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Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the celebratory launch of the 10th Edition of Know-it-all passport® at this year’s Expat-Expo fair in Geneva, on Sunday 2nd October, 2016.

With lively entertainment provided by Fanan from Cocktails Entertainment, our corner stand was buzzing with excitement as customers flocked to see for themselves Fanan’s renowned flair bartending skills and sample his amazing glow-in-the-dark cocktails.

As people posed to have their photos taken with their drinks, others took the opportunity to do some networking or watch the celebration video produced for this special occasion by Zuzana Hevler of VisualSouvenirs. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the film in full, you can see it now by clicking on the image below.


Excerpt from trailer below. 

To celebrate the 10th edition of Know-it-all passport® (KIAP), we are creating a special video that will be loaded on our site, and viewed at various events.

We are asking KIAP enthusiasts to send in any of the below:

  • a short video, up to 1 minute long (see details below)
  • a photo (possibly of you holding any edition, on your bookshelf at home or the office, in the car, or anywhere else you can imagine)
  • a greeting card (send in a congratulations card to the address below)

You can include other people or props: business associates, family, pets, balloons, confetti, banners, glass of champagne, etc. The photo of the book(s) in the bookshelf would be the perfect backdrop or wherever it is used the most (coffee table, car, stroller, office).

LisadeliveringbooksLisa heading out to make the first deliveries of the new book.

The 10th edition of the popular Know-it-all passport® guidebook is now hot off the press and being delivered to local shops near you!

Look out for the new shiny, hardback cover on the book shelves and see for yourself the wealth of new information that has been packed into this special anniversary edition of the book, targeting the English-speaking community of Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France.

With 780 pages and more than 50 chapters, the 10th edition includes 2 new chapters devoted to helping English-speaking residents integrate into this region.  COOK LIKE A LOCAL includes lots of interesting facts about local dishes and useful food-related expressions, whereas SPEAK LIKE A LOCAL clears up some of the confusion that can often occur over similar sounding words, and provides a number of handy phrases to help you appear more confident when talking to locals.  Not only will newcomers benefit from these new chapters, but those living in the area for years will certainly learn something new!

Asked why she decided to launch the new book in a shiny hardback cover, editor Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman told us, “The success of Know-it-all passport is due largely to the thousands of recommendations that I have received about local business and services over the past 17 years.  I wanted people to hold the book and see themselves in the solid mirror-like cover, and understand that it is their contributions that have inspired me to make Know-it-all passport® what it is today!”


The non-profit organization, Serve The City Geneva, is looking for volunteers to help them out at the next big community event in their calendar: the Samedi de Partage.

Taking place on 4 June 2016, the Partage event is normally held twice a year and enables Serve The City Geneva's partner organizations to offer a hot meal to over 900 people every day.

About 40 to 50 helpers will be needed at the June event to collect food and personal care products in 4 stores across Geneva.  Shifts are generally 3 or 4 hours long, and you can sign up for 1 or 2 shifts.

So who is Serve The City Geneva and why are they involved in this event?  Volunteer, Gary Vannatter, told knowitall.ch,

"STC Geneva is an organization that aims to mobilise volunteers by partnering with existing organisations that are already serving the poor and marginalised. By mobilising resources in the form of volunteers to organizations, we believe we can impact individual lives and the communities we serve. The organization partners with homeless shelters, refugee centres, orphanages, and other associations, and invites volunteers to show kindness through practical help and support."

BN building

Enter our competition and win a 2-night break for 2 people in a Base Suite (see conditions below)!

A new concept in apartment hotels has just arrived in Nyon. Located just 50 meters from Nyon station, Base Nyon opened its doors to the public on 1 October 2015, and features a modern, contemporary design with 52 top-quality suites, which can be booked for any length of stay ranging from one night to several months.

The suites are targeted at business people, who expect the high standards of a premium hotel when visiting local companies, as well as new employees looking for the flexibility of temporary accommodation, and tourists looking for a convenient short stay in a buzzing holiday town like Nyon.

With many large multinational companies now setting up in this region, Nyon is currently experiencing an economic boom, which is expected to place considerable pressure on the local market for accommodation over the next five years, including both long-term rental apartments and short-stay hotel rooms.  So the arrival of a prestigious apartment hotel, which meets the demands of many different visitors to the region, has come at the perfect time.