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December 2019 Here in Switzerland, the Dobbertin family is settling down for Christmas, and as always, we like to reflect on our year. I (Marie) will start by telling you […]

An eventful year

2018 has richly blessed us with travels and new stages of life. Although we will not celebrate Christmas together again, it will be for a pleasant reason – ask Marie […]

A year of tradition – just for once

December 2017 2017 has been a year of tradition for us. Mom, Marie and I (Hannah) wanted to revisit places that have grown on us and which we may not […]


December 2016 (Michèle) The three of us are finally back together again. During Hannah’s exchange year in Santa Fe, Marie and I enjoyed living tête a tête, which was even […]

Have you got a few minutes?

December 2015 Mom says I – Hannah – should take a few moments and write the Christmas letter this year since I have the most time. How untrue! There is […]

A year of new beginnings

December 2014 Only now that we look back at 2014 do we realize that this has been a year of new beginnings. We have dared, experimented and savored every one […]

“Life in a wonderful light”

“So, how have you adjusted?” Since we came back last July from our one-year sabbatical in Santa Fe, the girls and I have been asked this a zillion times. Although […]

Our threesome road trip in California

Today we did what vacations are (also) made for – hanging out. Here in Bodega Bay, the coast is wonderfully wild and mostly empty of tourists. Our cute rental cottage […]

When you splash your sister without getting punished

My school owns a piece of land on the Santa Fe river, which we call the Preserve. Every Thursday the 7th and the 8th graders spend half a day each to […]

I just wanna feel this moment

It is Tuesday morning. My class quickly loads all our baggage in the truck, then we climb into the van. Luckily, we’re only ten students this year, so we can […]