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Run, Unpack, Eat & Repeat

Posted Aug 27 2013 5:56am

This was one of those weekends which left me feeling like I need a vacation. Lucky for me vacation begins Friday at 6pm! Saturday through Tuesday we will be in Burgundy with our friend Ryan and Amy who are heading over to Europe for their annual anniversary trip!

Saturday the weekend began with a 16 mile long run through Geneva. Emily requested a new route as we’ve been running along the lake for the past month. Little did she know that I’d come up with a route that would take us from running up trails to crossing bridges and through small areas of Geneva she had not seen previously!

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Overall the run was a partial success. We ended up having to stop for traffic lights and to check the map a bit more than I would have liked but none of the stops were very long. In addition, the hills at the beginning and end really challenged our legs but we still finished strong. I didn’t wear my Garmin and instead we just ran for fun which was a nice way to breakup marathon training. While I drank plenty of water during the run I only consumed 40 calories which is definitely not enough for a long Emily has enjoyed running so much that she signed up for the Lausanne Marathon ! As of now we are scheduled to be in London that weekend unfortunately but I’m excited to have a training partner for the next 3 long runs before she heads to the states for a quick trip.

As soon as I returned home Bo and I spent the next three hours unpacking boxes and working in the flat. While the movers did the majority of the unpacking on Friday, there was still plenty of work to be done including putting together some furniture, reorganizing, finding places for things, and hanging some pictures.

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By 1pm we found ourselves at the Geneva Airport picking up Bo’s sister, Meg, who was here for a quick visit before heading to London with Bo. Her arrive coincided perfectly with the beginning of our 30 day rental car which is part of the relocation package.

IMG_0979   While she rested Saturday afternoon we put the car to good use and made an Ikea trip where we were able to get in and out in 20 minutes! This record time was only possible due to the fact that Ikea closed 20 minutes after we arrived so we were forced to be efficient! The rest of the afternoon was spent doing heavier work like drilling and hanging mirrors as our friend PJ came over and lent us his tools for the weekend!

IMG_0982 Luckily there was a great reward for all our hard work on Saturday – a night out with friends!  We went to dinner with Renaud, Sarah and Hugo at a beautiful Swiss restaurant on Lake Geneva, La Belotte . While the inclement weather didn’t allow us to sit out on the patio, but we barely noticed the storm passing outside as we were laughing too hard the entire time. The service was subpar but the food was delicious! Luckily Sarah and Renaud helped us make choices based on their previous experience and local specialties. The clear winners were the perch and the warm goat cheese salad!

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After dinner we sipped beers until 2am with new Geneva friends at Yvette de Marseille , a bar in Eaux Vive with indoor and outdoor space, perfect for a Summer evening. We discovered that they serve bottles of wine in bags instead of buckets and employ a guy to walk around saying “shhh” to louder groups versus a bouncer at the door. Oh Geneva, you’ll never cease to amaze me.

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Wine in a bag? Have you ever seen this before or am I just behind the times?

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