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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva January 27th 2012

Made it to Switzerland bright and early on the morning of the 18th! The next three days were a whirlwind of orientation: all the nitty-gritty rules and regulations, program logistics (finally figuring out what sorts of academic work we will be doing while we’re here – there’s a lot of it), tour of the Old Town in Geneva, meeting with the homestay coordinator to learn all about our new families, and of course some free time to explore and get lost in Geneva. In some ways you can definitely tell that Geneva is an international city: just on the one street by our hostel you could find almost every different kind of ethnic restaurant imaginable. In other ways it is less obvious: everyone speaks French, even the foreigners (at least when they’re out in the city). ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 23rd 2012

This past weekend was a bit calmer. It was nice to relax and stay more or less in one place. We did however venture in to ValThoiry in Thoiry. We did some grocery shopping and booked a summer trip. We booked 4 days and 3 nights at Euro Disney. We got the package where all of the meals are included. I am looking forward to this. Not having to do dishes or prepare meals. It will be a nice way to wind up the school year. We are going from July 1st to 4th. After Myles had his nap, we then went to an art exhibit in Carouge. One of the members of our church took up painting after her children were grown. She has an exhibit on and all of the proceeds are going to ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 18th 2012

Well, we had a great weekend, but a busy one. Friday, I was able to go out with my colleague's for a cheese fondue at Bains des Pâquis - just on the opposite side of the Jet d'Eau on Lac Léman. It was a neat place. You place your order for the fondue and then the waiters walk down the restaurant shouting your name until they find the person that the fondue belongs to. Also, to help with digestion, while eating a cheese fondue, you shouldn't drink water. Supposedly it doesn't sit well with the warm cheese. Instead, you are encouraged to drink wine. Maybe, that's just another excuse to drink wine ;) Naturally, in true Swiss fashion, supper lasted 2 and a half hours and then my colleagues wanted to go out for after supper ... read more
Our little nail biter.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 9th 2012

Well, the honeymoon is over. It is back to real life after a two week holiday. It was nice spending Christmas in a different country. The second week of the holidays we did a lot of travelling. I mean a lot! We were almost living in our vehicles. It all started Friday, December 30th when we drove to Basel. This was almost a 300 km journey from south to north. Thank goodness that mom and dad have a GPS. We almost never got lost, besides human error on the way back from Liechtenstein. Anyways, in Basel we walked around the old town after arriving Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday, before heading to the Lucern area, we went to a toy museum in Basel. The general consensus on Basel was that it was a neat city. It ... read more
Isabelle splashing in Basel.
Isenthal.
Sliding in Isenthal.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine December 26th 2011

Well, December 19th and 20th were filled with a lot of hope of having a white Christmas. It was beautiful to see all of that heavenly snow on the ground. The students came to school in their snowsuits and they were so excited for the snow. It reminded me of being back in St. Albert. However, by the weekend, the snow was all gone. What it left was beautiful greenary. So, we ended up with a green Christmas. We had a great Christmas. It was nice to have my parents and my sister here for Christmas. For Christmas day, we went to church and then we went to the place where mom and dad are staying to have a chicken dinner. A turkey would have been too big, so we decided to have 2 small chickens ... read more
Balexert.
Balexert.
Espace Junior.

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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva December 24th 2011

Xmas EVE! Once again a bright and early start Geneva bound from Stanstead at 6.05am! Had slight drama but nothing too major. I originally hadn’t booked checked in luggage (no idea how i thought I was gonna fit everything AT ALL) but then decided a week before after already booking my bus to the airport, that I was gonna pay for checked in luggage! Great idea but usually you can just hop on ay bus but cos it was xmas eve all the buses were full and they told me I had to wait until the one i booked came – which wouldn’t have given me enough time to check my bag in. So was having a slight stress as I did NOT wanna be stuck in London for xmas! But a nice driver next let ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine December 11th 2011

I have to say that pretty much the only thing that I am missing right now is the snow. It rained most of last week, so there is now some snow on top of the Jura Mountains, but there is still no snow in Avully or in Chancy. We can't complain though, it has been plus 7 or warmer for a long time now. Today it was sunny and 13 degrees. It doesn't really seem like winter or Christmas. Well, I have all of my things packed and ready to go for my week with my students. We are going to the house La Grève in Versoix. I have to say that I am looking forward to my week, it will be something that I have never before experienced with my students. I have never spent ... read more
Our Charlie Brown Tree.
Reggie Lemelin.
Chocolate Marmite.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine December 6th 2011

Well, on Saturday, I had the chance to participate in the Course de l'Escalade. It is a famous race in Geneva that celebrates Escalade. This happened December 12, 1602 when the Duc de Savoie and his cohorts tried to take Geneva by night. The citizens of Geneva would not be had. They came out to fight in their pyjamas and fought off the Savoyards. So, the race is a 7.2 km race through the old town of Geneva. It was fun. I got to run at night and the atmosphere was neat. There were a lot of people that lined the course and that were cheering for the racers. This was the first run that I had done since the death race in August, so I was hoping to arrive at the 45 minute mark. However, ... read more
Course de l'Escalade.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine November 28th 2011

Saturday we had a good day. We went to a Christmas market that was happening in a nearby town called Russin. There were a lot of trinkets to buy of course. Avery tried some hot wine and liked it. We tried roasted chestnuts, but weren't too fond of them. We did end up buying some local meat. We are going to try our first Swiss sausage sometime this week. That was about all of the excitement from this week. I don't even have any pictures to share! Other than that, I was as sick as a dog Wednesday, and Thursday last week. Of course, me being the bone head that I am, still go into to work. I had the shakes, I had a fever, I was light-headed, my nose was running and to top it ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine November 21st 2011

Well, it is the second last week of November. I do not know where the time goes. It just always seems to fly by. These days, I am feeling quite busy. I have my report cards to finish up, marking to finish, parent/teacher interviews are forthcoming, I will be going to a camp for one week with my class in mid-December and I have to get my class ready for story-telling evening that we are having December 20th. I have to say that I have found some solace in the theme song of Fraggle Rock. Part of it goes as follows, "Dance your cares away, worries for another day . . ." I will let tomorrow worry about itself, each day has enough worries of its own. Anyways, this past week was a good one. One ... read more
Mont Blanc Helicopters.
Views from the ride.
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