Published: March 8th 2012October 30th 2011
So while staying in Annecy, we went to Geneva for a day trip. We took covoiturage which is the French version of the mitfahrgelegenheit system I used in Germany. Carpooling is a great way to travel, because aside from saving money and protecting the environment, you often get to meet interesting characters, which is a big part of what travelling is about in my opinion.
Once arrived in Geneva we took a walk around its lake and had some lunch on the waterfront. My first impressions of Switzerland were probably tainted by the opinions I had heard previously about it being overly conservative and dour. It definitely seemed so in comparison with Paris, but then that is probably 90 percent of the world's cities.
It was definitely a nice place and you could see why rich bankers have chosen it as a place to set up shop, with everything seemingly very orderly, safe and perfect to start or have a family. It was a nice place for a Sunday stroll and that is what we spent most of our time doing in Geneva.
We finished it off in a lively bar, where one drink turned into another as
our carpooling driver failed to materialise. But she eventually did 4 hours later, by which point we were almost ready to shell out the small fortune required to spend a night in Switzerlands gem. This was the first time in over 50 trips that I have used carpooling that someone had been late, so I suppose if you were to compare that to the train system just about anywhere other than Japan, that makes for pretty good odds...
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