Yesterday evening at La Terraza

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Lake Geneva at 8:30pm in the evening!
What an amazing city.. I can't explain fully what a wonderful, comfortable and fantastic experience this has been for me. So I'll start off with some pictures..

What a great evening. It's amazing how it gets dark so late. Dusk comes at around 9:30pm and it is completely dark only by 11pm! Today our entire group met by the lakeside at this unidentifiable-by-name grassy area where a bunch of people just camp out on the grass or hang out by the wall drinking, talking and people watching. It was so great! Luckily I brought my camera and managed to capture a little bit of it.

It's weird, there's this really happy feeling in the air like everyone is so joyous and there are no pretensions and people are just talking in a variety of languages like it's the damned easiest thing in the world! I heard Spanish, Italian, English, French and German and that was within a group of like 10 people! Freaking amazing.
They just cluster around the lake in the evening to chill, drink and people watch..
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My only complaint is that this whole school/work/seminar thing is really wearing me out.  But god what a challenging experience it is to juggle all this stuff. It's a life lesson, so I really can't complain. If only I could manage to figure out how to write a paper before 6pm tomorrow considering I've never written a paper in 1 day in my entire life!

Ok I'll stop complaining. Christina and I had the most wonderful dinner tonight at a place called the Baobao Tree tonight - can you divine who chose it? The food was amazing, which is such a comfort considering I literally haven't eaten dinner in something like 5 days due to work and restaurants closing really early. I saw an African restaurant and made a beeline for it! We spent the next 2 hours talking about our goals and dreams, and the trips that changed our lives (for me it was Tanzania, for Christina it was Costa Rica).
Here we have represented: Brazil, San Francisco, Norway, LA, and Italy. =)
There's something oddly comforting in having a network of internationally-minded people all over the world who feel nothing short of an immediate need to participate in world events.

I still can't get over the happy feeling that I have from just hanging out at the lakeside this afternoon. I felt as if the entire city decided to get together and have some fun and chit-chat the night away! Ok maybe not the entire night as most of us have papers to write, but more or less it was just a really unstressful, carefree time and I haven't felt that way in ages. Despite there being PLENTY to do for the rest of the week and a few days that I'm here, I'm really revelling in the good time. I think it's going to be hard leaving this place.. but ooh Christina said that I could leave my things at her place and we could venture out to Chillon/Montreaux next Saturday! Woohoo! =) I hate not being able to do the things that I planned so I'm glad we're going to go with it, even if a bit later than I expected.
Jet D'Eau night view
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The convenience of Geneva is really incomparable. Almost as if it were centrally planned, but I imagine it's not - just a feat of excellent civil engineering. Things are so easy to access, the transportation system goes well into the night apparently, and despite having paid for each bus trip I've taken, I haven't encountered a single ticket checker, which makes me wonder how many people take advantage of the honor system..

P.S. I love my new camera! It's really fantastic. The pictures are so crisp and there are so many ways to capture things exactly as you want - rather amazing. I now highly, highly recommend digital SLRs to anyone. They're not too difficult to use and really just full of nice surprises.
AndiPerullo says:
It will be extraordinary no doubt! :)
Posted on: Jul 17, 2007
jenn79 says:
Absolutemonte! Can't WAIT to go to Mali, I've totally been telling everyone about it!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2007
AndiPerullo says:
What a fabulous day and great writing!!! I can't wait to visit Geneva now. I'm also really excited to be traveling with you in the future. We are going to have so much fun together darling!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2007
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Lake Geneva at 8:30pm in the eveni…
Lake Geneva at 8:30pm in the even…
They just cluster around the lake …
They just cluster around the lake…
Here we have represented: Brazil, …
Here we have represented: Brazil,…
Jet DEau night view
Jet D'Eau night view
Standing by some art at the lake..
Standing by some art at the lake..
some of us in the HEI program.
some of us in the HEI program.
Lake Geneva night view
Lake Geneva night view
Geneva
photo by: DADKA