I witnessed my first snowfall in Geneva this morning and it was so beautiful <333 Everything was covered in a light blanket of white fluffiness and it infused such a magical aura into the air. I finally got to experience the winter that I never saw back home in New York! As we were walking to class, it looked like a snowglobe and felt like an absolute winter wonderland dream.
Speaking of classes, after a few days of orientation, they have officially started! I am taking three classes this semester- 2 public health courses and 1 French class, and they’ve all been great so far! I love all my professors, especially my public health professor, who just so happens to be a really adorable old Brit! My French professor is also quite funny as well.
Our schedule is structured so that we have French class from 10-12 in the morning and then Public Health class from 2-4 in the afternoon with a 2 hour lunch break from 12-2 in between. Two hours for lunch?? Yup, that’s right! The Swiss take their lunch very seriously over here. Unlike us Americans and college students whom simply eat food in a hurry or don’t even bother to take a lunch break sometimes, the Swiss sit down to an actual meal where they make time for enjoying their food and conversations. If you ever peek inside restaurant windows as you walk past during lunch, you’ll know what I mean because they all look so thoroughly engrossed in their conversations and never in a rush to leave.
For lunch today, we stopped by this eclectic looking Mexican taco shop called Sergent Taco. It was highly recommended to us by one of the university students, and although I opted for the sandwich shop next door, the food looked quite appetizing so I’ll definitely have to come back. One of my friends still can’t get over the fact that it’s called “Sergent” and jokes about it every time we mention it. She’s like shouldn’t it be “senor or something more French sounding?”
Being the college student that I am, of course I procrastinated my readings for public health so I finished that during our long lunch break. It seems like old habits never leave you 😉
After class, another friend and I decided to go explore and wander around the city. We didn’t really have a destination in mind, but in my opinion, half of the fun of exploring is just getting lost and finding your way around. Also, there’s really no better way to get to know a city.
There’s also these funky looking trees that line the bank of the Lake, and every time I look at them, I mistake them for palm trees. Not such a good idea considering I associate palm trees with warm and sunny California and it’s currently snowing in Geneva.
Look at all of the gorgeous lights!! Doesn’t that just look amazing? And with the Alps peeking making a cameo in the background? Come on, it doesn’t get much better than that!
So now, I leave you with a weird fact for the day…I don’t know if it’s just me, but for some reason, I just feel like I have to eat a piece of chocolate every day. Perhaps it’s because I’m now living in Switzerland and I feel like it would be an injustice to go a day without chocolate? We pass a few incredibly appetizing pastry/chocolate shops on our walk from the tram stop to Unige every morning and I just want to go in and buy ALL of the chocolates every time. It’s so hard not to!!