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Each week, Suzi and Don discuss expat life, welcome on those who've blazed their own path and bring levity to living in this new, really organized land.

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Each week, Suzi and Don discuss expat life, welcome on those who've blazed their own path and bring levity to living in this new, really organized land.

    Switzerland’s famous watches with a female touch

    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.

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    Attimo World Record Chocolate Bar Giveaway

    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!

    • 44 Min.
    What's Happening in Switzerland | February 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

    • 28 Min.
    SwissPats head to Ski School

    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.

    • 57 Min.
    SwissPats How-To | Learning a new language

    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. 

    • 20 Min.
    SwissPats hit 100!

    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!

    • 45 Min.


Grand gamfo ,

Great stuff!!!

Keep up the good work!! :-)

HLaiendzebs ,

Discover what expat life is like

Don, Suzi and Emma give great insight into expat life, discovering together what it is like to live between cultures. Whether it is yearning for food from another place, appreciating the local options or just observing how different people are (and yet very much the same), their dialogues are entertaining and enlightening. You might even learn something about chocolates, watches, cheese or a very timely train system. Enjoy!

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