hot weather before and … Continue reading Basel Rhine Swimming
(or Bruce Wayne would own.... I haven't quite figured it out yet.) We don't just "go out" to eat here very often. Usually we only eat out while we are traveling or we treat ourselves at the BIS's Sports Club, a country club kind of place that the BIS owns for its employees. However, we … Continue reading SFC Parents and A Restaurant Batman Would Love
Now that we live in Switzerland, I'm kind of falling in love with Sunday. Sundays are quiet here. 95% of the shops and restaurants are closed. You are not allowed, by law, to do work that makes noise. No lawn mowing. No weed-whacking. No laundry. No running any appliance inside that makes noise loud enough … Continue reading Sundays in Basel
I love the Tinguely Fountains. The movement is fascinating to watch and the gently flowing water is so soothing. But it is equally spectacular in winter. And just because... The beautiful river valley from behind the Munster.
We have now lived in Basel, Switzerland for 5 whole months. It's hard for me to believe it. It doesn't seem like it's been 5 months now. It feels more like 2. Or maybe 3. We have been all over Basel. We've been to Bern, Lucerne, Geneva, Augusta Rurica, Neuchatel, and Wengen. Not to mention … Continue reading 5 Months