Yesterday evening at La Terraza
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July 14th, 2007 – by: jenn79
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.
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).
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.
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.
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