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”.


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”.

Rachel Frei running

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.


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.







New fun website on Switzerland, Save WRS petition, Spring fair, Intercultural weekend and more

Photo above: Ceramic pots on sale at the Nyon Spring Market in 2008

The weather has finally warmed up and there’s lots going on here over the next few weeks in the Vaud area and a selection of events are listed below.

Firstly though, Living in Nyon is delighted to announce that from time to time it will be collaborating with the website “Newly Swissed” with a joint exchange of articles and information. The logo of “Newly Swissed”  is now on the sidebar of this site for you to click on after you have checked out the Living in Nyon news!  There is lots of fun and useful info on the site, from “Cool Facts, Design, Language, and Oddities” to “Politics, Tourism” and more. The site is run out of Zurich by a team of writers and you can find out more and how it came about by listening to a radio interview with the founder Dimitri Burkhard on World Radio Switzerland here.

Save WRS

Incidentally, if you enjoy listening to World Radio Switzerland for its coverage of news, for the music and information it provides on all manner of subjects such as: business, features and interviews etc, then do read the section on the WRS website  called “The Future of WRS, The Facts, Your Comments” . You can leave your own comments about the station there too.

As you will read, the station is threatened with closure, so you might like to know there is also an online petition for the public to sign to protest against this closure – note, this has been created by a listener, an individual who is independent of the radio station. See savewrs.com 

Local News / Events happening  this weekend

On Saturday 2nd June, it’s the Spring Fair which will take place in the streets around the town, the commercial shops will remain open until 18:00. There will be artisanal stands, live music, the opportunity to buy and sell second hand bikes (it is also Journée du Velo – Day of the Bike more info here), a bouncy castle for children in Place du Midi and other fun events for the family.

Then from 17:30 onwards in the Salle Communale, the  first event of the “Intercultural” weekend begins.

The Fête de l’Interculturelle is an annual celebration for all the different nationalities that live in the region. On Saturday there will be a potluck supper from 18:30 at the Salle Communale in Nyon.  Take along a dish or speciality from your region or country, and share it with others from around the world. This will be followed at 21:00 by a Brazilian evening with samba music and dance. On Sunday 3 June there will be music and traditional dance and food from around the world at the Place des Fêtes down at the Rive from 11:30 onwards.

Also, a reminder that on Saturday 2nd June there will be a big Caribbean party happening in Eysins near Nyon to celebrate 50 years of  Jamaican Independence.

“Reggae, dancehall and Jamaican vintage music as well as calypso and Latin American beats will be provided by US based DJ team “Wyclef Refugee All Stars”, flying in to Switzerland especially for this premiere event”. Tickets will be available at the door. See link here

 Sunday 3 June  – Archaeological event in the castle of Prangins – 10:00 -17:00

“Visit a Gallic village in the Roman times and watch a real battle between the Roman legionnaires and Gallic warriors. Lots of free activities for the family. Free entry”.  This info in English on this event was provided by “Know it All Passport” a site where you can find details of lots of other events happening in the Geneva, Vaud and Pay de Gex area. Click on the logo of “Know it All Passport”  on the sidebar of this site.

Caribana begins next week!

Still on the music theme, also a reminder that Caribana, the first of the summer music festivals in the area begins next week on the 6th June.  There are still tickets available for this 5 day event, performers include Kasabian, Gossip, Lou Reed, The Specials and more. See Caribana here

Finally, an apology to readers due the fact this site was temporarily unavailable for two days due to a technical and an admin hitch in the system!



Events coming up from beer night for male trailing spouses, to Shakespeare performed outdoors, to “Bike Day”.


On Tuesday 14th June at 20:00 in Nyon, it’s the monthly get together of  “male” trailing spouses over a few beers at Les Brasseurs pub in Nyon.  This get together (originally initiated by Living in Nyon), has now become a regular event and it is a good opportunity for men who are acccompanying spouses to meet others in an informal setting. If you have never been to this event before ,and would like to know more, just email cnp at bluewin.ch for more details.

Shakespeare performed outdoors in Prangins

On Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June  at 20:00 Howard productions will present MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, by William Shakespeare a professional production by TNT theatre.

 This will be performed out-of-doors in the courtyard of the Château de Prangins. Here is the Howard productions synopsis of the play. 

 “Much Ado About Nothing” tells the tale of two couples who show their love in very different ways. Benedick and Beatrice deny any existence of love for one another and try to show there is no chemistry whatsoever. Claudio and Hero are besotted by each other and head over heels in love.

Through means of trickery and deceit, Benedick and Beatrice are led to confess their love for each other while Claudio is unknowingly trapped into rejecting Hero at the altar. Is true love destined to be? Constable Dogberry, a master of malapropisms, discovers that this is all the evil-minded plan of the villain, the illegitimate Don John. Inevitably, Don John is captured and celebrations take place as everybody rejoices the marriages of the two couples.

This play is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious reflections on honour, shame, and court politics. It was probably written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. Like “As You Like It” and “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a joyful comedy ending with happy marriages and no deaths.

TNT’s Director Paul Stebbings presents us with a remarkable professional theatrical production full of comedy, and bursting with energy.   Tickets are CH 40.  Seats are not numbered. (Gate opens at 19:00)  There is an option to have a  private terrace apéritif, overlooking the lake and alps, from 19:00 for CHF 25.  Cash bar from 19:00  and at interval.  See  Howard Productions.  Secure payment by credit card is available, as is a map showing the theatre location. Alternatively email :  tickets@howardprod.ch   Please mention the number of tickets needed, postal mailing address and daytime telephone number.  Telephone:  +41 (0)79 256 7335 between 10:00  and 12:00 on weekdays only.   Note: Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the main car park on the lakeside. Performances take place under all weather conditions. Parking for disabled is available if requested in advance. Tickets may not be exchanged or refunded.

Nyon tourism has a new summer brochure. 

The brochure lists new developments and events in the Nyon area for both tourists and locals, including the soon to be inaugaurated Velopass scheme on the 18th June (see “bike day” below).  You can pick up a copy of this brochure at Nyon tourist office and at various other points around the area. See Nyon tourism for full details.

Day of the bike on Saturday 18th

On the 18th June it is “Day of the Bike” – an opportunity to buy good quality second hand bikes at the annual bike sale. The sale takes place between 10:00 and 12:00, (if you want to sell your bike, take it down at 09:00 to be priced and put in the sale).

Also on the same day there will be a free visual check of your bike offered by Hubacher bikes of Nyon.

At 11:45 there will also be a massive  bike ride through the town!

On the same day it  is also the inaugaration of  the Velopass system in Nyon (this will take place at 11:00 just behind the railway station). In this system, for an annual abonnement of 35 CHF,  (and then a daily rate of 6 CHF), you can pick up a bike at eleven different pick up or drop off points around Nyon, Gland, Prangins and Gland.

This service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. See the site for more details.

Spring in Nyon – March newsletter now out/ Events coming up

Warmer weather has now arrived in Nyon and the Spring newsletter of Living in Nyon is now out. On it there is a round up of what has been featured on the site for the past three months, there is also exciting news about Nyon’s cinema!  If you would like to receive this free newsletter, just susbscribe by registering in the box on the right hand side of this site.

Living in Nyon on Facebook

Did you know that Living in Nyon now has a Facebook page? Posts from this site are automatically fed to the page so check it out, click the “like” button and join in the discussions on the site.

Events coming up  in Nyon

The Funambule is a small but intimate theatre space situated next to the Beau Rivage hotel in Nyon. Along with running theatre, singing  and composition workshops for musical and theatrical students (it has its own in house recording studio), the theatre also runs a full programme of  professional shows ranging from theatrical plays, comedies to musical evenings.  See the Funambule’s own website for more details. 

Comedy in English

The next event at the Funambule in English on the agenda, is the one man show  “Caveman”  which will be performed on the 16th April at 20:30 and 17th April at 17:00.  You can buy tickets in advance for this production either online or at  the service desk at Migros. There is a bar at the theatre to have a pre dinner drink.  

27th March – Journée Proxité – Family day out and a day to discover Nyon  

On Sunday 27th March there are lots of activities organised to discover the local farms and the local heritage buildings.  The full programme of the day can be found here  adn more informantion on the Nyon town website here.

Glocals have a Nyon group.  Glocals now has a Nyon social group. The group organises activities and social outings to many of the events that are mentioned on this site. Link here to find out more about the group. Note this is not a Living in Nyon group, this group was formed under the umbrella of Glocals.

English Reading Group at Crans près Celigny library

Next meeting 14th April from 15:15 to 17:00 The group will be discussing  “The space between us”  by Thrity Umrigar. For more info contact Mally Packham 022 7766084 or email mally.packham@bluewin.ch

Volunteers Needed

ICV Volunteers are needed for the following conference  “Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction“, this is  a volunteer opportunity taking place from 8-13 May 2011.  Volunteers are need  to fulfill the following responsibilities:

57 Volunteers for Welcoming Services

  • Welcome; provide assistance; oversee the setup of session; prepare bags; liaise between staff etc…
  • 16 Reporters, 2 Editors and 2 Photographers
  •   Write, proofread and/or edit session reports; Document conference events.
  • 4 Translators  Translate documents during the event; Languages: Six U.N. languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian).

Click here to view more information about this volunteer opportunity.

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please submit your CV to volunteer@icvolunteers.org and, if you haven’t already done so, register for ICVolunteers here.

Swiss cycle champion comes to Nyon

This weekend Swiss cycling champion Fabien Cancellera comes to Nyon. Cancellera won a silver medal in the road race in the Olympics in Beijing and the gold medal for the Indoor time trial. On Sunday he will be taking part in the circular road race which starts in Nyon and goes up Genolier and back to Nyon (16.5 km).

If you want to see him he will be leaving from le Rive area of Nyon (near the Sultan restaurant) at midday. He and others will be cycling the route 11 times (a total of 184:00 Km). Races in other categories (women, under 23s etc) are also taking part on Saturday and Sunday, take a look at the site for further details under “Guide Technique”.