WEEKEND GETAWAY PART 1 // Geneva, Switzerland

Wow, I think this is the longest I have been without a blog post! Admittedly, my life was quite uneventful last week, before I jumped on a plane on Thursday for a whirlwind adventure away with Chris! It was exactly what I needed, after a stressful and tiring week of poor sleep thanks to the constant noise of my dorm.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESChris had already been travelling for almost a week by the time I met him in the beautiful city of Geneva. Neither of us really knew a lot about the city, seeing as we mainly chose it due to the convenience of us both being able to fly there relatively cheaply. It wasn’t a huge city, but we were able to keep occupied for our short time there. The cobblestoned streets seemed to have no clear path (all organically growing out of each other, rather than Melbourne’s straight roads) and flags and fountains were everywhere.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe day was a bit bleak, but we were still able to enjoy our walk around the lake. We stayed with an AirBNB host, who was so kind as to not only recommend a place for dinner, but to book us a table! We tried the local favourite of cheese fondue. Our arteries probably didn’t appreciate the cheesy, garlicy goodness, but it was delicious.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe next day weather proved to be brilliant. We passed by this floral clock, that we somehow completely missed the day before, and made our way up the international area.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFrom pretty much everywhere you could see the iconic Jet e’Dau.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOur main destination was the United Nations. It only had limited opening hours, and you had to pass through security, present your passport and get a visitors pass! Ignore the worlds worst photo of me.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe only way to see the building was to take one of the guided tours. Our guide was extremely informative, and took us through various conference rooms and explained some of the history of the United Nations.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSeveral of the conference rooms contained powerful pieces of art – such as the roof above – that held a symbolic meaning pertaining to human kind. I am not usually one for art, but I found the meaning behind these pieces garnered my appreciation for it, mainly because I could understand the value of a universal means of communication in a place where people from 193 countries come together.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Palais des Nations, which looked picture perfect in the sunshine. This building was initially constructed for the failed League of Nations.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt was also awe-inspiring to be in rooms where such huge decisions and agreements have been reaching. The far reaching ramifications of this organisation are fantastic.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAfterwards we wandered back down the Mont Blanc bridge, before poking around the streets of the old town.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWater fountains such as these were all over the city!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe found a park that was full of men playing chess. Normally whenever I have seen people playing giant chess, they never take it that seriously (or maybe that is just Chris and I) but these individuals were well and truly into it!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAnd of course, no trip to Switzerland would have been complete without Swiss chocolate.

I will share the second half of our weekend tomorrow! Today, I am back tracking on my decision to stay in Hvezda dorm and am moving out. I was happy here for a bit, but things have quickly deteriorated. I can literally hear everything that is happening within a fifty metre radius of my room, which isn’t great when people decide to have guitar sing alongs until 2am. The stars somehow aligned when I contacted the manager of a building full of room rentals, and I discovered a fellow Aussie! Today I should be moving into a temporary room, before a bigger and better one I have put my name down for becomes available at the start of November.

I shall keep you updated!

– Reanna.