Wednesday, June 22

Summer's Here!

Summer has started and it's hot! Temperatures have been in the low 30's for the last few days. I didn't realise it got so hot and humid in Switzerland. Sorry guys, I don't mean to gloat! I hear this is a bit of a contrast to the weather some of you are experiencing at the moment.

We've been busy with visitors over the last couple of weeks. Dean H stayed with us for a weekend in early June and it was great to see him. We drove around the lake and visited the Chateau de Chillon and the gardens at the Olympic Museum.

Last week I attended my first big UN meeting, organised by my division. There were over 150 statisticians from 52 countries, including several Australians and Kiwis whom Peter has worked with in the past. He organised a dinner with them at a nice restaurant overlooking the lake and took a couple of them touring once the meeting was over. We won't mention him popping the car tyre on one of Geneva's famous razor sharp curbs!

We've just had a terrific weekend with Elissa, Chris and 13 m.o. Hugh. They have been travelling around Europe for 6 weeks and were visiting Geneva for the first time. We wandered into the city, enjoyed dinners sitting out in our garden, walked in the forest at Versoix, played tennis and swam at our local centre sportif and of course, the obligatory tour of the UN! Hugh is a real character and it was fun having a little one around. Elissa and Chris are great company and it was so nice to see them. They're now in Paris for a week before heading home, where they will no doubt collapse in exhaustion! 7 weeks on the road with a small child must be hard work.

Fiona arrives this Sunday for her whirlwind visit to Europe. She'll be here for 18 days and will visit at least 3 countries (Switzerland (obviously!), France and the UK). We're so excited and looking forward to showing her around!

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