Life in Switzerland

The bottomless pit of Swiss health insurance

I’ve been living in Switzerland since early 2001: coming up on sixteen years. Since arriving, I’ve been forced to contribute to the health system by paying monthly premiums to the tune of around Fr. 300 per month. This reflects the bare minimum–the obligatorische Krankenpflegeversicherung–which is a legal requirement. Just like car insurance, a person with health… (Read More)

The fishing villages on Lake Neuchâtel

Visiting lake shore villages in the French-speaking Romandie region of Switzerland feels like a little foreign holiday.

Jesus is…

A current poster campaign by the Swiss Christian Action Committee is hanging across the country. Much of the poster is left empty, with the intention that it should be graffitied, in answer to the prompt “Jesus is…”. The accompanying website offers people the same opportunity to give their opinion on what they see Jesus to be.… (Read More)

A fresh eye

This year’s aim: see new places and try new things. Close to home, this means going out from home and documenting the village where I live as much as possible. Despite living here for nearly five years, the only parts of Faulensee I’ve really photographed have been the views from above the village or from home.

The early bird and all that

I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two or three other people there… (Read More)

In action at Männlichen

Yours truly, in action whilst photographing part of a multi-image panorama at Männlichen in Switzerland last weekend.

Schilttal, Switzerland

Schiltgrat to Mürren

A hair-raising sledge run – our first of this season – in the awe-inspiring Schilttal valley above Mürren.

Faulensee, Switzerland

Below the water line

Low water levels in Lake Thun in winter reveal large expanses of foreshore.

!frappant Big News Event

The staple of an outdoor drinks party in Switzerland – mainly in winter, but also occasionally during other seasons – is the Finnenkerze (“Finnish Candle”).

Evening light on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

The luck and beauty of life

We are ever grateful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful country. For the luck which means that we are of sufficient means to decide, based on a weather forecast, to drive for fifteen minutes and ascend in a rattling funicular cabin to a place which feels like the top of the world. All to… (Read More)