Thursday August 31st, 2017

Moving On

Hey there. The kids are back to school since last week, yet here I am struggling to write this pots as it. Is. Difficult.

 

I have decided to retire from blogging.

Phew. There – I said it.

 

This is a well-thought decision and not an easy one to make, but it really is time for me to move on. Since quite some time now I had known that I would stop sometime this year and the recent summer holiday confirmed it. I cannot come back. After 8.5 years, I don’t want to blog anymore.

I have a few reasons – my main reason is that I want to do something else. Blogging had been a great “job”, it fit perfectly with my stay-at-home-mom-with-young-children schedule. But now that my children are older and more independent, I finally have the time to do something larger, something that does not involve (much of) social media.

Which was my other reason: I have a social media fatigue. Running the blog means I need to stay on top of the social medias, thus almost constantly scroll at my screens. On the background, I also received many email and personal messages I had to keep up with. Along with the regular maintenance to update/backup the site. I want to stop that. I don’t like it anymore. And I want to stop sharing my children to the world too. I believe I have tried my best to conceal their faces and identities on my post, but by blogging I will still share their activities and personal lives.

I also felt that now there is not as much need for this blog as it was in 2009 when I started. Back then, there was very little information on the web for Lausanne parents in English. This blog was helpful. Now we have many more info sites and communities – on other blogs, Facebook groups, Twitter, Instagram… and that’s awesome. I’m sure these medias will quickly fill the void that is left by this blog.

Blogosphere has changed a lot in the last years, as is beautifully summarized in this blog. These changes are felt everywhere, especially to those who have blogged for many years. Some of my most favorite bloggers, including those top bloggers with millions hits, had stopped. I even found myself stop reading many of the blogs I once really liked. It’s clearly the end of my blog era.

I’m in my early 40s now, and I feel that it’s finally my time. I began to really take care of myself – I started a running routine in May and fell in love with it. If you had followed me for some time, you may remember that I had a slight post-partum depression. It’s a pleasure to report that I am now far from it. I’m happy, and I don’t take it for granted. Life is full of ups and downs, and while I’m in the up, I need to take that chance to try something else.

On the logistic side, this blogs and all contents will stay online at least until January 2018, as the fee has been paid. So in case there are contents that you’d like to save, please save or copy-paste it to your own file by the end of this year.

I will as well close Lausanne Mom’s instagram account, but the facebook page will remain active.

Oh, I cannot thank you enough for 8.5 wonderful years we shared on my blogging journey. Friendships have been made, tears shared, giveaways won. I know how lucky I am to have such amazing readership. Seriously going to miss you all. You are so fab!

Please take care.

Gotta go now.

xxmeta.

 

P.S.: My humongous gratitude to all Lausanne Mom’s sponsors who had made it possible for me to keep blogging all these years. And especially those readers who had donated two years ago. The blog is still making money thanks to Google Ads so that I will repay you. You should hear from me in the near future.

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Tuesday June 27th, 2017

See you after la rentrée!

Piscine de Montetan – Parc de Valency

Ouf!

It’s my kids who are approaching end of school year, yet it seems that I am the one slowing my brain 😬 I really can’t do much anymore on the blog, can’t concentrate! There are too many to do for end-of-school as well as the beginning of summer holiday. So please let me stop here for this summer! I’ll come back after “la rentrée” at the end of August.

But just before I activate my holiday mode, there are several older post that may be useful to you at this time of the year:

While I’m inactive on the blog, I maybe a bit more active on facebook and Instagram, so do follow me there!

Have a happy summer holiday!

xx,
meta.

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Thursday June 15th, 2017

Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby

Lately I have been somehow very lucky with museum-related contests. First I won two tickets to Kulturama, then a Museum Pass through an Instagram contest, and the last one was a special trip to Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby from Club 24heures ( I am a subscriber of the newspaper). Many of you should know by now that we love museums, are fans of trains, and I had put this museum on my summer list, so this trip was perfect!

The train museum is located in Chaulin, but to reach there, one must take the special trains either from Blonay or Chamby. Or take MVR train from platform 7 in Vevey and switch in Blonay. But as in our case it was a special trip arranged by Club 24heures, we took a steam train directly from Vevey.

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Tuesday June 6th, 2017

Our Random Train Day

If you have been following the blog for a while, you may remember that we don’t have a car. Thus in Switzerland we rely almost exclusively to public transport, that is thankfully excellent and family-friendly. Since they were born, both our kids have been on and off all kinds of public transports and they are very used to the system. My son has also been a HUGE train lover and it has been his mission to try every single trains in the planet. I’m not kidding!

Thus one day in late February, when he kept asking me to take this and that train instead of our commuter one, I promised him that we would make a “Random Train Day” during the Easter school holiday. On that day, I promised, that both his sister and he could choose whatever train they wished, to go anywhere they wanted. He was over the moon.

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Wednesday May 31st, 2017

Glamping in the Swiss Tubes – in TCS Campsite Gwatt

My kids had been nagging to do camping for the last couple of years. But I, honestly, still like the idea of a comfortable bed at night. So glamping (=glamour camping) was our choice. I had heard about Swiss Tubes since a couple of years ago, so when in January I saw that our Ascension weekend was still free, I made a booking. Note that I don’t think that booking a few months in advance is necessary, but it may be a good idea as the tubes tend to book out.

The next day I received an email to acknowledge my reservation, and in April I receive the confirmation, including the advance payment details. The rate for 2 nights without bedding for 2 adults and 2 children was chf339 (including visitor and state tax). I had to pay chf200 in advance by bank transfer.

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Tuesday May 30th, 2017

What You Must Know: Photographs of Identifiable People in Switzerland

With the warmer months now here, and especially the outdoor swimming pools opened, I feel the need of a re-post as this is a topic that needs to be known and remembered.  (Original post dated June 2015)


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On Saturday 24heures ran an article on regulations of photographing people in public space, in this case within the area of public swimming pools. Yes, that includes photos of own children. Based on this regulations, dated back to decades ago, it is forbidden to take photos at all – though the article also explains that in practice it really depends on the circumstances (Does the child wish to be photographed? Does the child know the photographer? etc)

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Thursday May 18th, 2017

Museum: nest – in Vevey

Only a couple of weeks away from its first anniversary, nest is one of the new museums in the area. If you didn’t get it directly from the name, nest is dedicated entirely to the story of Henri Nestlé, the founder of Nestlé company, and of course all the Nestlé activities and products.

Own by Nestlé, there were many similarities with the other Nestlé-owned museums in the area – the Alimentarium and the Maison Cailler – though nest was the most modern and high-tech of all three. The building by itself was really beautiful – industrial but airy with lots of modern architecture.

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Thursday May 4th, 2017

Launch Your Child’s Future with TechSpark Academy

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As a parent I found it challenging to set a balance over many things in my children’s daily life. One huge challenge is their screen time. On one hand I’d like to unplug them from screens and digital life, and instead enjoy the physical life of their childhood. On the other hand, I feel the pressure to give them the necessary tools for their future life, and one is undoubtedly computer skill.

In the latter case, TechSpark Academy offers exactly that, and more. They go far beyond teaching word processors and spreadsheets. Through the themes that they run in their courses they teach children how to work with professional-grade “off-the-shelf” programs such as Digital Photography and Film or 3D printing, as well as with the basic of robotics and mobile app programming. Instead of playing games or using apps, their students create ones. Their newest offer is Cyber Awareness: Hacking and Defense, which in my opinion, has became more needed than ever before.

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Monday May 1st, 2017

Running Events for Children and Families

My husband and son like running. They have been doing many races in the area in the last few years. My son has ran races since he was almost 4, first accompanied by his dad or me, but he could run by himself since he was 5. I love promoting running races as I believe running is the easiest and cheapest sport a healthy person can do.

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Tuesday April 25th, 2017

Summer Holiday Activities in Lausanne and Around (2017)

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Easter holiday has passed, kids are back to school, it’s time to think of school summer holiday! :)

For those not yet familiar with the school here, school kids in Switzerland have holidays often, approximately every 6 weeks (find the list here). This may create problems to many parents, especially ones who are employed. Chatting around, I found that most employed couple rely on help from grandparents or families (who sometimes fly from another side of the planet). Or hire a temporary nanny when they can afford one. Or they take turns taking off days from their office. But considering the active life of kids, even the stay-at-home parents need programs to keep those little ones and teens happily occupied.

Below I complied different kinds of activities and camps that are offered during the school holidays in Lausanne and surrounding areas. Please click the links for more info.

As a general rule, the winter holiday after Christmas and the Relâches (February) are considered ski holiday thus most of the sport camps offered concentrated into this. For other holidays, activities are more varied.


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