Posted by on Jun 25 2008 | 15 Switzerland 2008, English

I haven’t been writing an update for a long time. Things have been happening fast here and there is always changes. Florian started to work 3 days after we arrived at my sister’s place. He was thrown right into working life and didn’t have time to think, while I was home with Chan and had to figure out what to do. Should I organize slide shows or work as well? I realized quickly, that I wouldn’t be able to organize a professional show with musik and what else. There is just not enough time for preparation and promotion in half a year. So I was looking for work as well, and found a 60% job in a store that sells everything around bicycles. Now, what should Chan be doing? I finally found a space for him in a forest play group, where he was going once a week for a morning. It was really hard to find a space in a daycare, but finally, right before the start of my job we found a montessori daycare who was going to have space. But when we wanted to sign a contract, the owner wasn’t happy with Chan going there for only five months anymore and suddenly she had a problem with him only going for two days per week. We had to organize our families to look after Chan for the first month I was working. Somethimes switching from Winterthur to Basel for a night.

Carnival in Basel, Switzerland




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Then we also had to move out of my sisters place. She had found a new place with her boyfriend, where we had no space anymore. Friends of ours asked around for us as well and that’s how we came to live in Rüti, close to my workplace, with Anet, Hansi, Lorenzo, eight, and Benjamin, two, who are like brothers for Chan. They were living in an old farmhouse on the outskirts of a small town. It was paradise for Chan and for us. I found a pre-kindergarden five minutes away from my workplace. The owner there is half peruvian. She is speaking spanish with Chan and he is enjoying two and a half days of learning and playing with other kids, though sometimes he doesn’t want to go and asks when we will be leaving again.

House in Rüti


Vacation with his granddad


Great grandfather




Again we had to move. The family we are still living with bought a house in the same town. A farmer came with his traktor and heywagon and all the furniture was moved with two loads. Cleaning was taking two three days and still isn’t completely finished. The new house is even bigger and closer to the train station. This gives us a bit more time in the morning.

Soon Chan will go to the mountains on holyday with his grandfather and cousin. My oldest sister will give birth to her first child in August where I will be her Doula and my second sister will have her wedding a few days before we leave.
We did give two digital slide shows and both times had around 60 people watching. With the donations we could buy much needed equipment for our further journey.



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5 Responses to “Switzerland”

  1. Hey guys! You have been busy. It is good to hear what you are up to. My blog has fallen away a bit as well – when you’re not travelling it is hard to keep everything up to date.
    You’ve been moving around all over the place! It might just be easier on the bike!

    It is definately summer now in Canada – I thought it would never come, hot, humid and millions of mosquitos. Hope you’re enjoying summer as well!


    25 Jun 2008 at 9:02 pm

  2. hallo ihr 3!!!!
    schoen, mal wieder photos von euch und dem kleinen Chan zu sehen!!!
    geniesst noch die ´paar´Tage Daheim, bald geht´s doch schon wieder los!!!
    Wir denken oft an Euch und erzaehlen von Euch, wenn die Leute sagen, dass mit Kindern halt gar nix mehr moeglich ist…
    Keep on dreaming and cycling!!
    Eure Jose und Ulli

    27 Jun 2008 at 1:03 pm

  3. Cora

    It is so good to hear more about how you all are doing. So it sounds like you are home for 6 months, and then what’s next?
    We just moved back to Vancouver from Salt Spring Island. I am back for my last year of midwifery school. Everyone is doing really well.
    Kisses to you three,

    03 Jul 2008 at 6:27 am

  4. Hallo Kleinfamilie!!!!
    Daaaaanke fuer die Basler Leckerli, das Paeckchen ist inzwischen angekommen!!! Die Schweizer Franken warten jetzt doch hier in Europa auf Euch, da der BIC code bei der Ueberweisung fehlte….Buerokratie halt…aber wir sehen uns ganz bestimmt in der Schwiez oder in Marburg! (Wir koenen’s aber auch noch ueberweisen…)
    Geniesst EUre Weiterreise ssssssoooo sehr, Gruesse an das Casa de Ciclista in Salta und wir freuen uns auf neue Bilder und spannende Berichte! Hat Chanchito inzwischen Radtaschen?! ;0)

    Viele, viele Umarmungen von Hausaufgaben-machenden ulli und Jose

    12 Sep 2008 at 11:58 am

  5. Rosa Maria

    Liebe Rebekka
    Ich bin die weisshaarige Frau, die Dich im Laden in Wetzikon angesprochen hat und die Euch im Januar irgendwo auf der Carretera Austral anzutreffen hofft.
    Jetzt ist schon der 16. und ihr seid inzwischen vielleicht schon wieder unterwegs. Oder seid Ihr noch in Salta?
    Unser Abreisetag ist der 20. November, wir muessen uns also noch gut 2 Monate gedulden, bevor es endlich losgeht.
    Ist bei Euch alles gut gegangen mit dem Flug und der Busreise?
    Wir werden die Velos wahrscheinlich auch mit nach Salta nehmen, aber zwischendurch einige Strecken mit dem Bus machen, da wir “nur” 3 Monate Zeit haben.
    Ich schreibe Dir mit der Kommentar-Funtkion in Eurem Blog, da ich Deine Mail-Adresse zuhause vergessen habe.
    Eigentlich wollte ich Euch nur alles Gute und viel Glueck fuer die Fortsetzung Eurer Reise wuenschen.
    Herzliche Gruesse
    Rosa Maria

    16 Sep 2008 at 2:56 am

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