"Oh! Bring your ski jacket, looks like it’s gonna be pretty cold in Geneva."
And the award for understatement of the year goes to Ms. Julia Wilikins, because our trip to Geneva this past weekend was just about the coldest thing I’ve ever experienced. Apparently a Siberian cold front has swept across the town. The stabbing pain I felt on any piece of exposed skin verified that information.
We joked in the car ride over that we were going to eat and drink our way through Geneva, but seeing as we could only walk about three blocks before having to pop into a shop for a “thaw out” break, it turned out to be true.
Despite the cold we had a good time and lots of laughs. How can you not love a roadtrip?
Here are somethings to keep in mind when traveling to Geneva:
- The French are pretty serious about both your speed and following distance in the 11km Monte Blanc Tunnel. Should you get slapped with 250 Euro fine (which you must pay immediately) you can leave your passport and drivers license with the police and travel 4km to Chamonix (A very cute/expensive French ski village) to search for an ATM. This will delay you about an hour.
- Should someone in your party accidently dine and dash in the hotel thinking that breakfast is included in the room fee, continually remind them that their petty theivery will come back to haunt them. Don’t, however, let them return to the hotel to pay the 20CHF. Thats just a ludicrous price for eggs.
- Geneva is expensive. Like, “Can I just promise you my first born instead of paying our cafe tab?” expensive.
- Corner markets aren’t supposed to sell you alcohol after 9pm, however, they will if you’re willing to treat the whole transaction like a drug deal. The clerk will yell at you to shove the wine in your bag quickly before you pay for it. This will fluster you and result in a very poor choice of wine.
- If the cafe has a sign in the window that says “Vin Chaud,” stop there.
- If its too cold to do a walk by the UN Hall of Nations, drive by on your way out of town. It will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something besides freezing your ass off.
- Once your toes freeze past the point of feeling, you’ll no longer be in pain, but you will be nagged with the constant worry that you’re going to loose those toes if you’re outside for ten more minutes.
- You’re not in an Italian speaking city anymore. For the love of god stop saying “Grazie.”
- Seriously, a money bag is a great idea for when you’re traveling/roadtripping with friends. You each put a set amount in the bag in the beginning. Then the rest of the weekend when you have to pay for gas or a meal, you just dip into the bag. You forget you paid upfront, you don’t waste time dissecting the bill, and all weekend you feel like the money bag is paying for your adventure instead of having to grab your wallet all the time. Great idea Tine!
I’m starting to freak out a little bit as I realize I’m almost halfway through my year here. There is still so much traveling I want to do, and I feel like I haven’t made very much headway in the weekend adventure department. However, when I showed Mom my pictures from this weekend she commented on how amazing it is that last month I was in 70 degree weather on an island in the Atlantic, and now I’ve experienced ice storms in Switzerland. Mom’s are great for putting things in perspective. Looking forward to the next outing.
An abandoned building had hundreds of these in the window.
Seeking refuge from the cold in a cafe
Prepping for Valentines Day
The Ice Apocalypse
"Khaia, you can’t see your face!"
"Just take the freaking picture!"
Later saw people ice skating along the pathway