If you’re some one who wants to save their money for sight-seeing and souveniers then eating inexpensive meals becomes a priority. But, of course, you’ll still want to dine in a nice resturaunt on your travels, no?
But where to go?
To answer this question, I am introducing these new “Eating Out In…” posts where I’ll let you know what I and my companions have eaten, where, at what cost, how the service was, and whatever else I can tell you. Also feel free to ask me questions about any information you might still want/need.
So here’s Part I of the Academic Travel blogs I’ve been promising.
We started in Geneva, Switzerland (a little late in the afternoon) with a tour. Our tour guide was of French descent and French nationality originally but has become Swiss. He was full of information, including the following fun facts:
Geneva started out as a Protestant canton (or state), but as gradually more and more French, Portuguese, and other immigrants came along as well as Swiss from the country sides the religion shifted to Catholicism. However, Protestant Christianity is still the official religion of the canton and Catholic churches must be built to look like housing or administration - they may not look like churches (as that would distract from the Protestant churches).
The schools are built in traditional Swiss-style architecture to remind the children that they are still in Switzerland. Half of the students going to school in Switzerland only have one Swiss-national parent, and more or less everyone in Geneva speaks French as their first language.
Geneva touches France on all sides except for one 7 meter stretch of land that is the only border the canton shares with the rest of the country of Switzerland. Only one road leads to the rest of Switzerland while all the other roads lead into France.
Also Geneva is home to most of the United Nations organizations headquarters. It is thought of as the city of peace, and too this day, high officials from foreign countries will travel to Geneva in order to have treaties signed and resolve international disputes.
Finally while most cities in Switzerland shut everything down at 6 or 6:30 Geneva stays open until 7.
In conclusion, Geneva is a wonderfully clean and quite place. I would also venture out and say that it is tranquil, but definitely not a place for big party people. There are small bars and clubs, but it’s all quite relaxed. But you might find something else. The world is full of hidden treasures.
In the meantime allow me to share something I found pretty interesting while I was wondering around in Paris yesterday. In French, the word for ”operating” is spelled in the same manner as the English word for “exploitation”.
Also I passed a dry cleaners’ that was named “The Whiteners”.
Stay tuned for much more interesting facts and details on Paris and other cities.
“That moment when you can’t find an ATM at the Deutsche Bank because it’s says “Investment Management” in English on the window and google maps did not tell you that it said “Investment Management” IN ENGLISH on the window”—Emily Ewell (after hours of searching in Geneva)
So I know that lately my posts have been what you might call random re-blogs and poetry without many updates on Switzerland or life in Europe, and for that I apologize. Some of you will be glad to know that this weekend marks the beginning of Academic Travel with Professor Schlein (that 2 week field trip across Europe).
My friends and I will do some packing Friday and Saturday, and we’ll also be stopping by in Ponte Tresa, Italy to make sure everyone has their travel necessities and an appropriate amount of Euros. (I might also need new luggage.) In other words, if you follow my blog or just drop in occasionally, you can look forward to more travel posts soon. I’ll definitely put up a post or two (or more) about Ponte Tresa as it’s one of Europe’s “little treasures” for a variety of reasons that can be condensed into one thing - Ponte Tresa Market. And I as I travel across Europe for my AT I’ll blog about the different cities and countries and, of course, my experiences and adventures there.
The adorable receptionist who is in charge of mail (and apparently married to the adorable UPS man) will learn who you are if you constantly come in to see if you’ve recieved boxes you weren’t notified about.
3.Body towels (this should only be done with VERY close relations or in EXTREME cases)
4.Underwear (this should only be done in EXTREME cases!)
5. Make-up (this can be done if you are close to the person with whom you are sharing and are accutely aware of their sanitary status. in other words don’t share lipstick with any random person - you don’t know where their lips were last!)
6. My socks. (Becuase you always lose them or forget to give them back, Dad and Namma!)
7. Food that your broke behind did not chip in to pay for. (If you won’t feed yourself, why do you expect your roomate too? Do you realize that she did not come to school to be your new mother?)
He’s a really cool guy who says the funniest things and knows how to make me worry and how to make me feel 1000x better. He’s really awesome, and I’ll have to post a poem about him one day so you can understand.
He also just posted about me creeping on his tumblr (which is completely accurate), and I laughed so much I now have a six pack. I really love the things Nick blog.
You can follow his tumblr at scratchallthescripts.tumblr.com.