We have now been in Geneva for two months and 10 days. I acknowledge that I haven’t been the best with posting my weekly updates recently, and for that I apologize. I think a large part of the reason for that is that the excitement of the first couple months has largely passed and I’m starting to fall into a rhythm. I don’t do many new or exciting things during the week, so my weekly updates from now on will be shorter or nonexistent. Most of my travel or excursions occur on the weekends and I will continue to report on those as they happen. To make up for last week’s absence, I’m going to combine my “updates” from the past two weeks in today’s post. I’ve also decided that I’m in the mood for an introspective reflection on my time in Geneva so far.
Our final week of relative freedom before the start of our physics classes officially was rather uneventful. Upon inspection of my camera roll, I realize that my sole new photo from this week is from my morning run around Lake Geneva on Wednesday (featured above). Dan and I learned a lot about the longevity of coconut milk, we were treated to a lot of free food, and our beloved French class came to an end.
Having (somehow) been in Geneva now for an entire month, this seems like an appropriate time to reflect on my time abroad so far, exploring first impressions, personal growth, etc. But instead of doing that, I just have another weekly update for y’all. In this week’s episode, I get my CERN project and we explore Switzerland’s capital!
Today, on “Maddie’s Adventures in Switzerland”: a tram accident, lots of French food, and a day trip to a Swiss town whose mountains are straight from a wanderlust Pinterest board.
Once upon a time, a young Maddie fell in love with acting and the theatre. I wanted to stay with theatre for the rest of my life. But I also craved financial security and a slightly more stable future, things that theatre could not provide, and so I turned to the heavens.
So this is probably the biggest, most exciting, most impactful thing to happen in my life so far. In just over two weeks, I leave my southside Chicago neighborhood to realize my dream of the last 2.5 years: studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland.