This was my first free weekend in a long time and it’s been absolutely lovely. Almost every weekend of this study abroad program I have traveled somewhere—even if only a day-trip—and it has been totally exhausting.
At long last, only 12 days later, I have finally finished my overdue weekend blog post! (New resolution: get these posts out faster.) Two Saturdays ago, a group of us in the BU program went wine tasting at a local vineyard and Dan and I attended a football game (known as soccer to you Americans). Read on, if you’ve maintained interest even after two weeks!
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.
As I wrap up my eighth week in Geneva, I have the strange simultaneous feelings that time is flying by and that I've been here for an eternity. I don't know whether to feel excited or disappointed that we're only a third of the way through our program... But enough cliché—in today’s episode, we scratch a major goal off our collective bucket lists and Casey turns 21!
The past couple weeks have been busy. We officially started our UniGe classes last week and they have been keeping us occupied; because of this, I didn’t get around to posting a weekly update last week. To compensate, in today’s post I summarize my last two weeks in Geneva, which includes a day trip to Zürich and meeting lots of Swiss students!
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!
In this week’s brief post, we have only two days of real class, we find a place to patinage sur glace, and I make a brief aside to explore Switzerland’s paprika fascination. Oh, and Dan and I went to Paris! But you’ll have to wait a couple days to hear that story….
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.
After 9 days of living in Geneva, I’ve begun to recognize some of the norms of Swiss culture and society. Storefront windows displaying artisan cheeses and watches; a linguistic fusion of French, German, and Italian on food labels in grocery stores; and the ubiquitousness of the letters “CH”...