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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Business Conference in English in Nyon/ Male “Trailing Spouse” event on 26 Feb

Conference for small businesses in English in Nyon on Friday 6th February 

What are the common difficulties faced in running a business in Suisse Romande?  Are you thinking about launching a new business ?  Are you in business and is it having the impact you envisioned? Are you looking for business partners to take you and your business to the next level?

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Photo above courtesy D. Nickerson/depositphotos.com

Join Yoshiko, Michelle, and Denise at the UniGlobal in Nyon on Friday 6th February at 19:00 where you will hear two 15 minute talks. Hear about about the common difficulties faced in running a business in Suisse Romande. This event is also a great opportunity to exchange tips and best practices. You will have time to network, challenge, and express concerns that meet the needs of your business.  Partners most welcome!

The event will be held in the Uni Global Union building in Nyon at 8-10 Avenue Reverdil, Nyon. The closest parking is at La Combe shopping centre. The Perdtemps car park is approximately a 10 minute walk and  Nyon train station is a 5 minute walk from UNI Global Union.  For all parking options in Nyon, see link here

This is the first of a series of events organized by Yoshiko Luebke targeted at supporting and growing a small business and building a local support network.

Yoshiko, originally from Japan, is the founder of the La Côte Women’s Fair and has experience launching other successful businesses in Switzerland. She supports small business owners as a mentor.

Speakers : Michelle Guiliano & Denise Nickerson : www.salt.consulting

Refreshments will be served. CHF 10 RSVP to Yoshiko, email: ikebanafusion@gmail.com

Save the Date –  Male “Trailing Spouse” Event on 26th February 

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 

These evenings are usually held in a local pub in Nyon or a nearby town. The next event will be on Thursday the 26th February 2015 in the evening. Venue and time to be confirmed soon. 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.

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20,000 residents now in Nyon/ First Class carriages on St Cergue-Nyon train.

Living in Nyon has been skimming through the back copies of La Côte newspaper to catch up with the local news. Here is a small and eclectic selection of news items and information from the last few months. Don’t forget, there is a Living in Nyon English column every Wednesday in La Côte newspaper. It can be found in the inside of the front page of the newspaper

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In December 2014,  a small ceremony was held in Nyon to welcome its 20,000th resident. The ceremony, attended by Mayor Daniel Rossellat and Mr Claude Uldry, (municipal in charge of contrôle des habitants), welcomed Filipe Mathez, the 20,000 resident to the town.

Nyon has seen a substantial growth in its population over the past few years. In 1989, there were just 13,306 residents and 15,000 in 1995. According to the local authorities, Nyon is expected to have 24,800 residents by 2020.

Passenger Submarine under the Lake! 

Did you know that at la grande Expo 64″ (the 5th national exhibition in Switzerland in 1964), one of the main attractions of the exhibition was a massive mésoscaphe/ submarine ? This submarine took paying passengers and members of the public on trips under Lac Léman!  Sadly, this submarine is no longer operational, but you can discover more about it, see the publicity posters for these underwater trips, see the inside of a mésoscaphe and learn lots more about life on and in the lake itself at the museum.   See website here (info is in English)

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Note –  there will be a presentation to the public on Monday 2nd March 2015  at 2015 to show the plans for the projected extension to this museum.  There has been some controversy over the design of this planned extension. Take a look at the designs entered into the competition here  and see the proposed winning design here. What do you think of this design? You can have your say at the presentation.

First Class Carriages due on Nyon – St Cergue train line

First class carriages are planned to be installed on the Nyon- St Cergue train line by December 2015.

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“Aunt Agatha” biscuits now made in Nyon! 

“Tante Agathe” biscuits, the  Swiss biscuit company, celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and has now moved its production from Lonay to a factory on the route de Stand in Nyon.

Info from other news sites –

With the ski season well and truly upon us, Swiss Info (the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) asks the question “Are Swiss Ski Slopes too fast?” See video here. 

 Go Junking/ Brocante hunting with Lisa!

Are you a collector of brocante/ antiques and do you enjoy enjoy bargain hunting when looking for second hand items?  Looking to meet some new people?

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Then you might be interested in Lisa’s “junking+ mornings and days out in Geneva. See details here

 The Nursery and Playroom at Geneva Airport

The website called Lausanne Mom has recently updated one of its articles on the Nursery and Playroom at Geneva Airport. This is a useful article for parents who are travelling with young children and flying out of Geneva!

Rubbish/ Trash – What, Where and When to Throw It in the Nyon area

Just in case you missed it (or threw it away by mistake!) did you know there is an official brochure which explains all about what you can throw out in the official rubbish/trash bags?

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Some of the items you can still throw out! (Jan 2015) Milk cartons, plastic vinegar bottles, plastic packaging, cat litter, nappies/diapers, yogurt pots, textiles and clothes that are no longer wearable.

The brochure also lists the dates in 2015 on which some non-standard items will be collected from the kerb by the council and it explains how to recycle anything from Nespresso capsules to oil bottles, batteries and more. Note: batteries must not be thrown away in the trash/rubbish bags as they are highly toxic. They can be taken back either to the point of sale or the official eco-points, which can be found either at the déchèterie (official council rubbish/ trash dump) or at and outside many supermarkets. These eco-points are also listed on the council brochure.

Still not thrown away your Christmas tree?  Wednesday January 14th is the final date this year when natural (and probably very dry and dead!), Christmas trees will collected.

The official brochure that was distributed to all households in the Nyon area looks like this (see photo below) , but do not worry if you cannot find it, it is downloadable from the council’s website here.

Live outside Nyon or in a different town or village in Vaud? Type in “déchet/or déchets” into your local town, region or village’s website and you should be able to upload the official information. Make sure you put the acute accent on the é ! Some websites do not seem to recognise the word déchet without that accent…

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Note: The 2014 Nyon council macaron (sticker/card) which you must display on your dashboard or on your windscreen to enter the Nyon déchèterie, is still valid for 2015 until the completion of the brand new Nyon déchèterie. This new dump will be situated in l’Asse area of the town and it should be ready in summer 2015.

Photos coming up soon of the “Three Kings” night in Nyon.

 

 

 

Wine and Welsh cakes event postponed until early 2015

Apologies to those who registered for the next Living in Nyon event on the 1st December. Unfortunately the event has had to be postponed until early 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience. Keep watching this space for the date of the next event!

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