Our final days in Geneva (just 3 more days to go) saw me packing up stuff and passing some of the useful items and/or food over to our friends. I was feeling a lot better so was out and about making arrangements to meet up with friends to catch up over coffee.
I’ve been meaning to catch up with L over at the Swiss Watch Blog after her surgery but had been too ill to do so over the past 2 weeks. So, I was really glad when I received an email from her last week asking if I was free for tea before our departure from Geneva. Yay to an afternoon out, for I really wanted to could catch up proper with her. I asked if it could be a bigger gathering asking if the other gals were free, I knew I wanted to meet with A (The Switzerland Hughes) to pass her our rice-cooker. L said she would arrange, but I thought no one else other than A could make it.
Boy, was I wrong! I rushed in carrying 2 heavy bags filled with stuff for the pair but as I stepped in, I was greeted with shouts of ‘Surprise’ by familiar faces! So it seems that L had been planning this surprise and I was not to know that the rest of the girls were going to be there. Must say they were pretty good at keeping me in the dark for I met with S from Schwingen in Switzerland earlier that morning for coffee and she gave me a quizzical look when I asked if she was going to join us for tea. I also met with N at for a morning session yoga but there was no mention of the party. L, you certainly did a great job on planning this little surprise! Thank you!
That’s not all! A lovely spread of afternoon tea delights (they knew I was crazy about making macarons) were prepared in my honour by these superb ladies.
It was indeed an afternoon that got us all on a sugar high – macarons from Laduree from A, home-made peanut butter cookies by N, home-made pumpkin brownies by L, home-made matcha (green-tea) tiramisu by T, chocolates and other treats from S and L. We had girly conversations and stuffed our faces silly with the sweet treats. The girls also compiled a little online album filled with the adventures that we had taken during our stay in Geneva. Aww.. thanks ladies for everything! Once again, am really touched.
Prior to moving to Geneva, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make any friends and I’d probably become a hermit by the end of my expat journey. Honestly, making friends from scratch can be rather challenging but looking back, I most certainly did not become a hermit for I’ve gone on to make this small but amazing group of friends. How? One of the ways was through blogging. It has really opened doors for me here and after that, we kinda expanded the group further by pulling people we knew separately into the group.
Thanks again ladies for the wonderful memories and the great times that we spent together exploring Geneva. It was short but I’m thankful that our paths crossed. It’s goodbye for now but hopefully we’ll get to see you real soon. And be sure to give us a shout-out if you ever come to Singapore.
[All photos courtesy of L over at the Swiss Watch Blog]
P.S: Vain me talking here but I wished I put on some make-up before leaving the house. And let’s not talk about my bad hair day!