A month ago, Geneva (and Europe) was in the middle of a giant cold snap. Pictures of a frozen car in Versoix, Switzerland made headlines around the world (and was featured on this blog). Waves and spray from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) covered the lakeside with ice. While it isn’t exactly warm here, it is much warmer. The owner of the storied car made headlines when he finally retrieved it this week.
He had to wait for the ice to melt because chipping it off damages the paint. We still see little bits of snow here and there, but it is melting fast. Boats are going back into the lake. I even saw a girl sunning herself in a bikini top. She had to have been freezing, but no one was complaining.
Problems with the weather and natural disasters continue. Sion and Zermatt experienced avalanches. Luckily, no one was injured or killed.
Also in the Alps, a helicopter crashed near Les Diablerets. The two people on board survived, but were injured. This is the second crash there in as many months. As much fun as the mountains have been, there are daily reminders of their dangers.
In other news, Micheline Calmy-Rey, the former Swiss President, received a pie in the face after attending the opening of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights.. Actually, it was a Black Forest Cake. She is not pressing charges.
A 66 year-old Swiss retiree gave birth to twins. She was artificially inseminated at a clinic in the Ukraine.
In Switzerland, just like just about every other country, women make less than men for doing the same work. Today is Equal Pay Day, the day women break even with men… for the work they did last year. The average woman worked all last year through to today to make the average salary that a man made from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
Finally in sports, Swiss superstar athletes (Roger Federer and Fabian Cancellara) continue to win. Skiing is big. Quel surprise.
- More Pictures of the Versoix, Switzerland Ice Storm (schwingeninswitzerland.wordpress.com)
- Geneva (And Europe’s) Cold Weather (schwingeninswitzerland.wordpress.com)
- It snowed last night 6″ Made for a great day. – Les Diablerets, Switzerland (travelpod.com)