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Sarah Ryrie

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Sarah Ryrie

Culture Shock: Switzerland To The UK

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday September 16, 2015 (01:11:02)   (892 Reads)

Sarah Ryrie

Do you remember that bit in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is desperate to get home to Aunty Em but at the same time doesn’t want to leave her new friends in The Emerald City, but then she does get home and she realises it was all a wonderful, scary, crazy dream? That is how I feel right now. I am Dorothy. I feel pretty sure that the last year has happened but none of it seems to have any bearing on current reality!    more ...


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Sarah Ryrie

Good Goodbyes

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday August 12, 2015 (04:17:45)   (1470 Reads)

Sarah Ryrie

Following advice from a seminar that I attended at the children’s International School (essentially to make sure that we all got closure), the last two weeks of our time in Switzerland have been spent saying “Goodbye”. The children have had playdates galore whilst, as a family, we have been enjoying the most of Switzerland’s greatest asset - the Great Outdoors.

Now, we are not a hugely adventurous/outdoorsy/active family yet we have been profoundly touched by the beauty and adventure presented in the backdrop to our daily life.    more ...


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Sarah Ryrie

5 Useful Expat Packing Tips

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday July 15, 2015 (01:13:28)   (2308 Reads)

Sarah Ryrie

Moving house is apparently one of life’s most stressful events. It stands to reason then that moving country when you move house tops that. So, moving house and moving countries twice within a year has to be right up there with standing in a bath of creepy crawlies whilst having cold baked beans thrown at you. Yet, I have found myself doing exactly that (the moving part, not the baked bean flagellation that is). I have decided to share some of my tips on how to have a successful move.    more ...


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Sarah Ryrie

The Cost Of Living In Switzerland

Posted by: Carole on Thursday June 25, 2015 (00:31:50)   (2747 Reads)

Sarah Ryrie

One thing that I won’t miss about Switzerland when we return to the UK is the cost of, well, everything. Before we moved out here we knew that it was one of the most expensive places to live, with the highest cost of living in the world, but I don’t think it really sank in until I did my first supermarket shop which reduced me to tears in the tinned food aisle and was singlehandedly The Most Terrifying Experience of My Life. Admittedly this wasn’t only down to the cost of groceries but it was definitely a large part of the trauma.    more ...