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.
Look for the first Eating Out In…!
It’s coming soon
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.
You will get sent home if you are sick and contagious and we are only weeks or days away from Academic Travel. I also just explained what academic travel is for a friend using the following phrase:
Basically I get to go on a 2 week field trip all across Europe (or to another foreign country)
You have to love Franklin. <3