I must admit that Geneva is not very exciting
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I spent this last weekend in
Anyway, we all met at the school at 12 and left for the train station. We made a quick stop at the Gallery Lafayette which is a little grocery store. We picked up some snacks for the train ride. So we got to the train station about an hour early, so we just stood around for a while. We got on the train, and luckily the train is pretty comfortable. It was also not very crowded so I got a row to myself. I just sat back and did some homework. I think this was the only time I am grateful that all my homework is reading because that is a lot easier to do on a moving train than written work would have been. We had to take two trains, one from
The sad thing is that the scenery is really all there is in
Anyway, we got to the hotel at about 7:30pm. When we booked the hotel we did not tell them how many people were in our group, so 3 of us waited outside while the other people checked in so that they would not charge us extra for having a larger group. Then we went up to our room through the parking garage. I guess they found out that it would have cost more if we had not waited outside. This hotel was really nice. We got a pretty good deal on it though. There were no available hostels in the area which is why we got a hotel. I shared a room with Kelly and Paul. They are two of the people who I have been hanging out with the most since coming here. The beds were big and comfortable and Kelly was really happy because it had a shower that you could stand up in. (In France the showers are just a bathtub with a faucet and a shower head, but the shower head is not attached up on the wall you basically have to sit in the tub and it is just really uncomfortable. Luckily the shower at the house where I am living has a hook up top that I can attach the shower head to. So I have a regular shower every day.) Back to the hotel room, there was also a plasma TV in the room.
We went just down the street from the hotel for dinner that night. We met a few people from the University of Denver Colorado. We talked for a little while, but they had to go to bed early because they were leaving really early for
However, Kelly, Paul, and I turned on the TV, and had a really great evening of watching CNN and BBC World News. I have not watched any TV since leaving the
The next morning we all met outside the front of the hotel at 9am. We walked down to the lake because we wanted to take a boat out to this Chateau. As it turned out to get to the chateau by boat it was going to take 5 hours. So we decided against that. As we were walking we found a Starbucks. Everyone flipped out. I don’t really understand this because I am not a huge fan of Starbucks. I don’t drink coffee and their hot chocolate is not very good. The only thing I like there is the strawberries and cream drink and it was a little to chilly outside to have one of those. But we stopped in and everyone got the drinks that they had been wanting for a really long time.
At this point we decided to split the group up because three of the other girls really wanted to go to the Chateau and to get their by train was going to cost an extra $50 and I did not want to spend that kind of money. So they left and the rest of us took a 2 hour boat tour of the lake. We had gotten these really nice lounge chairs to sit in, but once the boat got going it was way to cold for us to sit outside so we went inside. It was a very nice ride. The scenery was beautiful. We just had a good time sitting there and relaxing. After the boat ride we got lunch. We all got a pizza. I am sick of pizza here. I have only had it a few times, but it is just way to much work. The pizza is good, but you are supposed to eat it with a knife and fork. The crust is really hard to cut. By the time I am only half way done with it my hands ache and I can’t cut any more, but I am still really hungry.
After lunch we went shopping. We really just walked around town and stopped in shops we thought looked good. As you all probably know the Swiss are known for their watches, army knifes, and chocolate. Every other shop sold Swiss army knives and watches. They had some truly beautiful craftsmanship on some of the pocket watches. The chocolate shops were overwhelming. I could not figure out what kind of chocolate I wanted. I thought I did pretty good though. I only got a toblorone for myself, and some chocolate to take home with me to the
By the time we were done with that it was around 6pm. We could not find anything else to do. We wandered some more, but there was nothing. So, we went back to the hotel for a while to rest and watch some more CNN. Around 9pm we decided that we really needed to do something. Shalyn, who had been with us all day, left us to meet up with a friend who was living in
We eventually decided that we should go get dinner. We were not very hungry because while we were at the hotel we had been munching on the chocolate we had bought. Nothing really sounded good to us. We wandered around
After dinner was over we sat at the restaurant for an extra 45 minutes. We had a really good time just sitting there and talking. We did a lot of talking about the people in our classes and the places we want to go and our families. After that we just went back to the hotel and went to bed. For not doing much all day long we were pretty tired.
The next morning we slept in a bit. We got up at 10. Kelly and Paul took really long showers because they wanted to get in the best stand up shower they could before going back to the French version. I am so lucky where I live. After checking out we went to the train station and got lockers to put our stuff in until we were ready to leave. We went back down to Starbucks and sat and tried to figure out what we wanted to do that day. Paul wanted to go home early because he does not like to get in late. So he ditched us and took an early train. So Kelly and I decided we were going to go to this museum. When we got there we discovered that because it was Sunday the museum was closed.
So Kelly and I just got some lunch and walked around town a little bit more. It was not very exciting so we got on an earlier train than we had planned. We got on the 4pm train. I got a lot of homework done on the way home. Kelly gets motion sick so she was pretty much out of it the whole time, and since there was no one else with us there was nothing else to do except do homework. That is just as well though because if I did not do it on the train I would have had to do it when I got back to my house. We had to take 3 trains to get home this time. It was a little more inconvenient, but it worked out. Each train was about 1 ½ hours. We got back to
So that was my weekend. I actually had a really great time. It does not sound like I did much, but we had fun while doing it.
Things are moving by so fast here. I only have 3 weeks of school left, then midterms. Then I have a week off. I am going to be traveling that whole time. Our fall break is now officially planned. There are six of us traveling together. We are going to be spending 3 days in
Christina, the girl also living with me, is moving out. She does not like to be up in her room. She says it is too secluded. She does not like being all by herself. If I was the one up there I think I could be very happy. I like having my own area. I would have traded with her, but I am really selfish and I love the room I am in now, and my bed is much bigger than hers. I know that is horrible, but I guess the family she is going to be moving in with has a really nice room for her and she gets her one bathroom. She seems pretty happy about it. I am going to miss having her around, but I am not going to miss her coming into my room and talking while I am trying to do homework. Also, now that she is leaving it means that I will be able to take my showers in the morning again. I am looking forward to that.
The weather here is really crazy. The other day it was hot and sunny and then that evening it rained. It was freezing cold the next morning, but by 1pm that afternoon it was scorching hot. I almost could not stand it. It was like that for the next couple days. Today and yesterday it has just been pouring rain. I love the rain. I have always loved the rain. It is a little more inconvenient here though. When I want to travel places like