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Logan and I have become quite spontaneous since moving to Madrid. One night, Logan came into our room and simply asked me if I wanted to go to Geneva, Switzerland for the weekend because tickets were super cheap. And I responded with a very atypical reaction of “YES! Where’s my credit card?” And that was that. It wasn’t until after we booked our very cheap plane tickets that we found out Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe…
We went to Switzerland with literally two objectives: 1. Tour the United Nations building (neat and globally significant) and 2. Eat a bunch of Swiss chocolate (the latter was obviously the more important objective to me). The tour of the UN was relatively inexpensive, and pretty cool. Look at Logan and I! The first picture is of me in the room where the League of Nations originally met and made some important decisions, you know ones that impacted the history of mankind NO BIG DEAL. And here’s Logan lookin real important in the Human Rights room (Pop culture reference: Emma Watson spoke about human rights at the UN in New York).
Here is Logan accomplishing objective #2! Good work opening that tasty (and expensive) bar of Swiss Chocolate. As you can see Switzerland is beautiful, so we really enjoyed simply walking around the city, and wandering about. P.S. I haven’t mentioned that Geneva peeps primarily speak is french, which was great because Logan and I literally know 3 words in french! Granted, a lot of people also knew English so we we didn’t have to suffer too much (linguistic privilege is so real). *Side bar* if you are easily reading and understanding this post you are, in fact, a benefactor of linguistic privilege.
Geneva’s city center at night was already decorated with Christmas cheer! Look at all these lights! Logan and I enjoyed a nice long walk around and taking in the beautiful sights (P.S. walking around is free, which was very appealing to us). Our first day in the city was consumed by grocery shopping (eggs and bread), converting our euros to francs, and visiting the UN. So day 2 we devoted to wandering around old town.
So, by now you are well aware that Geneva is known for their tasty chocolate. What you can see on the left is a photo of a chocolate cauldron that is *get this* filled with little balls of chocolate!!! Sadly, the price of this bad boy was like 30 Francs (also P.S. Switzerland is one of the few western European countries that doesn’t use Euros). The middle photo is of a market stand Logan and I wandered in to. Lucky for us it was their 75th anniversary, which meant a plethora of FREE SAMPLES!!! Our little cheap hearts just about exploded when someone finally told us we could take the free samples of food and wine 🙂 That´s right FREE GLASSES OF WINE.
Geneva’s most recognized landmark is this fountain here (Jet d`Eau). It sprays water up real high into the sky and is a symbol of progress. Please note that the walkway to the fountain has no guardrails to make you feel nice and safe.
Logan and I are getting our modeling portfolios ready.
We quite literally stumbled into this amazing art museum. Geneva is really expensive, BUT they offer free admission to nearly all of their museums. This museum had famous works of Picasso, Van Gogh, and Monet.
Next stop: the cathedral. It seems as though every European city has a really giant and beautiful cathedral, and Geneva is no exception. Look how tiny we are compared to his massive place!
The inside of the cathedral was equally as beautiful, and offered a nice place for us to sit down and take it all in. Logan looks like an angel, dontchya think? After the cathedral we headed back to our AirBNB, got some beer and pizza and went to bed early because we had to wake up at 5am for our flight.
Overall, Geneva was really beautiful, but I have a few suggestions for you if you plan on visiting. 1.Only stay two full days; 2. Geneva is definitely a day time city, so try to get a night flight out; 3. Go grocery shopping and get some basic food so you don´t have to eat out all the time; 4. Pack comfy shoes and spend the majority of your time walking around the city; 4. Splurge for the chocolate bars, but if you want one as a souvenir wait for the airport, it´s actually a bit cheaper there.