May 21 2012
So here I am once again, running around the stretch of Lac Leman between Geneva and Lausanne for the week, still suffering from jetlag. I am here to present at a conference on the history of international organizations at my school on Friday. As it was in February, it is strange to be back. At least this time it is not frigidly, unbearably cold.
Events and observations so far, since Friday’s landing:
- I got myself from a landed airplane through customs and my bag from the belt and onto a train in less than 30 minutes. I love Geneva Cointrin!
- There are thermal baths in Geneva! Who knew? They were pretty nice!
- Geneva continues to mess with my mind by changing the whole public transit system and train station around. Gah.
- Fresh peas! Fresh fava beans! Asparagus galore! The best tasting strawberries ever! Cheese! I miss these markets!!!
- I found a coton de tulear wandering outside the thermal baths in Geneva, with a collar but no owner or tags. She was just like Ruben, and came running over to be pet when I called to her. Then I freaked out and called the ASPCA, then animal control, and was continually re-directed because of the lack of things being open on a Saturday, until I was finally told automatically to “take the lost dog to the local police station.” That would require knowing where the police station was. Instead, I picked up the Ruben doppelganger (albeit with a terrible haircut) and marched her around the nearby park until I found a bichon-frise owner who thought she recognized the dog and promised to care for her until Monday when things re-opened.
- I stayed a night at a friend’s parents’ house in Lausanne. Their kitchen comes equipped with a built-in steamer. I was like, “What is that?!” She said, “What, I always assumed all kitchens in America had them! You don’t recognize it?” Um, nope. I think it is something along these lines.
- A confiserie/chocolatier in Nyon was selling chocolates that looked like iPhones. They were remarkably accurate, but brown instead of black and not as shiny. They had a batch of them created to be children’s party favors, with each child getting an “iPhone” with his/her name on it.
Yep. I am not in Pittsburgh anymore.