Embracing New Tastes

Embracing New Tastes


This is my story. It may resemble yours when you first arrived in your new country. It’s the story of a process, my process of integration into life in Switzerland. Yes, Switzerland, a European country without an exotic culture yet requiring specific and complex assimilation strategies, particularly for a South American woman like me: always late, spontaneous, happy, explosive, impatient, less organized but rather flexible, funny, jovial, driven, and self-confident. My cataclysmic mistake? Misinterpreting the word “integration.” The consequence? Losing my identity.


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9 reviews for Embracing New Tastes

  1. Minerva

    Maria Fernanda…I will start by thanking you for the publication of your book that I loved so much!!! Although my time is busy, I read it in my spare time and I got stuck! I identified so much with your words. I found you book honest, funny and so well intertwined that I enjoyed it very much. Your story was very good and helped me to understand that I am not alone, that others leaving their countries have suffered and have had to adapt to the changes as happened to me. Thank you for putting this magnificent life experience in this book and I hope you continue publishing other books. Once again, thanks for making me part of your story 😉🌷Minerva

  2. Sarah

    Liebe Maife – es war schön, dich kürzlich im Café anzutreffen! Ich habe dein neues Buch umgehend gekauft und gelesen und war begeistert… grosses Kompliment! Sogleich dachte ich mir: wann gehts weiter?! Ich hoffe, du bist schon an der Fortsetzung…. Herzlich, Sarah

  3. Pamela Signorella

    Hola Maife! What an insightful and enjoyable book about cultural differences, human relations and personal challenges. The book is engaging, original and well written. Maria Fernanda opens a window into her journey and we follow along as she relates her experiences as well as her impressions. I’m glad the english edition is now available!

  4. Marian

    Dear Mar’ia Fernanda,
    My husband’s colleague Edson (from Quito) who visited you in Lucerne in January gave my husband George a signed copy of your book “Embracing New Tastes”. My husband is more of a gadget man and he does not read (paper) books. I love reading and I would like to thank you for your inspiring book!
    I am an immigrant in Switzerland myself (from Belgium) and we arrived here 8 years ago. Although you might think the Belgian culture is a lot closer to the Swiss, I recognised a lot of situations you went through and I found it heart-warming to read how you dealt with “being different” and to realise many foreigners go through the same integration process and cultural shocks. I feel quite settled now but my husband (of Lebanese/British origin) is still struggling. I hope to pass him on some of your tips :-). All the best for the future and muchas gracias, Marian

  5. Marija

    Mariaaaaa 🙂 hi… how are you? Thanks for the lovely book. I read your book not once, but twice…and I did cry… I did cry cause it reminded me on all the misunderstanding and uncomfort I experienced (you were there in 2014 remember? :-)) I feel like you have described chapters of my life without knowing they exist. Stories of many women.I was so much ashamed about some uncomfortable situations for all adaptations in Switzerland and now back in Macedonia, and I realized speaking about our own journeys with all ups and downs, is hardest yet most divine thing to do…and thank you for opening your heart to me, to all of us with this book. Thank you for telling your story…it kind of feels less lonely, as you feel you are not the only one going the same walk. At the end and as we know, all end are beautiful..we are only left to laugh…of our struggles… we survived 🙂 . I hope you don’t mind if I recommend this book to some Facebook groups of expat women where I am member. Thank you once again . I am currently working in Macedonia but I come to CH once per month, and I hope we can sometimes meet when I stay longer. I always enjoyed your company… and your advises.. I wish you a great day and lots of success as a writer 🙂 Many many greetings from sunny Macedonia. LG Marija

  6. Edison

    Querida María Fernanda:
    Tu libro es un testimonio de vida y no sólo un proceso de integración !! Además es una sublime historia de amor que realmente tocó mi corazón..
    Es una historia personal que narra la valentía de una joven que deja todo atrás para emigrar a un país desconocido a fundar una nueva familia. Gracias por compartir con nosotros tus lectores tan bonita historia.. La historia de tu vida.
    Felicitaciones !!!

  7. yvettka__

    An diesem schönen Platz oberhalb von Luzern dein neues Buch zu lesen ist grossartig. Gratuliere!

  8. Maria Pia

    Haven’t read it yet but I know it should be a great story

  9. Alexandra

    El apoyo mutuo es fundamental en las parejas mixtas. Es un trabajo de equipo que exige observación, amor, empatía y paciencia. En eso Thomas y tú han hecho un gran trabajo! Me encanta que compartas tu experiencia y tus consejos. Son muy útiles.

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