Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve … and you keep at it until you have achieved ☼ Robert H. Lauer

Tag: Geneva

El Bloqueo: The Swiss Cuban Cigar Trade

Grand Genève. The Capital of World Peace.  “The most boring city in all of Europe.” … and illicit hub for the Habanos cigar trade? The 1962 U.S. embargo on Cuban goods may have seen reinforcement in the 1996 Helms – Burton Act, but in many cases there’s no touching the Swiss and their sneaky ways. Apparently banking… Read More ›

Just Launched! Priority Medicines Report!

Today marked an amazing milestone for a project I’ve been working on for the past six weeks: the launch of the 2013 Update of one of the biggest authorities in public health: The Priority Medicines for Europe and the World Report. Priority Medicines is a very well known piece of literature in the field of international health (I’ve even… Read More ›

The Intern’s Glass: Harmony Through Omission

After two weeks in my new position at the World Health Organization, I finally solidified my status as an intern by paying a visit to the Ekonomat to receive my souvenir glass. To promote sustainability, the WHO follows like-minded organizations by promoting reusable glasses opposed to disposable cups. A kind man accepted the hard copy… Read More ›

Fifteen Swans and Counting

After a beautiful day of coffee shop scrounging and street festival enjoyment, we found ourselves back by the water’s edge. After four years I am back in Geneva, and it feels so good to get more time with the city. The first week has been incredibly action packed. More updates to follow☼

Caves Ouvertes: Three Kisses on the Cheek and Vin!

“Enjoy Moderately, Love Passionately.” I kicked off my summer with the Geneva Interns Association to celebrate Caves Ouvertes (Open Cellars) Day in the form of wine tasting at several vineyards on the outskirts of the Geneva Canton. Unlike venues back home in the Santa Barbara wine tasting scene, the vineyards in Geneva followed an astute… Read More ›

Visa Drama Visa!

I applied for a post one time as a consulate adjudicator in China (unsuccessfully). As a contract position with the Foreign Service, it came with free accommodation, double holidays (both Chinese and American) and a generous starting salary in US dollars. One thing I’ll never understand: If consulate life is so sweet, then why are… Read More ›