So as promised in my previous post , I am sharing some of my experiences from the trip.
After a 10 hour or so trip, we got to Geneva. We had been given instructions to board a bus that would drop us to our hotel. My mind was picturing either Rongai kind of matatus or KBS at most and I was like with all our luggage, why would they tell us to get a bus??? Also turns out a cab costs close to a plane ticket soooo….
So first, we had a hard time figuring out how to leave the airport (Airports are really huuuge elsewhere) and find the right bus.
French is the language of the place!!! So finding someone to give instructions that made sense in English was a hustle. We took about half an hour to get to the bus which was just a stair case away FYI. But we got to the hotel in peace at least.
The next day, we were required to go to “Campus Biotech”. The instructions were pretty clear but they go like “walk for 3 minutes, take bus 8, alight after 4 stops then turn to road x and walk for 7 minutes and campus biotech will be on your left” If you’re anything like me, I took those instructions so damn literally. I had to walk with a timer…you tell me to walk for 3 minutes and that’s exactly what I do. Unfortunately, 3 minutes did not get me to the bus stop lol. And we had to do another language struggle to get directions to the right place.
The next day, my mum left for a different city , Basel, and your girl was left in Geneva all alone!!!! One of the professors at the institute suggested that since my area of study deals with computers, I go check out some nuclear science place.
Sounds like a fun thing to do, right? so my map and I were going to get me to that nuclear science place. I had a map, clear demarcations on my map from the hotel reception and google maps screenshots (just in case I was in a wifi free place).
However, I managed to almost get lost. Let me explain myself!!! They drive on the right side of the road and to me they just look like they operate in the wrong direction. I took the right bus yes but to the wrong direction. Wasn’t such a bad thing though, I don’t mind the extra tourism so I went to what looked like the shopping avenue of the city. And the best part, right next to the lake!!
I know we have lakes in Kenya, many in fact, but I have no idea why Lake Geneva just stole my heart, maybe it was the water jet, or the fact that it is smack in the middle of the city, or the fact that it is soooo damn clean( the whole of Geneva is though) but I spend a ridiculous amount of time at it. I got back to the hotel past 9 pm (after remembering that I still had a whole city to see) . It was still sunny. My mum was already back and panicking that I was lost.
Back to the nuclear science place, I still had to see it without getting lost.
Because I was alone without a tour guide to explain what was going on, I mostly just found the place fascinating but mostly weird. I took a walk around though and a bunch of photos (of course)
I wish I could explain what is going on in any of those photos but I can’t haha.
One lucky thing was that I had a free transport card for my whole stay there so I could basically board any bus or tram to anywhere and boy didn’t I use it.
Before I forget, let’s talk about the food. Besides pastries and salads, I have no idea what I ate (with the exception of McDonald’s, Subway and Starbucks). Most menus were of course in French and some meals looked like nothing I had seen before.
Starting from left, that was mashed potato – familiar. That orange stuff isn’t carrots, unless their carrots taste different. The next two look like some form of sim sim… no idea what they are. The last was probably a bunch of peppers, can’t quite remember.
If you’re one who takes really large food portions, you’re likely going to starve.
The rest of my stay was pretty seamless. I had become a mwenyeji of the city. I’d wait for my mum to leave school at 5 then I’d take her around until around 10. Good thing the sun sets so late because she would have missed out on some stuff.
And that was Geneva for me, I of course can’t write everything but I hope you enjoyed the little I have.