15 November 2017

My Swiss Story

Well gosh, it seems I have the small honor of being the first guinea pig for a new series, "My Swiss Story," at my favorite Swiss online newspaper, Le News.

Many thanks to my darling wife, without whom none of this would have possible, not to mention, extremely wonderful.

10 October 2017

Switzerland: Four Official Languages, an Unofficial Fifth, Lots of Translators

With a population of only 8.3 million, Switzerland has four official languages and that pushy unofficial fifth. And so too do we have lots of professional translators with opinions about the spread of English.

04 September 2017

Poetry Found

We were wheeling along a neighborhood boardwalk this Monday afternoon and came upon a little table piled with poetry, and two gentlemen offering to read to us and everyone.

Claude Thébert reads poems from "Aller Simple" by Erri De Luca.

Lionel Brady reads Verlaine.
Claude reads Greek poet, Kiki Dimoula.

For more on Lionel and Claude: www.theatredusentier.ch

27 August 2017

Samedi Swim in the Rhone

Our long, hot summer (knock on wood) draws les Genevois in the know to a certain stretch of the Rhone to swim and watch its beauty and hijinks.

Yesterday, a regatta of whacky boats and sailors bedecked the river.

Wildlife abounded.

And bounded.

The weather report for at least the next week: mostly hot and sunny, and totally cool.

28 July 2017

Vote for Switzerland's Most Beautiful Village

In Switzerland's famous "direct democracy," voters frequently are called on to vote on a host of candidates and initiatives -- and now, a beauty contest for the country's most beautiful village.

10 June 2017

How to Hack Swiss Street Food Fests

Another mouth-watering street food festival in Geneva this weekend. 

Food from Brazil, Japan, Portugal, India, Italy, the U.S., the U.K., Thailand, France, China, Mexico, Greece, the Maghreb, and on and on.

The sprawl of delish dishes includes everything from fried meat pastries, raw salads, lamb stew, and skewers of chicken satay, to ramen, fish and chips, fresh cold oysters and lobster sandwiches, plus gelati, Swiss sweets, fresh fruit and veggie juices, mojitos, champagne cocktails, wines, beers, and more and more and more.

And always, the amazingly creative trucks and trailers ...

So much to taste. But our tummies are only so big, so where to put it all? This year we got smart and brought containers for laters.

22 April 2017

March for Science, Geneva Switzerland

Empirical analysis has repeatedly shown that scientists are both adorable and funny. This was reproven on this gorgeous Saturday in Geneva's Jardin Anglais during the March for Science, one of many such marches taking place on March 22, Earth Day, around the planet.

At a rally before the march, several scientists spoke in English, French or German to the crowd of 2000-plus on topics including sub-atomic particle physics and Legos (re building blocks: "Everyone knows the electron, but you should find out about neutrinos!").  Each blatantly highly-educated speaker explained in detail only a colleague could love why science matters not only to them but to our generations yet unborn. So sweet, their heart-felt over-sharing.

You can't throw a rock in Geneva without hitting a scientist. They come to study and work here from all over the world in many fine institutions, including CERN, the World Health Organization, the World Wildlife Fund, UNESCO, the World Meteorological Organization, and on and on.

After several speakers, everyone embarked on a march along the lakeside. Actually it was more of a stroll on this cool, sunny day, people of all ages, mostly speaking English, waving signs and chanting slogans.

"Science not silence!"

"What do we want? Science-based policy! When do we want it? After peer review!"

"Got polio? Me neither. Thanks, science"

Quick vid:

The name of the global poster child for science ignorance, also known as the President of the United States, was excruciatingly avoided.