Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Checked into International &Terminus Hotel @ Rue de Alpes, after about 40 minutes Inter Region train ride. Snow falling, heavier than before. This hotel is more expensive than the one in Lausanne but with less facilities. After settling down, Wan & I went out for a walk around town. All shops were closed, even the supermarket, Manor. We stopped for snacks at roadside kiosk; cup of coffee + doughnut @ chf6/
We bought McD fish fillet for dinner, then zzzzzzz, it was cold.
Wan & Dr Zairi attended WHO meeting after breakfast. And me? Thanks, Dr Zairi lent me his computer, otherwise.......
Dinner was the left-overs from lunch with addition of serunding & tea/coffee. That was better than having to find food in the cold!
24 feb, Tuesday- day5
As usual, wan went off to meeting after breakfast & i, in the room with the computer...ohhh again Dr Zairi thank you very much (merci buku kata orang france). Lunch was Manor's salmon pizza & fruits....we saved our stomach for dinner...jeng jeng jeng..
Wan came back late afternoon & took me to a place called Nation. This is the headoffice of the World Health Organization (WHO); where his meetings took place,
This is also where the International Organization for Migration (IOM), The United Nations (UN);among others are located. Sunny but windy and the cold is setting inside me!
The Broken Chair, Nations, Geneva, Switzerland-a symbolic structure to ban land mines
We went back to the hotel & together with Nan proceeded to the Lake (Lac Leman) on foot. Wan took several shots but the cold wind was really bad, we went back to the hotel.....
The over head lines above are the electrical cable that connects to the train/bus.
The excitment began...we want to have rice for dinner. Cooked rice (2x!) in Dr Zairi's small rice cooker. Dishes were canned yeo's chicken curry, cili padi/onions with lemon juice & dr zairi bought beef artichoke, libian fish, currypuffs, samosas etc...ohhhh what a delicious dinner, away from the cold-in the comfort of our room! Plates? We use whatever we have;-that's what you called survival!
We continued our feast with barguette/boursin cheese/creme brulee chocolate/hot jasmine tea/strawberry......everybody went to bed smilling! Too hungry to take snapshot of the food.
Monday, February 23, 2009
20th feb, Friday-Day 1
Wan & I boarded Qatar Airways from KLIA to Doha (~7hrs 50 mins). Arrived at 5.20am local time and took off to Geneva at 7.45 am. Landed in Geneva after ~7hrs flight.
The journey was smooth (being long journey first timer, I've expected otherwise), meals were good.We had window seats, hence the picture of the wing....
As always, I will look for something different, their names this time! Sweeta, Ajin, Deborah, Mamindra, Yamla, Fatima Zohra, Hyun Jin, Ekta...among those that I can remember. From their names and look, I assumed they are not Qataris: -Qatar Air with international crews I would say.
Geneva was at 3 deg when we arrived (12.30 pm)-thick clothing began.We met Dr Zairi& Adenan who arrived earlier on MH flight. From the airport, we took a 45 mins train(inter-city) to Lausanne, a place 3 cities away @CHF 25 each. The train briefly stops at Nyon and Morges. Makcik in the train messaging kids at home...
We met Xavier (Dr Zairi's friend) at the station and he helped show us to our hotel-Agora Hotel, a 10 mins walk from the train station
After checking in we took a taxi to Xavier's house where Dr Zairi & Nan will be staying. Sorry I couldn't figure where Xavier's house is
Pictured above Wan & I at the garden, between the train station & Xavier's home.
We rested for a while and went out, walking again. We stopped by the store to purchase bread, cheese & fruits. Wan & I had dinner in the hotel room:- bread & cheese roulade (very nice), salad and strawberries. We slept very early that day, 7.30pm! (6.08pm dah masuk magrib) as it was about 2.30am in Malaysia.
Ops, forget to mention; We were given free ticket to travel within the city by bus/train when we checked into hotels in Switzerland.
21 feb, Saturday- Day 2
We had breakfast at 6.30am. Hotel breakfast was very simple; Bread, yoghurt, cereals, eggs, hot/cold drinks, unlike those back home where the buffet tables are full of varieties. Love bread so food is not a serious problem for us (at least for now). We took the metro train from Grancy (near our hotel) to Ouchy, the pier & passed places like Delice & Jardil.
Seen here at Grancy metro station
I was not prepared, it was very cold despite having so many layers of clothes under me! I was shaking ( kita kata ketaq dagu-he he he). Tu pun masih sempat control ayu, posing tepi tasik.
Brief viewing of the place, we took the same train to Lausanne, met up with Xavier, Nan & Zairi.
We proceeded on foot to the Old Town. This part of the town is only lively on weekend, saturday particularly.
They sell farmers produce (ala ala our pasar tani); fruits (fresh&dried), vege, flowers etc but no fish. We went to Manor (their supermart) to purchase some stuffs for dinner, including fish etc; Chef of the day-Dr Zairi.
Wan took photo of me with the cows as it reminds us of someone dear to us. Cheerio!
We sent the stuffs back to Xavier's home, went out again for lunch, this time joined by Xavier's pal, Adisa, a very sweet lady. We had Spanish lunch @ El Chiringuito Restaurant located at Saint-Laurent 38, 1003, Lausanne (hmm, I can put all this info as i took their tissue back with me!). A small place, there's only about 7 small tables but they have this bar-like tables where people eat, standing.
Halfway thru lunch, a group of young boys came in and started playing their music, then they pass the hat around...
We went back to Xavier's to rest. Xavier's home seems like a garden, full of fresh plants in the living room, even a banana tree as you can see in the picture.
We helped Zairi prepare stuffs for dinner.....
Xavier, Adisa, Wan & me went out to Ouchy again later in the afternoon, Xavier took us through 'jalan tikus', the shortcut so he said, but OMG it was a vey long walk! Wan had a great time with his camera,clik clacking away. We enjoyed the wonderful sunset, in full view of Lake Geneva, though all the trees were leave-less. Adisa said it will be spring in about 3 weeks time
We arrived just in time for dinner.
There were seven of us at the dinner table; Xavier invited his colleague, Natalie to sample the Malaysian food; white rice with Chili Fish, fish in dark soy sauce, buttered prawns, vege & masak lemak lala (a type of clams). Thanks Dr Zairi for the delicious dinner and thank you Xavier & Adisa, the host.
After dinner, it was dessert (?); Bread w cheese again, green tea flavoured with fresh mint and a specially home-made honey prepared by Adisa's uncle in Bosnia, it was made from nectar of flowers from Tilia tree
It was late evening before we said goodnight. Too full/too tired/too cold/too late to walk, we took a taxi back to the hotel.
22 feb, Sunday -day3
Sunday morning, we went to Ouchy again joined by Nan/Zairi after b'fast. It was raining, so there's nothing much we can do/enjoy.
We checked out of the hotel to our next destination - Geneva. It was snowing then & I had the feel of 'snowflakes' coming down.Pictured below, Lausanne central station in the background.
The sad look as I boarded the train from Lausanne to Geneva....I missed the earlier (when we arrived) nice countryside view that was covered in snow now.....till then.