Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hike in Interlaken

Here is a video I wasn't going to post, but thought what the hell. It is the top of a hike in Interlaken and there is a restaurant on top. This is a panoramic view from the restaurant. (You can take the tram up instead of hiking also.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The only perscription is .... More Cowbell

Before heading back to Geneva, I took a 2.5 hr hike to a restaurant on the top of a mountain (Pics were on earlier blog). Thought I would share with you a little cowbell, a sound that covers the towns. Notice the cow just standing there, not playing? It's hard to find good cowbell now-a-days.

Here is a little american cowbell for ya, click Link:
American version

Monday, October 15, 2007

Moving My Way 2 the Top

Last Friday we had a UN holiday Eid_ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. For the weekend, I decided see some of the Alps before it starts getting cold and ventured to the town of Interlaken. From Interlaken, I go to the town of Grindelwald, which is a little town filled with gondolas/trams heading to many peaks around it. I went to the top of them all, the highest peak in Europe - Jungfraujoch.

I arrived to the hostel and find that it is Europe's #1 extreme sports, only 2nd in the world to New Zealand. There was cannoning, whitewater rafting, sky diving, horseback riding, cave spelunking, paragliding, mountain biking, and everything else known to man. That's why I have to come back!

See More pics below of Top of Jungfrau, Ice Palace with ice carvings, Cows on Interlaken Hike, Restaurant at top of hike:


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Rugby World Cup France and England

France scores and wins!!!

Okay, there are 2 major sports over here, ofcourse soccer and the other is Rugby. Well it's Rugby World Cup time and that means the bars are packed way beyond fire code standards. Four teams remain- France, England, Argentina and South Africa. The France border surrounds Geneva, so the fan base is big for the games. These are pics from the France vs New Zealand game.Chanting is very common during the game, makes it a little more interactive. Do we have any good chants? Maybe the 85 Bears- 'Superbowl Shuffle'. This weekend is England vs France. I'm pulling for England....

**Update - In the final match England lost to South Africa 6 to 15.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Excuse my French

With The United Nations, World Health Organization, CERN, and Red Cross being based here, people come from all over the world making Geneva a very international city. At work, everyone speaks english and it is the common language for business. There are quite a few coworkers that don't speak much French, so they can get by relying on everyone else to know english. When you get out of work and into the city, it is a different story - everyone speaks french. So deciding not to be the ignorant american, yesterday I enrolled and went to my first french class. Working for the UN, they offer french to employees at a discount and you go during the work day. How sweet is that! The bad news is that I started the class one month late, so the next couple weeks will be cramming tongue twisting words in my head....

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Checking into the pad

I found an appartment, only because of a coworker had a friend that was moving out. The vacancy rate here is .5%, yes that is less than 1%. The pad is in a great location and seems to fit.

Cick the link below to give it a look: