this past weekend we traveled to Lyon, France and Geneva, Switzerland. and what an experience. I had been to france before, but only paris. and to be honest, i didn’t really like it. of course it is very pretty, and you have to go to see it, but it just was not one of my favorite experiences. this time, we flew into Lyon, which is a city in eastern france. and wow, did I fall in love. I went with my roommate katherine, and we met her friend ben there, who is french, but grew up in the U.S. while in Lyon, we got to explore, meet locals, and we had the best picnic I have ever had in my whole life. his cousin, lucy, lives in Lyon. on Friday night, we met her in the park and she brought a bunch of local, french food. and let me tell you, no bread or cheese will ever to compare to that in france. lucy brought 4 different cheeses, olives, bread, meat, rosé, and pastries.
after that night in the park, the next morning we headed to geneva in a bla bla car. and if you’ve never heard of bla bla car, basically it is a super popular carpool system in europe, and honestly i don’t know why we don’t have it in the states. the bla bla car was sooo sketchy. we met up with these 2 french hippy guys, and their car was the dirtiest i’ve ever seen, and i’m not exaggerating, it was bad. apparently it is so unusual for bla bla cars to be like this, but oh well, the guys were nice. we were listening to french music, and “imagine” by john lennon and driving through the swiss alps; it was a wild experience.
once we got to geneva, we spent the day exploring and hanging out by the lake. that night we took another bla bla car to where we were staying , in Lausanne (aka the most beautiful place i have ever been). once we got to Lausanne we checked in to our airbnb and we cooked some dinner. ben is from france, so he cooked us some homemade ratatouille and crepes for dessert and it was delicious. we also brought some wine in france, and made some tinto de verano with it. if you have never had tinto de verano, I highly recommend. it is a traditional drink in spain during the summers. basically its red wine on ice, then you add either sparkling lemonade, or just sparkling water if you don’t want the extra sugar; it is my favorite drink ever. but anyways, that same night, we found ourselves at a free music festival in a village. we walked up right when this african band was playing and wow was it cool. we were literally the only american’s there; it was completely local, and something I hope i’ll never forget. the next day was spent exploring as well, and the very last day, we spent swimming in lake geneva in the swiss alps, at one of the most beautiful beaches i’ve ever seen; its name was Lutry. i highly recommend. our flight actually ended up getting canceled this weekend, and we were suppose to come back sunday. we had to push it to monday; but I am beyond happy it got canceled.