I was in Geneva from the 8th to the 11th of April to attend a
triennial exhibition/conference related to my work. For a change, I went
via Emirates Air and even though it meant a 4-hour transit in Dubai
both ways, it also meant fantastic food (unexpected choice of word for
airline food, I know), fantastic in-flight entertainment (heck yeah, I’m
a Directioner! haha), and the opportunity to charge my electronic
devices the whole way!
time around, we stayed at Hôtel Suisse which was located right smack
across Cornavin main train station and an easy 5-minute walk to Lac
triennial trip has become a love-hate sort of thing for me — love
because Switzerland is simply beautiful and who’d want to turn down a
free trip to Europe anyway; hate because it meant meeting marathons from
morning until evening (dinner meetings included) and by the time I’m
done, all the shops would have closed already by 6 or latest 7 pm.
But life’s too short to dwell on the negative stuff so I chose to
find happiness in the little things instead, like finding free tickets
for the bus/train just before exiting the airport.
also *finally* figured out where to buy prepaid SIM cards — at the post
office inside the airport building. The starter pack cost CHF14.90 and
it included CHF20 credit.
always, Geneva hotels issue a free Geneva transport card. For the first
time in my 5 trips in Geneva, there was actually a spot check inside
the bus for tickets and transport cards. They rarely check and if you
get caught, I heard the fine is pretty steep.
Oh, and I finally managed to complete my Tintin French comic book
collection, thanks to the close proximity of our hotel to a Payot librairie (‘bookshop’, not to be confused with bibliotheque, which means ‘library’). No pics of the comic books though 😉
The weather was a bit chilly for spring but the sun was bright so I
could not complain. In between meetings, I sneaked in a pic or two of
the beauty outside the hall where I was having my meeting marathon.
highlight of the trip for me was the opportunity to run beside Lac
Leman, even if it meant dragging my derriere from the warmth of my bed
and into the 5ºC spring morning weather.
I wore my brand-spanking new Nashata A-line ultra top
underneath an old New Balance long-sleeved running top that I bought
from Cape Town ages ago and the combination kept me warm enough for the
short walk to the lake area yet the Nashata ultra top did a great job of
wicking off the sweat from my body as I ran.
As I mentioned in a previous post,
I’ve been battling plantar fasciitis for several months now and this
was the first time I ran since Malaysia Women Marathon, thus I took it
slow and easy, doing 1.5 km two days in a row at a leisurely 10 min/km
pace. I actually found it tough to have to slow down since my pace has
already improved to around 7:30 min/km so I ‘slowed’ down by taking lots
of pics along the way.
weather by mid-afternoon was a lot more pleasant, with lots of sun and a
bit of warmth, so I did not hesitate to indulge in some gelato one
afternoon. Never mind if it meant blowing CHF5 (approximately RM20 ~
almost USD6!) on a small scoop of noisette (hazelnut) and caramel salé (salted caramel) gelato.
Switzerland being the world’s centre of fine chocolate, it only made
sense to bring back as much chocolate as my arms could carry on my
flight back! Hint: There is a Migros grocery store in the airport where
you can do some last-minute chocolate shopping.The
flight back to KL meant more movies and good food on board Emirates
Air…and a bit more of shopping at Dubai Airport. Psst…do you know that
Dubai Airport now has lots of shower rooms in the airport? And they’re
FREE! Just bring along your own towel, toiletries, and slippers.
The highlight of my return flight was, again, food. This time, it was Filipino food called tapsilog (a contraction for tapa-sinangag-itlog
or beef-fried rice-egg) which was way too expensive even for airport
food…but, digging into the warm rice at 2 am and topping each bite with
the runny yolk and the tender beef, I felt as though I was right back
Au revoir, Genéve! See you again in three years…