Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Where is home?

Does this question hit home? What do your children answer to this question?

More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.

This TED Talk today by travel writer Pico Iyer really struck a cord with me. He described how many global nomads take “pieces of many different places” and put them together to form a sense of home that is a “stained glass whole”.

He then went on to explain: "For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul."

If you have a moment, this video is worth watching. Home is definitely work in progress in our case.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Swiss feel at home abroad

For the third year in a row, Expat Insider — one of the largest expat surveys worldwide — offers an in-depth analysis of everyday expat life in more than 60 countries across the globe. More than 14,000 respondents representing 174 nationalities and 191 countries or territories took part and had their say on moving, living, and working abroad. 

The survey covers a wide range of topics, including basic facts about demographic data and the moving process. It focuses on participants’ happiness with a variety of factors related to their country of residence and personal life abroad.

The typical Swiss expat has lived in many countries, speaks multiple languages, and often has a lower income abroad.

- Swiss expats often move abroad for love
- 36% want to stay in their host country forever
- 19% have lived in five or more countries
- No one only speaks their native tongue
- 31% earn a lot less than they would back home

Would you agree with these findings?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Explore the region with a Ticino ticket

With Ticino Ticket you will be free to travel and visit every corner of the southernmost Canton of Switzerland.

A steep climb on a cable car to take advantage from a breathtaking view, a romantic boat ride, the visit of unique museums in a culturally and artistically rich land, or some hours of relax and entertainment at the Lido, at the Falconry or at the Swissminiatur.

All of this is possible thanks to Ticino Ticket, which allows guests staying in a hotel, youth hostel or camping site to benefit from free public transport in the whole Canton. It also ensures discounts on cable cars, navigation and main tourist attractions.

Eleven public transport companies that cover a network of 1,471 kilometers have been involved. Ticino is the biggest tourism-oriented region in Switzerland to introduce such a ticket. It will be valid from Chiasso to Airolo, in a particularly extended and diversified area that ranges from urban settings such as the cities of Lugano and Locarno to the more remote valleys.

Art, culture, history, entertainment and…spectacular scenic routes. Ticino Ticket will ensure you a 30% discount on certain services of more than 30 tourist attractions.

Lulled by delicate waves of the lake, there is nothing quite like the emotion of a boat trip. Ticino Ticket will open the doors of navigation on the Lugano Lake with a discount of 25% on the day pass.

Close your eyes and imagine all you can discover in the lovely Ticino area.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ticino Street food

Looking for a true Ticino culinary experience? Head to Melide this Saturday, July 15th.

Sapori e Dissapori's young and dynamic team - after a good dose of life experiences around the world - realised that the Canton Ticino has a great deal of variety and quality to offer in the culinary sector.

So they rolled up their sleeves and decided to embark on this project by creating a personalised compilation of the gastronomic delicacies that this charming region South of the Alps has to offer.

Sapori & Dissapori does not want to be a culinary guide packaged by professionals, but rather a free and fast tool created by enthusiasts, aimed at all gourmets who consider leaving the restaurant an essential element of good living.

In 2016, three years after having launched their blog platform, the saporiedissapori team decided to make a big step forward and have invested in building a more complete, user-friendly and attractive web site promoting Ticino's local delicacies.

The team made up of 100% of young Ticinesi, also created the Street Food Village which encountered such a  success they will be repeating the adventure again this year.

If you want to taste a true local meal don't miss the Polenta, the Lunganighetta and many more scrumptious dishes this Saturday while enjoying a stroll along the lakeside.

Venue: Street Food Village
Where: Lungolago di Melide
When: Saturday, July 15th, 2017
Time: 11:00 - 23:00

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all my American readers.

These bright and delicious fruit skewers were inspired by the American flag and are super easy to make. Try the simple recipe below to make a patriotic treat perfect for Independence Day.

12 wooden bamboo skewers
1 pound strawberries
6 ounces blueberries
3 bananas
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (or orange juice)

1.) Rinse and dry berries. Chop the stems off strawberries, then cut into halves from stem to point. Cut the point off strawberries and set aside.
2.) Slice bananas and set aside.
3.) In a bowl, mix water and lemon juice, then place banana slices in lemon water and coat both sides to prevent browning.
4.) Starting with the blueberries, skewer about six on top and alternate between two banana slices and one strawberry slice until you reach the end.
5.) Place on a platter and keep refrigerated until serving.
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