I am going to put this out there (deep breath) – I like Geneva.
For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a controversial statement. By far the most common expat conversation you have/overhear in this town goes like this – omg Geneva is sooooo dull, sooooo boring, nothing eeeeever happens, it’s got nooooo soul. I am soooo flying to x this weekend, because really who’d want to be stuck here??
I am guilty of having indulged in these conversations myself. Particularly when I first arrived. Because compared to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome etc. yeah it feels kind of small, parochial even. We don’t get too many big names here. The MAMCO collection rotates pretty slowly. Geneva is not a popular stop for headline musicians. Gourmet burgers just arrived last year as the new big food movement and it is still hard to find a good vegan meal anywhere (apart from this place, which is awesome, and I’m not even vegan).
BUT – I think what I’ve learned in the years that I’ve lived here is that you’ve got to stop comparing Geneva to everywhere else, and just embrace the things it’s good at. Like the lake. Where in Paris can you float the afternoon away in a pristine lake and watch cloud animals chase each other over the alps? Nowhere, that’s where.
I’m not saying it’s my favourite town on earth. I’m definitely not saying I want to live here forever. I’m just saying Geneva, I like you. And to switch things up a bit I thought I’d try some new posts, focusing on creative happenings of all shapes and sizes here in G-town (and the surrounding area). I’m calling them Geneva notes. Let’s see how we get on.