Author Archives: Rubén

Héctor Abruña: a new member of the National Academy of Sciences

On April 27th 2019, I had the honor to see my brother Héctor Abruña being inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC.

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Japanese Cherry No. 5

Take 1 minute of your day to enjoy the view of a Prunus serrulata or Japanese Cherry tree. It is in full spring bloom in the middle of a residential complex nearby, oblivious to traffic noise, waltzing to the tune of the slight wind. It will calm and re-center you like a yoga Asana. Namaste.

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Ich bin ein Schweizer: Part 2

On January 28, 2019, I received my Swiss passport, but on March 28, along with over a thousand other new citizens, I celebrated it. Mayor Corine Mauch had extended an invitation to all new Swiss citizens residing in the city of Zürich to join her in a celebration. I am now the citizen of the […]

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Is it spring yet? (Encore)

About two years ago, the forest, which is practically our backyard, went through a managed deforestation process.* Hundreds of trees were cut. While walking with Mia along the forest, as we often do in the afternoons, I saw a bird house sitting on the fresh stump of a pine tree. Normally it would have been […]

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Sent, Graubünden

Petra, Mia, and I spent a week in the village of Sent in Canton Graubünden, cross-country skiing and trekking. It is a beautiful spot in the southeastern Swiss Alps. I captured many images of the village and its mountainous snowy surroundings. Enjoy them!

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¿Conoces el romanche?

Cada vez que visito el cantón montañoso de los Grisones deseo aprender el romanche, uno de los cuatro idiomas nacionales de Suiza. El romanche también conocido como retorromanche es una lengua romance (latín) y por ende se asemeja al castellano y al italiano. Entenderlo en su forma escrita es relativamente fácil para los que hablamos […]

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An essence of Switzerland.

This photo I took while unplugging in Sent, Graubünden captures an essence of Switzerland:

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Swiss Cow Show

A cow show from a country that produces some of the most coveted cheeses in the world! Mais oui! The short film is a glimpse of one show in the French-speaking Canton of Jura, which borders France, and sits in the eponymous mountain range. Enjoy it.

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Mia gets well.

Two weeks ago Mia was bitten by a dog. What seemed like a minor event developed into a life-threatening situation in no time.

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Gardening in February.

The sun is confused and it’s shining like it’s late April, enough to work in the garden. Enjoy the weather and the 1-minute film.

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