Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
18Trip End May 03, 2011
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Everything has been going really really. Thursday night we had a dinner with all of the SIT students and their host families. The program treated us all to a traditional Swiss dinner of raclette. Raclette is literally a plate of warm melted cheese. They have these special ovens that you sit a huge piece of cheese under and then as it starts to melt you shave the top layer of melted cheese onto a plate
In other news, class is going well also! We've actually had some really really great classes this week. Wednesday we went to the International Committee for the Red Cross (Caroline I was thinking of you the whole time!) and had a briefing on what the ICRC is/does and then a woman who works for the ICRC came in to brief us on International Humanitarian Law
Yesterday,Friday, we had a REALLY amazing speaker come in. His name was Dr. Colum Murphy and used to work for the UN as a really high-ranking official. He has worked on several UN missions, most notably in Somalia and then in Bosnia. Like he was actually there....and in-charge to a certain extent. His lecture was on what went wrong in Somalia, and then how the lessons supposedly learned in Somalia were misapplied to Bosnia. His focus was mainly on the UN's hesitance to use force in Bosnia and why he disagreed, talking about being impartial in situations vs. being a referee. The UN shouldn't stand on the sidelines as defenseless people are killed. It was an intense talk since he had seen massive destruction in his work, yet still has hope for the future of this planet which is kind of unbelievable, considering all he has seen and all roadblocks he has encountered in stopping such awful things.
Onto a lighter subject, yes? Last night I met up with a bunch of people right in Nyon (the village where most of us live.) We went to a place called "The Fisherman" which is the "english-speaking bar" of Nyon. But, there was a rugby game on tv and I guess it was a pretty important one and everyone was just staring at the tv and those not glued to the tv weren't exactly welcome since we basically just blocked the view, so we didn't stay there very long! There is another SIT group in Geneva studying global health...and there is a girl from Muhlenberg doing the program so I ended up running into her last night, so that was funny!
Ok, this post has been insanely long and I'm really sorry. I hope everyone is doing well, I think some of you may be preparing for yet another snowstorm! (oy!) Love to all xo