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April 15th 2009
Published: April 17th 2009
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The Jet d'EauThe Jet d'EauThe Jet d'Eau

Geneva's iconic man-made geiser
Six months. It took me six months and the decision to go back to Canada before I finally visited another Calgary friend, Quentin, living just an overnight bus ride (less by any other, more expensive mode of transportation) from Paris in the middle of the stunningly Rockies-like Swiss Alps. And if I had been more organized, I might not be leaving France as I expect to next Friday.

As we stood on the edge of Lac Leman last Friday morning catching up about the three years that had passed since we met through the Calgary Outdoors Club and discussing the similar activities we could do on an extended Easter weekend, I suddenly realized that maybe I hadn't considered ALL my options before deciding to come home. We talked of snowshoeing, rock-climbing, hiking, even some end-of-season skiing and Quentin tantalized me with offers to host me and assurances that I would no problem finding work with my bilingualism.

Later that night and on Saturday morning, some of Quentin's friends joined us - a boisterous, sporty, travel-loving crew - and I was further persuaded that it could be a very interesting summer if I were to join them in even half
Residents of the Lac Leman Residents of the Lac Leman Residents of the Lac Leman

A gaggle of geese enjoying the sun in still-chilly waters
the outings they were planning together. As we hiked through the valley of Sixt Fer a Cheval, strolled along cobblestone streets in Yvoire and danced our hearts out at giant Macumba club , I made mental calculations of the cost of postponing my flight home until September.

It didn't help that I met a soul-mate among the friends - one of those rare people with whom you share a mysteriously deep spontaneous connection. Our common ground was as wide as the valleys we stood over and our three-day love story left us dreaming about what could be if we had just a little more time together...

Alas, I discovered all the right reasons to complete my year in France at precisely the wrong time. With my return to Canada now fully coordinated, there is no more room for whimsy. The cost to both my bank account and credibility make it unthinkable to stay. But even as I lament my premature departure, I have to admit that deep down as I admired the beauty of our surroundings and envisioned myself exploring them with Quentin and company, I was aware that I will feel the same sense of excitement and
Green Graffiti Green Graffiti Green Graffiti

At Geneva's Botanical Garden
satisfaction as I rediscover the Rockies with my own friends this summer. No doubt, as I marvel at the joy of being back in the Canadian wilderness, I'll think back to the wonderful weekend I spent in Geneva and dream about coming back for a longer visit some day.

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UN on HolidayUN on Holiday
UN on Holiday

Apparently Easter weekend takes precedence over world peace (just kidding!)
Annecy Old TownAnnecy Old Town
Annecy Old Town

A cheaper, more charming touristic alternative to Geneva
Swiss Fondue Swiss Fondue
Swiss Fondue

A fattening confection of bread dipped in a mix of cheese and white wine. Delectable as long as you're not counting calories!
The Alps The Alps
The Alps

My first view from the Sixt Fer a Cheval Cirque
Bande de Potes Bande de Potes
Bande de Potes

A pose between snowball fights on our Saturday hike in Sixt Fer a Cheval
Quentin Quentin

Our great host in (I think) his favourite setting
Room with a ViewRoom with a View
Room with a View

Looking out from Quentin's third-floor balcony. Not a bad view in the morning!
Yvoire Yvoire

An idyllic little old town on the shore of Lac Leman
The Silver Lining The Silver Lining
The Silver Lining

A pretty church steeple presiding over Yvoire
Black Light Black Light
Black Light

Curiously dark rays of light over the Flaine ski resort in the Alps
Em With a ViewEm With a View
Em With a View

Enjoying the valley

17th April 2009

Em you can always go back there for the summer ;-)))

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