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/-