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Fete De L’Escalade is a festival in Geneva commemorating an attack on the city in 1600. A French militia in Saint Julien marched on Geneva in the middle of the night on the 11th of December. The townsfolk rang alarms and fought off the invaders, 2 people were killed by a woman who dropped a cauldron of boiling hot soup from the top of the bastion wall, burns killing one and the cauldron to the head killing the other. The invaders, cold and tired, after 2 hours went home and the city rejoiced. The festival commemorates this with a weekend long celebration. Friday and Saturday are events for the kids where they dress up and do a sort of trick or treating, going door to door singing songs and you give them spare change instead of candy. They also play games like egg fighting.

On Sunday, people dress up in their 1600s garb and walk through the streets re-enacting scenes from the battle and using ancient weaponry. They also hand out hot wine, vegetable soup, and giant cauldrons made of chocolate to celebrate the woman who killed 2 invaders. It was really cool. History looks back on this event as pivotal for the Reformation’s success in Europe. Geneva, home of John Calvin, was a stronghold for protestants. If they would have fallen, the entire face of Europe could have been changed with Catholicism reclaiming Protestant lands, which could have gone on to effect the freedom of religion in the New World. Really interesting stuff!

Videos from last weekend at the festival in Geneva.

http://youtu.be/ZAAM_z3L5HE – Marching Drummers

http://youtu.be/CrDgfObPkLM – Flute Players

http://youtu.be/V0kxEdWo4uw
– Horn players in the cathedral

http://youtu.be/XNdWIZPZbq0 – Muskets Firing

And pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100354510769542.2535463.17107679&type=1&l=8f78894fce

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Pictures

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100199210662202.2506144.17107679&l=83962a7860&type=1 – The fountain at Lake Geneva

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100210993983332.2509877.17107679&l=7f999f9f0a&type=1 – Mont Jura and Fort L’ecluse

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100215910610372.2511380.17107679&type=1 – Charmonix

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100236201791682.2515990.17107679&type=1 – Some bits of France and Geneva

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100252738666652.2519386.17107679&type=1 – Chillon Castle

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100252735877242.2519385.17107679&type=1 – Geneva, the UN, and the Yvoire Flower Festival

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Things are going relatively well. Staying busy with applying for jobs, looking for an apartment, reading, editing, trying to pick up after the crazy rabbit, getting financial things like insurance in order, etc.

I’ve posted a bunch of pictures to my facebook. Feel free to take a look and friend me if you like.

Our trip to Vegas: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100198002747872.2505736.17107679&l=5153da2938&type=1

Comic Con: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100198068580942.2505756.17107679&l=00ba1cd0d3&type=1

Hall H at Comic Con which includes cast members from Firefly, True Blood, Twilight, and more: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100198068935232.2505757.17107679&l=734c99aa08&type=1

An entire album dedicated to Patrick Stewart because that’s how I roll: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100199210637252.2506143.17107679&l=70265833b2&type=1

Pictures from Switzerland: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100199210662202.2506144.17107679&l=83962a7860&type=1

IN OTHER NEWS, I GOT MY OWL! I’M EARLY ACCESSED TO POTTERMORE!!!! HUZZAH FOREVER!

Proper update coming soonish

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