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Full circle

Tonight, I officially celebrated Swiss cultural roots in the official way: the Zurich City event for new Swiss citizens in 2017. I was one among thousands. Zurich is my Swiss hometown. I will always have American spice. Yet. And. I bumped into one of the first ever customers in my business who I hadn’t seen…

A fitting close

I’m writing from a coffee shop in a village where I arrived early morning for my annual New Year’s Day walk with the mountains. My not-backpacking year officially ended hours earlier. Here I sit, using two mobile devices and a Moleskin journal between sips of cappuccino, ready to post: for the first time since August.…

How’s this for a modern jodel?

Being “notabackpacker” has brought to light cool things about people around me that I surely would never have guessed. Take here: a quite modern young woman and leader with one of our clients goes  to Swiss wrestling Schwingfests and knew of the Herznach stone-throwing team prowess (more on them soon, btw!). She sent me this…

Where dreams get their spark

Onward we go to month two (already)! Here, a hint about my dream list as I prepared for it. The key is in the red bag. I’ve carried this dream since childhood, in part because of my Grandmother’s photo album. In truth, I’m not sure why a couple of the pics she pasted in caught my young imagination…

The plan (!?)

 My gap year activities fall into five categories that I first brainstormed into my journal over morning coffee in a favorite cafe. A few scribbling minutes I’ve treasured daily for years. Under each category, I put at least one activity, which will unfold as the months progress and be dutifully posted here on this blog. I actually…

Starting moments

On this fresh, sunny Friday morning, I decided to walk into the city instead of taking a tram – all the while trying to be “in the moment” as my mind flitted through its normal range of topics from our clients and team to my upcoming travel, friends, love and, of course, not backpacking. (All this in…

What time is it in your life?

We – our team and I – created this watch to help illustrate the challenge that underlies my gap year. Four people; four interpretations. How I saw it: On one side, it says that I cannot do everything and won’t have every option I might dream of, in 17 months or at all. Yet it also points out…