Observations from Basel: Eating

Food is not only essential to survive, but also is part of the definition of a culture. When someone says "French cuisine", you immediately form an image in your mind, and perhaps imagine a certain taste in your mouth or scent in your nostrils. Pizza and pasta are strongly tied to Italy, but are both... Continue Reading →

Armchair traveling

Yesterday was World Book Day, which gives me an excuse to discuss the combination of two of my favourite activities: reading and traveling. For the past few years, I have made a habit of reading about a place before I visit. I don't mean that I read a travel brochure or guidebook in preparation (though I might)... Continue Reading →

Luxury in travel

Inspired by: Joy is both cheaper and harder to find than so-called luxury A few days ago, a friend of mine posted a link to this article about luxury travel and joy. The point was merely that luxury travel does not equate to joy-filled experiences, which seems obvious. I had never equated the two together before and was surprised... Continue Reading →

Observations from Basel: Introduction

I would like to do a regular feature on living in Basel, where I have spent the last eight years of my life and can't help but notice the quirks that set life here apart from life anywhere else. A lot of these observations could apply to Switzerland overall, or at least Swiss-German speaking regions.... Continue Reading →

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