Four years ago, when my husband first told me we would be moving to Geneva, I started searching the net for blogs about city life, children and expat family life. Excitement was mixed with fear and a host of other powerful feelings. What I really wanted was to hear another mum’s voice, in order to get a “feel” about family life in the new city we were moving to.
This is when I came across one of my favourite Geneva blogs: La Maison de Colette. I immediately fell for its clean design, original ideas and great photos.
When we moved here, I still continued to read it with pleasure and I really wanted to learn more about the exceptional mum behind it. When I started my new blog, I picked up the courage and contacted her.
She was really nice and agreed to meet me at the Parc des Bastions in Geneva, one of the city’s most beautiful green havens. She is called Marion, she is French but has lived in Geneva for 10 years (so she definitely knows more about it than I will ever do!) and has a 4 year-old daughter.
We had a lovely chat in the leafy shade of the Parc des Bastions, during which she shared her thoughts about the city and revealed her family’s favourite “secret walk”, along with her daughter’s favourite spots in Geneva. If you’d like to read the full interview with Marion, click here.
Recently, I have also been thinking about the strain that becoming an expat trailing spouse can put on your relationship, and how this topic is not frequently discussed. Even when you’ve been together for a long time and gone through difficult times, it can still be “unsettling” to relocate and start a new life as an expat spouse.
I discussed this with another expat mum, who wrote a book about her experience in Africa and is a professional psychotherapist. She kindly agreed to share her experience so if you have similar mixed feelings about your role as a trailing spouse, click here to read Kristin story and her advice about coping as a couple during an expat assignment.