Monthly Archives: February 2012

My welfare payments

Today we received another of many letters from the State. This one wanted to confirm that all child allowance payments are to be paid to me, the mother. We asked our downstairs neighbors about it. They said that a parent … Continue reading

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Zurich

We spent about 15 hours in Zurich. I don’t know if travel ennui is setting in, but Zurich didn’t impress. It is too big and touristed to be as nice a find as Basel and too small and quiet to … Continue reading

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Milano, remainder

We had a nice trip to Milan. The second evening we went to a Milanese restaurant. I had risotto alla milanese (saffron risotto). We all shared battered, ricotta-stuffed zuchini blossoms. Other items on the table included battered fried anchovies, chickpea … Continue reading

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Milano

Yesterday we took the train from Basel to Milan. It was about 4 hours by rail, mostly a beautiful ride through the alps. The crossing from Switzerland to Italy happened in a tunnel under a mountain and the transition was … Continue reading

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Basel, Switzerland

After 16 hours on the city night line train from Copenhagen, we arrived in Basel just after 10 this morning. We caught the tram right outside the train station. 2 stops and then transferred to another tram. 2 more stops … Continue reading

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Conceptions of Childhood

NOTE: This post is full of generalizations. Of course, there is tremendous within-country variation in parenting practices and conceptions of childhood. Just indulge me all the same, ok? In Sweden folks seem to attach a great deal of value to … Continue reading

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Traveling by Rail

It really is quite nice to travel Europe by train. Here’s why: Unlike airports, train stations are usually right in the middle of the city. You can get off the train, get to your hotel to check-in, and be out … Continue reading

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