¶ Swiss Life Ù Download by õ Chantal Panozzo Not bad, not great 2. 5 stars The book is light and funny I liked it very much It reflects how I have felt too My favorite paragraph Even though I had reached a point where I couldn t go home again, I would never fit into my adopted home either I was American, but I wasn t I wasn t Swiss, but I was Expats are possibly the most confused people on earth and I had permanently become one of them, floating somewhere between who I used to be and who I had become Even if I am not a native speaker and do a lot of faults What affect effect would modern technologies have on things like old fashioned relationships p 141 Life In Switzerland The Not Made For TV Version In , American Chantal Panozzo Moved To A Spa Town Near Zurich Ready For A Glamorous Life As An Expatriate She Would Eat Chocolate She Would Climb Mountains And She Would Order Cheese In Four Languages Instead, She Lived A Life In Tune With Reality Than Fantasy Contrary To Popular American Belief, Switzerland Isn T Just A Setting In A Storybook Called Heidi It S A Real Place Where Someone With A Master S Degree In Communications Can T Make A Phone Call, Where You Can Be Hired In One Language And Fired In Another, And Where Small Talk Doesn T Exist But Phrases Like Aufenthaltskategorien Von Drittstaatsangeh Rigen Do Swiss Life Things I Wish I D Known Is A Collection Of Both Published The Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic Glimpse, Chicken Soup For The Soul books, And Brain, Child And New Essays In Which Chantal Discovers That No Matter How Hard She Wills Her Geraniums To Cascade Properly, She Will Never Be A Glamorous American Expatriate Or Swiss Swiss Life 30 Things I Wish I d Known was smart and often funny, yet a light and quick read It shed light on life in Switzerland, but also on the life of a non Swiss person living in the land of cheese and chocolate Though her expat experience was different than mine has been, there are many who seem to follow a trajectory both in terms of timeline and emotional process similar to the author s But Swiss Life would be entertaining and poignant even for those not necessarily chasing insight into Swissness, as its tales also touch on family and homesickness, reconciling ambitions with circumstances outside one s control, and new parenthood. What a brilliant little read Heart felt, open and truthful I have just arrived back in SA after a 2 week trip to Switzerland to visit a Swiss German friend This was the perfect read immediately after the visit as I was head nodding to most of the stories and could relate to the majority of stories One of the best little treasures that I have ever read Thank you for such a little gem. Mixed feelings at first, but it grows on you. When I started reading the book and the various situations the author described, the questions why would she do that and what was she expecting frequently came to mind But the further I read, the I could connect with the author, even if not always agree I liked the way this book made me question myself and how would I behave cope if I were an expat It made me appreciate the expats living in my country and their efforts to fit in even Danke, Frau Panozzo. I enjoyed the book but didn t appreciate the structure it reads like a compilation of previously published essays I would have preferred of a story line and the reasoning behind the family s decision to extend their stay in such a crazy place my husband is Swiss German and I did laugh aloud at many of her descriptions.
Found this book while visiting the UN buildings in Geneva very very humorous and helped to give some down to earth sense on how to live like a local in Switzerland. If you ve never lived in a country whose spoken language is not your own and in fact doesn t exist in written form , then you may not understand the true menace of a ringing phone or doorbell In this book, Chantal Panozzo deftly captures the terrible experience of finding oneself a fully grown adult with toddler level language proficiency, as well as other surprising and vexing aspects of living as an expat in a country that doesn t exactly embrace its foreign population The book is propelled by a delightfully wry sense of humour The accounts of language impaired exchanges often made me think of David Sedaris, which is to say that they re skillfully rendered and painfully funny A few memorable characters populate its pages, too, with the author s Swiss neighbour often stealing the show Like the author, when I came to Switz As fellow American expat living in Switzerland, I am an avid reader of Chantal s blog I enjoy her sarcastic humor and straight forward writing style, and find her subject matter relatable I m her target audience All of which, had me looking forward to her book Swiss Life is a quick and entertaining read I found myself nodding along and occasionally laughing out loud with her descriptions of all to familiar expat moments However, much of the book was so specific to Chantal s experience, that even as someone in a very similar situation expat, same country, same city, nearly the same age , I had trouble relating and found myself skimming through parts to get on to the next story Also, her sharp, sarcastic sense of humor, which I adore in her blog, lost its edge in this book It tended to come across a bit