Blogs from La Plaine , Geneva, South-West, Switzerland, Europe - page 4


Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine October 10th 2011

I wrote the title for this blog because this is one of the lines that one of my colleagues says to me fairly frequently. Well, I guess that my hiding in Geneva is over. We all had to go the cantonal office of Geneva last Wednesday because we all needed resident cards. They finally figured out that I was in the country. Anyways, all foreigners need these resident cards. We got there when it opened at 7:30 am and went through the paperwork and got our pictures taken all pretty flawlessly. After this, I went to my school to get some work done. Olivier, the other half of the masculine team at our school, asked me how the morning went at the cantonal office. I told him that it was fine, except that the price was ... read more
The finished product.
Pictures of Denis and I.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine October 3rd 2011

One little tradition that we have adopted over here is to say one thing that we are thankful for at supper time. Afterwards, for a little prayer, we sing Johnny Appleseed. This little tradition proved to be useful tonight. This morning, on my bike ride to school, the fog was as bad as it's been since we arrived. Nonetheless, I felt confident on my ride to school because of the purchases that I had made last Wednesday. I had the lights on the bike, I was wearing my helmet and I was wearing my bright yellow reflective vest. Everything was fine until I arrived in Chancy and had to deal with the morning rush hour. In Chancy, I was nearing the little grocery store and noticed that the bus K had stopped to pick up some ... read more
Self explanatory.
Enjoying the ice cream without me!
Lac Annecy.

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

Well my mom flew into Geneva yesterday. It was good to see her. And most importantly, she was able to bring Isabelle her Dora sunglasses. Isabelle has been waiting patiently for her special sunglasses. The sunglasses were not the only things that mom brought. It almost felt like Christmas. She also brought some Aunt Jemima syrup, some Kraft Peanut Butter, a new blade for my hockey stick, some toothpaste for the kids and a huge bag of chocolate chips, among other things. Why the chocolate chips you ask? Well, if you want to make chocolate chip cookies here, the only packages that you can buy are used up for one batch of cookies. Not many people bake here. Anyways, another thing that mom brought was some contacts that I had shipped to my parents house. Mom ... read more
Striking a Pose!

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine September 25th 2011

We had a great weekend! We drove to Charmey to see the Désalpe. This is where the cows come down from grazing in the Alps over the summer wearing the big bells around their necks. It was a neat thing to see, with the farmers/herdsmen dressed in traditional clothing. It was a little noisy though. The kids loved seeing the cows and they even brought goats down as well, all decorated with their own little bells. The goats seemed to be a little confused about what to do. They were always veering to the left and to the right. After the Désalpe, we headed to Bulle to find our hotel for the night. However, we were not the only people that wanted to see the Désalpe, so we drove the 10 km to Bulle at a ... read more
My Sweetie Pies!
More Désalpe.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine September 17th 2011

I can't believe that I have been with my new students for 3 weeks. Time seems to be flying by, yet at other times, it seems to be going slowly as well. Hence, Einstein's theory of relativity. Anyways, I/we have been busy the last few days. I was able to get a fair bit of planning done on my Wednesday off. However, a lot of that planning was as a result of getting ready for a sub that was coming into my class yesterday. I planned/prepared the same way that I would have in St. Albert, so I hope that all went well for my sub and for my students. I guess that I will find out Monday how things went. Friday was an early morning. I had to wake up at 5:25 am, eat breakfast, ... read more
Cute Buns!
My Little Swiss Girl.
Olympic Museum.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine September 10th 2011

Well, week 2 at school is over. It felt like a funny week. We had school with the students Monday and Tuesday and then we had our customary Wednesday off. Thursday was also a day off because of the Jeûne genevois. Friday felt weird. I kept thinking that it was a Monday and I got mixed up a few times with the students. All in all, it was another good week with the students. There is still a lot to learn and sometimes I feel like I am just keeping my head above water - kind of like my first year teaching! Anyways, last Thursday we made another trek and drove into France to see le Lac d'Annecy. It was a very pretty area, with the lake, the Alps in the background and the old town ... read more
Old Town.
Cell Phone.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine September 3rd 2011

Well, today we made our first trek in Switzerland - we didn't even get lost! We went to see Château Chillon just outside of Montreux. It was a beautiful castle, built on a small rock island that is located on Lac Léman. There were 40 something different rooms/spaces to see in the castle, so there was a lot of information to take in, which also involved a lot of walking and stairs. I had to carry Myles in the hiking backpack, strollers weren't allowed. We discovered why when we were doing our self-guided tour. There were some extremely narrow passage ways and some short door frames. I had to hunch down quite often to get from one place to another. I felt like the hunchback of Chillon. After our time at Château Chillon, we went down ... read more
Chillon from the back.
Jet d'Eau.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine September 1st 2011

Well, my first week is almost done and I had my first Wednesday off yesterday. Although, yesterday wasn't the most relaxing day. The kids always seem to wake up so early, the little rats. So, we were up early and headed to downtown Geneva to try and enrol Avery into a French class. We showed up at Université Populaire de Genève at 8:30 am and we were greeted by a line of about 200 people. It turns out that we needed to first get a ticket to have any chance of registering. And for this ticket, there were people in line at 5 am. Crazy! Needless to say, we did not register there. I then spent the rest of the morning on the phone trying to find a French course for Avery. After much effort, I ... read more
Ride to School.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine August 29th 2011

Well today I had my first day with my new students in a new country at a new school. I had a good day, and I felt a lot like a first year teacher. The students were educating me about various procedures at the school. I have to say that there was a lot to take in on the first day. I am glad that the first day is over. I feel more confident and I am eager to start again tomorrow. School in Chancy starts at 8:00 am and I arrived by bike this morning at 7:10 am. Therefore, I didn't have much time to be nervous this morning. However, I was a bit nervous for the first 5 minutes of class and after that, the whole teaching thing started to feel normal. The first ... read more

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

Yesterday we wanted to go and do some hiking in the Jura mountains. We have a Lonely Planet book that describes some hikes that you can do in the Jura mountains. So we decided to try one of the hikes that was fairly close by. We made our way into France and were headed to the small town of Confort. Looking in the Lonely Planet book, I then thought that we should head to a second small town called Menthières to make the hike a bit shorter because of the kids. Once again, we got a little bit lost - in France - and ended up driving up a logging road. We decided to park the car, walk along the logging road and see where we ended up. It turns out that we walked right onto ... read more
Ski Hill.

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