17/11/2009 by etiennefish
I feel like a little update is in order. After a fabulous weekend, I have officially started week 3 of my adventures in Geneva. This is what I’ve been up to the last couple of days:
Friday: After an unfortunately unproductive day at the office, I met up with a friend for drinks at the Brazilian bar. Its becoming the regular spot, although I am keen to explore the city more. Routine is safe though, I suppose, and I do live in Geneva…. I definitely exacted a promise that next time we would try at least one new spot.
Saturday: Went with another friend to the hippi market. I suppose really its more of a flea market, but I always thought of it (I went to the same market a number of times in the summer) as a ‘feira hippi’ so the name is just going to have to stay. It was bigger than I remembered it. It encompassed the whole park, and was full of amazing treasures. I got an alligator pendant who’s arms, legs, and head wiggles around (yep, it’s amazing), and a hat that is also quite cool. After a stopoff at the Portuguese bakery that I was introduced to over the summer, we walked all over town. And by this, I mean, we walked to the shopping area, and spent the day wandering around there. I probably shouldn’t have spent the money, but I did. I got some work clothes (actually needed. Evidence provided in previous posts), and some boots (which I also felt I desperately needed). Because we were feeling extravagant, we got some kebabs for supper, and had a cider at the pub so we could watch the Brasil vs. England match (Brasil 1:0). All in all, a distinctly fabulous day.
Sunday: I went on an adventure with Josh to the town of Fribourg. It’s absolutely a charming place! Since it was Sunday, indicating that everything was closed, we just wandered around. Basically, the city is built on two sides of a river. The west side is where most things seems to be, and is french speaking. The east side is german speaking. We of course had to go to both sides. The town is fairly hilly, so there was a lot of ups and downs, that I quite enjoyed. We even climbed through the forest a bit trying to reach this tower at the top of a ginormous hill (we succeeded, however the tower was locked. There was a nun there though, which sort of made up for it all). Yeah, pretty much it was another fantastic adventure just taking in the sights of somewhere new. I think I’d really love to come back during the week on a sunny spring or summer day. I bet the place just comes alive. As is, I definitely wouldn’t mind spending more time there.
This week, after such a great weekend, has been mildly uneventful. I’ve not been as productive as I really should be at work. I’m never good at concentration at the best of times, so I’m working on it. It’s not that I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing, I just can’t keep my head going in one direction like I’d like, and so things are just progressing slowly. I’m hoping this is only because I’ve let myself get a bit out of practice. I’m optimistic for quick improvements.
Today was another day at the office. I can’t wait to winter goes by so I can sit outside and work in the garden. How amazing would that be? I mean the office is entirely homey and nice, but there’s a garden and tables and chairs, and I just discovered it today… A friend of mine I’ve made at work surprised me today. We’d talked in the morning about how I’m a little nervous about job prospects, and I’m not really sure if where I should be looking. I thought that was the end of the conversation. Later in the day he came back (mind you, all our conversations are completely in Spanish as he doesn’t speak English), and told me more about himself. I’m not going to go into details because it’s his story to share (and I think I missed some of it, because there were some emotional bits that started to get a bit lost in translation for me), but basically, I’m amazed that he chose to share it with me. He’s had an incredible life, by the sounds of it, and I really value that he felt like he could tell it to me.
In other news, I went to auditions for a play tonight. I almost didn’t make it. I got sort of lost getting off the bus, and then I wandered in the wrong direction. Then, the directions that the public transit website gave me for walking were sort of roundabout, so I got lost in the building where the theatre was but couldn’t get to the theatre. I was then mobbed by a group of school children who, when I asked them where the theatre was, just kept asking me about Italy (see even kids think I’m italian when I speak french. I don’t get it!). I finally found the place, and discovered I was actually early and not late as I’d thought. It was eventful. I think that the auditions went really well though! It’s a play called Fallen Angels. We all just did cold readings of scenes together on stage. I read quite a bit (like a lot), but there were some clearly talented people there, so I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m slightly optimistic (or at least attempting to be). Whatever happens, I’m really glad I went. I really needed that little bit of theatre to brighten my week, plus I got to meet some people that seemed really great. I told them that regardless I would be more than happy to be involved in backstage work. I’d love to just have an outside activity to go to, and I think I’ll have a lot of fun. I was also invited to take part in a reading next week with them, so sounds like I’m in, at least in the sense of getting to hang out with the theatre crowd, regardless of this show. I’ll update with the verdict on whether or not I was cast when I hear. Yay! happiness!
In final news. I’m getting goldfish for the office (as in the swimmy kind, not the delicious snack. I tried to lobby for a fuzzy cat- or two [possibly named Puck and Azreal], but was voted down). I’m excited about the goldfish though. I think they will be picked out tomorrow.
In even more final news- the mysteries of the kitchen have now been solved. I will be able to cook! ‘Will’ being the important work here, though only because I have to buy my own dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, etc. Watch out Ikea, here I come! (PS- the mystery of the missing laundry room has also be recently solved, and laundry powder has been bought. Now I just have to actually have to use it!) (PPS- how are we only allowed to wash clothes 1 time per 2 weeks? If I hadn’t brought my entire wardrobe here with me that wouldn’t be a possibility.)
Oh and I tried to upload photos, but the internets, did not approve. I am realising that I will have to upload a picture blog ASAP.