Sabina and I spent yesterday talking and looking over our photos of Egypt. She works at a nearby stable, taking care of horses. Her life seems so idyllic, living on the outskirts of a small town, working at a job she loves with creatures she adores. Her enthusiasm for life is infectious and inspiring.
This morning, I created a magnificent spread of toast and cheese omelets for breakfast. Sabina makes wonderfully strong and delicious coffee with lots of warm milk. She drove me to the train station after a very leisurely breakfast that lasted almost until lunch. I'm off to Geneva, and hopefully a chance to meet Alain again, India's Ajanta caves' sanity saving jester.
I have been on a seasonal rewind. I left at the beginning of winter, had a sort of leftover autumn on the west coast of North America, a few months of summer in the South Pacific and Asia and now it's spring in Europe. In a few weeks I'll be home to do it all again in reverse, but in the right direction.
Geneva appears to be a generic city with a spattering of parks. There's nothing of particular interest that I want to see. I find a public phone booth and call Alain. He is thrilled to know that I am in Geneva and rode his bicycle to meet me. We spent a couple hours talking and laughing at a bar on the patio over a few pints. Unfortunately, our visit is brief. Tomorrow, Alain begins his compulsory military service, as all Swiss males are required to do, starting with 15 weeks of basic training.
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"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself."