Geneva

Well today was certainly full of punch-drunk giggles!

 

I met up with Meghan at our layover in Newark, where she bought a big bag of peanut M&Ms and fruit gummies claiming 'these were the only size they had, so I figured we could have them for the flight and later in the trip'. Clearly kidding herself, as those snacks baaarely made it halfway through the flight. And so began a long day of sugar, coffee, little sleep, and annoying everyone around us.

We mooostly seamlessly navigated our way from the Geneva airport to the hotel (Le Richemond) and dropped off our things to be completely distracted by our view of Lake Geneva. Right there. Seriously stunning! Between the beautiful room and the welcomed espresso, we were soon revived enough to go explore the old town of Geneva for a bit. While wandering, Meghan said she wasn't worried about getting lost because I was the most capable person she knows. This worries me and I'm concerned about her home life. I don't think she knows I make completely uneducated guesses and just pretend to walk with purpose.

In the afternoon we went to CERN, an international particle physics laboratory where they have the world's largest hadron collider (27 km!!) and do a bunch of other cool things. During out 2-hour tour I turned into a puddle of dork over the all the physics and Meghan found a bunch of faces in the machinery. We didn't get to see the active labs undergrounds, but it was really neat to see some of the historic areas and machinery that supports the LHC.

CERN is also where we learned that Meghan and I are really good at doing life 100% until we aren't. We will just go and do and explore and only remember to eat when our brains start completely shutting down. When (finally) ordering food I kept mixing up my French and German. I even managed to try to order 'zwei eau'. Nope that's not right at all. Luckily, between the food and a break at the hotel to wash off the plane stench and prop our feet up we were able to feel like humans again.

We rounded out the day with an evening stroll around the city. All in all, a pretty stellar first day, resulting in some pretty things:

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St Pierre Cathedral

St Pierre Cathedral

CERN's first particle accelerator

CERN's first particle accelerator

Praise be unto him

Praise be unto him