The good life

It has been such a lovely weekend in Lausanne! The goodness started on Thursday–I kicked off the morning with a tempo run before heading into work. The sun shone bright against the sparkling lake, making an illusion that each wave winked at you. On clear days, the mountains take on a dark purple/mauve color around sunset, which beautifully contrasts the gradient blue sky. Thursday was this kind of day. Wanting to spend as much time as possible outside, after work, I decided to head out for an easy-paced long run. I enjoyed the fresh air au bord du lac for one of the most relaxing 15Ks I’ve ever run. (Also, I wanted one last distance run before the Zermatt half next weekend!!)

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I spent Friday night at home reading about/catching up on all of the big SCOTUS decisions–the rulings in favor of the ACA and marriage equality! On Saturday, I packed a sandwich and met Em down by the lake to go pedal boating. I also invited a Duke acquaintance, who is doing a summer research project at CHUV, to join. Unfortunately, I didn’t really know this person that well and he turned out to be annoying. Whateva whateva. Pedal boating was a blast. We saw a boat that had both a Swiss and French flag. The Swiss flag was HUGE…gotta have that Swiss pride!

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Em came over to my place and we baked raspberry oatmeal bars before heading out to Musée de l’Élysée for Nuit des Images. It was a FREE (I know, unheard of in Switzerland) event on photography and contemporary art. Em and I met Séverine and we toured the exhibition inside the museum. I really enjoyed three of the exhibits. In one exhibit, there were portraits of people of all different ethnicities displayed on top of a pantone color, illustrating the diversity of skin tones. In one display, inspired by Rene Magritte, a picture of an item was displayed with a word beneath the item. The sound associated with the word beneath was supposed to be related to the picture. In the third exhibit that I liked, a man asked his friends to fold an origami crane. He videotaped them performing the task (without them knowing) and made a compilation of their reactions. It was really cute because their facial expressions (confusion, determination, satisfaction, etc.) were so sincere. After, visiting inside, Sev, Em, and I went outside and picked up pizzas from a food truck. It was a pretty serious food truck, complete with a brick oven! We found Arthur, his fiancé, and some of their friends. While we were sitting on the lawn eating pizzas, Sandra joined us. We lazed the afternoon away until the main event: a video of Sabine Weiss’s work as she narrates the story behind each photograph. It was a good exercise in understanding French. Then, the group moved to the lawn just outside the museum where there was a kind of light show that illuminated the museum. We milled about before heading home, not staying for the event at 1:15.

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Today, I met Em in St. Sulpice to go swimming in the lake. It was freezing, but fun all the same. Lake, sunshine, ice cream, and good company. Couldn’t have asked for more! But wait, there WAS more. When I got home, I saw a text from Hadrien about going to the pool at parc de Sauvabelin. Since I was already in my swimming suit, why not? Enjoyed the rest of the afternoon swimming with H, Sev, and Sandra. On our way home, I ran home barefoot (what a freeing feeling) while Hadrien biked alongside. Great fun all around. This is the good life. Hope everyone else had a lovely weekend. Cheers!

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“Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time.”
-John Lubbock

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