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Geneva 2012

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Here I am on the road again, this time I am in Geneva, Switzerland for an IFUW meeting. I am serving on the Status of Women Committee (SWSC) of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). This is my second trip to Geneva since I have started serving on the committee. We are preparing for the IFUW Triennial which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013. The IFUW Board is also doing its Strategic Plan.

I arrived a day early to be sure I could get to the start of the meetings at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 and have a little jump on the time change (6 hours). The meeting schedule looks brutal but interesting, with a day off for good behavior on Friday with a tour and conference at the UN in Geneva. There will be a dinner in the evening in honor of Leigh Bradford-Ratterree, the IFUW Secretary General who retired in December 2011.

My flight arrived in Geneva at the unforgiving hour of 6:45 a.m. and I was at the Hotel Sagitta by 8 a.m. I had arranged for an early check-in. The room wasn’t quite ready, so I was offered breakfast in the breakfast room, where I connected with several IFUW board members who were meeting today. I was given my room at 9 a.m., it’s actually a little apartment, nice and bright with a small kitchen. I slept for 3 hours, then reconnected with the IFUW breakfast group for lunch.

I spent a good part of the afternoon walking along the lake’s edge. The hotel, meeting rooms, and IFUW office are immediate to the Jet d’Eau or Eaux Vives, the spout of water that has been Geneva’s landmark since 1881.

Geneva, like the rest of Europe, has been experiencing a bitterly cold winter with lots of snow. The weather has greatly improved, the snow is mostly gone from the city streets. Temperatures are in the same range as Doylestown — just below freezing at night to comfortable temperatures during the day. Today is a gorgeous day, people are out walking along the lake, and otherwise enjoying the change in temperatures… even sitting outside for coffee although it’s just at freezing.

The wind and warm weather has carved the remaining snow along the lake into magnificent shapes. Interestingly enough, I have been in Geneva at least five times, always with IFUW, and I have never been here in the summer. I would like to see the trees with leaves on them!

On the way back to the hotel, I browsed through a grocery store and stocked up on lunch and snack supplies. Restaurant meals in this country are very expensive.

It feels good to be in Europe again.


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