Hello to all family and friends,
I am in Geneva Switzerland for 34 days with my husband and 12 year old daughter. Rob is here training in for a new project and we have a large 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom place that is furnished.
Rob will be working weekdays for long hours so we have weekends to go on long trips, during the week Sarah and I have been exploring and taking lot's of photo's. The internet connection here is slow, so I will get as many up as I can. Miss you all and will see you soon!
July 26th 2012
Last night we went to dinner with three of Rob's colleagues at a Mexican resturant near Gare Cornavin near the main train station. It was nice to place faces with the names and meet them socially. Each spoke at least 2 languages and one spoke 5! One was from Belgium, another India and one from Switzerland. World travelers and it surprises me how much they are informed about world events. Charming and gracious, asking many questions about us and our life and truly interested in our answers. So one of them asked me what I thought of the Swiss. We live in a nice area of Switzerland, just a block or so away from very upscale apartments and it is not uncommon to see Ferrari's parked next to each other (usually black). People will not say ... read more
July 23rd 2012
Today is laundry and shopping day. Shopping for groceries takes place daily because if you don't have a car you have to carry everything. Some older people pull their groceries on what looks like a miniature dolly with wheels. But since we are young strapping females who have eaten too many pastries, we carry. The two stores out here are Coop and Migros and they are as plentiful as Starbucks and Caribou are in an urban area. All grocery stores are closed on Sundays, so you had better plan ahead. If you run out of food you can always eat out, the cost for three to eat one meal is what one full day of groceries would cost. I spend between 60-90 francs a day depending on what we need. So that is up to $100/day ... read more
July 21st 2012
We decided to go to Lausanne today because it isn't too far from where we are (around 55 min) and it seemed pretty straight forward to get there. The main sites to see are the Gothic Cathedral and the Castle and walk around the quaint old town, the design/layout over 1500 years old. Walking through Lausanne is like doing the treadmill set at a 40 degree angle, very steep up and down throughout the whole city. We easily found the Greek Cathedral, the largest in Swizerland, and walked around inside enjoying the rose window which is the only surviving stained glass window from the 13th century. Rob and Sarah both went up to the bell tower for an extra charge to have their "fear of heights" thrill for the day. There was a Musee Mudac across ... read more