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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva April 17th 2019

Another ski season based in Geneva, this season we tried some new things. This season we learnt to cross country ski - my favourite as there are no chair lifts to fall off! La Vattay is in the Jura Mountain range, just down the road from Col de la faucille where we were skiing other seasons. We started snow shoeing at La Dole and St Cergue. On my bucket list, was to snow shoe at night to a refuge for fondue, Murray and I were lucky enough to go with some fellow kiwis. This was planned after meeting some kiwis at Waitangi day and ended up being a few days after the Christchurch mosque attack. It was nice to be with fellow kiwis to remember those that died in the attacks and come together against this ... read more
H at La Vattay cross country skiing
La Vattay
The family cross country, La Vattay

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva January 26th 2019

Term 1 seemed more hectic than normal. Murray was away a lot in Bangladesh responding to the emergency there. I was working full time covering for a colleague. C at a new school and the others still at primary, we are now on 3 different campuses. Still enjoying the beautiful place we live in, as the weather changes into winter.... read more
Day with mum and dad before they left Geneva
Murray sailing on lake Geneva
Murray preparing the boat for a sail

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva October 2nd 2018

Während meiner 17. und letzten Woche in Bern habe ich zwei Ausflüge gemacht. Den ersten davon nach Genf. Mein erster Besuch in dieser Stadt war während meiner Interrail-Tour 1992 und mein zweiter 2000. Danach war ich 2002/03 während meines Projektes am gleichnamigen See nochmals in der Stadt. Diesmal habe ich wieder problemlos einen zentralen Parkplatz gefunden und meinen Spaziergang begonnen. Zuerst bin ich zum Starbucks und habe dort Kaffee getrunken und Kuchen gegessen. Den Marmorkuchen gibt es anscheinend in allen Filialen der Welt. Von dort bin ich durch due Altstadt hinauf zur Kathedrale, wo ich 1992 schon einmal Rast eingelegt habe. Danach bin ich in die Haupteinkaufsstraße und habe dort eine Metzgerei entdeckt. Ich hätte eigentlich gewarnt sein müssen. Für zwei Steaks habe ich über 100 Euro bezahlt, aber immerhin war eines davon mein erstes Wagyu ... read more
In der Altstadt von Genf.
Die Kathedrale von Genf.
Mein Wagyu-Steak.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 29th 2018

Term 3 was filled with school and work, but also football tournaments, athletics competitions, sports days, more netball, theater productions, musical concerts, school camps/residentials, the summer fair, visitors, and our April birthdays. Murray also went to Algeria and Bangladesh for work. We managed a quick trip to Vienna for Dave's big birthday, a Scottish ball. We had a blast! Also catching up with LInda, Al and Jaqueline from our ANZA Kenya days. A Kenya/Vienna reunion weekend. We also managed a weekend away in Italy in Baveno near the lake. A lovely, wet weekend exploring a beautiful area. Primary school is now finished for Charlotte, which means English curriculum secondary school starts in September. An emotional milestone. Summer sees us doing a few weekend trips but mostly staying in Geneva area enjoying paddleboarding and kayaking on the ... read more
Char turned 11 yrs old
All dressed up ready for the party, Vienna
Baveno lake, Italy

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 9th 2018

Nachdem die Woche ganz ordentlich gelaufen ist und ich den Weg zum Kunden mittlerweile so gut wie auswendig kenne, habe ich mir für heute eine Besichtigung des Teilchenbeschleunigers CERN bei Genf vorgenommen. Im Jahr 2003 bin ich ja schon mal an der Anlage vorbei gefahren, glaube ich, und heute habe ich einen Platz in einer Tour bekommen. Man muss sich dazu im Internet anmelden, wobei für normale Leute immer nur die nächsten 15 Tage verfügbar sind. Und ich habe eben nur ein Slot auf französisch heute um 11:00 ergattert. Dabei habe ich jeden Tag nochmals nachgesehen, ob ich vielleicht eine englischsprachige Führung oder eine später am Samstag bekomme. Leider vergeblich. Ich bin also früh aufgestanden und nach kleinem Frühstück zu meinem Auto. Da ich in der Altstadt von Bern wohne, gibt es hier keinen Stellplatz, sondern ... read more
Im CERN bei Genf.
Im CERN bei Genf.
Abends in Bern habe ich dann noch 5 oder 6 Teller Raclette verspeist.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva March 24th 2018

We have had so much snow this winter, it does feel like the ski season has gone on forever. We made the most of our local ski field, La Faucille in the Jura and the French alps close by, our favourite this season seems to be Les Houches near Chamonix on the French side. Unfortunately for me, I suffered yet another ski injury, my hamstring this time. So I'm now back on my snowboard again, which hurts less but seems to actually require more fitness and strength which I currently lack. The girls are all doing amazingly. Charlotte went on some black runs. Hayley is now close to perfecting her parallel turns and is keen to attempt a black run (hopefully when I'm not around, ekk!). Emma just needed someone to be watching, so we started ... read more
Ski camp, les Houches
We found the tubing area
Sarah and Rachel at Les Houches

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva December 15th 2017

School started for all of us. Last minute I secured a tutoring support role at an International school nearby, which I loved. Things all seem to come at once, so after loving that role for 7 weeks, I got offered a part time more permanent position at a different international school, where I already work as a Netball coach. The new job is going well, and we seem to be managing having me a different school, with a few minor hick-ups. Although Murray's 4 week stint in Bangladesh responding to the crisis there was a little stressful for the kids and I scheduling wise. The kids and I went up to La Fouly and stayed at Camping des Glaciers for the Des Alpes, and then to a church retreat at Annecy in France, while Murray was ... read more
Solo parenting camping with 3 kiddies
Tent site
Safety first, tape securing the kids or the cows

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva September 4th 2017

9 weeks of summer holidays, we spent a lot of the time trying to cool off in the lake or at a pool nearby. Highlights are swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking at the lake. Swimming in various pools, splashing in fountains, some rock climbing and tennis. Our week in Croatia, our week on the canal boat in France and our long weekend in the South of France. The weather has been fantastic. We live in a beautiful part of the world, with amazing weather this summer. We had a few visitors, Anke, Uncle Geoff and Aunty Dee, and G & J Murray's cousins. We enjoyed showing them our part of the world. School has started for the girls, I've picked up some tutoring hours during the day at another school, aswell as my netball hours. Murray has ... read more
Floating down the river Rhone
Sunflowers near our house
At the flower clock in Geneva with Uncle Geoff and Aunty Dee

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva August 16th 2017

Wednesday 9 August I know what toys I want and I'm getting much better at moving to get them, but I have to pull the mat toward me or spin around or push myself back on my back by arching back. I love rolling from side to side and exploring! But it's so frustrating I can't crawl or walk yet! I keep kicking my legs but I can't move yet unless I push my feet against mummy! I'm also able to make a lot more sounds and squeals and I'm practicing the bababab sound. Mummy sometimes copies me so I must be doing it right! In the bathtub I also try to move around and grab the big shiny silver cord but mummy tries to stop me! My favourite thing is to pull myself up using ... read more
Grandpa in front of the smorgasbord lunch selection on the top floor of Manor
With grandma at Manor overlooking Geneva
With grandma and Gabrielle - the world's longest bench is behind me!

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva August 2nd 2017

It was late in the evening when we unlocked the door to our next home - Rue Jean-Calvin in Geneva. My pram wouldn't fit into the lift, so I was carried upstairs :). We weren't there long. Almost immediately, I was carried back down, and put back in my pram. The cobbled streets bounced me off to sleep, whilst mummy and daddy found a place to eat nearing midnight aside the Old Arsenal. A very accomplished violinist was practicing / busking adjacent to the restaurant, so dinner was accompanied by live music. This was not the lifestyle mummy had when she lived in Geneva - she rarely went out to dinner back then! Daddy was very tired the next morning because apparently, after dinner, he had attempted to move the car closer to our apartment. After ... read more
Fête de Genève
Fête de Genève
Fête de Genève




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