Christoph Hodel wrote a post in our Youth Travel Blogging mentorship program. He does a great job at introducing the Geneva area. Read on!
After my sophomore year in high school, I didn’t think I could handle another year of small-town life in Minnesota…spending time with the same people and going to the same places that I’ve been staying with my whole life. I don’t want to give an impression of hating my home, because I love Northfield! I simply needed a break. Someone apparently answered my silent pleas, and my family was chosen to lead the Global Term Abroad program with St. Olaf College. My father teaches music theory at St. Olaf, which is a great connection. My sister, my parents, and I joined fourteen college students on a seven-country journey across the world:India, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, China, Korea, and Thailand.
Our first stop was Geneva, Switzerland. This city lies right on the border between France and Switzerland. Although the city is technically in Switzerland, about 95 percent of the inhabitants speak French because of its close proximity to France. So, unfortunately, my knowledge of German was often useless.
Geneva is centered around a lake. Lake Geneva is very beautiful, and features a huge fountain that shoots water one hundred and fifty feet straight up into the air. We all took a swim in it at one point, and the water was cloudy and extremely cold. I honestly didn’t care about that because I love swimming, and it’s not every day that I get to swim in a place like Switzerland!
Continue reading at http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/traveling/geneva-global-term-abroad.html