Geneva Switzerland

The Trip to Switzerland to see Geranium

Since we made the trip to Barcelona during Beale Street Musicfest I decided that I would head to see Geranium while The World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest would be going down. My plan was to again fly out on Thursday and take the Red Eye into Geneva, CH. Geranium was staying in Neuchatel which is about an hour and a half by train from Geneva’s airport. Zurich is 2 hours and my return trip would have been a pain in the ass.

Cleared Customs by only getting my passport stamped and rolled over to the Train Station which is in the airport. Was able to get on a train that was leaving in 5 minutes so off I went. I was texting Geranium who had to go to Bern to do a training so we were probably going to miss each other. Thankfully I got to see her and grab a quick kiss before I had to find the apartment in town.

Neuchatel is a quaint little town on the lake. Naturally it was raining when I arrived *Papa New Guinea – I think all it does in the EU is rain!* I found the apartment and Marco was nice enough to let me in and show me around. The place was nice, hell it was bigger than both of our New York Apartments combined! I showered and made my way to search for some breakfast/food. So with smaller towns in Switzerland they really don’t cater much to tourists so trying to find a menu written in English can be a challenge. In Neuchatel the primary language is French. I took Latin so I was fucked. I did find a nice Brasserie and the waiter was nice enough to speak English to me. I asked her to bring me the most ordered item on the menu. When the food came I was about to eat a fucking Cheese Burger. Oh well, next time maybe.

I was losing steam so I figured I would swing back to the apartment and grab a quick nap before Geranium returned. When she returned we headed out and had a couple drinks and bounced around town finding some of her haunts. Had dinner at an Italian Pizzeria joint and finished up having last drinks near her apartment.

Saturday we were to go over to Lausanne to meet up with one of Geranium’s work peeps and his wife. They live in town about 10 minutes from the lake and have a killer view of the French Alps. They are here for a short term relocation which probably will end up longer. Whereas I sell double decker bus tickets to tourists, Geranium and K-Man “The Travel Agent” sell cleaning solution for bed pans. He and Curly Sue have a very nice 4th floor walk up apartment and we enjoyed a nice afternoon drinking the local refreshments.

We left Lausanne and arrived back in Neuchatel, found a place to grab some take away food, and promptly went for last drinks. Sunday morning I arose and you know how my travels back to see the Monkey head went. It was a good visit and I was glad to see where Geranium had been living and meet some people she has been spending time wiht.

Looking at Neuchatel from Lake Neuchatel
At least it wasn’t raining
The water was so clear. I was told by The Travel Agent that it is all glacier fed lakes
Boat Storage Lockers – Seriously look how clear that water is. You don’t see that in the Hudson or East River.
A chocolate store in Neuchatel
Oh yeah, you have to have the logo chocolate
Saturday is Farmers Market and it is packed. Sunday by the way the town rolls up the sidewalks and everything is closed
Fruits and Vegetables are cheap, Main Proteins are muy expensive
Grilling up Sausages
These guys were working their asses off making Sandwiches for the masses
Making Risotto. They had 2 of these going at the same time. Incidentally this is the same Paella Pan that Patrick from The Majestic uses
What the Fuck? A Swiss Smoker? Say it ain’t so!
I have to say, the Alps are fucking cool to look at.
I had entrée envy.

Again thanks to Curly Sue and The Travel Agent for a lovely afternoon on Saturday and for showing us around town. I could get used to Switzerland but I really need to experience the two major cities to give a proper evaluation.

Playing Russian Roulette flying Standby – Sometimes it may taste like Lead Sandwich

What is the old saying, you ride her until she bucks you or you don’t ride her at all. (I am talking about riding a horse you sick fuckers) That is what happened to me on my last leg of my 3rd international trip in the past 60 days. That my friends is a good damn run if I don’t say so myself. Let me explain.

To get to Geranium over in Neuchatel Switzerland it goes down like this;

  • Subway from Brooklyn to Penn Station
  • New Jersey Transit to Newark International Airport Train Station
  • Air Train to Terminal C
  • United Flight from EWR to GVA (That is Geneva for you non airport people)
  • SBB CFF FFS Train from Geneva to Neuchatel
  • Walk down a ridiculously steep hill that you will now worry about on your return trip into town.
  • Boom you are there. Total Travel Time – 10 hours give or take

So my return was a little tricky. The flight from GVA to EWR was at an hour that would have made me get up at an ungodly hour on Sunday and the SBB CFF FFS Train was running local so it would have been worse. I found a GVA to Washington Dulles that wasn’t bad and the commuting flight from IAD to EWR was still open. There was another direct flight from GVA to JFK but it was fairly booked so that was my back up plan if I couldn’t get on the Washington DC flight.

So the return trip looked like this;

  • Bus up ridiculously steep hill from town to Neuchatel train station
  • SBB CFF FFS Train from Neuchatel to Geneva
  • United Flight from GVA to IAD
  • Clear Customs walk to the gate for IAD to EWR flight.
  • Find out that you are in position #20 and there are only 8 available seats. TRANSLATION – YO ASS AIN’T GETTING ON THIS FLIGHT
  • Find that there are only 2 remaining flights from IAD to EWR/LGA and they look fairly full.
  • Uber from IAD to Union Station to take Amtrak.
  • Amtrak from Union Station to Penn Station
  • Find out that original flight is now delayed 55 minutes due to weather
  • Arrive Penn Station at roughly the same time I would have if I actually got a seat on that booked flight.
  • Subway to Nevins Street
  • Hug and Kiss Maya! Total Travel Time – 19.5 hours and out train ticket ($200.00) and Uber Pool to Train station ($40.00)

Folks that is a win in my book! I told my former Domestic Work Wife that you have to get creative when traveling. Not only do you have to find additional flights and where hidden cities are you may have to rely on back up cities and train back in. We are talking seeing the Matrix kind of shit here folks.

Shout out to the hardest working people in the airline industry. No I am not talking about the pilots or the STB’s. I am talking about the flight attendants and anyone in HR. You are the real MVP!
Couldn’t get a seat up front but I got the next best thing. 3 seats in the bulkhead.
Neuchatel’s Train Station
Coming in Hot to Geneva
As Homer says on occasion “DOH! You better have plan B ready for the return trip Carbunkle!”
Oh look its Caterpillar Dealership
This flight was thankfully wide ass open! I guess not a lot of bankers want to go to Washington these days. Now I bet the flight from Russia to IAD is always packed.
Yo Holmes, Can you turn on the air a little bit more. It is 87 and I am getting ripe back here!
When you are almost to Philly and you get this notification. I chose wisely and am only out $250.00

Long Story Short – be flexible and always have a plan for back up. It was great seeing Geranium even if it was a short trip. I got to see Neuchatel. We went over to Lausanne on Saturday and met up with some of her work peeps who are Ex-Pats here for at least 3 months. Oh and we drank some beer! Thankfully Geranium returns this Thursday!