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March 25, 2015

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Wetting our feet in the Arab World: a beach holiday in Oman

Just before last Christmas we did something we almost never do … we went on a beach vacation. Now, ordinarily, lying on a beach all day, sun-tanning and ordering drinks from the pool bar, is not our kind of thing, but after a very busy autumn of work and school for Kathryn and Emma (respectively), […]

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March 10, 2015

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The Marcialonga: Brushes-with-greatness at Italy’s most famous ski marathon

Here’s another post for the xc ski and endurance sports enthusiasts among you. Back in January I traveled to northern Italy to compete in the Marcialonga xc ski race. I enjoyed a fabulous few days of skiing, sightseeing and soaking up the scenery and hospitality of the Dolomite region, and managed to rub shoulders with […]

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January 20, 2015

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Lyon, France: City of Light and Gastronomy (but not light gastronomy!)

One weekend last spring Kathryn and I found ourselves unencumbered by the kids and their sports schedules, so we set off on a quick 24 hour weekend getaway. Our destination of choice: the city of Lyon, France, about which we had heard many good things from other expats. This was also our first experience of […]

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October 15, 2014

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Taking a beating on Mt Ventoux (in the land of the Marquis de Sade)

I’ve had some incredible cycling experiences since moving to Switzerland two years ago, few of which I’ve shared on this blog. The truth is, given the choice between cycling in the Alps or blogging about it, I choose the former almost every time, so I seldom take the time to sit down in front of […]

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October 10, 2014

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Road-trippin’ on the Mediterranean: St Tropez, Nice, Lucca, Positano, Florence

Last April we did a 10-day road trip along the Mediterranean Sea, with multiple stops in France and Italy, as part of the kids’ annual 2-week spring break. With planned drives of up to 7 hours, cooped up in the car with two teenagers (and worse, two parents!), not to mention a puppy, we weren’t […]

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October 1, 2014

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Now we are five! Introducing “Coelle”

By far the most exciting development in our household since moving to Switzerland hasn’t been all the travel opportunities or easy access to chocolate but, rather, the addition of a fifth member to the family – tiny and adorable “Coelle” – our (relatively) new dog, who joined us last February. Back in Toronto in 2012, […]

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August 21, 2014

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Racing the Worldloppet circuit in Europe: the Dolomitenlauf, the Transjurassienne, and the Engadin Ski Marathon

This is a post for my xc ski buddies (who are no doubt thinking about xc skiing – in August). As a competitive xc skier I have long fantasized about participating in one of the big Worldloppet series xc ski races in Europe, ever since setting eyes on photos of thousands of skiers snaking across […]

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August 16, 2014

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Just Desserts: Christmas-time in Vienna

Ok, so some kind of blog update is WAAAAAY overdue. So much has been happening over the last few months, I’ve barely had time to sit down at the computer before we’re up to some new adventure. I will try to catch up by the end of summer, beginning with today’s post about a family […]

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February 9, 2014

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Blowing Hot Air: Ballooning in Chateau d’Oex

Last week I found a new way to enjoy the mountains here in Switzerland: floating 10,000 feet up in the air in a wicker basket held aloft by a sheet of nylon and a bunch of hot air. Yep, I went hot air ballooning in the Alps! Every January since 1979, the village of Chateau […]

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February 3, 2014

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ALIEN-ated in Gruyère: the frightening imagination of H.R. Giger

If you’re an expat living in the Lausanne area and have friends and family who plan to visit, then sooner or later you will end up going to the nearby village of Gruyère … again and again … like it or not. Its charming medieval architecture, hilltop view of the bucolic countryside, abundance of fondue […]

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