27 03 2009

[Overlooking Lake Geneva from Observation Park]

Geneva Day 1:

Menu(Arrival Day through Day1):
Quiche Lorraine
Totelini Soup
Appenzeller (Cheese)
Home made fondant drop cookies
Mandarine Oranges
Baguette w/ raspberry jelly
Croque Monsieur
Sloppy Joes
Baked Potato

OK, so there’s no doubt I’ve been enjoying the food…  Really the entire experience has been incredible so far.  We’re staying in a beautiful apartment in the heart of Geneva.  It has modern electronics (large flat screen tv), hardwood floors, a fully stocked kitchen, and a massive bath tub!  Surprisingly, the apartment is incredibly quiet as well.  At night, I hear absolutely nothing: goats, babies, even cars and appliances – silence.  The first night I slept for 10 hours non-stop.  That’s perhaps the first time I’ve done that in more than 15 months. 

The first full day we enjoyed breakfast and then headed on foot to the Natural History Museum.  The museum is large with 5 floors and one of the largest bird collections in the world.  I saw many species from Niger as well as the extinct Ivory-billed woodpecker from the states.  They also have Lucy on display.  The Blashka glass jelly fish exhibit was also very interesting.  It was a wonderful museum and like most museums in Geneva, free!  After the museum, we continued our adventure on foot passing through the oldest part of the city, visiting the cathedral and doing a little shopping along the lake. 

As you may be able to tell from the pictures, I got a new camera.  I took over 100 photos  yesterday and I was very impressed with the result.  I can’t wait to start using it in Niger.

So far the adjustment to a more hurried, technologically advanced way of life hasn’t been too difficult.  The grocery store is a little overwhelming and the price of everything seems unbeliveably high. 

Today we’re heading to Lausanne.