It is crazy how things can become familiar so quickly.
A few months ago I hadn’t done any International travel in almost 10 years, and now four months later I’m jetting back off to Geneva, Switzerland.
The all day/all night flights can’t faze me anymore and after leaving Seattle in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday and arriving in Geneva early Sunday morning, I arrived bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Although I napped my way through a 6 hour flight to Newark, during my 8 hour flight to Geneva I’m not so sure there was a lot of sleeping done – more of a haze I think. Well my haze must have been exactly what I needed because I was raring to go with a walk along Lac Leman, morning cappuccinos and pastries and a sunny afternoon into sunset into late night of eating and drinking champagne on the balcony.
My first trip to Geneva I felt like I was in another world. I dreamt of french phrases and so day and night I was swimming in a world that I couldn’t quite understand. I struggled to keep my eyes open at night and I woke up at 3AM almost every morning. It was a slight understatement that I wasn’t adjusting to the time change very well.
I don’t know if it’s because the streets, the restaurants, the apartment were all familiar to me now, but it felt like I was just in another neighborhood at home. Crazily enough I didn’t experience any jet lag and could truly enjoy the day to its fullest – and stayed up way later than I would normally have at home (possibly because my sister and I discovered ‘Orange is the New Black’…). The french didn’t phase me as much as before and most of the time I didn’t even really hear it around me – or at least take notice of it. And all of that french dreaming from last time did me well and hammered those french phrases into my head so that when it was time to order ‘un boîte de huit macarons’ – it was right there at the tip of my tongue.
We allowed ourselves one full day of Geneva Sightseeing before we had to get down to work. So we packed in a train ride along the Lac Leman lakefront, a trolley ride through Old Town Geneva, and a boat ride along the Lake to see Geneva from another perspective.
As we rode through Old Town, my favourite part of Geneva, I came to realize that the last time I visited I did a fantastic job of sightseeing! And also reminded myself how much I love old towns and window shutters.
Our boat ride was a little breezy, but so great to be out on the water. The asian tourists didn’t seem to have the same feeling as we did – they spent the first half of the boat ride taking selfies and the second half they all fell asleep! Ok, well I can’t really complain about them taking selfies…..
But to fall asleep??!!! They missed out on a great hour (seriously it was only an hour and they couldn’t stay awake) on the water.
Thanks for a great day of sightseeing Geneva! If only you had had Jet d’Eau standing proud – it’s a good thing I took so many photos last time.