It was Vivian Moreau’s idea that I blog about our year in Switzerland. As a journalist with an entrepreneurial bend of mind, she suggested this would have the makings of a good travel book, which goes to show that I have hidden my aversion to travel from her quite well.
Everyone is a better traveller than me. Everyone. I like seeing new places, but I hate what it takes to get there.
With the endless stream of travel books and websites available now, I have no illusions of making this into anything other than a semi-personal journal of life as a corporate spouse tagging along after my hubby, which many see as glamorous, but only because they do not know the personal hell corporate couples endure at the hands of foreign bureaucracies.*
Maybe in short and infrequent bursts, corporate travel is a happy novelty, but our experience over 30 years is that it quickly acquires the enchantment of a long-haul bus tour, which is to say, the bathrooms and sleeping arrangements are never as good as those at home.
Still, it is an economical way to see the world, and we’ve done it repeatedly, so the good does outweigh the bad. If the beds, bathrooms and bureaucracies are the minuses on this crazy life; a front-row seat watching how foreign people live and how their countries work are the pluses.
This is the last Hobonotes post, unless something faintly amusing occurs on our trip home tomorrow. For our friends and family reading this, see you soon. For strangers we picked up along the way, thank you for joining us and for your engaging feedback.
* Also, I will not do truly adventurous things, like fling myself off a cliff, trusting my life to a thin sheet of fabric (parachuting, paragliding, parasailing, you name it, I won’t do it). This is a travel blog for the timid.
Somewhat Amusing Anecdotes You May Not Know
- Soon after starting this blog, a former colleague demanded via email that I delete a humorous excerpt from an email he/she sent to me some years ago. I thought about replacing the excerpt with another email he/she wrote wherein he/she used some hostile terms that if reported to our Human Resources Department, would have obliged them to pull him/her through a meat grinder. I never ratted out my former colleague, and he/she is doing well professionally now. I like to think I had a hand in that.
- The humorous excerpt is still somewhere on this blog.
- The most hits this blog got in a single day was 885. It surprised me, too. It must have streamed into a commercial travel website somewhere in the U.S. (the source of about 845 of those hits).
- The all-time top post was the innocuous Luscious Lucerne. It surpassed the previous top post on Paris and kidneys, which led the pack until this month.
- Most hits came from the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. I had readers from every continent and almost every country, but not one hit came from Greenland. Don’t they ever travel? I didn’t do well with African readers either, although I did score a fringe of readers there.
I’ll keep adventuring for your in Switzerland and may Canada embrace you with open arms and cheap beef!
I have loved every minute of your blog. Thank you Joanne for sharing your story along the way. I have enjoyed so much the history and photos of places you have been to and your personal comments along the way. You have inspired me!
Have a safe journey home. Hope you will contact us sometime when you are back here in the west.
Look forward to seeing you back home …. The neighborhood has just not been the same without you.
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you, too.
Thanks for allowing us to follow your journey through this blog Joanne. It has been fun to experience these things from home here. It will be good to see you sometime soon. Safe travels home.
Have a safe trip home. I have enjoyed my arm chair travels with you.
After trying to post pictures of out trip to Facebook yesterday I am thinking I should maybe do a blog it might be easier.
One of these days we will have to make it to the island for a visit.