May 20, 2013

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“If it’s Tuesday this must be Beijing”: Globetrotting with Nestlé in 2012-13

Hard to believe but it’s been more than a year since I moved to Switzerland. In my not-so-new role, I’ve had the privilege of being able to travel to pretty much every continent.  While I’d have loved to have created a travel log for all my trips, time simply hasn’t allowed this. Here’s a quick […]

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April 8, 2013

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5 Days in Cinque Terra

The International School of Lausanne is in the midst of a two week break right now, so we decided to take advantage and do some more traveling together as a family. After weighing a number of options, including Morroco and Turkey, we decided to travel down to Cinque Terra, on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, […]

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April 1, 2013

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Ski week in Verbier

Back in mid-February the kids had a week-long school break and, like so many other families in Switzerland, we took advantage and headed into the mountains for a week of alpine skiing. While there are dozens of choice ski destinations within a day’s drive of us (for eg. Gstaad, Crans Montana, Saas Fee), we opted […]

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March 19, 2013

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World Cup Weekend in France

As many readers know, I am a huge fan of competitive cross country skiing and have been involved in the sport as a competitor for many years and, more recently, as a coach with Team Hardwood. While I miss my Team Hardwood family a great deal, as well as the adrenaline and excitement of race […]

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March 17, 2013

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London Calling!!! A 48hr family get-away

One of the things we told ourselves before moving to Switzerland was that we would take advantage of the country’s central location within Europe and the availability of cheap short-haul flights from Geneva in order to visit as many places as we could during school breaks and on periodic weekends. However, between the kids’ sports […]

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March 4, 2013

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Chateau d’Oex Hot-Air Balloon Festival

The Swiss are very fond of festivals and hold them throughout the year to celebrate everything from music, wine, and cheese, to local handicrafts, farm produce, and livestock, including beauty contests for cows (I kid you not!). Some festivals date back centuries, while others are more contemporary in origin. Looking for something to do as […]

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January 27, 2013

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Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

And now for something completely different. Last week I visited what is perhaps Lausanne’s best known art museum, the small but fascinating Collection de l’Art Brut.  The French term “art brut”  translates roughly as crude, raw or unrefined art. The thread running through the collection, which was originally gathered and curated by Jean Dubuffet starting […]

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December 11, 2012

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Best. Day. Ever. – Riding the Col de la Colombière

We’ve had snow on the ground for a week now, and I switched from riding to xc skiing 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to share another cycling adventure that I had back in late October: climbing the famous Col de la Colombière mountain pass in the Haute Savoie region of France. This was without […]

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November 23, 2012

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Awesome Wheels: a photo gallery

One thing you notice in most European cities is how many luxury sports cars there are on the roads, especially in affluent areas like the Swiss Riviera. The restaurant and hotel parking lots  are full of them. Now, I’m no sports car fanatic, but I do appreciate the looks of a fine automobile, and so […]

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November 9, 2012

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Switzerland is Flat! (…sort of): Exploring the Plateau region

When North Americans imagine the Swiss countryside we tend to conjure up images of jagged, snowy peaks and high alpine meadows dotted with cows and traditional wooden chalets. Parts of Switzerland are like that, for sure, but did you know that a large part of the country is FLAT? (OK … sort of). Lausanne, where […]

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