Ellen Jobling - Writer

Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland at 20 for a marketing internship. I met a Swiss man in a typical Swiss romantic setting (the local Irish pub), and twelve years later I find myself still here – living in Basel Land, married to the man from the pub, and raising another couple of Swiss citizens.

I have a corporate career in strategy & business development and love having the opportunity to do some writing on the side about one of my favourite topics – life in Switzerland. On top of family, work and writing, I have a slight obsession with books; buying them (I can feel my husband’s eyes rolling from here), reading them, and then reviewing them (you can check out reviews on my Instagram page). Fun fact: I also run my entire life (and that of my family) with a Bullet Journal.

Favourite z’Nüni … Vegemite & Gruyere sandwich with a big coffee

Favourite Swiss dish Raclette

Favourite day trip Lauterbrunnen, Grütschalp, Mürren & back to Lauterbrunnen, with whatever combination of gondolas, trains and walking we feel like on the day

Favourite Swiss cliche punctuality. I used to snigger at the Swiss people who got angry with the announcement of a 2-minute delay of the train … now I am one of those people!

Never leave home without my … current book (although since having kids, I read pages in the book approximately 7% of the times I take it out with me).

A surprising fact … Despite being a terrible skier, I am an avid fan of professional alpine skiing  – last season I watched nearly every race! It’s great having something to look forward to as winter arrives.

Favourite Swiss cheese good old Gruyere

Favourite Swiss chocolate Choba Choba, the strawberry jalapeno variety

Ellen Out & About