Cincinnati Calling – Day 0 – Leaving Switzerland

My name is Mathias Bonmarin, I am a senior lecturer at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Recently, I was honoured to get a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and therefore I am moving to the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for one year as a visiting professor. The goal of this blog is to share with you – potential outgoing students and faculties – my experience of the mid-west.

Leaving the SoE on a sunny afternoon. I will for sure miss it during the year to come…

I hope you will enjoy reading this blog and that it will motivate you to seek adventure in this beautiful country! 🙂

One luggage is more important than the others. Guess which one!

The big day has arrived faster than we planned and we are flying today to the U.S. As the only direct flight to Cincinnati is from Paris, which was not very convenient travelling with an infant, we decided to stop by Boston and sleep one night there before taking the first flight in the morning to the Queen City (apparently, this is one of the numerous names used to called Cincinnati).

Very early (jet-lag induced) morning in Boston… A beautiful city too. And I heard that the SoE has some partner universities there too!

This stay in the US required lots of organisation as the whole family is moving! My wife, a Swiss attorney-at-law will study to get a L.L.M degree and our child will go the university daycare. He will be an official baby bearcats! If you do not know yet what a bearcat is, you can check:

We are of course very excited and looking forward to this great adventure. On the other hand leaving our home country, our family, friends and colleagues is difficult and the last days have very emotional for the whole family. We had to give up our flat and moved into a provisory Airbnb in Wallisellen.

There is a nice song from Joe Dassin, called “L’amérique” that summarises this feeling (I guess the only french singer who owned a PhD from an American university):

We are soon landing in Boston. That’s it for this first chapter!

See you soon!

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