We are a family from Berne, Switzerland who moved to Nashville in July 2017. Ever since we have been trying to get familiar with the American way of living and even more with working off the list of things you have to do before you can officially call yourself a Nashvillian...

 

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May 1, 2019

You haven't seen Nashville, if you did not take at least three mural selfies. Popping up on every corner of the city, Nashville murals are taking over the city, offering some of the most instagramable photo ops in town. Find below my personal favorites....

June 9, 2018

#1 Dozen Bakery

Almost everywhere else in the world, bread in some form is the centerpiece of the meal. You can get pitas in Greece, tortillas in Mexico, naan in India, focaccia in Italy, baguettes in France and pretzels in Germany. But here in America it seems not alwa...

May 24, 2018

Working from home doesn't seem to work for me. There is always an excuse that keeps me from writing: doing laundry, opening the fridge to eat some nonsense,  calling my folks back home in Switzerland or (in most of the cases to be honest) looking another episode of the...

January 30, 2018

No matter if you want to open an account, apply for a job, enroll in medicare or rent a house, you need to give proof of this nine-digit number. So basically first thing you need to do when arriving in the U.S. is to find your closest social security office location, w...

January 11, 2018

The task of creating a home in a different country is not always easy. The first thing we had to decide even before we left our home is whether or not to bring our own furniture.

The pros of bringing your own furniture with you

#1 It will save you the hassle of buying ne...

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WORTH KNOWING

Settling in the new environment is one of the biggest challenges you will face when moving overseas. Of course there is the physical move to a new country which takes a lot of energy. However, the bigger task actually starts after you have arrived. 

Suddenly you find yourself in a foreign country with basically no friends, living amongst people whose beliefs and lifestyles are somehow different and particularly for your kids, in a surrounding where they cannot understand nor talk the language.

 

The idea of the following Blog Posts is therefore to give some practical advice which for us would have been worth knowing before we settled in Nashville.