The lowest franc bill you can withdraw from an ATM here is a 50 ($48 usd) and that’s about how much it costs to buy a cup of coffee, chocolate croissant and subway to work here. Budget travelers, cross this destination off your list. However, if you happen to have some old family friends who live in Geneva’s suburbs in a quaint home with a natural swimming pool, Zen center, two cute puppies and a well stocked food cabinet — Geneva is one hell of a city to visit.
This post is obnoxious because we have been living the swank life for the past four days and nobody really wants to hear about free few days of luxury (we each spent $36 in total during four days here). But we felt a need to include this in the blog because we learned two important during our time here:
1. When you are traveling from place to place for an extended period of time, schedule in some days of rest and relaxation. An endless voyage from bed to bed via trains and buses starts to wear down on the body and fatigue and illness seem likely. Make sure you plan some time off to let your body recover. We slept until 11am every day, ate fruits and veggies and watched a few episodes of The Wire every night. Our bodies are now prepared for the next few weeks of travel.
2. Reach out to any connections you have abroad. Don’t be shy! My dad and Scott Anderson worked for the same law firm 20 years ago and my parents haven’t seen him and his wife Clarrise since they moved to Geneva 15 years ago with the WTO. But when we emailed them and said we’d like to stop by, they were thrilled to host us. We have of course enjoyed our stay at their beautiful home, but it was also a huge bonus to reconnect to this funny, loving and smart couple. They told us their own stories of around the world voyages and let us bounce career ideas off them.