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Fort Charles: All You Need to Know About Jamaica’s Best Pirate Attraction

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If you’ve never heard of Fort Charles in Jamaica, I’ll ask you a few questions. Do the names Captain Henry Morgen or Calico Jack ring a bell? What do these two men have in common? They’re Pirates! Yes, my friend! These infamous pirates roamed the Caribbean seas, pillaging and plundering those unfortunate ships who came within their wrath. Where would…

A Local’s Guide to Jamaica: Strawberry Fields Together Eco-Resort

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Strawberry Fields Together Eco-Resort 🎶Let me take you down ‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields Together🎶 Hopefully my lyrical wordplay is not lost on you! (They’re lyrics from the Beatles, just in case you’re wondering 😛) “Well what do those lyrics have to do with your post? Get to the point, Toni-Ann!” Yes, yes, I’m getting there, I promise! I’m…

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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Canons at Fort Charles
Fort Charles: All You Need to Know About Jamaica’s Best Pirate Attraction
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If you’ve never heard of Fort Charles in Jamaica, I’ll ask you a few questions. Do the names Captain Henry Morgen or Calico Jack ring…

A Local’s Guide to Jamaica: Strawberry Fields Together Eco-Resort
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Strawberry Fields Together Eco-Resort 🎶Let me take you down ‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields Together🎶 Hopefully my lyrical wordplay is not lost on you!…

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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?…

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…

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…

HDS Classmates
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.