Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Walking Lugano 2015

"Walking Lugano" is one of the most important Swiss appointments for walking and Nordic walking fans. You can choose from six different itineraries (from 6.6 to 18.6 Km), all extremely attractive in terms of landscape and well-suited for all sorts of fitness levels. There are longer and more demanding itineraries for those who want to test their endurance and  “softer”, more level itineraries of just a few kilometres for others. The most original itinerary is the 8.2km “Lake and Walking” which also includes a boat trip from Lugano to Gandria.

All you need to do is decide which trail you want to walk and sign up here: http://www.walkinglugano.ch/

Relax – 6.6km
Melide – 8.2 km
Panorama – 10.6 km
Fitness – 15.6km
Challenge – 18.6 km
Lake and Walking (with boat ride) – 8.2 km

Have fun and stay healthy!




Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Pinterest Expat Book selections

Browsing through Pinterest this afternoon, I came across the Expat book section. The selections below include a range of topics such as expat memoirs, third culture kid books, anthologies, country guides, fiction, tough topics and much more. Fiction & non-fiction!

So should you have a Pinterest account, enter Expat books into the search field and browse for yourself OR just click on one of the four boards below. Happy Reading!


General search for Expat books


Interesting board called "Displaced Reads"


www.expatbooks.org, a virtual library 
created and managed by www.expatclic.com


Blogexpat's selection of Expat books

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beautiful is a great word...

Dove is known for its powerful, inspiring ad campaigns, and can be credited as one of the first major companies to shift the conversation and spotlight onto real women. The result? Videos that are viral sensations and strike a serious emotional chord with audiences. This latest endeavor might be the iconic beauty brand's most moving effort yet.


For its "Choose Beautiful" campaign, Dove highlighted five cities across the globe — San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London, and Sao Paulo. Women in local shopping areas were filmed as they walked up to one of two doors; each entrance was marked with a bold sign reading "average" or "beautiful." The camera followed the women as they entered through their chosen door, where they were asked to explain their thought process, and to define the term "beautiful."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

World Health Day 2015

Did you know that today was World Health Day? "Food Safety" is the topic of World Health Day 2015. The campaign uses a simple and eye-catching image to make readers aware of the hidden dangers that can lurk within everyday foods.

Did you know it is estimated that two million deaths occur every year from contaminated food or drinking water? Or that over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemical substances?

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers helps ensure food safety.


For more info click here: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/fact-sheet.pdf

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ladies' lunch at the Lido di Lugano

The Lido is opening its doors and offering lunch this Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 to 16:00. So call your friend, book yourselves a table and get into the spring mood. Phone 091/971'55'00 and enjoy!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

St. Edward’s Easter Party

Lugano's Anglican Church invites you to their Easter celebration. Families are invited to bring small chocolate eggs to hide in the garden. Each child will need a basket for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Come and celebrate the joy of Easter with St.Edward's! The Sunday School team have prepared lots of exciting activities. In case of rain there is plenty of room indoors!

ALL CHILDREN ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO MUST BE PRESENT AND ACCOMPANY THEM THROUGHOUT THIS EVENT.

Venue: St. Edward's Easter Party
Where: Ex-Asilo in Magliaso, Via Cantonale 36, Magliaso
When: Monday, April 6th, 2015
Time: 14:00 to 17:00
There are lots of parking spaces adjacent to the playground or in the municipal car park nearby.
Please let Diana know if you are coming: dellacqua@ticino.com


Here are all Easter Events at St. Edward’s:
Thursday 2nd April - Maundy Thursday. Holy Communion Evening Service 19:30
Friday 3rd April - Good Friday Reflections 14:00 - 15:00
Sunday 5th April - Easter Day. Service for All-Ages with Holy Communion 10:30
Monday 6th April - Easter Party. Fun activities for all at Ex-asilo Magliaso, 14:00-17:00

St. Edward’s Church
Via Clemente Maraini 6
6900 Lugano
www.stedwards.ch

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Summer Camps around Lugano 2015

Now’s the time to start hunting for the perfect summer camp. Many camps are already filling up, and some of the most popular may already be at capacity, or with waitlists for late-summer seasons. Don’t worry though. If you’re looking to send the kids somewhere they’ll learn something interesting, or even just give them something to do (and come home after) to help them stay busy, you have plenty of options.

The most complete list is put together every year by Ticino per bambini. Click here for their link.


Vivi Lugano is a programme offered by the city of Lugano in your neighboorhood community: Vivi Lugano.


The WWF summer camps are very popular. Click here for the list of their Ticino section. Click here.
The World Wide Fund for Nature is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, and is working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment.


Sport Kids Week Summer camp are held in Tenero: click here.


For summer courses at the American School in Switzerland (TASIS) click here.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Who's living in our country?

Here is yet another piece of curious info. Ever wondered which is the 2nd largest nationality living in each European country? You could figure it out by watching Eurovision (since nationals are not allowed to vote for their own country) or else here is a map:


The map above shows the flag of the 2nd largest nationality, by country of birth, living in each European country. Thus, it may include citizens and those who have moved temporarily for work. Nevertheless, there are many surprises, such as:

- Ireland is no longer the largest source of foreign born residents to the UK. Since 2011, they’ve dropped to 4th, behind India, Poland and Pakistan
- Poles make up the 2nd largest group in Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Lithuania
- Turks make up the 2nd largest group in not only Germany, but also the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Bulgaria
- the impact of the former USSR can still be fairly clearly seen, given that Russians make up the 2nd largest group in Estonia, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine. However, in Russia itself Ukrainians are the 2nd largest group
- the 2nd largest group in Spain, Italy and Hungary are Romanians not Chadians
- Finally, Switzerland's second largest group remains Italy even after decades.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Facts about Earth Hour

Today is Earth Day, have you heard?
And with it comes Earth Hour.
But do you know where it all began?


Initially, Earth Hour was an ambitious publicity stunt to engage Australians on the issue of climate change. The first Earth Hour was held on 31 March 2007 in Sydney at 7:30pm local time.

A few months later, the people of San Francisco were inspired to do the same and carried out their own Earth Hour in October 2007. Since then, the participation had sky-rocketed!

What began in 2007 as one city’s dramatic stand against global warming has become a global movement. Sponsored by WWF—a conservation group that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 5 percent annually—Earth Hour has the official participation of a growing number of cities, countries, businesses and individuals worldwide.

Earth Hour 2008 saw 35 countries across all seven continents participate. And the trend of increased participation had maintained throughout the seven-year history of this global movement.

Earth Hour 2008: 371 Cities in 35 Countries.
Earth Hour 2009: 4,000 Cities in 88 Countries.
Earth Hour 2010: 4,616 Cities in 128 Countries.
Earth Hour 2011: 5,251 Cities in 135 Countries.
Earth Hour 2012: 6,950 Cities in 152 Countries.
Earth Hour 2013: 7,000 cities in 154 Countries.
Earth Hour 2014: 7,000 Cities in 162 Countries.

With more than 82% of the world's countries already participating in Earth Hour, you can expect 2015 to inch closer to a complete global participation.

Here's another fun fact: Earth Hour is held in late March because it is around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, which allows for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres, thereby ensuring the greatest visual impact for a global “lights out” event.

The goal, of course, is to inspire people to reduce their energy consumption every day, not by sitting in the dark for an hour each night, but by taking simple steps that can have a dramatic effect.

So, make sure you turn off your lights tonight at 8:30 pm for an hour - if you wish - but most of all show your commitment by continuing at least one environmental action all year long that would help make the world a better place.

Friday, March 27, 2015

This girl can...

Every once in a while a video crosses my screen that I feel the urge to share. This is one of them.


"This Girl Can" is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It's a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

"This Girl Can" is here to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

 
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