The move to Geneva continues quietly in the background, inexorably marching on. This is the plan: we spend six weeks or so in serviced accommodation and use that as a base to explore the region in more detail and find a place to live, hopefully for the remainder of our stay. We are having our possessions shipped via courier, so we’ll only have with us what we can squeeze into our car. That in itself might require a blog post: it feels like one of those “If the house was burning down which book / instrument / gadget would you take?” kinds of questions, which clearly requires some serious thought!
Anyway, we’re not sure where we are going to live right now, either France or Switzerland: both have several implications which we haven’t fully explored yet. But I always thought it a good idea to begin right in the heart of Geneva, the city that will be a focal point for the near future.
There are two rivers – The Rhone and The Arve – nearby, and Lake Geneva is around 15 minutes away too, so there’s lots of riverside walks and such. This location is close to the old part of town, too – you know the sort of thing, cobbled streets, little bistros, quiet parks lined with trees and so on. Lovely.
It’s vital, I think, that we start well even though it might be a bit more expensive. I think first impressions last, and although we’ve visited the city before, it’s not quite like living there. Geneva has a relatively small town feel for a city that known for its international organisations and banking. There’s quite a bit of traffic at peak times, especially over the main bridge Le Pont du Mont-Blanc which links the Rive Gauche to the Rive Droite. Speaking of which, here’s the view across the Le Pont du Mont-Blanc – as you would expect, it’s dominated by one of the the mountain ranges which surround the city.
It feels like we’ve taken a big step: once you’ve got an address you can start believing you’re actually moving on: as well as the practical stuff, like getting mail (re)delivered and beginning to fill in the mountain of forms that require a Swiss address. What’s more, I’ve only one month or so of work left from today. Combined with the spring feeling in air, it feels like there’s a big change coming…
(I’ve yet to really take photos of Geneva in earnest, so I’ve snaffled these from Flickr: a link will take you to the original and the alt text has acknowledgements).