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Jill Allemang
Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: You'll find a lot about me professionally at my business website or via Linked-In. I jog a few times a week so that I can eat & drink what I like. I reward myself often with chocolate or prosecco for good thoughts or at least trying to learn something. I've taken-up new hobbies here and there -- golf, fly-fishing, skiing -- but none of them stick as an obsession. I would always prefer to spend my time talking & laughing with people I love. Or writing. Or learning about creativity as an entrepreneur. Or walking in the mountains...
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...Still making it up as I go, I decided to take a gap year Three decades late That's because I'm now, officially Not a Backpacker Maybe I'll catch that truck yet! :) Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at jalléCafe
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As I bared publicly some months ago, the object of my first (big screen) love affair hung around in dark caves and took great pleasure in provoking the Gods, bad guys and women to give chase. This month, the creator... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at jalléCafe
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This is a very important cow in my life. I met her right after making peace with myself about something. She was in my Swiss hiking path, naturally. There is always a cow. I heard once that peace comes with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at jalléCafe
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Oct 8, 2012
On a rather gray-black November day in the small town of Midland, where I suddenly lived single after seven years, in the now-even-more-ironically-(and still)-named music shop The Turntable, I heard a Christmas CD playing. A single acoustic guitar. Uncharacteristically of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at jalléCafe
Last week Helen Gurley Brown, for three decades the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, passed away after a long, full life. Now I was no Cosmo fan. I mean, how can you take seriously a cover story about "What men want... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at jalléCafe
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Yeah, I know you might have been expecting bikinis! Yet when I thought of summer last winter, I had wondered if my new apartment would have enough sun for my tomato plant. So you can imagine my delight when it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at jalléCafe
While on holiday earlier this month, we heard on a London "Breakfast" news broadcast that 25% of children born today in the UK will live to be 100. 100! Next month, we will hear that cats now have 12 lives...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at jalléCafe
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As this cool pic taken by Mom uploads, I'm sitting in Starbucks at the Zurich Airport. Luggage checked. Boarding passes printed. Everyone through passport control. The tall latte wrapped in my palms continues my 10 year tradition of taking a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at jalléCafe
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On Thursday I spontaneously decided to go to a reading by VS Naipaul, having been quite luckily reminded earlier in the week that he would be in Zurich by a friend during a networking event. Naipaul has written 31 books,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at jalléCafe
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1:00 a.m. Saturday. In a little Zurich cafe - a favorite of mine for its eccentric mix of modern menu, liberal juxtaposition with a small theater and clinging to the past atmosphere. I found myself in a lively, meandering conversation.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at jalléCafe
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This is one of my favorite things that I brought to my new apartment. The words start with "There are things that you do... " I don't even know if it is a man or a woman. Goes on to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at jalléCafe
When is the last time you used "retell" in a sentence? This word has been on my mind the entire holiday weekend. Let me tell - er, I mean retell - you as I have already quizzed my friends here... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at jalléCafe
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It snowed in the mountains on W ednesday. Then where I hiked on Thursday, the sun warmed the day up to summer-like temperatures. I was struck with the contrast of early growing green plants with winter white mountain tops. You... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at jalléCafe
Today, we lost a woman we loved. I met her during my first-ever business lunch when interviewing for a "real" job after university. And that single hour played a large role in my choice to - rather oddly as a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at jalléCafe
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From the moment the rugged, half-shaved, grubby, beautifully-sleek man grabbed that magical statue and sprinted for the head of the dark, damp, bat-ridden cave, I was in love with Indiana Jones. My first movie hero. And we all know that... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at jalléCafe
I've paid bills now 75 months as an entrepreneur. At least half of those 75 with my inside voice asking wryly - again - why I follow these crazy life-complicating ideas like starting a business. Justified or not, my stomach... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at jalléCafe
It will take me a while to say thank you personally to the already lovely list of people who have sent me birthday wishes today. Here in Europe, the custom is for the birthday girl herself to organize a celebration.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at jalléCafe
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You see a lot of Jamie Oliver on the "tele" around here. I didn't really get him at first. He looked a little like a school kid and went around saying things like "now just whack that into the oven."... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at jalléCafe
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A friend and I recently discussed how we would each wish to buy a new sofa. My soft, suede, earthy green sofa has been with me through five moves. Nurtured me through winter nights under a quilt when I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at jalléCafe
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When I sat on thi s lovely red bench earlier in March, my mind was still. My feelings took over. The sun on my face. Valley sparkled in front of me. A moment of full heart immersed in the miracle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at jalléCafe
"If I should talk to the stenographer two hours a day for a hundred years, I should still never be able to set down a tenth part of the things which have interested me in my lifetime." Written by Mark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at jalléCafe
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I sit in my new apartment today with not one box left to unpack! Not one box left to "bring down the hill." To tape-up, then untape, then figure out where to unload, then unfold and tie in string for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at jalléCafe
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I hope this is the last post about changing apartments. I've learned many enlightening and curious things about myself through the move. Here you see a clear statement about my cultural heritage. Americans think all large pieces of furniture should... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at jalléCafe
On a coffee pause between packing to move. I sit here in dismayed wonder. As I sorted through my main drawers - and even after I thought I'd already recycled away so many old things - I've had repeated "what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at jalléCafe