Stay healthy!

Marie: Like milllions of other young people around the world, I experienced an unusual school situation this year. After the countrywide lockdown in March, I had online schooling until June. […]

Home again

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 […]