Freedom at last! I finished my exams this week, and I handed in my project for my home university last week, hence the radio silence. Because of research and revision.
I’ve probably spent far too much time in Boréal (my favourite coffee place in Geneva) because of that – I’ve managed to fill up a loyalty card, and I’m convinced they recognise my face because they ask me how I am. Although I was a bit disappointed recently as my cover for being a Brit was blown! I was waiting in the queue with my friend and we were talking in English. The guy behind tha counter (who I’ve always spoken French to) heard us and started speaking English, and he’s an anglophone too! Shoot. Still, it took six months!
I’ve spent the rest of my time in the State Archives (I think they recognise me there too. See? Too. Much. Time). That’s where I did most of my research for my project. I had to write an essay for UEA on something that is particular to the place where I’m studying, so I did a historical one on the Escalade. There were so many interesting documents that I looked at about the buildup, the legends and how the festival developed. But I won’t bore you here with all 2000 words I ended up writing!
That said, even with the work, I did manage to get out of the house and be sociable.
A few Saturdays ago I went to the Festival Mai au Parc (May Festival in the Park) in Lancy. It’s a music festival that takes place in Parc Bascingnola and, even better, it’s free! It’s a rare creature, a free music festival. And the weather was so beautiful, we decided to go there by bike. It was a first for me – first time driving on the wrong side of the road. It wasn’t that hard. I was worried that I’d be really disorientated and I’d need to concentrate more, but actually, I think it’ll be more confusing having to drive on the left when I go home!
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I did another Skype call with scouts. I’d already done one in February (wow, it’s already been that long), but this time a Hong Kong scout group was hosting it, and they were having a campfire night, and we were the digital guests! It was really cool like last time, and I didn’t just speak to the Hong Kong scouts. I also spoke to scouts from Mexico, Bangladesh and Australia again. Oh, and also, I got the scout badges from Sri Lanka a few days ago. So excited!
So there you have it. And then, seeing as it was the end of the semester, we celebrated in style! It’s probably the last time I’ll see some people, so it’s time to take advantage of the weeks left before everyone goes home (ouch, that was cheesy). Now it’s the holidays and I need to find something to do. I’ve decided to take advantage of the fact that I have an apartment in Geneva for as long as possible. I’ve got some ideas, so I think I’ll give myself a list of challenges.
So, à bientôt!
P.S. Here’s a collection of photos of Geneva being all photogenic in the nice weather.