Snow-shoe walking with huskies

This is probably one of the most beautiful winter activities on schedule for our boarders in CDL (apart from skiing in Crans-Montana, of course!): walking around many long, beautiful paths in the snow with these beautiful dogs that pull the leash like there is no tomorrow!

Elizaveta went walking with huskies yesterday afternoon and she really enjoyed it, and she commented that it was very intense, as the dogs are full of energy and really  pull you along the path with all their strength! You can see  an example of that in the picture below…!

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Friday is cooking day!

Among the many things that boarders in Villa Ecureuil enjoy doing on a late Friday afternoon there is… cooking! It feels a lot like “home” to cook something for oneself, and here you can see Ingrid happily cooking the time away to prepare herself a nice, good meal! No surprise, then, that the kitchen is one of the most crowded rooms in the House during free time 😉


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What happened yesterday… in history?

Some very notable facts that happened on January 18… that I found particularly interesting!

1778 Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the ‘Sandwich Islands’ after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich

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1910 Aviator Eugene Ely performs his first successful take off and landing from a ship in San Francisco.

Can you believe man has been flying just a little over 100 years and now we are “visiting” Mars? And have astronauts living in the ISS… in  S P A C E ??


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Mind-mapping: a very useful tool!

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

Although the term “mind map” was first popularized by British popular psychology author and television personality Tony Buzan, the use of diagrams that visually “map” information using branching and radial maps traces back centuries.

Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps:

  1. Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.
  2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
  3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
  4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the center.
  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
  7. Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.
  8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
  10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.

Here are two examples:

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sources: Google, Wikipedia



Have you ever read this book? If not, I strongly recommend it! It is light, fun, quick and highly provocative… Exactly what is needed to “shake things” a bit and see the world from a fresh point of view!