Gala Concert for Indian Charity, Reminder – Book launch in English in Nyon on Monday, a few spaces left.

Friends of India, the Nyon based charity are holding a Gala concert on Saturday 23rd November in Geneva. See Flyer below.

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Also, a reminder of the book launch (a Living in Nyon event) in English of “Slow Train to Switzerland” on November 25th in Nyon. There are a few places left for this event reservations necessary – full details here

Not the Last Night of the Proms

Music, Cinema, Rugby: what’s on in Nyon next week


Looking for something to do next week? Here are a few things going on in the area over the next ten days.


Both Cinéma Capitole in Nyon and Cinéma Rex in Aubonne offer special English speaking screenings. The next English films you can go and see in these two cinemas are:

Cinema Rex, Aubonne:

Gravity – 3D Monday 28th October, 20:30 part of the English Movie program

With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine space-walk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness…

You can watch the trailer here.

Cinéma Capitole, Nyon


Monday 21st October, 20:30

With Naomi Watts

A film about cult icon Lady Diana.

Watch the trailer

Blue Jasmine

Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 18:00

With Cate Blanchett

The latest Woody Allen film

 Watch the trailer


From Schubert’s Lieder in Gland on the 24th to metal and pop rock this weekend at the Usine à Gaz with the 6th edition of Nyon’s On Fire, but also Fado in Bonmont abbey and the traditional Thursday night Jazz apéro under the Chateau in Nyon, the music offer in the area will please everyone’s tastes.

Thursday 24th October, 17:00, Théâtre de Grand Champ, Gland: Schubert’s Lieder performed by the Atelier à Coeur Joie.

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Usine à Gaz, Nyon: For the sixth year running Heimathome, an association which promotes alternative music from the area, is organising Nyon’s On Fire at the Usine à Gaz. After the success of the last few years, and a 100% Swiss headline, they have decided to tackle larger game this year. Friday night will be aimed at metal and hardcore lovers, whilst Saturday night will see the venue resonate with the electro-pop tunes of We Have Band, as well as other rock and electro bands. This will be We Have Band’s third time in Nyon, after a gig at Paléo Festival and another one in the Usine A Gaz. You can check out an interview Living In Nyon did with the band last time they came here.

More info and line-up on the festival’s website

Sunday 27th October, 17:00, Abbaye de Bonmont: Katia Guerriero will play Fado (traditional Portuguese music) in this 12th century Cistercian abbey with wonderful acoustics. Tickets cost 40.- for adults, 30.- for students and pensioners, and 20.- for children (8-15 yrs). Book on

Thursday 31st October, 18:00, Chateau de Nyon: Provinyon’s traditional jazz apéros. Come and enjoy a nice Swiss apéro with local wine whilst listening to the Geneva Boogie Woogie Trio. Entrance costs 5.-, please book on



The Swiss rugby championship will be held in Colovray on Sunday the 27th of October. Entrance is free.

The ecological association “Sol à Tous” regularly organises walks in the area to clean up the nature and pick up rubbish. Their next expedition will be in Duiller on Saturday the 26th. The rendezvous is fixed at 14:30 at the “Duillier, centre communal” bus stop. (You can take the n°820 bus to St-George in Nyon which leaves at 14:21).

A new cookery school, “Les Papilles à la fete”, has opened in Nyon, and classes are available in English! Check out the website for more information, or read a more detailed account in English on

Book Launch and Reading in Nyon – “Slow Train to Switzerland” – November 25 – Reserve now!

Living in Nyon and OffThe Shelf English Book Shop  

are delighted to announce the book launch (the first in Switzerland!) and reading of 

Slow Train to Switzerland    – One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years and a World of Change Apart

by Travel Writer Diccon Bewes  (Author of Swiss Watching/ Le Suissologue)

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On the occasion of the 150th anniversary Thomas Cook’s pioneering trip to Switzerland, Diccon will talk about how he embarked on a historical train ride following the first ever conducted tour taken by Thomas Cook in 1863, a three week trip from London to Lucerne. It’s a tale of trains and tourists, of the British and the Swiss, of a Victorian traveller and a modern-day Englishman abroad. It’s the story of a tour that changed both Switzerland and the world of travel forever.

 Come join us for an apéro, to hear stories and anecdotes about the book on 

Monday  November 25th   at 19:30  at the Ferme du Manoir,  Rue Maupertuis 1, 1260 Nyon (Off Place du Château) Nyon 

Reservations  Required  –   CHF 10 including apéro     

Email to reserve  

or via  OffTheShelf English Bookshop 

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The Swiss Honeymoon is over … now what?

Have you recently arrived in Switzerland as an expat?   Here is a short article written by Melina Hiralal on how to cope with this exciting and challenging time.  Melina is a cross cultural consultant and lives near Nyon. She works with companies, families and individuals offering training and assistance during both the expatriation and the repatriation process.  She will be writing a series of articles for this site on expatriate issues and says that sometimes, “living in an unfamiliar culture is like watching a foreign film without sub-titles”. If  you would like advice from Melina you can contact her at

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The Swiss Honeymoon is over … now what?

If you arrived at some point in Switzerland during the summer, you were probably basking in the knowledge that you made a good call when you or your family decided to become expats for a while.  The country had all its finery on show, you may have spent lovely afternoons down at a lake, or been on beautiful walks up in the mountains or even participated in some of the many festivals that were going on during the summer break. Beautiful, clean, well-organised and safe, these things come to mind when we speak about Switzerland and they are the reasons that may have encouraged you to take the plunge.

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A few weeks down the line and real life has taken over. The children are possibly settling down in their new schools, the spouse is investing a lot of time and energy in the new job which brings its own challenges … and the accompanying spouse is left trying to build a life that feels “right” for everybody.

The way we go about tackling the challenges of every-day life in a new location will influence our experience of living abroad. It can be nerve-wracking to drive the car on the “wrong” side of the road and everyday tasks take so much longer and can be a source of much frustration when you don’t speak the language. What might have seemed quirky and fun, now feels strange and decidedly “un-fun” as we try to get a handle on creating a new life in a new location.

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Frustration, confusion, tension and embarrassment are all normal reactions to our cross-cultural encounters. We let ourselves be fooled into a false sense of security by the fact that the population around us looks and lives in a way similar to the one we left behind without realising that it is in fact very different.

The choices we make at this point will influence our expat experience. Is it helpful to withdraw from our host country’s society, criticising and rationalising what we see? Was it part of our plan to end up seeking comfort in the more familiar expatriate community? Probably not – so what can we do in order to avoid the downward spiral of loss of confidence and comfort and turn frustration into hope and resentment into trust along the way.

  • Observe: just for a moment, imagine you have moved to Outer Mongolia, or another culture very different from your own. How would you go about learning about this culture and the best way to fit in?
  • Be curious: try the new food, participate in the new customs and experience new ways of doing things.
  • Inquire: ask a local why they do things differently, ask a local to explain what the tradition and customs you are observing means.
  • Listen: Listen to the explanations you are given, they are the key to the code to understanding your environment.

Living in an unfamiliar culture is like watching a foreign film without sub-titles. These simple tools can hopefully increase your understanding of what is happening around you and help you to feel more connected to the place you have chosen as your temporary home. Melina Hiralal – Cross-cultural consultant


L’Elastique Citrique tours lakeside aboard ancient sailing boat next week- daily shows in ports.


“Famille de cirque” performing last year at Paléo

A year after performing at Paleo, L’Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s circus school will be going on tour next week down the Vaud lakeside. The circus troupe, made of about 20 artists who train at the circus school several times a week will be on tour for a week, but there’s a twist: they’ll be touring aboard a boat!

La Demoiselle is a replica of an old sailing ship that used to transport rocks from quarries on the lake during the 19th century. There are for ships of her kind sailing on Lake Leman, including the Neptune in Geneva. The boat is run by an association called “La barque des enfants”, and it is used for pedagogical outings and camps on the lake. La Demoiselle was built over 15 years in Montreux and Villeneuve by workers on the dole, and is now used by schools and groups. As the association has quite strong social values, the boat is offered to associations and groups for half the price it actually costs to sail her for a week (which is 10 000 francs!), and they make the missing money by also renting the ship out for private venues and corporate outings.

The ship itself is 30 meters long, weighs 75 tons, and has two large Latin sails. It is fully equipped with a kitchen, toilets and 24 beds.

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Courtesy- Samuel Schlapbach


You may have seen the artists from L’Elastique Citrique at Paléo last year, clad in red, or performing in the streets of Nyon for Vision du Réel. This is part of their new project, “Famille de Cirque”, which is a much lighter project than past shows, and involves a lot of improvising and street theatre. For the tour, they have created a 40 minute show which they will play in the ports they land in along the lake. Using very little material (a large red circle, some juggling balls and two unicycles), they will offer a 360° show to the people come to see them. In the spirit of street performances, the show will be free, and the audience will be able show their appreciation of the show by slipping a few notes in the hats passed round at the end of the show. The show, called “La Vie en Rouge” [life in red, a pun on “La vie en Rose”, by Edith Piaf] will be all about relationships and passion. Why red, might you ask? Well, it’s the colour often associated to circus, and to different passionate feelings like love, anger… It is a recurring colour for L’Elastique Citrique.

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Courtesy- Samuel Schlapbach


The tour will start on Sunday across the lake in France, in the private settlement of Port Ripaille, on the 14th of July. La Demoiselle will then slowly make her way down to Nyon via La Tour de Peilz, Morges, St-Prex, and Geneva. You can find all the informations about the tour (dates, locations and time of the shows) below. Nyon Région TV, Nyon’s local television chain has done a video on the tour, which you can watch here. (first five minutes)

You can come and see L’Elastique Citrique on the following dates:

15th July  – La Tour-de-Peilz – 20h30 at theBains-des-Dames
16th July – Morges – 20h30 at the Port du Petit-Bois
17th July – St-Prex – 17h et 20h30 at the  Place d’Armes
19th July – Genève – 20h30 near the Jet d’eau opposite the Pierres du Niton
20th July – Nyon – 17h and 20h30 near the crane (east side of Rive)