Day one: Geneva

Our flight was uneventful, Denver to Washington to Geneva. I have gotten used to the long overseas flights, so times goes fast. We had but one bit of unpleasantness – a woman behind was was a non-stop talker. Even as the lights were dimmed and people had their blind folds and head phones on, she rattled on. I turned my music up and could still hear her voice, so decided I would do everyone a favor. I turned to her, one aisle over and behind me, gently placed my hand on her knee, and gave her the “shhhh.” I tried not to be obnoxious or overly assertive. She looked at me like I had a booger.

It reminded me, and this is oddly enough true: Non-stop talkers usually do not know they talk as much as they do. She rattled on for a while longer, and then stopped, I think. I did fall asleep.

It is easy to travel in Europe – their cities and towns are well-suited for buses and trains. Here in Geneva we will spend ten francs (about $10) for a pass that gets us on all local trains, buses, and boats over the lake to the other part of the city for the whole day.

But we’re tired today – I am going to take a short nap and then try to stay up until nine or ten this evening (Denver is eight hours behind us). I hope to be over the time difference tomorrow morning. We are here to visit a daughter, so that we won’t be hiking, but swimming is appealing – Lake Geneva is very inviting. It is in the 90’s here, so water in the shallows is very comfortable.

Something I have noticed about European cities … well several things. The people are attractive – mixed races and all, deep rich black to Swedish pale, but all thin and fit. Restaurant portions are small here. People eat less. Liquor is available everywhere, but people buy single cans of beer rather than six or twelve. Wine is inexpensive and very good. They are not so uptight about booze as in the states, where even I get carded by the overzealous behavior police. No doubt there are people here who drink too much, but if there is a problem, it is hidden from view.

And police are rare. I am yet to see a cop car. There were no swinging night sticks at the airport. The U.S. over the years, due to agitprop and fear, has developed into a police state. It is not unusual in Denver to see three or four cop cars arresting one person. As Ferguson learned, if there is potential for civil uprising, the cops are militarized.

Maybe they are just kept out it sight here, but I do not see police anywhere.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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2 Responses to Day one: Geneva

  1. steve kelly says:

    Irony: U.S. lives in great fear of becoming too much more like Europe. Of course, most who hold this fear have never set foot in Europe. From Europe we invaded, escaped, occupied and conquered The Americas, all of them. Nice to know what we have this perpetual sense of denial and self-loathing to fall back on.

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    • Immigration from countries US has attacked is a huge issue here, not Geneva the city, but other European countries. It is contributing to rise of neo-Nazism. Everything connected to everything else, right?

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