Victorian tour of Geneva by Diccon Bewes Sat 28 March – Win Paléo Tickets

On Saturday 28th March, Diccon Bewes will be giving a guided Victorian tour of Geneva. The tour begins at 15:00 (meet at Payot bookshop in Cornavin railway station at 14:30). Diccon is the author of the very successful books  “Swiss Watching”,  (“a best book of 2010″ – Financial Times) and  “Slow Train to Switzerland

Diccon comments on all things Swiss related and will be dressed up in Victorian costume for the tour itself!  Details here

For non-English speakers, a simultaneous French translation will be provided by Hadi Barkat. A unique opportunity to discover a new outlook on the city.  This should be an  entertaining stroll! Diccon  will end this tour with a signing of his books in English and in French.

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 Nyon events –  Win Paléo tickets

Other events, tonight (Friday 27th March) there will be Celtic music at the 1306 Club ( ruelle de la poterne in Nyon) starting at 2030. Entry free, hat distributed for the artists at the end of the evening.

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 Win Paléo tickets

The weekly competition to win Paléo tickets has now begun on the festival’s website and it continues until the 25th May. To play, click here 

The full Festival line-up will be announced on Tuesday 14 April! Tickets will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 22 April

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 Photo above – Paléo in 2014

Open House at the Geneva English School – Saturday 14th March

The Geneva English School, set in lovely grounds in picturesque Genthod with view of the lake and Mont Blanc, is holding an Open Day on Saturday 14th March from 09:30 – 12:00.

The school is a not-for-profit co-educational international school for children aged 3 to 11. The Open Day is is an ideal opportunity to visit the school, see the classrooms, talk to the headmaster and find out about the school’s curriculum which is based on the English National Curriculum and which includes a strong French programme for all groups throughout the week.

It’s also a good opportunity to check out the Library Learning Centre with its cosy new reading room which was opened by children’s author Anne Fine in October last year.  Register here

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Photo above – A room with a view and a choice of children’s books!

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Online reading and a cosy sofa!

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Male accompanying spouse drinks in Nyon on Thursday 26th February

Reminder –  Male  *“Trailing Spouse” Event on Thursday 26th February at 20:00 at Les Brasseurs Pub at Rue de la Gare 18 in the centre of Nyon.  Nearest parking Place Perdtemps car park, Nyon railway station is just a few minutes walk away.

For the past few years Living in Nyon has been holding the occasional  *Male Trailing Spouse evening. This is for men who have moved to Switzerland to follow their female partners who work in Geneva or Vaud based organisations.   *For want of a better phrase – we are still looking for a better title!  See article on previous event here  

If you are a male accompanying spouse and you want to meet others in the same situation, please email info@livinginnyon.com to register your interest. To those who have already registered, just come along and look out for Michael (on the right of the photo below) he will be somewhere in the pub!  Catherine (the Living in Nyon editor) will also be there for the first 20 minutes or so to answer any questions about living in the area but then she will leave after that!

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From Raising Multilingual Children to Conversations in Literature

Raising Multilingual Children – 22nd and 24 March

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” will be giving two workshops in Lausanne on Sunday 22nd March and in Geneva on Tuesday 24th March. Living in Nyon can highly recommend these very useful and informative events.  They are an ideal opportunity to ask Tracey questions and to find out how children learn languages.  For full details and to sign up to these workshops, see Know it All Passport.

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Conversation in Literature –  8 March

Etgar Keret, a leading Israeli writer and film-maker, will be in conversation with Lisbeth Koutchoumoff, journalist at Le Temps, at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher on Sunday 8th March at 15:00 followed by the screening of his film Jellyfish.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling collections, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He has also written a number of award-winning screenplays, and Jellyfish, the first film that he directed – along with his wife Shira Geffen – won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier medallion of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. See site here

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Friday 13th February – Quintet Indigo will perform at the Conservatoire of Nyon  To reserve a seat, see COV site here

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Local girl runs Polar race to raise funds for animal park in Le Vaud

If you think the weather is a bit chilly right now, imagine what it would be like at -30 °!  This is the possible temperature that local girl Rachel Frei Bandieri might encounter when she runs a 150km race in Finland in two weeks time to support the animal park of La Garenne, based in Le Vaud (read more about this animal park below).

To participate in the Rovaniemi 150 race, a 150km non-stop race on the 20 – 22nd February, runners must carry all their food and complete equipment (sleeping bag, camping gear etc) with them and manage their race to finish within the 42 hour time limit. It can be done on foot, ski or bike (on fat bike, a specific bike with wide tires to ride on snow). Rachel says; “I have chosen to do this race on foot, because I am definitely much more used to walking and running, than skiing for hours”.

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This race is a dream for me! And I know it can bring a lot to the La Garenne animal park. Animals and nature hold a special place in my life, and I am very happy and proud to give my support in an original way to the proper functioning of the park. By the way: the wolf, which is one of their emblematic animals is also the logo of my personal training company!

The Animal Park of La Garenne in Le Vaud itself has four missions: to collect and take care of injured or rescued wild animals, to participate in the preservation and reintroduction of threatened species, to provide educational services to the environment and finally, to present European fauna to the public, so it seemed  an obvious choice of charity for me to support.

36 year old Rachel is an all-terrain athlete, animal and outdoors lover. Having developed an early taste for adventure and unconventionality, Rachel travelled around Australia for 6 months when she was just 18. The following year, she set off for a trek on horseback in Mongolia, a newly open-to-tourism country. In between studies and work commitments, she travelled the world, often on foot or in a 4 x 4 vehicle and says; “I always did this in a spirit of respect when meeting other cultures”.

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In 2006, she discovered trail running and fell in love with the discipline that combines sports adventure, surpassing oneself, friendship, authenticity and discovery and says “I enjoy pushing my limits and love the feeling of being in harmony with nature. After being the first to travel the 500km of the Alptrekking in solo in 2010, having led and coached a team at the 100km Charity Oxfam Trailwalker in England in 2012, I needed a new challenge, incorporating the notion of solidarity and support to a cause that is dear to me.

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Growing up and working in the area, I followed the development of this very special zoo, I brought them small injured and rescued animals and have visited it on many occasions. Their work for local wildlife as well as their educational programmes is truly exciting and admirable and deserves to be supported”.

If you too would like to support Rachel in this fantastic adventure in the heart of the polar winter and play an important part in the success of this outdoor and charity project then you click here.

You can also follow Rachel’s progress on her training, follow her blog , see photos on her Facebook page here 

See You Tube Video here of  the start of last year’s Rovaniemi 150 race.