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Just How Influential is Reggae Music in Switzerland?

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Reggae music; the love child of ska and rocksteady. Born from the struggles and oppression of the people of one small Caribbean island, Jamaica. What started out as an expression of social criticism and a channel that gave a voice to the voiceless within Jamaica, has now become an iconic genre listened to by millions across the globe. Musical legends…

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6 of the Most Romantic Vacation Hideaways You’ll Ever Visit

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So, you and your sweetheart are planning a romantic vacation, but you absolutely hate large crowds of people. Where in the world do you go? I know, it seems like all the romantic vacation spots you could think of in the world are overrun by throngs of people. Ugh!  How could you possibly find a great place for you and…

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The Bob Marley Museum: Kingston’s Ode to the King of Reggae

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Bob Marley; the legendary king of reggae music. Thanks to this iconic Jamaican reggae artist, my little island of Jamaica has been placed squarely on the map as one of the most influential countries in music history. Chances are that one of the reasons you’d even consider visiting the main city of Kingston Jamaica is to experience its lively reggae…

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6 of the Most Romantic Vacation Hideaways You’ll Ever Visit
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So, you and your sweetheart are planning a romantic vacation, but you absolutely hate large crowds of people. Where in the world do you go?…

Girl Standing by the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston Jamaica
The Bob Marley Museum: Kingston’s Ode to the King of Reggae
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Bob Marley; the legendary king of reggae music. Thanks to this iconic Jamaican reggae artist, my little island of Jamaica has been placed squarely on…

What to Expect in the Breathtaking City of Havana Cuba
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Havana (Oh Na Na) Before you ask the inevitable question, “Do they play Camilla Cabello’s Havana 24/7 on the local radio stations?” My answer will…

Culture Posts

Just How Influential is Reggae Music in Switzerland?
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Reggae music; the love child of ska and rocksteady. Born from the struggles and oppression of the people of one small Caribbean island, Jamaica. What…

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4 Similar Jamaican and Swiss Christmas Traditions
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Living in Switzerland certainly comes with its share of culture shock for any Jamaican. When it rolls around to the winter season those differences are…

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6 Jamaican Christmas Traditions You Should Know About
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It’s the Christmas season and everyone is excited to celebrate! How do Jamaicans celebrate Christmas? You might wonder. Are there any special traditions? You’d be…

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…

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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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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.