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4 Traditional Autumn Festivals You Need to See in Switzerland

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Do you love the autumn season? If I’m quite honest with you, not usually. “But what about the pumpkin spice lattes?” I know, they’re a nice touch to the season. However, as a Jamaican it’s pretty safe to say that I’m used to having warm weather around the clock so it’ll take some getting used to for me. This year,…

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7 Unique Things You’ll See When You Visit Cuba

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Travelling to Cuba is true sensory overload (to say the least); the tastes, the smells but especially the uniquely Cuban sights. In just two weeks in Cuba I was able to see and learn so much about this special island. While a few of these things are shared cultural experiences that define life in the Caribbean, they still represent all…

Is Nice Cheap? How to Plan a Budget Holiday in Nice France

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If I’m going to be honest, the sole reason I booked a holiday in Nice, France was to watch Beyonce & Jay-Z’s OTR II concert. I’d never actually considered spending a vacation in the South of France since it is, after all, notorious for its swanky hotels, restaurants and overall tourist experience. Little did I know that I would be…

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7 Unique Things You’ll See When You Visit Cuba
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Travelling to Cuba is true sensory overload (to say the least); the tastes, the smells but especially the uniquely Cuban sights. In just two weeks…

Is Nice Cheap? How to Plan a Budget Holiday in Nice France
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If I’m going to be honest, the sole reason I booked a holiday in Nice, France was to watch Beyonce & Jay-Z’s OTR II concert.…

7 Awesome Ways to Enjoy Summer in Switzerland
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I know Switzerland is the ultimate winter vacation destination but did you know that summer in Switzerland is equally as amazing? Yep, it’s true! This…

Culture Posts

4 Traditional Autumn Festivals You Need to See in Switzerland
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Do you love the autumn season? If I’m quite honest with you, not usually. “But what about the pumpkin spice lattes?” I know, they’re a…

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…

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.