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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
Photo 3

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 30th 2012

Over the past couple of weeks we have been trying to plan our holidays for the rest of the year. Here, I am blessed to have a fair bit of holidays. I have a week off in February, a week and a half off in April and then we will be in Europe for the month of July as well. So, for 4 days during my week off in February, we have decided to go to Rome. I think that this will be a good time to go - it won't be so hot. I think that Italy is quite hot in the summer. I can't believe that it will be a little under 2 weeks and then we will be in Rome. We are definitely excited. Saturday, Avery got her hair done, so the kids ... read more
Chip Sport.

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

Made it to Switzerland bright and early on the morning of the 18th! The next three days were a whirlwind of orientation: all the nitty-gritty rules and regulations, program logistics (finally figuring out what sorts of academic work we will be doing while we’re here – there’s a lot of it), tour of the Old Town in Geneva, meeting with the homestay coordinator to learn all about our new families, and of course some free time to explore and get lost in Geneva. In some ways you can definitely tell that Geneva is an international city: just on the one street by our hostel you could find almost every different kind of ethnic restaurant imaginable. In other ways it is less obvious: everyone speaks French, even the foreigners (at least when they’re out in the city). ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 23rd 2012

This past weekend was a bit calmer. It was nice to relax and stay more or less in one place. We did however venture in to ValThoiry in Thoiry. We did some grocery shopping and booked a summer trip. We booked 4 days and 3 nights at Euro Disney. We got the package where all of the meals are included. I am looking forward to this. Not having to do dishes or prepare meals. It will be a nice way to wind up the school year. We are going from July 1st to 4th. After Myles had his nap, we then went to an art exhibit in Carouge. One of the members of our church took up painting after her children were grown. She has an exhibit on and all of the proceeds are going to ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 18th 2012

Well, we had a great weekend, but a busy one. Friday, I was able to go out with my colleague's for a cheese fondue at Bains des Pâquis - just on the opposite side of the Jet d'Eau on Lac Léman. It was a neat place. You place your order for the fondue and then the waiters walk down the restaurant shouting your name until they find the person that the fondue belongs to. Also, to help with digestion, while eating a cheese fondue, you shouldn't drink water. Supposedly it doesn't sit well with the warm cheese. Instead, you are encouraged to drink wine. Maybe, that's just another excuse to drink wine ;) Naturally, in true Swiss fashion, supper lasted 2 and a half hours and then my colleagues wanted to go out for after supper ... read more
Our little nail biter.

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine January 9th 2012

Well, the honeymoon is over. It is back to real life after a two week holiday. It was nice spending Christmas in a different country. The second week of the holidays we did a lot of travelling. I mean a lot! We were almost living in our vehicles. It all started Friday, December 30th when we drove to Basel. This was almost a 300 km journey from south to north. Thank goodness that mom and dad have a GPS. We almost never got lost, besides human error on the way back from Liechtenstein. Anyways, in Basel we walked around the old town after arriving Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday, before heading to the Lucern area, we went to a toy museum in Basel. The general consensus on Basel was that it was a neat city. It ... read more
Isabelle splashing in Basel.
Sliding in Isenthal.

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