Jocelyn Yih

Geneva

Jocelyn Yih
Geneva

There are destinations which I think of as easy travel destinations - Geneva is one of them

After a hectic start to the year, Geneva seemed like the right destination - and it was. We're often so scared of quiet places because of the feeling of being disconnected; disconnected away from people, work or home. We live in this generation where sharing is so easy, and so is erasing. And that applies to saying things without acting upon. Geneva was a place I would tell people that I've always wanted to visit - because of its serenity, its watchmaking tradition and cheese fondue.

But there's not much to do in Geneva

True.

Yet when Geneva's population doesn't even reach half of a million, how does it compare to other cities? It's a compact city that is consistently surveyed to have the highest quality of life; its financial hub has made the city into one of the top 5 expensive cities in the world; its reputation as the 'peace capital' strangely does not correspond to the fact that it has no sister ties with any other city in the world.

What I've taken away from my trip to Geneva wasn't simply the place itself - admittedly there's only so much you can do with 24 hours at one place. A city is only what you make of it. The calmness of the city has made me focus on productivity and creative direction. Ultimately, the point I'm trying to get across is that I've realised we, people, spend a lot of time searching for things at the wrong places. It sounds slightly silly to say, but yet a lot of the time we don't realise that. It's like asking for dry weather in Hong Kong (which is, a humidity palace as of now), or sand in the Alps. 

I'm definitely not a person for everything - and I don't think a lot of people are. We all have our preferences and dislikes; some people are just more caught in the middle and more flexible. But I've learnt to embrace Geneva as a place for what it is and should be - it's diversity in nationalities and languages, its history and tranquility. 

There's only so much time we can have to travel - so why not try and embrace the place? 

The soul needs to travel.

To be continued... #tbc