I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part Two

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part Two

The third and fourth day in Geneva were disappointing in terms of the weather! It had begun so great with the sun, but this soon became extremely cold thick FOG. It was hard to see just a few meters ahead of you - and I thought the fog in London was bad! Here is my Part Two of my couple of days in Geneva - see Part One to see what I got up to for the first two days. On Sundays, not much is open in Geneva, so we decided to save the outdoor sights for the Sunday. First, a visit to the United Nations Office was absolutely necessary, considering Geneva's stance in the UN. Opposite the UN building stands a 'broken chair' meant as an appeal from the humanitarian organisation Handicap International of the signing for the banning of landmines. Its dignity is meant to represent those that were affected by landmine work and injury. We then visited the Mosque of...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

Geneva is one of those places that are spectacularly beautiful, preserving its culture, language and style within a relatively small city - known as the 'smallest of big cities'. Geneva is one of the French speaking regions of Switzerland, and the second-largest United Nations Office of the UN. I recently visited Geneva for four days with my brother and cousin. This is my second time visiting Geneva, the last time being September 2013. I will be breaking up this trip into two parts, as I managed to squeeze a lot in such a short space of time. We were staying with some family in the lovely are of Carouge. On the first day, we took a little walk around the area and caught the bus into the city centre. The street cars are electrically powered and environmentally friendly - maybe something we could do with to reduce pollution in London (?) They do look extremely elegant and classy also! We visited Manor, a...
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I am at the University of Cambridge

I am at the University of Cambridge

I was invited to the University of Cambridge to teach as part of a scheme for tutors. The last time I visited Cambridge was in 2013 for a conference and ever since, I have been looking forward to my next visit. I grabbed this opportunity by the horns, and after finishing the day at about 3pm, I walked around Cambridge to visit most of the Colleges. Luckily, it was a very sunny (but chilly) day, allowing me to briskly walk around the city without always ducking for shelter from the UK downpours of rain. A one-way train ticket cost around £4 (with a railcard) from London Liverpool Street. I was based in Newnham's College for the day - an absolutely fabulous and mesmerising College for women only. It was the first College built allowing women to go to university at Cambridge, and so it prides itself in this equality of the sexes. Some Colleges are open to the public at given times...
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London Underground Thoughts – January

London Underground Thoughts – January

I've decided to start a monthly feature on my travel blog! Anyone from London knows about those 'transport service' update boards that feature some interesting quotes and sayings written by the station workers daily. Not every station has these quotes but I am lucky that both my start and end stations feature these quotes on most days. I always take a photo of them, and I thought it may be a good idea to share them with others as many people do love them and ask me to send an image of the quotes to them. I shall be doing a monthly compilation from the start of this year. I do hope you enjoy them as much as I do every morning :) Did you enjoy these quotes?  Would you like them to be a recurring feature? -A Y- ...
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