Monday, 30 September 2019

Thunstrasse 45 (Bern, Switzerland)

Up early again this morning to be ready to leave by 11:00 though ended up being a few minutes late in leaving. I was lucky when I arrived and my host carried my large suitcase up the three flights of stairs to his flat. I didn’t have any problems carrying it down.

Was an easy trip to Geneva today. Caught the bus to the station, bought my ticket, boarded the train found a good seat, and arrived in Geneva at a little after 2:00. I was a little confused when I stepped off the train. People were speaking French and then I realized that Geneva is in an area of Switzerland that speaks French.

I picked up a sandwich at a store within the station and walked outside. What a nice day! I was thinking about catching a bus but since the flat was less than 10 minutes away by walking it didn’t seem worth the effort to figure out the bus system today and buy a ticket.

I thought I was walking in the right direction by when I got to the point where the flat was supposed to be, but it wasn’t there. It was then I realized I used the Airbnb application to give me the direction through a link on their site. When I manually put in the address my host gave me I (thankfully) found the correct location was not too far away.

I’m on the 4th floor of an apartment building about a block away from the harbor. The neighborhood is very residential and quiet. The flat was much smaller than my last place, but I guess that would be fine since I never went into the last flat’s large living room and used the dining room table to lay out my suitcase. Still, it’s nice to have elbow room.

I tried to nap but I wanted to see the Jet d’eau Geneve, the iconic symbol of Geneva. I also wanted to find a boat to take me to Montreaux tomorrow. I took a ride on a harbor ferry that delivered me to the other side then walked back around the harbor. What a great day for a walk! After doing some quick research I found a ferry office and learned about the timetable for tomorrow. I decided that I will take the train to Montreaux, which is located at the other end of the lake and will take the ferry back.

I stopped off at the nearby Coop store and bought food for the next few days. After I finish with my blog updates I’ll watch more Star Trek. Since I didn’t have a nap I should be able to sleep well tonight. I’m looking forward to visiting Montreux tomorrow.

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