We recently returned from a randomly adventurous trip to Geneva, Switzerland. Although a planned trip because of a conference on “International Law and Time”, where Back to the Future was referenced heavily as 2015 is the year Marty visited in 1985, we decided to let fate decide our activities during the off-hours. We were not disappointed. Geneva, while generally a very expensive city, had a few fun and free (or inexpensive) things to do.
The highlights of our trip included walking around the emerald green waters of Lac Léman, aka Lake Geneva, watching water shoot some 140 meters into the sky from the Jet d’eau, smelling the incredible flowers and seeing flamingos at the Botanical Gardens, playing with the chess pieces on the Prominade des Bastions, randomly arriving in Carouge right as a parade walked by our tram stop, taking snapshots of Xander as the Chairperson of the World Trade Organization, stopping for a beer at a colourful shack on Le Rhône, buying Swiss cheese, strawberries and handmade pasta at a local market, eating pizza luigia at Luigia and homemade varenyky at Iryna’s, and visiting with a couple friends Iryna, our amazing hostess, and N’Gane, a one-time co-worker, and her daughter Lycia.