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CHANTAL PANOZZO A day in the life… Copywriter Chantal Panozzo arrived in Zurich from Chicago in 2006 and quickly became known as the voice of the “everywoman expat” through her blog One Big Yodel. Since then she has become a mother and kept a successful writing and copywriting career. In 2014 she published her first book Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I’d Known. So how does she juggle her time? Chantal gives us a snapshot of her day. MORNING - THE JOY OF PIGS AND A NEW PROJECT 05:32 Crappy overpriced Swiss flea market alarm clock radio (for which I pay way too much to Billag) wakes me up to the tune of static. 05:45 Put on swimsuit and leave apartment, wondering why I do this to myself every week and catch bus to swimming pool.

“God bless you, YouTube Peppa Pig: Tree House Episode! It’s Peppa Pig for Toddler M and article writing for me.”

06:00 Swim 2,000 meters. Consider it a victory that I only crash once into the guy who feels the need to swim about a centimeter away from me. Then celebrate accordingly with a long shower. 07:29 The bus should be here. Check watch impatiently.

07:31 The bus arrives two minutes late. Wonder “what’s wrong with Switzerland?” but then get distracted by the woman who sits next to me, even though there are 20 other empty seats. Sigh and feel my earlier victory fading away. 07:45 Stand outside my apartment door checking my email. Open door to Toddler M’s cry of “Mommy!” and my husband’s “Bye, I’m going to work now.” 08:00 Try to have a coffee. Time to make today’s to-do list, which itself looks like it could do with a little ‘to-doing’. Though I thrive when I’m working on many kinds of projects, the to-do resembles my desk, aka the dining room table, which looks organized to no one but me. When I was asked to write about a typical day I didn’t know what to write. I don’t really have one, except to say it includes working out, writing, and answering to my most demanding boss – Toddler M (aged two) who makes her requests known in both English and German. “Sicher nicht, Mommy,” she is saying to me right now, as I try to write this article. “Sicher nicht!”

08:14 God bless you, YouTube Peppa Pig: Tree House Episode! Peppa Pig for Toddler M and article writing for me. 08:59 All too soon, Toddler M says, “All done Peppa Pig” and closes my old MacBook. “All done, Mommy?” she asks. It doesn’t matter

Hello Switzerland Issue 4/2014  

Find your favourite Christmas market with our guide to the Swiss festive season! Plus we have ideas for the ski-shy, and plenty of tips on w...

Hello Switzerland Issue 4/2014  

Find your favourite Christmas market with our guide to the Swiss festive season! Plus we have ideas for the ski-shy, and plenty of tips on w...

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