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Monday, June 6, 2016

Hiking in France and United Nations Geneva Visit

It's been a whirlwind the past couple of days! It seems like every day in Geneva is full of new, crazy adventures. On Sunday, my group went on a hike in France. It's so easy to cross the border here... there wasn't even anyone there to check passports or anything. Open borders sure make life easy. Anyways, the sight at the top looked like a desktop background. We took a cable car up and down the mountain, which is good because the climb up is quite long and very steep. 

There was a lot of hiking around in the forest but I didn't get any pictures because I was well, hiking. I was also delighted that there were fields of buttercups! There were also some cows but I didn't think they were cute so I didn't photograph them. It was a bit rainy but generally decent weather. There were paragliders everywhere despite the sound of thunder in the distance (?!?!?!?), which was fun to watch as well. I really want to do it, but it's quite expensive and I don't know if I'd like it. 

Today we went to the UN! Someone else has the group photos and the photos of me there, but here are some pictures of conference rooms. We had three different speakers, two of which were very interesting. The group also had lunch in the UN cafeteria which had the most amazing dessert station ever. Since we had "conference badges", we could actually wander around the UN without a tour guide. So naturally I took advantage of that by accidentally wandering into someone's office, getting flustered and hurrying out only to get lost for a couple of minutes. The UN in Geneva is really large-- getting lost in the building even for a short while was scary. 

The library, where we had our lectures. The painting was apparently about human suffering. 

The newest conference room, which has the COOLEST ceilings ever. It was really cool to sit in the chairs and pretend to be important. 

This room was inherited from the League of Nations, and they do cease-fire agreements in there. I don't know why I thought when the League of Nations dissolved that the buildings themselves also went poof, but that's not the case. The United Nations inherited the League of Nations buildings, which makes them that much more interesting. 

I can't wait to see what this week will bring! I think my friend and I are going to Zurich (and maybe Liechtenstein) next weekend, so I'm sure I'll have something interesting to post later on this week. 

1 comment:

  1. The view from the top is amazing!! I love vantage points like that. It`s also SO cool that you got to visit the UN while you were there and wander around.

    - Courtney


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