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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva July 2nd 2009

While being in London was impressive and taking in Paris was undeniably beautiful, we at long last made our way to a peaceful time at the world’s capitol of peace, Geneva. While this city has roots going back to the 1st century B.C. with Roman take over, it has a long history of being a major in between player within European history. At this time of course, Switzerland has taken the role of being a dominantly neutral state and choosing to not take any sides in world confrontations. To its credit, it has allowed a place for numerous international organizations, such as many UN departments, to work in peace and security. I suppose if you come to think about it, there should always at least be some zone of peace where people can talk and listen. ... read more
Streets of Geneva 1
A fantastic place for dinner
A fanstastic place to have a boat

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 30th 2009

So, after all the planning, stressing, list making and packing i'm here :) I arrived at about 4pm yesterday - flight was delayed by an hour and a half but somehow we made up that half an hour somewhere! After getting off the plane and making my way through the passport check (it was quicker for me with my EU passport) i went to the baggage carousel and sat myself down to wait for my suitcase, still a bit groggy from the travel sickness tablets. As soon as my bum hit the floor however, it started moving and there was my luggage! I mean i've heard of Swiss efficiency before, but this was awesome! Before leaving the baggage area i remembered to visit a ticket machine that would give me a free 80min travel ticket as ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 27th 2009

After a week of early mornings at the UN, you would think I would sleep in today! No such luck. Woke up at 5:30 for a reason unbeknown to me and was out of bed by 8. Maybe its all the built-up excitement of planning my Italy trip today, or maybe I just am programmed from the week... who knows! We had a very busy past week, spending every day at the UN except for Tuesday. We had seminars with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the WTO, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - which was not actually in the UN building but still in the same vicinity of Palais Nations, the Office of the Coordinator of Humanitarian ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 21st 2009

This weekend has been wonderful! Yesterday afternoon, a group of us met in Geneva, then took a bus to Mount Saleve, which was our first expedition to France... just across the border! We took a gondola up to the top of the mountain and soaked in the view. The weather was a little cloudy, but when the sun periodically poked through, it was beautiful. From atop the mountain, we could see the entire city of Geneva and the lake stretching on into the north. It was somewhat chilly, but from years of childhood experience (Enchanted Rock etc.), I cam prepared while some of the others froze. We took a petite hike around the rim before heading down and back into Geneva for dinner. We ate at an Italian restaurant in old city, but I daresay my ... read more
Neat Cottage
House with Vines
View from the gondola

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 20th 2009

Pour notre premier jour en Suisse nous sommes... retournées en France! En fait, nous sommes allé faire une croisière sur le lac Léman et une bonne partie de la rive sud est francaise. Après 10 min a pied, nous sommes rendues au port de Coppet (c'est à dire un quai et un petit café). Comme nous avions une demie heure d'avance sur notre bateau, nous avons fait le tour du village. Le village comme tel est constitué d'une seule rue de belles batisses du bourg médiéval. Il y a plusieures petites boutiques, une pharmacie, une épicerie, un boucher, deux chocolatier-patissier, etc. Un peu plus haut il y a meme un tout petit chateau... privé! Nous sommes retourné prendre le bateau vers 11h, et nous avons pris une passe de journée. Nous étions sur un bateau à ... read more
La fontaine d'Evian
Le batiment Evian
A Yvoire


Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 19th 2009

Aujourd'hui était la journée du train Paris-Genève. Nous avons fait la grâce matinée (enfin, nous commençions à être épuisées la!) et sommes allées manger une crèpe pour déjeuner avant de se rendre a la gare de Lyon prendre le train que nous avons trouvé sans problème. Le trajet a duré 3h20. Au début, nous n'allions pas si vite, mais après un moment, quand on réalise que nous dépassons les voitures de l'autoroute a toute allure, on réalise qu'on va très très vite! Le cousin de Yawen nous attendait à la gare comme prévu et nous a amené prendre le train vers Coppet (entre Genève et Nyon), là ou nous dormirons pour les 5 prochains jours. C'est très charmant et agréable comme endroit. Nous avons passé la soiré a bavarder et faire des plans pour notre séjour. ... read more
Vue du train

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 16th 2009

Hello Family and Friends, As you know I am leaving on a world trip for six months through Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, hopefully Tibet, China and finally USA. Well this is only the plan but hopefully it will all work out. I will attempt to regularly update pictures and stories of my trip on this blog to keep you all informed and up to speed. I am now in my final 48hours before departure and quite sincerely it has been a marathon to get all the visas in time. I only yesterday got my last visa and should hopefully now have a trouble free trip. Hope you are all well and I will do my best to keep in touch... Lots of greetings and hugs to all of you.... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 13th 2009

turns out I did not manage to recover completely in Annecy. Taking a longer brake in Geneva, mainly on the campground. And as my friend said, you can hear everything here (birds, dogs, frogs and people occasionally). I eat, drink and I live well. The froggies disturb silence in the night so I have to drink for a good night sleeping cheers or cheerios one might say. Daccor c'est fini pour moi pour cette moment. tbc ;) ... read more
frying on the swiming pool
natural reserve

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 12th 2009

We had a presentation by Green Cross International this morning and later toured the Red Cross Museum. It was really interesting; we learned about the founding of the organization, its mission and global projects, and we even got to see the original Geneva Conventions, currently on loan to the museum. It was very long and half an hour past when it was supposed to end, I was ready to drop. SIT treated us to a beverage, and we navigated our own way back to central Geneva via bus. In our brief moments of downtime, I have taken to learning a few words of French, likely to the annoyance of my fellow students, who I constantly ask to correct my pronunciation or remind me of words. I can now count to 29, say "push" and "pull" (guess ... read more
Henry Dunant Awards

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva June 11th 2009

We had a relatively lazy day today... advising on our project this morning and French placement in the afternoon (I wonder what level I will be -HA!). Since that took place in Nyon, we walked around town for a bit as a group, before separating to return to our respective homes. This morning, I had breakfast with just my host mom, who is the only one who does not speak English. I actually found it to be very fun having to communicate through only gestures and bits of phrases. Today for dinner, we had marinated fennel bulbs, a millet casserole that was to die for, and a selection of miniature desserts which the entire family shared, each member taking just a bite or two from each one and commenting on its quality, laughably - they were ... read more

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