Departed from Annecy in the morning light, and arrived in Geneva just after 10 am as Sam headed back to airport and a brand new term at med school as he starts psychology and neurology. I hope he doesn’t meet too many MND patients. I convey through a hug how I love him as I wrap my arms around his broad shoulders and then wave him off through the tinted taxi window as I embark on another adventure with Joe.
We arrive at the Hotel Suisse , an elegant hotel by the station for trains,buses and trams . It’s a smart hotel with a balcony on the sixth floor overlooking the station and River Rhone which feeds into Lake Geneva. We stroll down to the riverside and I have a battle with an iced coffee in front of famous landmark of the highest fountain.
We then venture out on the Bus 27 to what the Swiss boast is the equivalent of Greenwich Village;Carouge . I think they have exaggerated. Carouge is pleasant and hosts small independent artisan shops and fountains in the cobbled streets with 2CV matching the paint of the house. We got some food and sat in the shade of the blazing sun and rested while Joe asks questions about the refraction of light which I cannot answer, not because I can’t speak ,I just don’t the answers !!!
We return to our comfortable hotel and I had a bath to rest my tired muscles . Joe sleeps while I relish the moment of resting beside Joe and his relaxed company. I feel Joe rarely judges , that is such a positive trait.
Most people judge to soon, we judge people around us , our friends , strangers, our environment. Why is the trait of judging so inherent in us? I have learnt to be mindful of this trait . Who are we to judge? Many people including myself then communicate our judgement to others. That’s fine if it positive but we also judge people negatively without really understanding what they are about. I think in order to really understand people we have to know them well but jump to conclusions too soon and then we view them in a certain perspective. We look for their negative traits to reinforce our view.
We all have positive and negative traits but that is the whole person and have grown to accept people rather then judge people. Life is too short to make enemies. Maybe our enemies portray that part of ourselves we don’t like too ?
Anyway Joe and I venture out to the nightlife of Geneva, is was interesting as attractive people hug around the bars on the waterfront amongst the expensive shops displaying their outrageous priced watches. Joe orders a pizza and we have an in depth conversation about the advantages and complications of mapping out our lives. When we sow the seeds and the fruits we harvest don’t give us contentment, is worth sowing the seeds? in my opinion I have sowed many seeds in my life and I have had an abundant harvest but maybe I have been lucky or maybe I have cherished and looked after those seeds and laboured to ensure that what l reap the rewards.