At the start of this blog, there weren’t visits to Switzerland, because I lived there. Now that I’m back on the other side of the ocean and missing it terribly, I had to plan a visit! I still have dozens of friends living there, and it was SO wonderful to spend time catching up with them!
You know you’re in Geneva when George is there to greet you upon arrival!
It’s amazing how fast you forget things when they aren’t part of your day to day. The precision of the Swiss was one of those things. They have a timer on the rental car shuttle telling you exactly when the next shuttle will leave.
And how perfect for my rental car to be a Peugeot after driving one for 2.5 years!
I stayed with my Connect Group leader and her husband the first night. We went to church together Sunday morning at C3 Church Lausanne, and then all of my Connect Group friends (and their significant others) came over for a picnic. It was so great to spend time with them!
I am obsessed with Swiss cows…especially their cowbells! I totally pulled over to take this picture. Their bells were ringing softly in the breeze.
After my time in Lausanne, I headed to Vevey. It was cloudy and rainy for most of my trip, which was a bummer, but I still spent the afternoon walking along the lakefront. I love the fork and Charlie Chaplain. I had dinner with a friend at my favorite restaurant – Ze Fork.
After dinner, I went to my home away from home for the next several nights. I was staying with dear friends who happen to live in my old apartment building. It was truly like being home.
While it was too cloudy to go into the mountains on Whitsun Day (a public holiday in Switzerland), the rain held off enough for us to take a walk in the vineyards, visit the new Nestle museum – Le Nest, and to walk along the lakefront.
A homemade dinner on the terrace was the perfect ending to a day that looked a lot like many of my Saturdays when I lived in Vevey. I loved it!
I paid one visit to the grocery store while I was in town to buy some of my favorite things, and I had to take a picture of the colored eggs. I never asked anyone about them while I was living in Switzerland, but this visit, I learned that they’re hard boiled eggs! Ha! They’re “picnic ready.” My friends thought it was hilarious I didn’t know this!
I also made it a point to go to Chateau de Chillon to take a proper picture. I took my mom in December 2013 when she came to visit, but we didn’t walk past the castle to get a picture from this vantage point. Since it was so easy to access the castle by public transportation, I used to send visitors on their own, so I never went back for a repeat visit. It looks pretty ominous in this photo, but I had a wonderful walk along the far end of the lake.
I spent the day visiting some friends and their little ones, which was really wonderful!
The clouds started to break up much later in the afternoon. Just in time for the apero that I hosted at KJU. More than 20 colleagues came out, which was so great!
My favorite mountains peaked out for a picture after apero.
Vevey is small, and because of that, you can always guarantee that you’ll run into someone. I happened to run into a Birthday Twin and fellow American!
It’s almost impossible to avoid Pizza Man when spending any length of time in Vevey. He’s open late, and he doesn’t mind a noisy crowd. It was also fun to reunite with a Brazilian colleague I met during a work trip to Sao Paulo who’s now based in Switzerland. The Nestlé world is very, very small.
I ended my final day with a visit to my old office where I got to see several colleagues and have lunch with a few of the US expats. Four days was not nearly enough, but it was a great infusion for me. This place will forever have a special place in my heart, and I’m so happy I got to visit!