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10 Things to Do When You're Missing Switzerland

Swiss Alps - berggeist007  /

I've been living abroad for several years now. While I'm happy with my life here in the beautiful north of Peru (you can read more about it here: Las Cabañitas de Gocta), there are moments when I really miss life in Switzerland.

I miss the great variety of cheese and bread, I miss the punctuality of people and busses and I miss hearing and speaking Swiss German and being able to converse without thinking about which word to use. A while ago I wrote about the 10 Things You'll Miss About Switzerland and it still pretty much hits the spot.

10 Things to Do When You're Missing Switzerland

Today, however, I won't write about what I miss about Switzerland. Instead I'll share 10 Ideas on how to deal with missing Switzerland in your life.
  1. Music: Put on your favorite Swiss music, preferably with Swiss German lyrics. Personally, I like Patent Ochsner but the song that I lately tend to put on when missing Switzerland is "Campari Soda" sung by Stephan Eicher.
  2. Movie: Watching a Swiss movie might help but sometimes it can make you feel even more homesick. Try "Mein Name ist Eugen", "Die Herbstzeitlosen" or the newest version of the ultimate Swiss movie "Heidi".
  3. TV: Swiss television won't let you watch anything online unless you're in Switzerland. There are ways to fake a Swiss location but I don't bother. However, I have a DVD of the Swiss TV series "Fascht e Familie" that makes me laugh even though I know the episodes by heart now!
  4. Bread: If you miss Swiss bread like I do, I recommend you start baking your own bread. I've become quite an expert Zopf baker in my years abroad!
  5. Chocolate: In most places around the globe you can actually buy real Swiss chocolate. Okay, it's usually the more commercial brands like Toblerone and Lindt but better than nothing, right?!
  6. Coloring: Try the Big Swiss Coloring Book to reminisce about Swiss-ness and Switzerland.
  7. Call: If you have family or friends in Switzerland, call them! Skype works wonderful even with mediocre internet connections!
  8. Mountains: Switzerland isn't the only country with mountains. If you're anywhere near a mountain range, go for a visit! Hike for a day and enjoy the views. 
  9. Cable Cars: Where there's mountains, there's many times a cable car. Peru was an exception to this rule until recently, when the very first cable car opened here in the north of Peru. It's not the same as going up Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Titlis but still reminds me of Switzerland in many ways.
  10. Books: There are books about Switzerland and there are books by Swiss authors. Both work to take away the worst sting of homesickness. 
I hope this helps! What are your tips for dealing with homesickness? What do you do when you miss Switzerland? Please share in the comments below!



  1. I follow Swiss photographers on Instagram to get my daily fix.

    1. Nice. That's a good idea! Swiss bloggers would also be a great source I think.

  2. Definitely watching Swiss movies :) Some of my favorite:

    1. Schweizermacher is the classic ;) From the recent ones - Die Herbstzeitlosen

    2. Yes, I loved Die Herbstzeitlosen. I also really like Mein Name ist Eugen.


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