Thursday, July 19, 2018

Go to Ticino!

Not sure I like the twist of the latest promotional Ticino video entitled "Don't go to Ticino" by someone called TOLT. Don't get me wrong the photography is spectacular and the video renders beautifully all that Ticino has to offer but if you need to add a capture at the bottom of your spot: "One advice: never set foot in Ticino. Please watch this video until the end to be sure to understand." it just doesn't fly with me.

However, if you do choose to watch it to the end...You might get addicted to the Ticino Dolce Vita! 😏

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ticino's public pools and lidos

The summer is in full swing and I thought I'd share a useful list of open air and covered swimming pools throughout Ticino. Did you know the Lido of Lugano was founded in 1928 or that Bellinzona's outdoor pool was inaugurated 45 years ago. Check them out for yourself.

Switzerland's pools by Canton:
Lugano's Lido: lakeside-lido-di-lugano.html
Bellinzona' Bagno Publico:
Lido di Locarno:
Lido di Bissone:
Lido's and public baths around Lugano:

My personal favourite is Lido di Caslano. Make sure you get there early since it is very small but definitely a unique experience.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Caritas Bergeinsatz is looking for volunteers

For over 40 years, mountain farming families have been able to count on the support of Caritas Bergeinsatz. In emergency situations and in the busy summer months, they provide quick and easy help from volunteers to affected families.

At least 700 volunteers are still needed in the Swiss mountain area this summer.

117 mountain farming families from all over Switzerland have applied for assistance from Caritas' mountain mission more than ever before, and there are still more. Helping hands are used for haying, barn and farm work, household and garden chores, pasture care and looking after animals.

In 2017, Caritas Bergeinsatz provided a total of 1179 volunteer mission weeks. This year, the demand from mountain farmers for support is 300 weeks higher than last year. One of the reasons for this is the storm Burglind, which has left much labor-intensive devastation.

To volunteer for a Caritas mission, you need to be between 18 and 70 years old, feel mentally and physically fit to help with the usual work on a farm and speak the language of the site. Of course, you and the mountain farming family should take into account your personal opportunities and abilities. Clarify your expectations on first contact. A Caritas mountain mission is a unique, enriching experience. It is not about holidays on the farm, but the relief of a needing family in a challenging situation.

For more info:
An Italian speaking family in need:
ATTENTION: The legal regulations only allow nationals of the CH or EU / EFTA states to work in Switzerland!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Yoga with a view

Sounds tempting? Well, every Saturday until end of September, you are invited to join a yoga session at the Bagno Pubblico (Lido Riva Caccia) from 9.00 to 10.00.

This public bathing platform is in front of the Museo d'Arte, just few minutes walking distance from the city centre, and you can enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains around the lake and the characteristic natural beauties of the city.

The wooden platform floating on the lake will get lathered with colourful mats, so bring your own and soak in the beauty of the nature in front of you while Yoga Roof’s beautiful teachers guide you in a peaceful and regenerating practice.

You will have to pay the entrance as usual (CHF 6.- or 5.- with Lugano Card) but the classes are offered by the city of Lugano and Yoga Roof.

Venue: Yoga al Bagno Pubblico
Where: Lido Riva Caccia (
Date: every Saturday until September 29th, 2018
Time: Gates open at: 8.30 / Class: 9.00 – 10.00
Entrance to Lido: CHF  6.- (with Lugano Card 5.-)
Class is free offered by the Dicastero dello Sport of Lugano and Yoga Roof! Bring your own mat.

Spread the news, bring your friends: this is a great opportunity to try yoga and to enjoy the practice in unbeatable surroundings, directly on the lake!

In case of rain, the class will take place at Yoga Roof: Via Canova 18, 6900 Lugano. They will update you via their Facebook page or you can call at 091 224 81 34.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Estival Jazz Lugano

If you're around Lugano between July 12th and 14th and like jazz, you'll love the Estival Jazz. Lugano is celebrating its 40th edition this year.

Many international Jazz and “World Music” musicians will be on stage in Piazza della Riforma for numerous free concerts. In recent years, Miles Davis, Ray Charles and Noa have enchanted the Estival public.

Here is what you have to look forward to:

Thursday, July 12th
- Nguyen LĂȘ & Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
"Celebrating The Dark Side of the Moon"
Conductor: Markus Poschner
- Ekalavya
- Kennedy Administration

Friday, July 13th
- Hudson
- Michel Camilo & Tomtit
- Chico Trujillo

Saturday, July 14th
- Renzo Arbore & L'Orchestra italiana
- London Community Gospel Choir

Venue: Estival Jazz Lugano
Where: Piazza Riforma, 6900 Lugano
Date: July 12th to 14th, 2018
For a detailed programme: click here

Saturday, July 7, 2018

100 skills to teach your child

Education gives your children the knowledge they need about different subjects, but it does not necessarily equip them with essential life skills.

Imagine your child at her first job or in his first apartment. What skills do you want them to bring to these settings? How would you wish them to manage time, money and belongings?

Below are everyday life skills you can teach your kid in five minutes and that he/she won't learn in school. Our best family tip: how to change a duvet cover in 2 minutes... mighty handy for all those sleepovers!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ever heard of "PĂłzz BĂłrgh"?

Listen up, because I have discovered the perfect hideout for a hot summer day thanks to a local friend who likes sharing.

Iragna’s pool, also known as the PĂłzz BĂłrgh pool, is a favourite spot, great for cooling down in the summer. It can be easily accessed from the village and its natural backdrop of three waterfalls descending into the pool is truly spectacular. It is suitable for wild swimming and sunbathing, making it the ideal place for a fun and relaxing day out with the whole family.

This pool is also a perfect spot for canyoning enthusiasts, who can practice this extreme sport in the ideal conditions of the Iragna stream canyons with their picturesque descents and crystal clear blue water. Those who enjoy physical exercise in the outdoors will certainly appreciate the fitness trail beginning at the sports complex and spreading over the area that leads to the Ticino river.

For direction of how to find this pearl, click here:

Monday, July 2, 2018

Expats around the world: facts & numbers

Imagine if all the expats were put together, they would form the 5th most populous country in the world. Lets call it the United States of Expatriates!

1.) There were a ‘mere’ 73 million expats worldwide in the year 1960, that figure now stands at a staggering 230 million!
2.) Expats make up 3.1% of global population.
3.) If all the expats of the world were to form an imaginary country, it would be the 5th most populous country in the world. Lets call it the United States of Expatriates. Its population would be greater than large countries like Russia and Brazil.
4.) A human chain made up of all expats would be long enough to circumnavigate the globe – a distance of nearly 25,000 miles!
5.) Women make up 49% of the expat population worldwide, i.e., nearly 113 million, more than the population of Canada and the UK put together!
6.) The total expat remittances to developing nations amounted to US$ 328 billion in 2012, thereby propping up the economies of those countries.
7.) The top recipient countries of expat remittances are India, China, Mexico, Philippines and Nigeria.
8.) The Top 5 countries with the highest share of expats in total population are Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan and Singapore.
9.) It is interesting to note that the top 3 countries with the highest percentage of expats in the total population are all oil rich middle-eastern countries.
10.) There are 6.32 million American and 4.7 million British expats living abroad.

And just consider this: in the time taken for you to read this, 6-7 expats would have moved abroad for the first time!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

On the road again...

Same as every year... we hit the road to escape the big city heading South in search of the sun... 1250 km and every single kilometre is worth it! Viva Espana! 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grotto Tour by boat

How about taking a boat to dinner rather than the car? Well, during these lovely summer nights you get to pick of a variety of typical Ticino restaurants thanks to the collaboration of SocietĂ  Navigazione del Lago di Lugano.

The season runs from June through August and the grotto are open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The price for the boat roundtrip CHF 15.-.

Click here for the programme: Grotto Tour

Choose one of these grottos for your typical Ticinese dinner and turn the journey into a romantic and comfortable experience:

Grotto San Rocco
+41 91 923 98 60

Antico Ristorante Caprino
+41 91 970 21 11

Grotto dei Pescatori
+41 79 230 17 27

Cantine di Gandria
Grotto Descanso
+41 91 922 80 71

Grotto Teresa
+41 91 923 58 95

Ristorante Antico
+41 91 971 48 71

Ristorante Roccabella
+41 91 971 27 22

Locanda Gandriese
+41 91 971 41 81

Grotto Elvezia
+41 91 971 44 51
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