My first apartment in Geneva

When I landed in Geneva I moved into a fourth floor apartment of this building but in a month’s time I moved out. Reason ? I have described below. Please don’t laugh, my reason was very peculiar and a simple one. First something about the apartment.


It was a three bed-room apartment with a large living room, a small store room, kitchen, a full-fledged bathroom (without the commode) and a separate toilet. There was a passage in the middle and on both sides there were rooms. Here is the map (not to the scale), just to have a rough idea. Click on any of the pictures to have an enlarged view.

Now the reasons.

First (which was my official reason also), it was far from office. Office being on the other side of the lake, I had to take two buses or a bus-tram-bus combination to get there.

But most important, genuine and basic reason was, that the toilet was sans a water tap !! Only a tissue holder.
It was just a small carpeted toilet with no water connection and between bathroom and the toilet there was a small room.. all the doors were opening in the passage from right side. On left side there was kitchen and other rooms. So if one wanted to use the water in bathroom, s/he had to cross more than half the length of the passage to go to bath.
Ha Ha Ha… With all strangers around, one can very well imagine running to the bathroom with your half done deed. I am brought up in a culture where water is used for cleaning your rear and this experience made my life real hard. I wondered what all countries do on this aspect.

Now while I am writing this post, it makes me laugh at the stupidity but I needed water, if not on all days then definitely on certain days. I somehow managed in that apartment for a month then opted out. And with time I have overcome this problem.
And mind you, this is not only in Geneva but I think the whole of Europe has same funda. I had similar experience in Lille, France where I was staying in a dorm. Now go figure !! 😀


This was the only solace for me in that unknown city. The lone Indian shop just below my building. And in the whole year I never saw this shop opened because of my odd office timings. But on regular intervals the objects displayed were changing, so I can’t say that the shop was non-operating or an abandoned one.

Once I saw Bindi packets being displayed for CHF 2. Almost Rs. 64/- for what we get for Rs 2/- in India. I immediately knew what I am going to do if I am bored with my current job. Sell Bindis in Switzerland !!

CHF = Swiss currency called Swiss Francs approx Rs. 35/-

19 thoughts on “My first apartment in Geneva

  1. Hey, they did the easy thing. Just changed Rs. to CHF and kept the numbers same 😉

    Wasn’t the shop open on weekends?

  2. Sunday is official holiday for everything. Nothing is open.
    Saturdays I was out early morning either to office or to my grocery shopping spree. And since this shop was not a part of any shopping mall/complex so I think the owner was taking it easy. 😉

  3. haha..the apartment looks spacy, nice one!!
    that toilet is really inconvenient tho…
    im really tired of my commute from office too. u are lucky to be able to move, cuckoo-chan 🙂
    bindi is also like US$2 in japan. that would be a good side business!
    have a happy weekend!!

  4. Nikichan,
    Lolll yes.
    Joining me in the business ? 😉

    Fleiger,
    Yes, most of the time on Saturdays too. When I said 65 hours per week, it was excluding commuting time.
    Unlike US where they discourage working on Saturdays, here we were allowed. I think because the schedule was very tight and when I went there we were very much behind schedule.

    One more reason could be that my company was earning a hefty amount for every hour put in by me (my perception). 😉 At times I was in office for 14 hours at a stretch !
    Do you remember my HOD wanted me to join ASAP on the first day itself ?

  5. Oh, remembered that…

    The system must be different that there, I guess. In Germany, if we had to office on weekends, some very high-ranking people from the client’s office needed to be present. Which meant that we were encouraged to go to office on weekends only in case of emergency (though 14 hour day and weekend work at offshore was a norm) sleep

  6. Lol at your recounting…of loos…!

    That’s one of the reason when I pick up stuff abroad I check the “Made in Tag” – paying double out there is so crazy…!

  7. Fleiger,
    Yes, 14 hours at offshore is a norm but not abroad that too on regular basis.
    There also the main person we had to deal with, was unfortunately an Indian settled abroad & he didn’t mind coming on weekends.

    BTR,
    loll.. that was a big problem.

    Yes, I too do that.

  8. waterless toilets are one of the major issue we Indians face in foreign countries… 🙂

    Wonder, you took so much pain to draw the plan of your first appt, just to explain the reasons!! lol

  9. Prashanth,
    Yes, we Indians are very much conditioned to use water.

    Wonder, you took so much pain to draw the plan of your first appt,, No, it wasn’t for me or you. This blog is like my diary and I want to read it say after 20-30 years from now. My memory may not support me that time. 🙂

  10. 🙂 🙂 thanks for sharing the link…. I used to buy those large Water/cold drink bottles and use it during my travel for washing….

    but once i was stuck without any water and believe me when i say that even after using half the roll of tissue paper, i still felt i was stinking.

  11. hey cuckoo
    yes these europeans are certainly strange

    a german friend had a small hole in the bum due to constant tissue usage and it measured the size of a cent coin eu, and the doc told him to use a bidae or water after treatment.

  12. Ankur,
    You are welcome here.
    Ha Ha.. it happens in the beginning. I always used to think why people in Europe use so much of perfume and then I realized. 😛

    Prax,
    That must have been a nasty hole !!

  13. Funnny. Coincidentally my toilet is the same and there is no basin for washing hands. Although in our culture only the men really need that it is really the general custom to have a sink and tap in the bathroom. It is a funny coincidence that I have yesterday arranged for a contractor who will change this for me – together with my kitchen.. you may have read my kitchen troubles on my blog..

    But although we are Europeans my mother and her sisters grew up in Indonesia and they were used to putting a bottle filled with water next to the toilet for washing there. They told me about this when I was a child and I tried it a few times, but it made me feel cold and uncomfortably wet! And also I did not like to touch my bum with my hand… :-/

  14. LOL. This was hilarious… but totally justified…no water in the loo ? ! *gasp!* Even if they assume you’ll be using TP all year long, how the heck are you supposed to wash your hands after the deed is done? Or does nobody wash their hands after using the loo? It’s a little ridiculous to go to the toilet and then come out and enter the bathroom to then wash your hands. 😐

    Is it really a European thing? I never observed this when I visited France. The toilets there did have water. Or maybe the hotels I stayed in were catering to foreigners ? Huh.

  15. Thyme,
    Yes, I am aware of the happenings at your blog (house). 🙂

    Ha Ha… your mother has lived in Asian country and that’s the culture in here.

    Generally, if it is a full fledged bath cum toilet, one gets to have all but in my case it was just a toilet seat with a tissue holder. And of course it was carpeted. 🙂

  16. Vagabond,
    The hotels have a full fledged bath. And the apartment I shifted to next, also had one combined (all in one) bathroom. This particular one gave me problem.

    And this was not one of case. As I have mentioned, when had stayed in Lille (France), it was a similar situation.

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