Couple sitting on wooden steps in nature

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About The Swiss Freis

The Swiss Freis is a fun, light-hearted travel and lifestyle blog created by myself, Toni-Ann. Currently living in St. Gallen Switzerland, I created this blog out of the desire to share my new experiences with family and friends who live in different countries. My blog serves as both a written and visual diary intended to document life as I live it; from the experiences of living in a new country to the unique experiences and challenges I encounter from being in an interracial and intercultural relationship. The Swiss Freis is also a creative outlet for my interests in the visual arts, namely photography and video.

The Swiss Freis welcomes anyone interested in travel, visual imagery or just normal human life experiences to join the journey. From the wanderluster to the curious mind or anyone inbetween, I hope to provide you with an enjoyable experience. So follow as I explore and discover life and all it has to offer!

Our Story

Coming from countries on opposite sides of the world, Jeremias coming from the European country of Switzerland and I from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, both our worlds combined by chance when we met at a music festival in Jamaica called “Wickie Wackie Music Festival”. This festival focused on Jamaica’s world famous genre of music, reggae. It was this, our mutual musical appreciation of reggae music that allowed us to cross paths. Soon we found ourselves developing a mutual interest in each other  as we shared common interests and values.

However, it was inevitable that we would have to separate due to the distance of our home countries. We realized that our relationship was worthwhile and that we wanted to develop together. It was then that we made the decision for me to move to St. Gallen, Switzerland, where we both currently live together.

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A Local’s Guide to Jamaica: Jakes Resort | Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth

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Free Printable Tip Sheet Below! There’s a reason Jakes Resort is in the town of Treasure Beach, for it’s certainly a local gem. It had been on my bucket list of Jamaican resorts to visit for quite some time so it was great to finally plan a girl’s trip to the resort. A part of Jakes’ allure is its funky…

City View of Florence, Italy

Road Trip to Tuscany: Exploring the Old City of Florence (on a Budget)

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Road Trip to Tuscany, Italy Did you know that Florence is the capital city of the central region of Italy, Tuscany? Road Tripping to Italy was an absolute spur of the moment plan Jerry and I had decided on. For months, we mulled over what we would do over our two-week summer break. Finally, we decided to embark on a…

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Did You Know? 21 Interesting Facts About Switzerland

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21 Interesting Facts About Switzerland Before migrating to Switzerland, I admittedly did not know very much about this European country other than the obvious stereotypes: cheese, chocolate and the Alps. Fortunately, I’ve learned quite a lot more since living here from teachers, friends and by reading. Here’s a list of some of the facts I’ve found the most interesting. History…

Travel Posts

A Local’s Guide to Jamaica: Jakes Resort | Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
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Free Printable Tip Sheet Below! There’s a reason Jakes Resort is in the town of Treasure Beach, for it’s certainly a local gem. It had…

City View of Florence, Italy
Road Trip to Tuscany: Exploring the Old City of Florence (on a Budget)
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Road Trip to Tuscany, Italy Did you know that Florence is the capital city of the central region of Italy, Tuscany? Road Tripping to Italy…

Lake in Switzerland
Did You Know? 21 Interesting Facts About Switzerland
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21 Interesting Facts About Switzerland Before migrating to Switzerland, I admittedly did not know very much about this European country other than the obvious stereotypes:…

Culture Posts

Celebrating One World at the Afro-Pfingsten Festival
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Celebrating One World at the Afro-Pfingsten Festival We all share one world despite our many cultural and racial differences and the Afro-Pfingsten Festival in Winterthur Switzerland…

5 Notable Art Influences of Claude Monet (1880-1903)
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View Image Gallery Claude Monet (1840-1926) French artist, Claude Monet, is undoubtedly one of the leading influential artistes of the 20th century. Pioneer of the…

Lifestyle Posts

6 Motivational Messages that Make Migration Easier
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Moving to a new country can be quite exciting! However, do you remember how it felt when your parents taught you how to speak and walk?…

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HDS: Mastering German within a Year
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  A Whole Year, Complete!  Well, it’s official! I’ve completed one whole year of German lessons! Not only did I complete a year of language…

A Moment of Introspection
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Inner Turmoil As I sit now on this windowsill of this ever so random building staring unwittingly across this vast field of grass I feel…

Deutsche Blogposts

Zwei Tage in die Natur entfliehen im Great Huts Resort: Portland, Jamaika
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Great Huts Resort Tipps & Empfehlungen Great Huts Resort Bilder   Abschalten in der Natur Great Huts Resort befindet sich in der schönsten Region von…

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HDS: Bestandener Deutschkurs A1
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Ein Ganzes Jahr Deutsch! Es ist offiziell! Ich bin schon ein Jahr in der Deutschschule gewesen! Ich habe nicht nur ein komplettes Jahr Deutsch gelernt,…

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14 Wichitige Reisetipps für deine nächste Reise
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Meine Reise nach Istanbul (Türkei) kommt näher und ich fühle mich glücklich ( und ein bisschen ängstlich). Planung und Vorbereitung für eine Reise braucht viele…

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