Although it’s only the second largest Swiss city, Geneva is known as an “international metropolis” for its concentration of international organizations, including the European Headquarters of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Therefore, some joke that Geneva isn’t really part of Switzerland. I had long dreamt of going there, and my dream finally came true in June 2012 when I was invited to attend an international fair.
I was deeply impressed by Geneva’s beauty and tranquility. From the front steps of the UN European Headquarters I looked off into the distance: Hills were covered with lush trees swinging in the breeze. The sun was a giant artist – the land was his canvas for a colorful painting of thriving plants. I enjoyed the aroma of flowers as well as the natural whispers brought by the breeze. Although I had visited the most beautiful cities in over 70 countries, my breath was forcefully taken away by Geneva.
I turned my eyes to the building housing the UN European Headquarters: National flags of every UN member state fluttered in the sky. My eyes welled up when falling upon the one from my country.
I always feel a rush of pride whenever I see it flying high abroad.......