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I have spent a wonderful week with Raymonde in Switzerland!

To begin, I arrived solo using the public transportation from Geneva airport. It was super easy, so you do not need to worry about the trains. Raymonde came to fetch me from the Nyon train station. From the beginning I felt welcome as Raymonde is a warm person. She let me feel comfortable to begin speaking French whenever I felt ready which was reassuring and also a perk of this personal program. Everyday we would sit and study according to what I wanted and needed using many techniques like story books, practice pages, songs and of course a lot of talking through out the whole day.
I truly feel that I have achieved my goal of speaking fluently in French and at the same time I had a wonderful holiday.

Through out the week we took advantage of the great weather of autumn, so went walking in nature everyday.
Those walks and Raymonde’s delicious cooking were a treat! We went together to buy the products for the meals from the neighboring farms, so everything was organic and of the best quality.
The area is beautiful and calming with its rolling hills, vineyards full of plumpy grapes and apples trees with big appels ripe for picking.

I think the highlight of our days together was our excursion up the Jura mountain. The air was crisp, the cow’s bells were gently ringing in the breeze as we saw butterflies fluttering across the open fields. And as a treat, at the end of our walk we sat outside a restaurant to eat a cheese fondu! I learned that one must try Swiss fondu while drinking white wine.
Another beautiful place near Gingins is Nyon, the nearest city which sits on Lake Geneva. We had some delicious ice cream there!

I got to meet Julien, Raymonde’s youngest son, and also Michel her partner. I truly felt accomplished when Michel and I spoke only in French and I understood his jokes!
The best way to describe Raymonde is that she is serious about her work like the Swiss but at the same time she is fun like the Italians!

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