Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Quick bloggin'

Writing a proper blog entry was high on my lengthy list of things to do today. And this entry will simply not reflect my intention...I wanted to write about how fabulous it was to have my parents and my aunt come visit. I could go on and on about how much I love them and how my life here feels more real because they've seen more of it. I wish I had a picture of how brave my mom was on the world's steepest cogwheel train when we went to the top of Mt. Pilatus but those shots are on their camera. So here are a few pics of the whirlwind trip to Paris three weekends ago when mom and Aunt Sue were on their way to Belgium:




Here we are after spending a few hours with the Impressionists in the Musee d'Orsay.


This is two of the Robinson ladies enjoying a meal. An old man sitting next to us took a picture of all three of us but it is blurry and not in the Impressionist way.


I could tell more stories but I must finish up packing. It seems that Coy's stay in Africa has stretched longer than we expected. Yes, he missed my dad's entire visit here. Bummer. But the bright side is that now I get to join him there! Tomorrow I fly out to Kenya where we will be for the weekend. On Monday we return to Addis Ababa. Not sure what options I'll actually have there but I'm looking forward to seeing Ethiopia. I return that Friday and hopefully Coy will be done with work. He'll have to fill you in on his adventures later.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Life is a Bowl of Cherries





A few things I forgot to tell you earlier on the phone, Coy...one of my students brought me a huge bag of cherries today. She had picked them for me from her backyard!

And the sweetest thing that has happened to me in Switzerland happened yesterday on my way to Keri's house. I hopped off the tram and an elderly lady called out to me in German. So I made my standard apology about not speaking German (this statement is especially effective b/c I never manage to even say it correctly). But she continues to talk to me and points across the street with her cane and then holds out her other hand to me. And off we went, hand-in-hand for the ten minutes it took to arrive at her house.

It reminded me a lot of my amazing grandparents. One of my high school pals thought that they were the cutest old couple that she had even known. She loved that they always held hands. When I mentioned her admiration to my Grandfather, he said,'Now, darling, you don't have to tell your friend this but we're mainly holding hands for support.'

We're having a nice lightning storm here now. The apartment has cooled as the breeze pours in. I would welcome it completely if it were not signaling the probable cancellation of our class picnic tomorrow. Good night.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Blue onesie or red speedo?

Yes, my man has now been in public in both of those 'outfits' this summer. There will not be photos posted of the speedo- some things are better left to the imagination! But here's a shot of Coy in his work jumpsuit on a farm in Ethiopia:






An explanation of what Coy is doing in Africa besides modeling that practical yet stylish garment will have to wait. It's bedtime in Zurich!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Swiss Wedding

This Saturday, we went to a former roommates wedding in Raemlinsburg. Two of the roommates, Barbara and Nicole, put on a skit for the bride. One of the scenes involved an impersonation of me. When someone said imitation is the best form of flattery, I'm not sure this is what they meant:



A photo of all the roommates and the groom:


A llama farm was next door. He was as surprised as we were: