Blogs from Annemasse, Rhône-Alpes, France, Europe


Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse December 8th 2014

Arrived quite late to my room last night after 2 flights, a train ride and a bus ride. But thoroughly enjoyed the various modes of transport. There was a nice girl on the train that assisted me with my luggage and then a couple who directed me to my bus to my final destination-my hotel. The highlight of my flight in, is that there was a full moon, the clouds were beneath in patches and the North Star was shining very bright. As we were decending to Geneva the clouds looked bright, you could see the town lights beneath them, and the alps poking above. It was wonderful seeing them. Although I must say that Germany is such a pretty place from the sky as well. It took my breath away. After walking the main streets ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse May 30th 2008

Salut! Today, Noah and I have ventured into France to see his old house and neighborhood. Sadly, its been pouring on and off. The past couple days have been packed with activities. We arrived in Genevé, Switzerland two nights ago, staying with Noah's family friend Dag. He has a pretty sweet place with a great view of the mountains and Lac Leman, which divides Switzerland and France. Two days ago, while still in Gies, Switzerland, Noah, Beatris, and I did our second hike. This one was much prettier (surprisingly) and a bit longer. Steeper climb = some good excercise. The elevation at the top was probably about 1500m, one of the smaller mountains in the area. When we got to the top we found this little restaurant and behind it was our reward, this beautiful lake ... read more
Filling up with some fresh mountain water

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse September 9th 2007

Today I was supposed to go hiking on Le Saleve again, but it took a little longer than usual to convince myself to get out of the bed. So of course, I was late and the group was already gone. At first, I figured I'd just hike it alone and maybe catch up with them, but the route was a different one from the one I took last time, and I got a little lost. So I decided instead to go explore the nearby town a little. I'm not sure if there was much to do there, but it was such a pretty town and it was nice to just stroll around and be the typical tourist. ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse September 9th 2007

Since I've been in France, I've noticed a lot of differences between here and the US. One of the most obvious differences is the size of cars. Cars in this area, in general, are much smaller than the ones in the US. I always thought of my Saturn as being a pretty small car, but if I had it now, it would seem pretty big. BUT there is a really good reason why cars in Europe are small! There are more people here, which means more cars and less space to drive/park the cars. The lanes here are very small compared to the US, and I'm so glad to be driving a little car. Parking spaces are tiny, especially the parallel parking, and sometimes you have to squeeze through small spaces on the road, so having ... read more
Speed Limit

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse September 3rd 2007

Well, I'm not doing so great on keeping up with this blog. There is too much going on, and when I finally have time to sit and concentrate on this, I just want to go to sleep! My first three weeks in France have been a whirlwind. I've finally gotten used to the driving (for the most part), and my French classes start next Monday. I can't wait to be able to have actual conversations with people. Since I've been watching Sofia all day during the week, things have been so hectic. We play a lot and trying to figure out how to fix the food that she eats has been fun. It's so easy of course, but it would be nice to be able to read the directions! One day we went to a place ... read more
On Le Saleve
Hike across Le Saleve
Shopping in Geneva

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse August 16th 2007

Today I was alone during the day once again, so I drove to the store and bought some lunch. I thought I was doing good to remember to buy the bag since they don't give free bags to put groceries in, but then when I got to the register, the girl told me that I had to get my fruit weighed by someone in the produce dept..OOPS..then when I got back in line and paid, I only had a 50 euro bill and she had to get change. I felt so bad but she was very nice about the whole thing. And driving is getting better. It's amazing to find out all the small things that everyone takes for granted. Going to the grocery store is such a normal thing to do, yet when I find ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse August 15th 2007

Today both my host parents worked, and the little girl I will be watching is still at her aunt's house. When I woke up, I instantly had the feeling that I had made the wrong decision in coming here and that I should immediately quit and crawl back to the US. So, I forced myself to explore the area a little. I walked down the street and turned onto the main road, walking towards the grocery store, the only place that I know so far. The area around here is very nice for walking/biking, as most of the way has either a sidewalk or bike path. I walked past the store and came across a very cute little town called Ville-la-Grand. After sneaking a picture (not wanting to really look like a tourist) I walked on ... read more
Swiss countryside

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annemasse August 13th 2007

My first day in Europe brought a huge mixture of emotions. Leaving the US was amusing of course. I was chosen to have a random baggage check, so they sent my luggage through the machine..then dug through my carry-on and patted me down. So much to worry about and I'm leaving the country, not coming in! When I arrived in Frankfort, I didn't need to go through customs, but just walk to the correct gate and have my carry-on checked again. I was scared about the short 1 hour layover, since my last experience with a 2 hour layover in the US made me miss my flight, but I had enough time to take a quick restroom break before boarding the bus to go to the plane..and 15 minutes later, I was on my way to ... read more

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