123 episodes

Each week, Suzi discusses expat life, welcomes on those who've blazed their own path and brings levity to living in this new, really organized land.

SwissPats Susan Lyon

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Each week, Suzi discusses expat life, welcomes on those who've blazed their own path and brings levity to living in this new, really organized land.

    S4E01 - Louise Gooding is Just Like Me... and you should read her new book!

    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



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    S3E35 Lets get SALTY with Smiqql!

    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!



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    S3E34 - Healthfirst.ch joins us to tell us about an importance subject, including a free webinar!

    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/

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    S3E33 Betwixt & Between, the theatre group bringing you a Hansel & Gretel: Lost & Found.

    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



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    • 46 min
    S3E32 - Chocolate Lovers Unite! For Britta and her vegan friendly treats from Kürzi Kakao

    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!

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    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.



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    • 56 min
    S3E31 - VOTE! with Democrats Abroad!

    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 vice-chair@democrats.ch



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