Life in Switzerland. The not-made-for-TV version.
In 2006, 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 more 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 Drittstaatsangehörigen do.
Swiss Life: 30 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.
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