So this week I relocated to Geneva – specifically, Saint-Julien-en-Genevois. I’m still working with the beatboxers in Annecy, and preparing to meet Joseph Viatte, the contact juggler from Geneva.
This Week’s Video
This week’s video is a little shorter and covers my first foray into Geneva, and the work I’ve been doing with Furiial.
Moving to Geneva
So now I’m living in a small apartment on the 6th floor of an apartment building in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois. It’s not technically in Switzerland, it’s on the French side of the border. There’s a short bus ride through the border to Geneva. I took a day trip there to buy some warmer clothes. Not only is it getting very cold here (7 – 10 degrees during the day), my cheap t-shirts and Hallensteins outfits stick out like a sore thumb when everyone around me in France is well dressed!
I found a store – C&A – that stocked my size, but as I’ve been losing weight, I had to keep trying smaller and smaller clothes sizes to find what I needed. I’ve gone from 6XL to 3XL! I managed to pick up a nice shirt, hoodie, jacket and some Timberland boots. The small part of Geneva I saw was amazing – very old buildings housing very modern stores.
On the way back, the bus was stopped at the border by customs officials, and although I was told off for forgetting my passport, they let me through.
I’ve been continuing to work with Furiial, the young French beatboxers who live in Annecy. I’ve been impressed by their commitment, dedication and work ethis, and it’s been fun to put all of my skills and experience to work helping them to grow their business and online presence. As well as working on an online store, I’ve been helping them with their website, and shooting photos and videos for them.
A number of countries in Europe are grouped together in what’s known as the Schengen region. This means that people who live in those countries can travel freely between them without a visa… but tourists and external visitors are limited to a 90 day stay out of every 180 days. So that means, as much as I want to stay here longer, I’ll need to head back to the UK on December 15th. I’ll be back in March. It’s an odd feeling to be living in a country and not being allowed to stay! So in December, I’ll be in Wales (Cardiff to be precise, I have to check out the Doctor Who Exhibition). I want to live in London in January-February… but it’s hard to find places at a decent price!