Hello! Greetings from Geneva!
I’m happy to report that we all arrived safely 🙂 The day our flight was scheduled to leave for Geneva turned out to be quite foggy/misty, so I was a bit worried that it would be delayed for a couple of hours. Luckily, we didn’t encounter any problems on our way over.
After we passed through customs and secured our luggage, we made our way to the apartment where we will be staying for the next few months. We were welcomed with a delicious brunch complete with fresh croissants, smoked salmon, and hummus!! I was also pleased to find an authentic Swiss chocolate bar waiting for me in my room (dark chocolate, nonetheless!).
Other than a quick info session from our program coordinators, yesterday was mostly spent getting settled in to life in Geneva. We walked around the neighborhood to get a sense of where the shops and markets are and I did a bit of grocery shopping to sustain me for this week. As you can imagine, groceries (well, everything in general) can be quite expensive in Switzerland, so a few of my friends and I are planning a trip to France to do our weekly shops! While that sounds like quite a journey, believe it or not, it’s only 20 minutes away by tram.
Soon after returning from the market, the jet lag hit and I was ready for bed.
Today, we were set free to explore the city of Geneva! I saw beauty around every corner I turned, and all of the sights were simply incredible. Although Geneva itself is pretty modern and tech-savvy, the architecture of all the buildings and the history of the city is very captivating. The hustle and bustle of Geneva isn’t quite as intense as that of New York, per se, but it the energy of all the people and cars makes it feel like a metropolitan center.
Right across from our residence is Lake Geneva, and the view is just beyond breathtaking. Our residence sits on one side of the lake, and to get to the other side, a quick boat ride is all it takes! How fun and easy is that?
While we were walking around Lake Geneva, we also made sure to visit the famous Jet d’Eau. This large fountain is one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks, and it’s even supposed to be visible from the air. Lucky us, a rainbow appeared just as we were walking to the Jet and it made up for the on/off rain that we’ve been having these past few days.
Swans are a common sighting around here in Geneva, and I think this picture just captures the pure beauty and simplicity of Geneva.
Also, here’s a sight that you don’t see often- and I thought it would be quite funny to include in the post:
Exploring Geneva today made me realize how lucky we are to be able to call this beautiful city our home. All of the water, the mountains, and the sights are quite the spectacle and I cannot wait to discover more about Geneva and Switzerland these next few months!