From the tropics to the Alpine winter
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
23Trip End Feb 04, 2013
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Last night the shuttle left the hotel at 6:15 pm, very early for a 10:40 pm flight, but it was the only shuttle time heading to the airport, so I took it. Check-in and formalities passed quickly; then I waited in the departure lounge until boarding time. The flight left on time and arrived on time in Paris, I was able to sleep about 3-4 hours. Leaving the plane in Paris the temperature difference was quite noticeable, from 90 degrees to 30 degrees (F) in a few hours.
I only had 50 minutes to make my connecting flight to Geneva, and for an international connection that's not really enough, but I rushed and was able to use the accelerated lanes for the passport check (that's one way in which advanced frequent flyer levels are helpful), so I made it with a few minutes to spare.
As we approached Switzerland we flew over the snow-capped Jura mountains, then turned south and made our approach to Geneva between the Jura and the Alps, right over Lake Neuchatel and then Lake Geneva. The Alps were majestic in their pristine blanket of snow. My suitcases arrived even though the connection time had been brief, I cleared customs with no problem, then picked up the rental car I has reserved, a new very-small model Volkswagen called an "Up." Driving out of the familiar airport, I made my way north on the highway as I have done probably hundreds of times before, retracing the path of our flight approach. I drove along the shores of Lake Geneva to my right, then crossed north west over to Lake Neuchatel.
We moved my luggage into the large old Swiss farmhouse, with snowy fields all around and white mountains in the distance. He offered me a cup of herb tea and we chatted and caught up on the news for an hour or so and then I went to have a short nap since I’d hadn’t slept enough on the flight from Abidjan. I was not surprised to see he was bearing up well in this trial, keeping his eyes on the promises we have in the Bible especially those about the resurrection. After my nap we talked some more until dinner time He is learning how to cook more than minimal meals now and prepared a very nice dinner of beef, carrots and mashed potatoes. We had a glass of Swiss Dole red wide to accompany it. Fruit salad with a touch of schnapps finished the meal off very nicely.
After dinner I helped answer some questions he had about his laptop and using the Internet. Both are relatively new to him, but he’s learning quickly and I think enjoying it along with the inevitable frustrations of cutting one’s teeth on the cyber-world. The Internet is helping him stay in closer touch with other Church members, and he even posted a comment on this travel blog (which he reads using Google translate) few days ago!