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Top Swiss Expat Blogs

Chantal Panozzo
  • By Chantal Panozzo
  • September 29th, 2010

By Chantal Panozzo

What blog are you looking at?

What blog are you looking at?

One of the easiest ways to make the transition to life in Switzerland is to read a few good expat blogs. The writers can become both characters and friends, and much of the information you’ll find on blogs is entertaining, personal, and real.

Below I’ve listed some of my favorite Swiss blogs, in no particular order:

Write On This blog is sponsored by the news site, swissinfo.ch. Every two months, it features a different blogger, so the blog offers a variety of opinions and perspectives on life in the land of cheese and chocolate.

ExpatCH To learn to love roesti and raclette, conquer avalanche paranoia, and stop smiling so much, read this new blog, written by American freelancer Bill Harby.

Kelly & Wojtek’s Blog Learn to speak German, go on fabulous Swiss hikes, and know just where to take a lady in Switzerland, by reading this blog, written by one of the founders of the Zurich Writers Workshop.

Musings from a Mad Cow Read this blog and you’ll benefit from lessons in adjective profanity, facts learned from reading the freebie local paper, and more. Also written by a Zurich Writers Workshop co-founder.

Twissted Swisster What happens when an American businessman moves to Switzerland? He learns to play the alphorn, he learns how to busk in the streets of Switzerland, and he just can’t seem to stop photographing cows.

From A to Z Written by fellow ACC blogger, Kristi, From A to Z is a hilarious look at all facets of Swiss living. From making fun of trolls on English Forum (oh there are many!), to living with dogs in Switzerland “yes I am THAT dog owner”, From A to Z leaves no topic untouched by sarcasm.

One Big Yodel This post just wouldn’t be complete without a little self-promotion. On my own Swiss expat blog, I ponder the lack of cheddar in the land of cheese, the 10 steps that make up a decision to move abroad (#7: check who is president—2006), as well as staying on top of the latest news (stop the press! The grocery store in Wildegg is now open during lunchtime!).

What are your favorite expat blogs?

Chantal Panozzo is a writer in Switzerland who has written for a variety of publications on two continents. She’s the author of One Big Yodel, a blog about life in Switzerland and moving abroad, and also discusses living abroad as a freelancer at Writer Abroad.

Why Write an Expat Blog?

Chantal Panozzo
  • By Chantal Panozzo
  • March 15th, 2010

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Writing a blog can help with isolation abroad

By Chantal Panozzo

Many expats start a blog as a way to connect with family and friends back home. It’s also a great way to write about the isolation you may be feeling, the crazy experiences you have, and the wonderful travel opportunities expat life provides.

But, if you’re like me, all of this will soon turn into something even more. An expat blog is a great way to meet people, make friends, and it might even get you a job. In other words—you never know where your lowly blog may take you. For expat blogger Catherine Sanderson, it was a six-figure book deal.

I started One Big Yodel back in August of 2006 with one reader: my mom. Since then, my blog has led to radio interviews, a job writing for swissinfo.org, and more. Because of my blog, I have become a bigger part of Switzerland and met more people than I ever thought possible. But most importantly, I love to write, communicate with my readers, and start discussions.

So why should you start a blog? Let me count the ways:

-To keep a journal of your time abroad

Jessica, of Swisstory, used to make books from her blog using Blurb. Her blog served as an important journal and scrapbook for her time in Switzerland.

-To help other expats

When you learn something or find resources that help you, it’s great to be able to share them and help other expats. Readers will thank you for it.

-To meet people

While people are thanking you for your great blog, you might just make some friends in the process. I’ve lost count of how many readers I’ve met for a coffee and it’s great to put faces with screen names.

But enough about what I think. Why do you blog?

Chantal Panozzo is a writer in Switzerland who has written for a variety of publications on two continents. She’s the author of One Big Yodel, a blog about life in Switzerland and moving abroad, and also discusses living abroad as a freelancer at Writer Abroad.

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