A Boating & Barbecue Farewell

Leaving Geneva just as Summer begins is gut-wrenching. Summers in Switzerland revolve around hiking in the mountains and spending time on and along the beautiful lakes.

Luckily, our friends know us well and provided us with one last opportunity to enjoy an evening on the lake together.

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Last night a few of our closest friends hosted a boating and barbecue night on Lac Leman, better known as Lake Geneva.

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We started the evening with a two-hour boat ride or booze cruise on the lake. Bo and I brought a few bottles of wine for everyone to enjoy including bubbly and rose.  Though the wind and cool temperatures prohibited us from swimming and tubing, the clear evening allowed us gorgeous views of Mont Blanc and a perfect sunset.

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Bundled up in sweaters and jackets, we sipped wine and reminisced for two glorious, relaxing hours.

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Two hours later, just as the sun began to set, we headed back to shore for the barbecue. Unlike New York City, you can barbecue openly in Geneva. During the Summer, the lakeside is packed with people relaxing, enjoying the sunset and barbecuing on both gas and charcoal grills.

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Thanks to comfortable blankets, a conveniently filled flask and barbeque essentials, the night quickly escalated over delicious food and some flask action. 

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Ed managed the miniature gas grill while the rest of us laughed and ate. The food was delicious, and the wine went down easily, but the highlight of the evening was the hours of laughter.

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Why is it no longer the weekend?

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Bo and I woke up at 4:30 this morning, in order to make our 6:50am flight from Dublin to Geneva. Needless to say, I have been dragging ALL day.

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Using Exercise to Maintain My Sanity

Moving is stressful. Saying goodbye to friends is tough. Transitioning from one job to another brings a lot of unknown and complexities. Based on these three facts, the next six weeks should be a joy.

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Luckily, these days, even thirty minutes of physical activity can help relieve stress. Gone are the days when I crave a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to eat away my stress induced anxiety after a long day.

These days, I’ve decided that my mantra for the next six weeks will be to lace up my sneakers and go.

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Today I spent 30 minutes outside letting my thoughts run wild while I ran through a local park, enjoyed the sight of the Spring flowers and completed a quick 30-minute run. I didn’t track my pace or distance.

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I stopped twice, once to complete my 5-minute strength circuit and again to say hello to a friend. This was far different from the training runs a few weeks ago. But, don’t get me wrong. It served a purpose that was equally if not more important. It helped me relieve the stress that comes along with moving two people on two very different dates, while managing a full-time job and trying to enjoy the last few weeks in Europe.

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If April training focused on the half marathon, then May and June’s training focus will be using exercise to maintain my sanity.

I’ll be living alone for June, which means I’ll have plenty of time for evening yoga classes and early morning workouts. I’ll try a few new Les Mills classes at our office gym before I say goodbye to that membership.

What are your suggestions for managing stress the next six weeks?

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We’re Coming Home…

Oh, how time flies.

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Just over two years ago, I posted big news on this blog. We were moving to Europe. I said that we were scared, nervous and unsure of what the future held but that we’d decided to hold hands and embark on the adventure together.

It feels as if we’ve been living in a parallel universe where even some of the smallest everyday things present new and confounding challenges. We’ve visited 16 countries in 24 months and have made every effort to take full advantage of this opportunity. Our group of close friends, both locals and fellow expats, have enriched the experience. Alas, all good things must come to an end.

In the next two months, Bo and I will be turning over our Swiss visas and finding a brand new address in New York City.

While we still have more than 20 cities left unvisited on our European travel list and will miss Switzerland’s natural beauty, I hear that Europe is only a quick overnight flight from New York.

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