If law school has taught me anything, it’s that I love a good walk.
Sitting at a desk, hunched over a casebook and a laptop, you can easily go stir-crazy. It’s always good to get some fresh air, to make contact with non-law-school-crazed human beings, and to clear your head. And even though this semester I won’t have to slave away over textbook reading and paper writing, I know that there will be other stresses and that my long walks will remain a tradition – especially since I find Geneva, thus far, to be an excellent city for a wander.
On my second day in Switzerland, I busied myself with a bunch of tedious tasks to prepare for the semester. I bought essential supplies (e.g., a blow-dryer, #girlpriorities), I grocery shopped, and I hassled Air France about delivering my lost baggage. It wasn’t at the level of law school finals stress, per se, but it was kind of an annoying day, so I headed out to clear my head.
I had a rough itinerary in mind when I set out – mostly, crossing the bridge and wandering through the Jardin Anglais – but little things kept catching my eye along the way. I did, in fact, cross the bridge and peeked at the garden a bit (primarily stopping to snap a photo of the gigantic flower clock), but then I realized other streets were calling my name.
What caught my eye – mature adult that I am – was a carousel, tucked away down a street across from the flower clock. I decided to head that way, and I found myself in a shopping area that was far classier than the apparel I myself was sporting (think Celine, Hermes, and the like). Still, the area was charming and cute – stately buildings, criss-crossed strings of Christmas lights still strung over the streets, and a good energy from all the people out and about. I poked around the surrounding streets for a long time, wandering up one and down the other.
And as a type-A, rule-loving kind of gal, it was nice to wonder around with no set plan and no particular destination in mind. It’s something I hope to repeat again and again over these next few months, and hopefully I’ll discover many more gems in this city along the way.