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A weekly podcast for and about English speakers living -- and doing cool things -- in Switzerland.

A weekly podcast for and about English speakers living -- and doing cool things -- in Switzerland.
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Switzerland

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A weekly podcast for and about English speakers living -- and doing cool things -- in Switzerland.

Language:

English

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+41 79 218 46 88


Episodes

Expat author goes beyond chocolate

4/17/2019
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Author Margaret Oertig-Davidson joined SwissPats to discuss her new book, The New Beyond Chocolate, as well as her journey from Scotland to Switzerland. The book, according to publisher Bergli Books, "examines the Swiss through the eyes of hundreds of people who have lived and worked here, and [Oertig-Davidson's] insight will help any reader gain respect and understanding for the diverse people that make up Swiss society." The SwissPats also discusses why Suzi no longer believes in ghosts,...

Duration:00:56:10

The price is right with Janene

4/10/2019
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Janene Liston, also known as The Pricing Lady, sat down to discuss how her career as an engineer in the U.S. led her to Switzerland where she found her passion in pricing. The SwissPats also discuss what the results mean following the Zurich tradition of lighting a snowman on fire and how much the Lausanne police fined a man after parking for five minutes when he just paid for four.

Duration:00:41:13

Connecting with Basel Connect

4/3/2019
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Suzi and Don sit down with the chairperson of Basel Connect, Kathy Hartmann-Campbell, who moved to Switzerland in 1982. Today, her efforts at Basel Connect help promote collaboration between expats and locals in the Basel region. Don and Suzi also discuss daylight savings time, how Suzi changed the way she says "pasta" and how a horse's bodily function brought so much joy to Don's children last weekend.

Duration:01:34:39

What's Happening in Switzerland | April 2019

3/29/2019
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Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk music festivals on mountains, flammable snowmen in Zurich and an event that features all things chocolate. LavauxSechseläuten | April 8 | Zurich20th Blues Festival | April 9-10 | Basel

Duration:00:29:32

DIFFAIR making a difference

3/27/2019
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Daniel Salerno, an Australian expat and owner of a PhD in physics, is part of a four-person team that makes up Diffair, which is a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion manufacture based in Zurich that is committed to improving the social and environmental aspects of the industry. He joined us a week before their Kickstarter campaign ended. Good news! Four days after the recording with Daniel, Diffair reached their goal. For more information and their fashion selection go to Diffair.ch. Don and...

Duration:00:35:48

Interview with Daniel Salerno of Diffair

3/22/2019
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This is a special interview-only release of the SwissPats podcast. Don and Suzi sat down with Daniel Salerno of Diffair, a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion manufacture based in Zurich that is committed to improving the social and environmental aspects of the industry. Currently, Diffair is undergoing a crowd funding campaign that ends March 28. For more information go to Diffair.ch or Kickstarter.com.

Duration:00:19:28

SwissPats' stylin' and profilin'

3/20/2019
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Back from a two-week holiday break, the SwissPats welcome on Sophie Adang, of Stylemixers. Sophie is a fashion consultant based in Basel who shows people how to choose clothing that suits them. Suzi and Don also discuss how Don deeply scarred his animal-loving son while visiting Iceland, how many Swiss cities are ranked in Mercer’s Quality of Living Reports, which offers city-to-city comparisons for nearly 500 global assignment destinations, how A Tribe Called Quest assisted an Emmental...

Duration:00:47:15

Addicted to creativity

2/27/2019
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Don and Suzi head down to Biel/Bienne to the offices of Creaholic, where professional inventors have been creating interesting and helpful things for more than three decades. They talked with a few of their employees on a new app that is helping expats find one another through activities. In news, the SwissPats discuss Fasnacht plans, how long a Swiss man drove without a license and how much money someone won on a slot machine in the Basel casino.

Duration:00:38:42

What's Happening in Switzerland - March 2019

2/26/2019
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Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don talk Fasnacht as well as all the other top events that are happening this month in Switzerland including... Festival of Culture and Jazz Music | Chiasso | March 14-16Freiburg Film Festvial | March 15-23Glacier Bike Downhill | Sass-Fee | March 16Wohga Winterthur | Winterthur | March 21-24Baselworld | March 21-26Old Timer & Teilemarkt | Freiburg | March 23-24Lauberhorn Run | Wengen | March...

Duration:00:31:28

Flyin' high with WRS' Katt Cullen

2/20/2019
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World Radio Switzerland’s midday host Katt Cullen joins SwissPats to discuss her journey from a trapeze artist to radio show host in Switzerland. Meanwhile, Don admits he’s starting to like skiing, the Swiss ski chief said dumb things and is no longer the ski chief and Suzi found three different stories highlighting the Swiss’ fanatical desire to control speeding cars.

Duration:00:48:06

We're back with Blokes & Black Dogs

2/13/2019
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After an unexpected week off because of Suzi's illness she's back to being (mostly) healthy and the SwissPats welcomed Carl Wahlers, creator of Blokes & Black Dogs. The idea behind Wahlers' group is to create a peer-to-peer support group for English speaking men in the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland, where the focus is on men having the opportunity to talk openly about issues they are facing in life. Suzi and Don also discuss the top Swiss words of 2018 and what the canton of Uri is doing...

Duration:00:41:13

SwissPats get punked

1/30/2019
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Harry Darling is third member of the Darling family to appear on SwissPats. His mom, Jeanne, is an educator and author. His sister, Kate, works at MIT on robot ethics. Harry? Well, Harry is an accomplished punk rocker and musician for the Bitch Queens and X-Darlings. (Listen to find out how you can win a free CD of either band.) Suzi and Don also discuss how Switzerland's on-the-spot fines will work beginning in 2020, what an "igloo driver" is and how it's bad and which publication ranks the...

Duration:00:50:59

What's happening in Switzerland - February 2019

1/28/2019
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Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. Suzi and Don break down all the top events that are happening this month in Switzerland that include expos for men, golf fans and motorcycle lovers in Zurich (not all at the same time), Basel's Expat Expo, horse racing in St. Moritz, Luzern's version of Fasnacht and a Pablo Picasso exhibition in Basel.

Duration:00:29:38

A magical episode of SwissPats

1/23/2019
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This week the SwissPats feature professional magician Guy Portlock. After learning his passion and establishing himself in the UK, he now lives in Switzerland where he performs his craft in a place where English isn't necessarily the first language spoken. Suzi and Don also discuss why a Swiss cheese maker is exporting pink cheese and which Swiss cities travel magazine readers ranked among the 35 the best places in Europe.

Duration:01:02:47

SwissPats find wheely interesting Wine Guru | Part 2

1/16/2019
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In the second of two parts, the SwissPats host a Q&A with Juan Lo Bello, the Wine Guru on Wheels. Last week's episode Juan described his journey from Argentina to Switzerland and how he fell in love with wine. This week, wine questions from our Facebook page were posed to Juan to gain his expertise. Also, Suzi describes ANOTHER run-in she had with a Swiss authority figure and the latest stats on what annoys Swiss people about their neighbors.

Duration:00:46:08

SwissPats find wheely interesting Wine Guru | Part 1

1/9/2019
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Happy New Year! The SwissPats begin 2019 welcoming on Juan Lo Bello, the Wine Guru on Wheels. The interview was broken down into two parts. This week, Juan describes his journey from Argentina to Switzerland and how he fell in love with wine. He also explains how his unique business could help you and your future wine purchasing and drinking decisions. Don and Suzi also discuss their holidays and - surprise - a few financial stories. This time it involves the Swiss birthrate and overall...

Duration:00:56:14

What's happening in Switzerland - January 2019

1/7/2019
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Wondering what to do this month in Switzerland? Fear not the SwissPats have you covered. In this second episode Suzi and Don will break down all the top events that are happening this month in Switzerland that include a gourmet food festival, hot air balloon festival and a downhill ski race involving witches. Here are links to all the things covered in this episode. St. Moritz Gourmet Food Festival | https://www.stmoritz-gourmetfestival.ch/en Hot Air Ballon Festival |...

Duration:00:30:02

SwissPats talk robot ethics. Yup, you read that right.

12/19/2018
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Suzi and Don welcomed on Dr. Kate Darling, who is American but falls under the "third-culture" kid status. She grew up in Switzerland, but now is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. In other words, stuff that is waaaaay over the simple-minded heads of Suzi and Don. They also talk how buying expats holiday gifts can cause confusion and Don gives his...

Duration:01:00:47

SwissPats talk Trailing Spouses

12/12/2018
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Don and Suzi welcome on Rylla Ressler, one of the three authors of "Trailing Spouses: Reimagined," to discuss what it's like to be a trailing spouse, as well as Rylla's experience writing a book. Don and Suzi also discuss what was found in bagged salad in Basel and nine things you can do in the winter in Switzerland if you aren't into the national sport - skiing.

Duration:01:00:49

SwissPats ketchup with Connie's Kitchen co-founder

12/5/2018
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Greg Beardwell, an Aussie expat living near Zug, is the co-founder of Connie's Kitchen that makes organic, no-added sugar ketchup. Greg explains his path from down under to Switzerland, as well as what it was like starting his business in his new country. Don and Suzi also discuss the harrowing ordeal of a U.S. hang glider, where you can join the mile high fondue club and whether or not it's ok for the University of Zurich to have classes in English.

Duration:00:50:11