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Escalade first-timers: Oslo and Paris

mardi, 8 décembre 2015   (0 Comments)
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The tradition of the Ecolint Escalade Dinner is spreading! This year we were pleased to support dinners in two new locations: Paris and Oslo. Both were successful and hopefully the first of many such events in those two fine cities.

"Magnifique soirée!"

In the light of recent events in Paris, it would have been entirely understandable if a decision had been taken to postpone the city's first Escalade Dinner until next year. In fact Karin Hervieu-Causse (LGB '78) decided, once the initial shock of 13 November had receded, that it was more important than ever to go ahead with the dinner.

And so, last Friday night, 14 attendees, 12 of whom are former Ecolint students, gathered at the Café Montparnasse in Paris's 6th arrondissement for what was actually the second alumni event in Paris this year. In February they had been invited to meet Ecolint's Director General at a dinner to mark the school's 90th anniversary. Last Friday night, however, was about celebrating a Geneva tradition with the customary smashing of the chocolate marmite.

Perhaps it is no surprise that the subject of shared values and the importance of Ecolint's mission was to the fore in the conversation at this particular dinner. As one attendee put it: "Malgré les divergences de nos parcours depuis Ecolint, il y toujours de choses fortes qui nous relient  : ouverture d'esprit, intérêt pour les cultures et langues diverses, etc. J'espère que Ecolint pourra garder préserver ces aspects dans le contexte du monde actuel, avec les problèmes qu'on connait tous."

(Find a link to a photo gallery and more feedback from the participants here on the Paris Chapter blog. Sign-in required.)

 


From left to right:, seated: William Sacks (LGB '75), Dominique Turrettini (LGB '78), Anne Mowat (LGB '67), Samina Abbas-Arnoult (LGB '77). Standing: Aurélien Petit, Antoine Joly-Battaglini (La Chât '07), Karin Hervieu-Causse (LGB '78), Ernest Ter Kuile (LGB '83), Yves Charpak (LGB '71), Geoffrey Bodenhausen (LGB '70), Jennifer Frisanco Petit (LGB '03), Ulrika Peppler Barry LGB '71), and Susan Kostelecky Schulz (La Chât '77).

 
Marmite smashing duties fell to Antoine Joly-Battaglini and Anne Mowat.


Looking north

Cecilie Nilsen (LGB '81), who had previously organised Tokyo's first Escalade Dinner, returned to her native Norway last year with a promise, once settled in, to bring the tradition to Oslo. Last Saturday evening she delivered, hosting six fellow alumni at her home.

 


From left to right: Josephine (Johnsen) Waaler (LGB '70), Caroline Svendsen (Pregny and La Chât '93), Hilde Nilsen Rist (Cecilie's sister, LGB '85), Cecilie Nilsen (LGB '81), Erik Berger (La Chât '81), Margrete Drag (Cecilie's twin sister, LGB '81) and Bettina Skoien Langeland (LGB '80).


Another nice job on reattaching the marmite's "arms and legs"; only for it to be smashed into pieces!



Caroline and Cecilie take on the smashing duties, with Bettina and Margrete keeping a watchful eye.



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