Did you know Züri is the Swiss-German word for Zürich? Or that Swiss-German isn’t an official language, even though it’s really different to German.
I first moved to Zürich, Switzerland for six months in 2010. Then, in 2011, I came back.
Living a different country is a great experience, for some people it’s easy and for others it’s hard. For me, it’s unlocked a different way of looking at things, including myself and what’s important to me.
Everything is different; how you do things, how you say things, who to (or not). It’s amusing, often bemusing, but always valuable experience. And that’s before you even start learning German!
I started this blog to keep in touch with my friends at home and let them know how things were going. Then I talked to people about my journey of self re-discovery in my thirties.
Since then, my German had got pretty good. I’ve lost and found myself a million times over, started a business in two countries and dealt with some difficult truths about where I started. And in reality, still am.
So what started as self development, has turned into self expression. I might still not be able to bravely face the core, but I’m chipping away.
It helps me, and if it helps you too then it’s a win-win. Either way, I’ll keep going…
Life in Zuri