Welcome to my blog! I plan to write frequently about our experiences as Minnesotan expats living in Geneva Switzerland. The theme of blog will revolve around our experiences traveling around Europe, with a special emphasis on transportation related issues, which is where my professional interests and experiences lie. But before we get started, it might be useful for some to understand the context of our adventure.
Who am I?
My name is Matt, I am from Eagan Minnesota. I have worked for the last 15 years in the field of transportation finance and policy research for the public, private, and non-profit sectors. I am currently on a 6 month leave of absence from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
What am I doing in Geneva, Switzerland?
My wife recently accepted a position with the International Labor Organization, which is affiliated with the United Nations. She is leading a unit that will work with member nations to enhance working conditions through legislation and improved compliance strategies.
Who else is here?
Our 17 year old son Chris is here, and will be attending the first semester of his senior year in high school at the International School in Geneva.
Isn’t French the primary language in Geneva?
Yes, but thanks to my high school French teacher Monsieur Ward, je parle francais tres bien. (Also, virtually all Europeans speak English!)
So that’s our story. Check back often for our latest adventures and commentary!