This morning we got up at 04 (well, O got up at 04 and I 15 min later) in order for me to be at the airport on time for my very early morning flight. I had coffee at the airport with a Flemish friend who was flying to Copenhagen and then I boarded the plane for one of my favourite places in the world: Geneva, Switzerland!
From a very young age I dreamt about living by the Geneva Lake, where my father’s uncle lived with his Swiss wife and there was never any question about which language I would choose to learn after English – French, bien sûr! (the choice was between French and German at the age of 13) The dream came true, twice! I lived in Geneva for one year just after high school (1994-1995) working as an au-pair (nanny) and then again for 5 months in 2002 when I did an internship at a small human rights NGO.
No wonder I have been looking forward to this weekend in Geneva, but also because this month it is incredibly 10 years ago that I started a Master’s in human rights in Venice. My oldest friend and I had decided to do the same master’s programme together and in Venice we met three wonderful girls who are still among our best friends, Irish O, French P (No 1) and Danish L. We also have lots of other friends from that year who we meet regularly (usually for weddings!) but we are the core group and we try to do at least one girls’ weekend per year. Last year we meet in Copenhagen for a double hen party as both French P and Irish O were getting married. Other girls’ weekends have included a hen party for a groom in Venice (it was a hen party and not a stag party since we were 5 girls and just one guy!), and a beach holiday in Ste Maxime in France.
I was the first one to arrive to Geneva today and the other girls are dropping in around 15. P No 1 and I (P No 2) have already had a few hours of chatting, drinking coffee and eating bagels, and we are looking forward to more girls’ talk over wine in P’s husband’s new wine bar in Carouge (a cool area of Geneva) tonight.
It will be a great 10th anniversary weekend, I am sure!