April 28th, 2011
Guess what? We just turned forty both of us! To celebrate this occasion we are throwing a party at Au Chalet in Mont-Pelèrin on June 4th. Please join us!
For those of you coming from afar, please check the list of hotels we have compiled for the occasion!
May 16th, 2010
We hope you are all prepared to have a great time at our 10th Anniversary wedding day festivities Saturday May 22nd in Stockholm. We are really touched that so many of our family members and friends will take the time to come and celebrate with us.
In order to make the weekend even more enjoyable for us all and to introduce our international guests to Stockholm, we will arrange activities during Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be an extra dinner Friday May 21st, a guided tour of Stockholm Old Town Saturday May 22nd, breakfast at First Hotel Reisen Sunday May 23rd and a visit to the Vasa museum later the same day. See detailed information below. Please spread the word, as we do not have mail addresses to all participants of the festivities! If you would like to participate in one or more of these activities, please let us know Tuesday May 18th the latest.
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May 11th, 2010
For all you non-swedes it may be a good thing to know that formal Swedish dinners are almost always punctuated by speeches. Though we really would appreciate anyone standing up and holding an impromptu speech, according to tradition you really should register with the Toastmaster beforehand. The Toastmaster for the occasion is our old friend Martin Weiderstrand, who will introduce himself at the beginning of the festivities. Or just ask either of us.
April 26th, 2010
After lots of packing and carrying – most of it done done by a professional firm thankfully – all our things are finally in the new apartment in Chardonne. We were both a bit anxious about having made the right decision or not, but once we got some semblance of order out of the chaos, all doubts are gone. Even visiting the old apartment does not cause any pangs of remorse. We thought we would miss it a lot but with all our things gone it is no longer home.
Chardonne is just as pictoresque as we thought it would be, the view is excellent and the apartment feels bigger than anticipated. Certainly big enough for our needs in any case.
The living room
The dining room
March 20th, 2010
After little over a year (one year and a half, actually) we are moving again on May 1st. Why? To live the dream we came for!
Our new home is located in the small village of Chardonne, just ten minutes from Vevey. It is an apartment in the top floor (former attic) with an excellent view of Lac Leman. (That would be Lake Geneva for you non-locals!) It is freshly renovated and lo and behold – actually done in a tasteful way! Not too much of that pine-wood, chalet style so many Swiss seem to favor nor in a completely sterile, minimalistic and whitewashed approach other call elegant. It is done in a nice mix of modern and old and feels quite comfy. At least that was the impression we got after having seen it just once…
This is not to say we do not like our current apartment – we love it! Moving to Chardonne does, however, make it realistic to put our children in the local village school. This means we will be saving an extraordinary amount in tuition since Swiss public schools are free. Haut-Lac is an excellent school but competing with ‘free’ is tough…
Money apart there are other advantages with a village school: less expats means kids do not come and go as often and integration in Swiss society is more likely. Also the schools is located only a few and safe hundred meters from the apartment which means that we will be expecting Carl Hugo to start walking to school by himself in the future.
Chardonne is beautifully picturesque and thrives of the wine industry and the tourism associated with it. In fact we will be living in an old winery, which is still active as it it turns out. Being a village, everything is really close, including child care for Amanda. Public transport is reasonable, the move will only add 10-15 minutes to Christoffer’s commute in the morning.
All in all moving to Chardonne feels just right!
February 5th, 2010
Now the blogg looks a little bit more decent than before. The change is just a new background image in the header, but I think it makes quite a big difference.
January 26th, 2010
Today we are starting the Soop Family Blog. It will contain information about the The Soop Family’s activities in Switzerland and elsewhere. The Soop Family’s main event 2010 will no doubt be Christoffer and Helena’s 10 Year Wedding Anniversary – hosted at the House of Nobility in Stockholm, the same location where the wedding took place, it will be a splendid event with food, music and dance!
More information and an updated theme coming soon, stay tuned!