Why do I travel to French speaking places?

Trip Start Jan 20, 2009
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Trip End Jun 2009


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Flag of Switzerland  , Geneva,
Thursday, March 12, 2009

The last weekend in February I had the opportunity to visit a dear friend, Miss Jacqueline Zimmer, who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Jackie and I met when we were 5 and 4 because our moms played soccer together. We grew up together and became playmates on the weekends at the games. Now, present day, Jackie also happens to a good friend of mine and is best friends with my cousin Melissa! Basically, she is family. :)
Anyways, Jackie lives in Geneva with her wonderful boyfriend Johan, who is from Sweden. They have a cute little apartment and showed me an awesome time while I was 'up north.' I flew in around lunch on a Friday, Jackie and I had lunch, then she went back to work and I explored Geneva on my own with a little tiny map in my free AAA Europe book no knowing a bit of French. Now of course in Switzerland they speak French, German, Italian, and Swiss German depending on what region your in, but at least in Geneva, not much English is spoken. The book lied to me and said, "Almost everyone in Switzerland speaks English..." Right...Triple A, you may be helpful if I hit a dear, run out of gas or lock the keys in my mother's car, but in regards to traveling in Switzerland, are not helpful. More like, helpLESS, which is how I felt at first in Geneva, which is very French. (What did I really expect from a FREE book in the first place?!!)
Enough of that riff-raff. What I'm trying to say here is that Geneva is beautiful. And very clean. I enjoyed wandering the streets, browsing through used books, antique shops, checking out St. Pierre's Cathedral and making new friends by the breathtaking, clear, blue and wonderfully fresh Lake...which were ducks by the way, since they didn't care whether I spoke French or not. It was nice to have a completely new scene to explore.
That night Jackie and Johan cooked an amazing dinner in their home! I tried to help too but they made me just sit and drink delicious wine. It was such a chore. Fresh tuna steaks, lovely salad with all sorts of greens which I've greatly missed, potatoes, asparagus, mmmmmm. I could go on. Copious amounts of wine were consumed, and boy was there so much to catch up on!!! Needless to say, we didn't make it out that night. In the morning we woke up and had a giant delicious Swedish-style breakfast with cheeses, hard breads, fresh veggies, etc, and of course coffee. We woke up early because that morning we were driving to the mountains in France....
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