Big Expat Fair and Career Fair this weekend in Lausanne – Reminder book signing today, other events

On Sunday 6th November it’s the Leman Expat Fair. Over 120 Swiss and international businesses and services with experience in serving the English-speaking community will be in one place under the same roof at the Beaulieu in Lausanne. Whether you have just arrived in Switzerland, or have been here for a while, these fairs are a great way of finding out what’s available for expats in this part of Switzerland and they can give you a chance to meet others expats (and Swiss too of course !) Living in Nyon will have a stand at the fair (booth number 105) and will be selling copies of the book “Living along Lac Léman”,  so do come and say “hello”.  Check out the floor plan and list of exhibitors here

New at the fair this year are  presentations given throughout the day on a variety of topics such as; “The Tourist Highlights of Vaud” given by the Office du Tourisme Vaud. There will also be a presentation by Diccon Bewes, author of “Swiss Watching” and another entitled “Raising Cross Culture and Global Nomad Children” by Suellen Bonga of CWC Suisse.

For children there will be a face painting stand, plus crepes and gaufres (waffles) will be served between 14:00 and 16:00. For adults there will be a DVD and book exhange. Bring your DVDs and book and take home new titles!  There will also be a “green carpet” day-long putting initiation by Golf de Lavaux at the fair.

Career Fair in same building on same day

New this year at Beaulieu in association with International Link and CVIC (the Chamber Vaudoise of Commerce and Industry) there will be an International Career Fair in the same building.  This is an opportunity for employers who are looking for talent to be at the fair and for those looking for employment to search out job possibilities. This fair will also run presentations throughout the day such as “Energise your job search through a fresh approach”  to  “All you really need to know to get a job in Switzerland”. This career fair is aimed at international and local professionals and their spouses.

Find out all about this Career Fair here

Check out the full list of presentations during the day here

How to get to the Beaulieu building by car and public transport here

Check out the list of specials prepared for visitors to the expat fair  here

Reminder Book signing today November 4th at Nyon tourist office. There will be a “Living along Lac Léman ” book signing today at Nyon tourist office between 16:00 and 18:00. Come and say “hello” and pick up a copy of the book for a birthday or Christmas present.  

Other events

Vide Grenier - A reminder that this Sunday 6th November the IWCN willhave a table top sale at the Salle Communale. in Dully from 10:00 – 15:00.  Info: Anne-Marie Ramu  Tél. 021 824 13 03. Bénéfices pour la Fondation Vaudoise “Le Cube de Verre”.

Classical Guitar Concert on Sunday

Another reminder that  there will be classical guitar duet concert on Sunday 6th November at 17:00 at the COV (see  previous post).

Swiss Film to be shown in Nyon in presence of film maker Monday 7th November

 In collaboration with Visions du Réel  and the Cinéma Capitale, the Swiss Film “Nel Giardino dei Suoni” will be shown on Monday 7th November  in Nyon at 20.15 in the presence of the film maker. This film has been described as a “magnificent film” by Bernard Koellish of  “Box Office”. More on this event coming up on this site coming soon.

“Living along Lac Léman” book is now for sale! – The perfect gift for everyone.

Tuesday evening in Nyon saw the official launch of  the book “Living along Lac Léman”. Thankyou so much to all those who came to the Villa Thomas at the COV for the vernissage/launch.

Photos above. Happy book fans! 

 The venue in the stunning lake side setting made it the perfect place to launch the book. It also gave readers of this site,  La Côte newspaper, and other members of the public a chance to mingle and enjoy a glass of local Swiss wine, along with tasting some British cheeese from the British Cheese Centre of Switzerland. 

Photo above: the Villa Thomas along the lake side. Note – there will be a jazz concert at the Villa Thomas on Friday 7th Oct see COV for here for full details

There were also representatives at the event from the various local festivals (Paléo, Caribana, Visions du Réel etc),  from Nyon town council and Nyon tourism giving those there the opportunity to find out more about the three festivals and local issues.

Photo above – Checking out the book at the vernissage

About the book –  The perfect company gift, birthday or Christmas present.

Packed with columns articles and photos the book is is a light hearted look at life along the shores of lake Geneva and contains a selection of columns which have been published for the last two years in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper.  This weekly column is a conversation is about the people, places and events in Vaud as seen through the eyes of a British expatriate.

Photo above: left C. Nelson-Pollard author of “Living along Lac Léman”, right Contessa Pinon – editor of La Côte newspaper

With observations on unusual Swiss customs and on the peculiarities to be found in both the French and English languages, it also comments on other subjects such as the jargon that estate agents use when advertising houses for sale, the difficulties of making a fondue, or trying to say a telephone number in French. 

 Image above – article from book called  “Figuring it out”

With other articles on local festivals, the Désalpe and more, and packed with photos that capture the colour and essence of the Léman region, the book makes a perfect gift for someone who has just moved to the area. It  will also delight those who have lived here for a while, whether expat of Swiss, in recognising  the slightly side quirky side of Swiss life whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Léman area.

Image below – Article from book called “A saisir!” (on estate agents’ jargon)

 At just 29 CHF, the book is available to order through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon” book on the top side bar to order.  Free delivery in the Nyon, Coppet, Rolle and Prangins area.  

 From  Tuesday 11th October, the book will also be for sale at Nyon tourist office  Opening hours  Monday-Friday 08:30 -12:30/ 13:30 -17:30

 Special book signing – The author will be signing copies of the book at Nyon tourist office on Friday November 4th from 16:00- 18:00.  An ideal opportunity to pick up a copy and find out about events and winter activities happening in the Nyon and St Cergue region.

 Photo above and below – Selling the books left to right. Anna Hiller Bedlington, Suzy Nelson-Pollard, Nicola Bedlington.

All photos of the vernissage –  Catherine Lewis photography see site here

Farmers protest in Nyon

Nyon town centre was partially blocked for a short while today when farmers (driving tractors and other agricultural machinery) drove into town. Tractors were parked neatly along Rue Juste Olivier but two of the exit roads near the supermarket and the main entry to the town were blocked.

The farmers then gathered in the centre near La Combe shopping centre to hand out leaflets and explain their cause to the public.

As it stands, a farmer earns .55 centimes per litre of milk whereas the farmers say they need 1 chf to meet the cost of production. The current rate they are given by the milk purchasers (Migros and Co-op) means the farmers are running milk production at a loss and they need the fair price of 1 chf per litre to survive. The protest went peacefully and although some citizens were suprised to see a “cow” aloft in the street, many seemed sympathetic to their cause and purchased milk from their temporary milk stand.

Summary of local news

Here’s a brief selection of the local news from the past few weeks in translated extracts from La Côte newspaper. Also, don’t forget the Expat fair coming up this Sunday in Morges (see previous post below of 18th September)

Rolle

In Rolle there is a proposal for buvettes and cabonons (small cafés and huts selling commercial goods) to be temporarily placed along the lake side promenade next year. This is because there is construction work that is scheduled to go ahead in 2010 (in the main street – Grand Rue) and it will continue for approximately two years. Consequently, the municipality is looking to provide an alternative commercial and social area in the town while the work goes on.

Main St - Rolle

Nyon

Over in Nyon the new UEFA building is scheduled for completion on the 26th March 2010. There is a tunnel being constructed under the road to link the present building with the new one.

The no smoking law came into operation last week in the canton of Vaud!

There was a public debate two weeks ago on what to do with the area at the back of Nyon railway station, how to improve it and make the area look more attractive!

On the 11th October there will be a buvette installed down by the lake at the “plage” area. Initial plans are for it to be open on a Saturday from midday to 20:00 and on a Sunday from 10:00-17:00. Plans also afoot, are for a “dutch tub” and a sauna to be installed in January. These ideas to keep the plage area “alive” in the winter come from the l’association des Trois Jetées, a group of enthusiatic volunteers. Inspired by the Bains des Pâquis area in Geneva they formed an association just 6 months ago. Two weeks ago they organise a masked swim in the lake and Living in Nyon was there to take a few photos from that fun day.

Over in Morges

La galley ship La Liberté that is moored in Morges will probably have to move to a new port in Montreux (due to financial reasons) See previous post about this lovely ship.

Prangins

In Prangins there is a proposal to transform a renovate the Auberge Communale which is in the centre of the village.

Finally, if you think you have seen storks flying around in the sky you are not mistaken! They do stop here en route on their migration from Western Europe to the Maghreb area of Northern Africa. They are usually only here between the third and fourth week of September so keep your eyes peeled if you do not want to miss them!