A tale of two cities
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Brussels and Genève have one thing in common; they are both hosts to major international organisations and are thus a buzzing hub for people like myself (suits, that is). But from there on the comparison gets less fruitful. Whereas Brussels can be experienced as a chaotic and congested city (at least for the first time visitor), Genève manage to convey the image of streamlined calm and Swiss efficiency.
The arrival could not have been more spectacular; the afternoon sun setting the mountains and crags on fire. It only took about 30 minutes from leaving the plane to arriving at the hotel InterContinental (immigration control included). The hotel itself is as grand as the Intercontinentals come (the pool area and fitness club are both excellent), but the interior proper begins to show its age.
The next day, after the usual bureaucratic business that brings us suits to places like this, it was time for a short sightseeing before dinner in the old town.
In a way, Genève reminds me somewhat of Singapore when it comes to its overall effectiveness (like the transportation system, shopping malls, and city planning). It actually makes me wonder what the youth does when to urge to oppose the system becomes too strong? Talk with a slightly higher voice? Intentionally litter the street with meticulously folded bits of paper?Anyway, tomorrow Paris beckons, so I guess the feeling of living in a streamlined dream will evaporate soon enough.