Sunday, July 19, 2009

This Week's Events and Le Tour de France!

We had a busy week! Mark started his 1st day of work on Wednesday and had a good short week. He is busy getting to know the business and has already started working on projects. I finished my second week of French class. This week I started learning how to conjugate verbs, among other things!

Friday we went to our 1st Glocals event, a happy hour hosted at a bar in Lausanne. Glocals is a social networking site that allows expats to organize get-togethers. The bar, Etoille Blanche (translation: White Star!) was a lot of fun and we met a lot of nice people from all over, including the U.K, South Africa and Montreal.

Yesterday we took the train to Lausanne to go to the movies. We saw Harry Potter (in English, with French and German subtitles!). Afterwards, we went to my new favorite department store, Globus and purchased a Nintendo Wii!, which has been a great source of entertainment thus far!

Today has been a great day! We took a 20 minute train ride to Yverdon-les Bains and watched the Tour de France ride through. Today was Stage 15 and went from the border of France into Switzerland and included a climb at the finish into Verbier. We arrived about 2 hours early to ensure a good watching spot. Before the race came through, we were thoroughly entertained by the sponsor caravan that rode through. Every sponsor drove by in a car or bus of some form, playing music or honking their horn, and throwing out stuff to the crowd. It appears most of the stuff was aimed at the kids for their taking, but being the adults, we were thrown two keychain bottle openers by the alcohol company!!! LOL! Finally, we spotted the cyclists come around the corner around 12:55 pm and fly past us! The route was on a very flat road, so the riders were going at high speeds. The whole event was only about 20 seconds, but it was a sight to see. Check out the video below!

We caught the train back to Neuchatel and I had a productive afternoon getting our laundry done (our day to do laundry again!). Mark cooked a great dinner and now we are playing Wii Monopoly...well he is playing; he bankrupted me a few minutes ago! :)

That was our week in a nutshell! Looking forward to more fun events to come!

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