Today was much less about sightseeing and more about exploring Geneva like a “local”. After finishing up my meetings for the day, I was restless seeing the sunny skies outdoors and decided I wouldn’t be happy unless I took my work outside. So I decided to find a wi-fi enabled cafe where I could eat a late lunch. I found a cute little outdoor place called Break Time where I ate pizza and drank beer (shhh! don’t tell) while working. The place closes early on weekdays (at 5p) but is a nice location near a park away from the hustle bustle of the main tourist areas. After that I continued on my exploration of Geneva as a “local”. I walked around the areas where the banker-types congregated for happy hour and the areas where people seemed to do their grocery shopping and run errands. I also walked into the underground area of the Cornavin train station: the main train hub in Geneva. The underground has a lot of the discounted clothing stores and cheap food shops that don’t seem to exist anywhere else in Geneva. I also found a crepe stand and feasted on a nutella crepe…mmmm! According to Google Maps, I walked a little over 3 miles. To end the day, I found a great little wine bar called Enoteca on the lake front to watch the sunset with a glass of Malbec and get some more work done.
Places like Geneva seem so transient… you assume people either pass through for work or UN meetings and it’s hard to imagine people actually living there, especially given the cost of living. Today helped me see the more “real” side of Geneva, the place I would frequent if I actually were to live there.