A cosmopolitan city with a vibrant international community, Geneva is the undisputable belle of Switzerland. Situated on the shore of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), the city is surrounded by towering, stately French Alps on all fronts, meaning that wherever you are, you’ll have an unparalleled view of them. Geneva was originally established as a Roman outpost and the city has a strong historical significance, well-preserved buildings like St. Pierre’s Cathedral litter the Old Town. The cathedral, a European heritage site, served as a refuge for Jean Calvin; it was here that he professed his Calvinist ideas of austerity and advocated for returning to basic interpretations of the Bible itself. Geneva’s proximity to France resulted in an influx of Counter-Reformation ideas and to the city, which in turn led to a mix of culture and belief still present today. Home to more than 22 international organizations including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and—how could we forget—the United Nations, the city has established itself as a powerhouse on the international stage.
MEET THE RESEARCHER-WRITER
Continuing with a desire to explore new places that stems from his stints after having lived in 6 different countries, Alejandro has set off on a new adventure in France and Switzerland, in which he attempted to discover how much solitude he can take while carrying all the clothes he needed for eight weeks in one hiking backpack. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Alejandro explored the mountains of Switzerland, the beaches of Southern France and indulged himself in the exquisite cuisine both countries have to offer. While not daydreaming about studying abroad, Alejandro likes to spend his time trying to learn to play the guitar or in the library, nestled amongst a tower of books.