The song by the Beatles – HELP – is ringing in my head as I type this post. Okay, I’m kinda desperate here and am sending out a SOS note in the hope that you maybe able to help shed some light and guide me. Sounds ominous? Haha.. NOoooo…. I’m just having a little trouble trying to make friends here in Geneva. If you think my days are really, really fun, then I’m here to tell you that it’s quite exactly the opposite.
I wake up in the mornings wondering how to let time pass by quickly so that I don’t have to deal with staring at the 4 blank walls at the house or maneuvering the few hundred channels on Cable before finding a suitable one that I just may enjoy watching in English. In between staring at the 4 blank walls, I sometimes pop the laundry in the machine, hop around the house or head out to town and wander the streets aimlessly. It’s nothing as exciting as shopping along Orchard Road I assure you. In fact, it’s just that ONE main shopping street where not much of the window displays excite me enough to make me want to go in. Dining alone is also not as exciting as in Tokyo. Yes, living in Japan has made me comfortable with eating and even catching a movie by myself. As sad as it sounds, I’ve become comfortable to spending time on my own. But here in Geneva, I have no desire-what-so-ever to dine by myself for food is expensive and quality is sometimes compromised.
The last week, I spent staking out at the Apple store waiting for the iPad. Now that that has been procured and done with, my new hangout is at the Orange Mobile store. I’m trying very hard to get them to let me take up a SIM card subscription. Pre-paid cards are getting tooo expensive and they just refuse to let me take up a stupid plan. I produced a letter from the Swiss authorities stating that my Swiss card will be coming soon but they told me that I need to get my Swiss card before they would allow me to take up a subscription plan. Arh.. I can’t deal with the inefficiencies and in-flexibilities of the system at Orange while another service provider would gladly allow me to take up their service plans.
Then I pray and hope that its about 4pm where I make myself a cuppa of Nespresso coffee and stare blankly at the 4walls or my computer screens wishing that time would pass faster so that the Man will come home from work. Sounds pathetic? I think so and I hate feeling like this.
I’ve tried searching online in the magnificent world of Google for expat bloggers in Geneva, Singaporeans in Geneva, cooking classes / floral arrangement classes in Geneva, etc. But searches revealed little. I’ve even signed up some expat sites and been sending out ‘blind friendly greeting messages’ in the hope of making some friends this way, but little replies came pass my way. Oh, having said that I did make a new friend – S – who will be relocating to Geneva from US in July through my blog. So we’re trying to see if we could meet up when she comes end May to hunt for apartments.
Here’s the thing, I think I probably need a kick in the arse and perhaps some advice on how to make some friends in a foreign land. I feel like a neewbie at this all over again. I wanna make the most of our time here in Switzerland instead of moping around the house and wallowing in self-pity. So if you have been in similar shoes like mine, I would be really grateful if you could shed some light here and pull me out of this ‘hole’ pronto.