Blogs from Geneva, South-West, Switzerland, Europe - page 5


Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » Satigny April 4th 2012

Once we finally arrived in Geneva we were tired and not in the mood for much exploration. We did however find a post office and few of you lucky people may just be getting a postcard in the mail. After that we walked through the town, window shopping at local chocolate shops. We ended up at the marina of Lake Geneva with gorgeous boats and mountains in the background. With dark clouds in the midst, we headed home but not without some chocolate for our sweet tooth. Switzerland has 4 official languages and I was very interested to see which one was their dominate language. To my surprise the majority of people speek French on a regular basis, but know other languages. I am glad we only spent a half of a day there because the ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine April 2nd 2012

Well, vacation time is almost here. One more day of school and then we will be driving to Holland and then to Germany. I am looking forward to my time off. I can't believe that it is already April. Last week, I had my last hockey practice. I was a little sad because I love playing hockey, but it will be nice not to have to drive 30 minutes each way and it will be nice to get some more sleep. That hockey season went fast. Last week, we were getting ready for the "Troc de printemps." This is a glorified garage sale that was put on by the parents' association in the town of Bernex, just outside of Geneva. We put some of our items in the sale. We were just wanting to get rid ... read more
My bike ride home.
My bike ride home.
Feeding the brown sheep.

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

A couple updates in one since I'm kind of behind here... Monday February 27-March 2 – Nyon It’s definitely spring in Geneva! At least for this week. It has been gorgeous and sunny and warm! I walked home today in a t-shirt and then sat on the patio in the sun to do my readings without a jacket on! Bad for the skiing situation in the mountains though… On Tuesday my French class was canceled so I wandered down through Nyon to the lake and walked along it for a ways. There are a number of cute little restaurants and old buildings and a great view of the chateau. Then I found a nice little bench and did my French homework in the sun looking at Mont Blanc and the Alps. Quite lovely! Skiing in Chamonix ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine March 25th 2012

Well - what a great weekend! We left right after school Friday and we drove to Interlaken. The reason for our trip to Interlaken - to see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. To do this, we needed to take trains up the Alps to the "Top of Europe," as it is called once you make it up to 3454 meters. This is Europe's highest railway station. I love the mountains. The main reason that I wanted to see these mountains is because I saw a documentary on the plane ride over about the north wall(face) of the Eiger. The Eiger is 3970 meters above sea level and since 1935, at least 64 climbers have died trying to climb the north face of the Eiger. We, however, got to take the easy way up - on ... read more
Eiger - North Face.
Train ride up.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine March 14th 2012

Well, after a cold snap in February, the weather has sure been nice in March. By the weekend, it will get up around 20 degrees Celcius. I have been sweating in my classroom, that usually doesn't happen until June in St. Albert. Hopefully I won't stink the students out too bad. Time has been flying by - as usual. I can't believe that we are in the last trimester of school. I have finished the second round of report cards and we are on the home stretch. Thanks to Denis having a Toyota, we were able to go to Geneva's 82nd International Car Show. It was neat to be able to go and see a bunch of nice cars. The only problem - there were people everywhere. It was hard to get through the crowd at ... read more
Geneva Car Show.
Geneva Car Show.
Another Car.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine February 28th 2012

Well, it has been a week and a half back at work since our little Rome escapade. We haven't done too much since being back from Rome. We had to take Denis' car in for the routine service and oil change. In turn, they supplied us with a 1989 Toyota Starlet. It was lipstick red. It made be think of my dad's old Toyota Tercel that had 470 thousand kilometers on it (or so). The funny thing about this Starlet was that there was only 135 thousand kilometers on it. It should be good for another 25 years. Obviously, living in the Canton of Geneva, one wouldn't put near as many kilometers on a vehicle as in Canada. However, we did get a picture of that sweet car that we had for the day. Also, it ... read more
Neck guard.
Isabelle butting in!

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine February 19th 2012

After being in Rome over the past week, I can definitely understand why Rome wasn't built in a day. While in the heart of Rome, I got the sense, that in terms of building things, it was either go big or go home. There were a lot of great things to see in Rome. We didn't have time to see everything, because of our time constraints and also for the fact that we were travelling with 2 small children. However, Isabelle and Myles were great travellers and we were able to do a lot while in Rome, even though we had to go back to the hotel each afternoon for Myles' nap. He gets snappy without his nappy! Day one - Trevi Fountain (26 meters high and 20 meters wide) - This was a huge fountain ... read more
There is some snow still on the ground.
Isabelle proud of her artwork.
Myles getting all dressed up.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva February 17th 2012

I woke up this morning to Mont Blanc staring at me from my living room window! Finally. My host family has been telling me since I got here that you can see it from the house, but even on the sunny days there have been clouds over the Alps (good for snow I guess). This morning it was finally clear enough to see! In the afternoon we had our meeting about our Brussels and Paris trip and then had the rest of the afternoon off. Some of us decided to start getting on random trains and seeing where we ended up. We got off in the University of Geneva district and wandered around. We had been talking about how Geneva isn’t that interesting of a city – mostly just office buildings and such besides the Old ... read more
Jet d'eau in Geneva
University of Geneva district

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva February 11th 2012

For those of you without facebook (aka just my mom I'm pretty sure... So this one is for you!)... read more
Nations Unies

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine February 6th 2012

Well, over the last week, I have to say that I have been feeling more at home. The cold has come - and stayed and the snow has stayed for longer than 2 days. The snow has been here for a week and it shows no signs of disappearing. To me, this is a welcome change. Finally, winter has come. To the citizens of the canton of Geneva, it is the worst cold spell since 1985/1986. I guess that they can blame this cold snap on me. I must have brought the Canadian weather with us to Geneva. For me it is normal winter weather. For my colleagues, it is colder than a cold-certified Coors Light can. Just to give you an idea, Saturday was -10 degrees with a windchill of -17 degrees. When I was ... read more
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