On this Saturday afternoon, we took the opportunity of having great weather to go up in the mountains to play in the snow, after what we had a nice hot Chocolate in the chalet nearby.
Saturday mornings are a great way to start the weekend by exploring hobbies, passions and discovering new activities.
For his second lesson, Matvei show more and more interest in photography and try to improve his style in each new shot.
Higher and harder is Firdavs motto for a climbing session that he likes to practice each Saturday, so he can warm his body for the whole weekend and be more energetic.
Liam, Zhiyu & Nicholas made delicious Christmas cookies that they shared with everyone in the afternoon while we had a nice hot chocolate.
Mikaella on her side always appreciates spending time with her blue-eyed poney.
Tonight we celebrated “Escalade” a traditional Geneva festival that celebrates the victory of the Geneva republic against the Savoy’s Army in 1602. Each year we buy a chocolate marmite full of candies. By tradition, the youngest and the eldest person in the room smash it.
Here is a link to have a better view on the full story that happened more than 400 years ago !!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Escalade
This week, Liam told us all the story of Sinterklass or Saint Nicholas. Traditionally, young children put their shoes in front of the door and sing Sinterklaas songs, They then put an apple or carrot in their shoe, as a gift to Saint Nicholas’ horse. The next morning, the children will wake up to find a small present in their shoes. Along with Liam, the boys all joined in on this tradition and were very happy to wake up to some treats Sinterklaas had magically left for them.
Tonight we celebrated Thanksgiving.
We had the chance to attended a very nice dinner prepared by our catering team. Of course we had the traditional turkey 🦃 , but also a multitude of very different and colourful dishes. During the meal we also explained were this tradition came from and what did it represent for the American people and who it was such a big event each year for them.
Before go to sleep, the kids took a moment to right down what there were grateful for (but it’s a secret 🤫).
Hanging out with friends. Really actually hanging, our Climbing Club is going well, many of the participants are coming every weekend to the climbing gym. This was Firdavs’ first time at the gym and he managed to solve some nice boulder problems. We’re sure that if he keeps practising he will be topping out a lot more in the future!
Liam and Firdavs were eager to bake cupcakes for everyone this weekend. After going to the shops to buy the ingredients, the boys were excited to get into the kitchen. They followed the recipe perfectly and enjoyed being creative decorating the cupcakes ! We even had a surprise taster come in at the end to make sure everything was good.