Sunshine at Lake Geneva

Sunshine at Lake Geneva

My month at CERN is already coming to a close. The flight back to the US is already scheduled for next Saturday. Kind of incredible how fast time has been passing during the stay here and back at home.

To make sure nobody accuses my of being here just for fun, I took on night shifts for my last full weekend here. And so I am now sitting in the control room at 5 in the morning, with another 2 hours to go before this shift ends. And I can*t help but to ask myself: Why the hell did you sign up for this?! Based on last nights experience, I have about an hour left until I enter a state of mind where not falling asleep is the only thing I will be able to focus on.

This also meant I couldn't attend the march for science today, as it started at 10am already, just 2 hours after I finally managed to get to bed. But from everything I've heard, everyone else did a pretty impressive job today.

At least the afternoons (or what is left of them after catching up on sleep) are free this weekend. Today, the weather was just amazing, and as I hadn't managed to actually go to Geneva itself during this trip, I took the tram down to the main station this afternoon.

Of course I go nowhere without my camera these days, and there was plenty to shoot. From the train station, I more or less directly went down to Lake Geneva, the dominating feature of the city. It's crazy how beautifully the city is located, at the lake between the mountains.

Whereas other cities might install fanciful fountains with many water jets, maybe even choreographed to music, Geneva takes no prisoners. One fountain, up to 140 meters high. A little bit in your face, but mightly impressive for visitors.

When the sun is out, the lake naturally attracks loads of people. Of course, being seen is as important as seeing oneselves, especially when you have to look good on the internet.

But not only humans, but also a lot of birds can be found at the lake. And living that close to people, they are basically not afraid of humans at all and allow you to get really close with the camera.

Even disagreements are resolved right in front of everyone.

After spending some time at the lakeshore, I visited the old city center of Geneva, which is the most beautiful part of the town. Thanks to centuries of swiss neutrality, it still has the structure of a medieval town, with narrow streets criss crossing on the hills of the city. The focal point here is the cathedral, parts of which have been around for over 800 years.

With both time and batteries running low, I quickly had to turn around and go back first to the lake and then to the train station, in order to catch the shift shuttle and make it the control room in time.

As usual, this is only a very small sample of the pictures I took today. A wider selection can be foind here:

Back to the States...and on the road again

Back to the States...and on the road again

I want to see mountains, Gandalf, mountains...

I want to see mountains, Gandalf, mountains...