Switzerland
Geneva

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  • Day1

    La Rade et Jet d'Eau

    January 8 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Started my day with the Geneva water front with a lovely walk along the La Rade! This included seeing the Jet d’Eau, literally a jet of water, pretty accurate when it’s 140m water fountain. The walk gave beautiful views of the new and old side of the city, a really lovely start to my time in Geneva!

  • Day1

    St. Peter Cathedral

    January 8 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    What a historic cathedral this was. Built between 1150 and 1230 as a Roman Catholic Church for Geneva, it later became the centre for the reformation in the 1500 and still to do this day as John Calvin’s chair, one of the orchestrators of the Protestant reformation. Amazing to see after studying it for over a year!!Read more

  • Day2

    Tour of the United Nations Geneva

    January 9 in Switzerland ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C

    Starting the day with a tour of the United Nations in Geneva. This place was originally home to the League of Nations between WW1 and WW2 but subsequently became the home of a number of the institutions that make up the modern day UN.

    After full airport style security and an immigration style security check (no I’m not a terrorist, no I haven’t been to the likes of Syria), I was in and able to explore the grounds before heading inside for my guided tour.

    The tour was fanatic and due to it being a quiet day at the UN we were able to visit all the main rooms! This included the home of the original general assembly and the original offices of the League of Nations. This compared to the newest state room, which is home to an amazing ceiling of art. Changing colour we’re ever you are in the room, the art work is designed to show that the same thing can be different depending on your location. Thus emulating the most important thing about the UN, the difference of opinion and the need to reconciliation and agreement.

    The tour finished with a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains leading to Mount Blanc, oh and fair load of snow!
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  • Day2

    The International Red Cross Museum

    January 9 in Switzerland ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C

    Next stop of the day is the International Red Cross Museum.

    Directly opposite the main building of the UN is the International Red Cross museum, a fantastic museum full of the history of this international institution.

    The highlight was the original Geneva Convention document and the archive of World War I prisoner documents.

    Definitely worth visiting and increased my knowledge on the history work of the Red Cross!
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  • Day2

    CERN

    January 9 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Visited the scientific wonder that is CERN, really fascinating museum that explained all about the work that is done here, really interesting, but went right over my head haha!

  • Day42

    Never A Dull Moment In Geneva!

    December 16, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌫 5 °C

    December 13

    Holy crap nugget.

    So Emilie met me at the airport, but was super late because there were massive train backups due to a person committing suicide on the tracks. It was pure anarchy. Switzerland is known for perfect train timings, but the rest of the evening was a total mess. We grabbed a quick bite at a traditional Switzlerand watering hole. Then going home the trains were still super delayed so we took one to a town a little ways away and then just grabbed a taxi. My plane landed before 7 and we got home at 10. INSANE.

    December 14

    This morning Emilie and I packed, had breakfast, and then took the train into Geneva! Public transit vs Emilie and I has been a recurring theme since the start of this trip and today was no different. On the bus to the train, out of absolutely nowhere, 50 school kids boarded the bus ar once. Kind of like the antelope scene in the Lion King, except we took better cover haha.

    We eventually made it to Emilie's brother's flat in Geneva. Since Max and Helen are away for the weekend, they let us stay here and have a nice weekend in the city where we are close to a lot of attractions. HOW SWEET :)

    We dropped our stuff off, had a quick bite, and then headed out! Our plan for the day? Puppies! We took an hours worth of public transit and finally made it to the animal shelter. They have a huge plot of land which was good because they gave us a husky named Tuki. Talk about full of energy! I guess we were just a little bit similar ;) He started off being quite a handful, but by the end of the 1.5 hour walk, he was very well behaved and it was difficult to give him back. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon :)

    We took public transit back and stopped at the supermarket. We picked up appetizers including pizza, dessert, and some breakfast items! We had plans to go for a drink later, but after all the food we were stuffed, and made the best of a movie night in :)

    December 15

    Today we had a relaxed morning of sleeeeeeep. Then we went shopping in the late afternoon. I got all dressed up fancy, but didn't buy very much. We also got a little bit of Christmas shopping done for Emilie's family. At 5:30 we went to Bohemian Rhapsody which is a movie about Freddy Mercury and the band Queen. If you haven't seen it I would highly recommend you add it to your 2018 to do list before the end of the year!

    After the movie we headed home for more pizza and a few drinks before heading out. We had a couple drinks, but dancing in Geneva doesn't start until after midnight and we were both exhausted so we called it a night. On the walk home it was snowing calmly and beautifully. It was like I was back in Canada! <3

    December 16

    In the morning I was quite hungover. It was kind of a write off day. We finally made our way to the train station around 5 and got home at 6. On the train there was this deaf guy selling things. I bought this little turtle type ornament. For some reason as soon as he put it down beside me I just wanted it. No questions.

    Later on we called my family whom I had been missing quite substantially. It was nice to catch up with them. Emilie made us a nice dinner late and then we curled up and watched some TV before heading to sleep.

    A non-eventful weekend, but successful all the same. Ciao for now!

    T+E <3
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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