Saturday, March 24, 2012

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It's true! We're moving to Geneva for the summer! One of the perks of being married to a student...you get to spend your summers away. Our first summer was spent in the Philippines, the next was spent in DC, and now we're over the moon excited to be moving to Geneva from May to August.

Cree was offered an internship with the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in their International Agreements Section. He's excited to be doing "legal analysis connected to economic development," and well...I'm just excited we're going!!

I've never been to Europe, so all advice...favorite places to visit, housing help, travel tips...you name it, we'd LOVE some words of wisdom.

PS. Any tips for flying with a 21.5 inch iMac computer? (ha!)

86 comments:

  1. Congrats, that is awesome. You have to get a laptop!

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  2. YAY! You totally just made my day! This is awesome! Do we get to see you guys?!

    ha ha. We brought our iMac over (same size) in our suitcase! it was frightening. But we had the original styrofoam and covered it in clothes and it survived. Well, one piece of the keyboard is gone forever, but the computer was a-ok.

    when are you guys coming?

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  3. SO EXCITING!!! totally envious! sounds like an amazing time.

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  4. So exciting!! Congrats guys!

    P.s. I thought for a minute it was baby news! :)

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    1. haha, I know right? Big news...but not quite as big as a baby. Who knows what we'll do to announce that, ha!

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  5. congratulations! definitely get to italy if you can. especially the little towns that most people don't visit. it was one of my favorite places to travel to!

    if you get the chance hop over to Israel as well. I'm simply smitten with the middle east. i thought i would have loved europe (as it's highly romanticized in moves, books, fashion, etc) but i really enjoy the arabic culture and the middle east in general! i can't wait to see your blogging from over there : ) congrats again!

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  6. cree looks so happy in that middle photo. congrats to him! how exciting. i don't have advice about living in geneva, but if last summer was any indication, i know you will make the most of your summer abroad. have so much fun!

    ps amanda you are so pretty!

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  7. Cree that is awesome that you guys are going to Europe!!! I am so jealous. Leighanna and I backpacked through Europe 2 springs ago and it was amazing. We were in Switzerland for about a solid week and I can tell you tones of places you should visit if you are interested. Let me know if you are.
    Jordan

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  8. That's so super exciting! Best of luck to both of you (it looks like Cree is pumped!)

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  9. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you - I hope you guys have an amazing adventure! Geneva is on my travel wishlist - you'll have to tell me what you think :)

    xo.

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Geneva is gorgeous!

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  11. I am so happy for you guys! You will have a great time!

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  12. AH! I am so excited for you! I've been hoping you'd hear the good news soon!!! How exciting!

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  13. That's awesome!! Can't wait to see all of your beautiful pictures! :)

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  14. yay for you!! that's so awesome!

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  15. oh my! congrats, lady! how exciting -- and I love your photos. you two are adorable. :)

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  16. eee, so excited for you! The only place I've been to in europe is paris, and I'd be more than happy to give you tips if you plan on spending any time there :)

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  17. I also thought it was a baby but Geneva is huge news too! I'm so happy for you and Cree, Amanda. I actually spent some time reading older posts of and it made my eyes misty. The Philippines posts are precious. It reminds me of when I first came to Brazil. When I traveled through Europe I mostly stayed at friend/family places (except for Paris). I also did some couch-surfing... It's safer than most people think ;)
    Have a lovely trip!

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  18. now that is awesome. have the most bestest time.

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  19. I'm with Scott. I can't advise you on traveling with a 21" iMac, except to say that traveling with a 15.5" MacBook Pro is bad enough. I'd love to get an 11" MacBook Air before my next excursion.

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  20. woohoo! robbie told me a few days ago you'd probably be in geneva for the summer. excited to hear about your adventures!

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  21. i just found your blog a couple of days ago. i only have a few words for tips for travel in europe:

    1. ryan air
    2. hostelworld.com
    3. IRELAND. and perhaps a vespa in rome :)

    that is all! have fun! :)

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  22. lucky ducks! Congrats to Cree :)

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  23. Ooh la la! How exciting! Not envious of your Mac situation, but the rest will be amazing! x

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  24. That's amazing! I wish I could spend my summers elsewhere! But I have a little tip for you guys: http://70percentpure.blogspot.com/ The writer of this blog is a part-time Geneva resident and she always knows the best places to go/eat/stay/be...

    The best of luck on your adventure!

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  25. So exciting!! If you ever feel like venturing down to Italy (and specifically Florence) and need some recommendations, please let me know!! Lots and lots to share :)

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  26. wow, now that is great news :)

    i've never been to switzerland, even though it's one of austria's borderin countries - anyway, i wish you all the best for your trip and have a good time! :)

    and for the travelling tips - vienna is worth a visit ;)

    have a nice day
    salma

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  27. amazing! let me know if you're stopping over in england on the way over! traveling by rail in europe is pure heaven. tenba makes excellent cases for computers to travel in, and their resale value is extraordinary. however i'd be seriously looking at a macbook too!
    xx

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  28. Start looking for accommodation now! Stay close to the water - Paquis, Eaux-vives, Jonction. Plainpalais has some hidden gems, with good nightlife and a flea market on Wednesday and Saturday. The Bains des Paquis is a wonderful place over the summer, for food, for sun and to meet people. You can hire a bike for free (up to 4 hours) through Geneve roule from a number of locations along the lake. If you plan to travel around Switzerland (and you should), get a demi-tarif (half price rail card) and don't miss visiting Zermatt.

    Here is a blog to get you started http://deargeneva.wordpress.com/ And start to learn a bit of French!!

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  29. oh my oh my! congratulations, love! what a beautiful and exciting life you and your cree live!
    i can't wait to live vicariously through your summer travels!

    xoxo

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  30. What an amazing opportunity! Congrats!

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  31. Wowee :D we'd love to see you in Birmingham UK!

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  32. Wow, thank you all for the tips! keep em' comin!

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  33. I have advice for the computer since we did just that when we moved to Aberdeen from Texas just a month ago. We bought a hard case suitcase. Packed with clothes/pillow and computer set on top, with more clothes then packed on top and around the sides so it was nice and snug. We had no problem with it! We had wanted it to be a carry on but it was just too big so we had to trust that all would be ok as a checked bag. Make sure to get a voltage converter then an outlet adaptor for your plug. It works perfect for us, in the UK.

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  34. awesome.

    for the imac. This (below) is the PERFECT solution:

    http://www.tenba.com/products/Transport-21.5-inch-Apple-iMac-Air-Case-for-Computer-Equipment.aspx

    Pricey but 100% worth it. I have a similar Tenba case and have checked it under the plane all over the place and it has arrived in perfect condition.

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  35. This is great news! Congratulations! Guess that also means that you will visit your folks in South Africa. Will be a great experience

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  36. Wow, this is amazing!

    Make sure you go to Spain while overseas -- southern Spain in particular. Cádiz and Sevilla are full of ancient history and charm, and so rich in culture. It would be a great 4 day vacay from Geneva!

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  37. Incredible! So fun to be able to pick up + experience somewhere new for a few months. Enjoy every minute of it. :)

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  38. i spent a summer in geneva (in college) and there's so much around the area! i remember swimming by the lake, hikes in the mountains, travels to chamonix (mount blanc) and lyon. but annecy is probably the cutest town i've ever visited - it's a must see. also, you can't beat italy and it's RIGHT THERE. have fun!

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  39. How exciting! Never been, but heard the best things from family.

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  40. this is exciting! so happy for you guys. xox

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  41. Congratulations! How exciting that must be for you two!

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  42. Congrats!! I actually come the French part of from Switzerland (although live in London at the moment), so feel free to get in touch if you have any question! I can think of so many places you should visit!!!
    x

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  43. what an adventure!
    happy for you.

    x

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  44. Hooray! I don't have any advice, I've never traveled outside the US, but I am over the moon happy for you! Can't wait to see the adventures you'll have! xo.

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  45. hip hip! I just love Switzerland and I am sure you will too. So happy for you guys and your fun adventure!

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  46. Amazing news! You will have a fantastic summer!

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  47. You must get to Edinburgh in August - the festival is a sight to behold!!! Biggest festival in the world runs over 3 weeks and its a pretty great city too

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  48. If you consider Edinburgh please feel free to give me a shout. Also Vienna and West coast of Ireland both AMAZING

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  49. I used to live in Lugano and I went to Geneva often to visit friends. I'm going to email my friend and get the name of the shawerma place we used to go to- it was THE BEST. (I can also give you recommendations for Zurich and Lugano if you'd like!)

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  50. How exciting it is for you guys!! You'll love Europe!! You should obviously come to visit Paris, it's so close to Switzerland. In a few hours by train, you'll be there, I'd love to show you around..all those beautiful parisian places!

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  51. P.s. Europe rocks. I spent two months over there right after HS. You'll love your close proximity to so many places via train or Ryan Air/Easy Jet.

    Check out Prague! It was my favorite city in Europe. So much history and beautiful sights.

    Man, I'm jealous. :(

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  52. How exciting! Geneva and Lausanne are greats cities but you will love Annecy (with a beautiful lake) in the French Alps, and Paris of course :) And you can do some hiking in the mountains! It is so beautiful! Hope you will enjoy Europe and if you need some tips for Paris, I'm here ;)

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  53. YAY!!! how exciting! you two will have so much fun! you will definitely have to somehow find time to visit italy. i went there for a study abroad and it. was. awesome.

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  54. Oh yay - Amanda and Cree in Europe! Maybe we'll have to take a road trip and come and meet you for some al fresco dining! Your going to be in such great location to go on adventures & road trips.. a old school fiat 500 needed!

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    1. yes please! That sounds delightful. I'd love to meet in person. :)

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  55. How exciting–and what a divine place to be!!

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  56. wowie zowie. what a dream! my top three favorites were Bern, Paris, and Cinque Terra. I was surprised how well Paris lived up to its hype and how truly beautiful Cinque Terra is. and, well, Bern is just cute. you guys are gonna have the best summer ever.

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  57. so excited for you amanda!! can't wait to see your lives unfold there :)

    also, keep us posted on what you decide about your computer. mike and i will be likely moving abroad this fall (still not 110% confirmed) and we are wondering what to do about our computer too!

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  58. Wonderful! You will love it. I'm from the Lausanne area (about an hour away from Geneva) so I know the French speaking part of Switzerland fairly well. If you have any questions, please let me know!

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  59. Congratulations, you guys!!! That's so exciting!!

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  60. So fun! We loved Geneva and hope to go back someday! You'll have to check out the weekly flea market at the Plaine de Plainpalais, I think it's on Wed and Sat. So fun!
    Also, you can get a train ticket that is good for any type of transportaion for one day (all trains, buses, boat ferries) throughout Switzerland. They are given out be locality and are cheap, but need to be gotten early as each district? only gets a limited number for any given day. Ask around at church...I forget who helped John get them- someone in the English speaking Geneva ward, but it was a fun way to travel the country and not spend too much money.
    Have you found housing yet? Good luck!

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  62. Congratulations!!! Never been to Europe?? Geneva is amazing, and is close to Italy! Take the chance to go to Venice as soon as you can! We'll show you around ;)

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  63. so fun! have an awesome time!! It must be gorgeous there


    BunnyFuFu Fashion

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  64. Geneva?! That's amazing! You will love the lake, it's so beautiful!
    I go to the mountains nearby ('Portes du Soleil' ski area, an hour from Geneva) twice a year (summer&winter) and everytime we pass that lake, I'm amazed..

    So happy for you guys!

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  65. yes! seriously so excited when I saw this! Such an awesome adventure on your horizon! Can't wait to hear more about it!

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  66. how exciting!!! cannot wait to see and hear about your adventures.

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  67. Well, then should Berlin be on the list. Right after (no- before!) Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, Rome ... so much to see here in Europe! :D
    Sabrina

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    1. All of those places, berlin included! are on our list. Would love to meet up for lunch when we visit! :)

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  68. CONGRATULATIONS!!! whow, that is huge! well, you gotta put lisbon on that list and reach me for a coffee! check my blog for a lisbon's city guide written and photographed by me and you won't regret visiting the city!!!

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  69. congratulation, it must be exciting for both of you. I remember as a 5 years old experiencing my first winter in Geneva and trying to eat the snow off the ground. Haven't been back for quite a while now.

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  70. Ah I really like these photos, especially the suitcase ones! http://emsdarkroom.blogspot.co.uk/ E x

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  71. You must travel travel travel while you're there, don't miss that chance! You'll discover that every country in Europe is very different. I do think that Switzerland has a different feeling in the air different from the north or south countries of Europe. It is close to France, Italy and Germany. Go to Venice. I went from Geneva to Venice and Milan and it was wonderful. A chance in a lifetime. Go to Turim. Go to France. And if you have the chance to fly, go to Portugal or the UK.

    In Switzerland I have loved the town of Lausanne, is not far from Geneva. It's so charming.

    Good luck!

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  72. Congrats you guys! What an exciting adventure!

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  73. SO exciting! An early welcome to the country of chocolate! Seriously, prepare yourself. Also, visit the Alps. The Mont Blanc is gooorgeous. Went skiing there this winter and it was my favorite ski resort yet. It's just going to be better in the summer! Again, congratulations on the adventure!

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  74. hi amanda, i've just now discovered your blog through pinterest, and i love your work! i also stumbled across this little tidbit of news :) my boyfriend lives in geneva and i spend quite some time there as well (living in antwerp, belgium myself). would LOVE to meet you guys or at least give some advice or tips on where to go and eat! can i e-mail you? you can reach me at stephanie.duval(at)skynet.be

    i imagine you're getting packed as i write this, so best of luck with that!

    cheers,
    steph

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  75. hiihi - you are pals with my sister Lori. I live in Geneva. I can help!!! Lori can pass on my 411.

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