How to start your own business in Switzerland/ Job Searching – Advice at Expat Fair this weekend

If you are thinking of starting your own business in Switzerland, then you maybe interested in listening to some advice from Julien Guex, the Assistant Director of CVCI  (The Chamber of Commerce of Lausanne). He, along with other experts are scheduled to speak at the Léman International Fair in Lausanne this Sunday 2nd November.  This fair is now into its 8th year and is jam packed full of information for expats and new arrivals to Switzerland. Entry to the fair is free but if you register in advance (before 18:00 on Saturday November 1st), you will be in with a chance of winning some super prizes! Prizes range from a stay  at a 5* hotel in Neuchatel to other prizes offered by Goldenpass Railways, Holmes Place in Lausanne and thermal baths in Yverdon-les Bains.

Leman Expat fair 2

There will be over 100 exhibitors  at the fair including Living in Nyon.   We can be found at stall number 59!  We will be there all day from 11:00 to 17:00 

 Come and say hello, it’s an ideal opportunity to ask questions about living in the Nyon area. There will also be copies of the book “Living along Lac Léman” for sale at the stall. The books makes an ideal Christmas present, it’s also useful for those who have just arrived here and want to know more about some of the customs and culture of this country.


There will be workshops for children at the fair, an English book and DVD exchange, art exhibitions and more. Full details  and directions via car or public transport here

See you on Sunday at the fair!


Sunday afternoon concert at Conservatoire/ French Literary evening with renowned journalist

This Sunday 2nd November, there will be a classical afternoon concert (17:00) at the Conservatoire of Nyon by  “Quator Baggi” with Felix  Froschhammer on Violin, Andrea Baggi on clarinette, Nico Prinz on violoncelle and Virginie Falquet on piano.  These classical concerts  have become a tradition at the prestigious Conservatoire  along Nyon’s lake side and are a lovely way to end the weekend!

Ticket prices  Adults  – CHF 20 , Students A.V.S CH 15 Children and members of COV, CHF 10. To reserve a seat call  TEL. 022 994 23 60,  or email  See COV for details.


Evening with Bertil Galland

On Wednesday 29th October at 19:00 La Page Cornée the local French literary association will host an “Evening with Bertil Galland”.


Photo above – courtesy La Page Cornée.

Mr Galland is a renowned name in the world of literature in French Romandie. He will recount stories and impressions from his long career, from that of editor, essayist and journalist.   The event will take place place in the foyer of the Grand-Champ Théâtre in Gland.  Tickets CHF 15 including a glass of wine and snacks.   More details see La Page Cornée.  No reservations needed.

Annonce Bertil Galland




Nature Festival in Morges on Friday, Sat and Sun for both Adults and Children

Now into its 12th year, the Salamandre (Salamander) Festival is a three day festival and that attracts thousands of nature lovers and visitors of all ages from French speaking Switzerland.
The festival’s aim is to increase public awareness about the fantastic diversity and fragility of the natural world.  Over the three days, there will be a diverse programme of events: exhibitions, films, workshops for children and storytelling.

Photo festival

Photo above – courtesy Festival Salamandre

The festival takes place in the Beausobre building in Morges (accessible by both car and public transport) and will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 -19:00 and Sunday from 10:0 -18:00 . More info here

This year’s theme is  “Forests” and aims to show only to show the beauty and diversity of forests but to underline the difficult balance between man and nature.


Photo above  – C. Nelson-Pollard

Other key features are of this year’s programme are discovery labs  & workshops for children, interactive games and crafts galore to learn more about the secret life of the forest  There will be an art gallery with almost thirty Swiss and French artists displaying their work: Watercolours, sketches, oil paintings, sculpture and photography.Films on the big screen.

Local organisations from museums to local charities and national parks will be at this festival along with artisans and local produce.




British Author Jonathan Coe in Vaud on Saturday 18th – Event open to public

Author event in English followed by an aperitif in the presence of the author.

Photo above – courtesy Jan Michalksi foundation © Mirabella Balaciut

The British novelist and writer Jonathan Coe will be in conversation with Lisbeth Koutchoumoff, journalist of Le Temps, at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher (above Morges) on Saturday, 18th October at 16.00  This event coincides with the publication of his latest novel, “Expo 58″. Expo 58 is a comic spy and international love story. A perfect evocation of a moment in the history of the Cold War, the novel looks at Europe as a place of shifting and clashing political interests.

The event will be held at the Fondation Jan Michalski in Montricher, at the foot of the Vaudois Jura.  The building that houses the foundation (in banner heading above – is famed for its interesting design.  More info about concept and aim of the building here 

Entrance to the event is CHF 10  -  Reservations required

Here’s a quote from Expo 58

“He waited in silence for the blindfold to be tied firmly at the back of his head. ‘Right,’ said Wilkins, emphatically. ‘That should do. How many fingers am I holding up?’ ‘Three,’ said Thomas. ‘God damn it to hell, how did you know that? Can you see through the cloth?’ ‘No. It was a guess.’ ‘Well you’re not supposed to guess. For crying out loud, I’m trying to make sure that you can’t see where we’re going. We’re not here to play guessing games. How many fingers am I holding up?’ ‘I’ve no idea. I can’t see a bloody thing.’ ‘Good. It was four, by the way. Not that it matters. Now shut up.”


Jonathan Coe High Res



Big Bazaar in Nyon – Books in English, Sports Gear, Toys and Games, Christmas Decorations and more.

Every two years, the IWCN (International Women’s Club of Nyon) holds a big bazaar in the centre of Nyon and the next one will be on Saturday 25th October from 10:00 -16:00. The proceeds of this bazaar go to both local and international charities. The bazaar itself is a great opportunity to buy second hand English books, both non-fiction and fiction.  There will be stalls galore at the bazaar selling home made baking and Christmas decorations,  second hand sports gear, toys and games, jewellery, accessories and more. There will be a brocante, tombola, a chance to have a cuppa or a bite to eat at the “Bistro” on the day. Bring the children too, it’s a fun family day out and entry is free!  If you have any questions about the bazaar, contact Kay Bond:

Not only is this a good chance to support local charities, but a chance to meet some new faces too!

Bazaar 2


Bazaar A


Bazaar Marina




IWCN Bazaar