Yesterday was a soggy Saturday. I doubted whether or not I would even leave the house, but then I remembered the perfect rainy day activity…going to the movies! As you can imagine, most of the movies here are in French. But, I’ve finally learned the codes to understand which movies are shown in English. (VO = original version; Of = English with French subtitles) I scanned the options and found two choices. And a few other friends were up for a movie, too. Perfect!
Now what to do before our 4:20 movie? A friend texted to say he was on his way to Vevey to return the skis he rented this season. Great idea! I should do that, too. We made the return and decided to have lunch with some others. Pizza and soda also sounded like a good idea on a soggy day. (And we were right; it was delicious!) We lingered at the pizzeria for quite a while before heading our separate ways for the afternoon. I love spontaneous fun on days without a plan! (And we all know I have very few days without a plan.)
Next stop – Lausanne for movie time! I love movies. I grew up in a small-ish towns where movie-going was a big source of entertainment. In St. Louis, I loved going to movies at the Chase Park Plaza – a fancy hotel in Central West End with reasonable ticket prices, complementary valet parking, small, delicious snacks, and even an organ player to serenade you before the start of the show! I’ve been SO looking forward to a movie in Switzerland, but with a busy schedule, I hadn’t made time for it yet.
We chose to see “The Monuments Men,” and I really enjoyed it. We’ve had so much WWII history in the places we visited, and it was cool to see several landmarks we visited in the past month – especially the cathedral in Brugge, Belgium! And to top it all off, I had some salty popcorn! Not quite as decadent as in the States (where I always get “a little” butter), but still a huge treat!
Today’s rainy day activity? Attempting to pack a carry-on suitcase for a 12-day trip. (I did it!) Tomorrow I leave for London, Sao Paulo, and Bogota. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees in Brazil. It’s been so long; I can’t really remember what that kind of heat feels like. I’m hoping to update the blog while I’m gone, but in case there’s a hiatus, you’ll understand why.