6.310 Mana à la Manor

6.310

11 (Wed) November 2015

Mana à la Manor

2.5

in my room (Best Western Hôtel Chavannes-de-Bogis)

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Mission to Switzerland, Day 4 (see previously 6.309 Fricasseée de Gambas…).

In Chavannes-de-Bogis (suburb 20 kilometers north of Geneva).  Arrived Sunday.  Here for a meeting on diet and physical activity, Monday through today. Going back to Korea tomorrow.

Based on memory, backed by existing photographic documentation, I believe that this is the 6th visit to Switzerland, the first since the launch of GMTD, the first since joining WHO as staff.

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Stuck eating crap in the hotel for the past few days, we were told in hushed whispers that a better option — in fact, the only other option within a 30-minute walk, 30-minute drive — was a small shopping center located down the road.  No full-service restaurants, just a handful of coffee shops and bakeries.  But the supermarket was exceptional, perhaps the cleanest, most diverse, well-presented grocery store that I’ve ever encountered.

As much as I love living in Manila, the food shopping leaves much to be desired.

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Switzerland — home to WHO HQ — is the only country where I’ve encountered cigarettes available within direct reach of the customer — here, located conveniently above the candy at the check-out counter.

Although I wanted to buy almost everything in the place, I settled on some ready-to-go items from the Asian/Middle-Eastern stand.

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The hummus was awesome.

Maybe moving to HQ wouldn’t be so bad.

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