J Adore My Home In Switzerland!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
93Trip End Oct 19, 2007
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I am living 10 minutes bus ride out of the city centre (or 40 minutes downhill- which l walked up today) which l frequent on my days off- what do l do there?? Ohh so much walking, window shopping in the beautiful boutiques, and drinking caffe au lait and eating chocolate crossiants as l gaze across the waters edges to France. I also spend at least one hour each week getting totally lost in the 4 storeys of the shop H&M which l discovered when l was in NY--and love it! But generally l just walk around Lausannes cobbled stone steep streets, and up its old wooden staircases up to old Lausanne where l frequent the beautiful Cathedral and gaze out over the orange rooftops towards the Lake and over to France.
Thats one thing l know l will miss when l leave Switzerland--the bells---lam not surrounded by music here but the sound of bells!! Bells seem to be heard everwhere and on everything!! Cows and sheep have bells tied around them, you dont ring doorbells but very large real bells, bells jingle on peoples doors as you enter and being Christmas time the sound of sleigh bells are everywhere! I have never met a nation more obsessed with bells!! Or chocolate and cheese for that matter!!! Switzerland is home to alot of chocolate companys--- some of the most famous being Nestle and Lindt.
And then there is the cheese---ohhh so amazing! I have fallen in love with it-- in particular Brie and Gruyere- which l hope to visit and see it being made in the Spring. They have cheese on everything and do the most amazing things to it!! I had my first Fondue last week (a Swiss specialty)--and after being here two months l was able to successfully eat the whole thing (most Australians would only be able to take 2 mouthfulls)! It was delicious--and l didnt drop the bread of my fork at any time- which meant l didnt have to walk home naked thank goodness (a tradition if u drop your bread in the fondue)---as it was snowing outside
Another thing l love here is the yogurt---l have never tasted yogurt so good! My favourite is the hazelnut and mocha---its to die for!!!!
I have fallen in love with Ouchy-- where the rich an famous live- right on Lake Genevas shore. Luckily the family lam working for Grandfather ownes a Crepperie their so we often visit and spend the afternoons eating sucre (sugar and lemon) crepes and then walking around the lake side watching the anchored boats and swans. In Ouchy l visited the Olympic Musuem- which was interesting- though l was more taken with its spectuacular location and outdoor art exhibits! Ouchy reminds me somewhat of St Kilda- with people rollar blading around its water edges and eating glace (ice-cream)-only alot more posh! I love to go there when the sun is shining on Thursdays- my day off.
A few people have been asking what l actually do here in Switzerland in day to day life. Basically my job involves getting the breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner ready for the family and cleaning it up, looking after Chloe (the two year old) all day and going to the park, playground and music classes with her, teaching the girls piano and singing, painting, cooking, walking the dog Athos in the near by woods (which l love doing) and basic laundry and small amount of cleaning- though there is a cleaning lady here her name is Madame Moi and she speaks no English and boy can she talk--our relationship is a funny one full of mime! We then go almost every weekend during the season to Verbier--a ski resort in the Swiss Alps which l will talk about in another entry...Iam starting to attend gym classes and go swimming--u dont want to know how many kilos l have stacked on since being here---loving the food too much!! And then l also am about to start attending French classes one night a week.
So that is my life in Lausanne..hope it answers all the questions l have been getting! I may add photos to this entry in the coming months as the weather has been a little grey on some of the days l took the photos.