On a lark, as a young couple back in 2010, we moved to Switzerland. Hence the name, Swiss Lark. At the time, we figured we would stay a few years, get that whole living abroad thing out of our systems and then return to life as we knew it. This is us at the Zurich airport the morning of our arrival. We had nine pieces of luggage total.

This was our going away party in Zurich, June 2014. Over the course of four years, we started our family and had a second baby on the way. We lived in the most perfect apartment of all time and made wonderful friends. But for some reason, we always felt that it had to be temporary. When what seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity popped up, we made a crazy leap of faith and moved to Minnesota summer 2014.

Sometimes crazy leaps of faith turn out, and other times, they don't. Minnesota definitely did not turn out for us, but in the end, I'm glad we took the risk. We learned and grew and it pushed us to really confront ourselves and our goals and our priorities in life. We are better for it.

This little dumpling of joy is the best thing to ever come out of Duluth, Minnesota. Theo was born just shy of six weeks after we arrived there. Our shipment from Zurich hadn't arrived and so began the most chaotic and, quite frankly, miserable time of our lives. I thank my lucky stars that I had this beautiful, strong, inspiring boy to keep me in the moment and focused on what really matters throughout that nightmare.

We will always miss Lake Zurich, our beloved Seefeld neighborhood and the amazing friends we made there. Or, we might go back! It's hard to accept that no matter where we are, we'll always be missing someone or somewhere. That is how living abroad ruins you forever.

Now we are in Spokane, Washington, surrounded by family and trying to figure out what we really want. Do we want to go back to Zurich? Do we want to settle down and buy a house here? What do we want for these two darling kiddos of ours? Big questions. 

If you would like to get to know us a little bit, and hear a bit more about our time in Zurich, here are a few posts to get you started:

Our Timeline

You can email me if you have any questions or just want to say hi! lindsey (at) swisslark (dot) com xo

Join the conversation!

  1. Hi Lindsey,
    I'm happy I stumbled across your blog this morning. I'm a fellow Duck and writer, and live north of Zurich (going on 22 years now). Are you familiar with Zurich Writers Workshop? Would you be interested in connecting with local English-speaking writers, or me personally? If so, let me know, and I'll e-mail you my personal details. Or, you can find me on FB. Meredith Suter-Wadley.

  2. I'm from Seattle and we are thinking of moving to Zurich. I'm so glad I found your blog. We are currently living with our two little girls in London but have always wanted to live in Zurich.

  3. Hi! I was wondering if someone would be able to help me out?

    I am a medical student in New York. I'm planning on moving to Zurich for 1 year in August with my wife, and we are currently looking for apartments. We're having some trouble because we are on a budget and need a furnished apartment. Does anyone have any ideas of how we could find something? I have been going through postings in homegate, but it is a little overwhelming, and they also don't have an option for searching only furnished apartments. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I love your comment: "It's hard to accept that no matter where we are, we'll always be missing someone or somewhere. That is how living abroad ruins you forever"....
    it's so true. I'm a Brit, lived 5 years in Switzerland and have now been in San Francisco for 10 years. Part of me wishes I had never left the U.K and wouldn't feel so unsettled now....having lived in 3 amazing places is an incredible blessing but also a curse. There's a lot to be said for staying put!

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