That’s right, in two weeks I’m gonna be at home. It’s almost half a year since I started my contract here at CERN. I’ve already sold my car – I’m on bike again. – I’ve also moved out from my room and moved into CERN hostel for last two weeks. Time’s running really fast…
Every year, there is a famous Motor Show in Geneva, which is considered to be the biggest event of this kind around the world – happily this year I was in neighborhood (about 7 bus stops from CERN). One of my friends found a possibility to get free tickets, I took a day off and got there to see what’s going on. Really, it was very impressive, I think there were hundreds or even thousands of cars – 170 of which was premieres! I’m rather motorbike fan (actually muscle cars are also among my interests), but this show is definitely worth seeing.
There are two interesting projects for those who are planning to buy a laptop – project Neptun (https://www1.ethz.ch/neptun/) and project Poseidon (http://poseidon.epfl.ch). The former one has two shopping windows during the year in which you can make an order and buy one of pre-configured laptops of one of three brands: Lenovo, HP or Apple. The latter one is very similar (even in offer and prices), but is available for the whole year. Projects are mainly for Swiss students and academical employees but CERN employees are also allowed to make shopping there. I was interested in Lenovo laptop, after comparing prices I found out that it’s 15% cheaper than in USA (and more than 40% cheaper than in Poland). The only limit I know is two laptops per person per year.
It’s just about to complain a bit on my Swiss bank – UBS. Up to now, I was rather patient, there were some problems, mistakes, misunderstandings about UBS I experienced or heard of. But now, it’s an exaggeration. We made a money transfer between two UBS accounts last Wednesday and money came came today morning… and you have to pay for that account – insane. I have some experience with banks in Poland, there are free accounts and money transfers within the same bank go in minutes not days. Money transfer from Poland came in that time… I don’t understand it, pity that there is not a big choice.
It’s already more than three months since I came here – time goes fast. So far I was writing a post for every day, but it’s getting hard to find something interesting to write about every day and I don’t want to write any boring stuff, so since now I’ll write only when something at least a bit interesting happen.
According to what is written on a welcome sign Microcosm Science Garden is a exposition of pieces of real equipment used by CERN scientists between 1964 and 1998.
In Switzerland there are no gates at the motorway – like in France. All you have to do in order to use Swiss motorways legally is buying a vignette which costs 40 CHF for the whole year and is valid since 1st December previous year up to 31st January following year. You can buy it at every post office and gas station (at the latter one waits are shorter), just note that if you want to take a caravan or a trailer you need extra vignette.
Today was the final – fifth – official outing with CERN Ski Club. The place was the most beautiful one comparing to the other four. I couldn’t stop taking photos… really, I’m not a kind of romantic person with an artistic soul, but this was totally awesome and I liked it. I heard also that Avoriaz is one of the biggest resorts all over the world. Of course CERN Ski Club outings haven’t finished, it was just about something like official outings. Now the club is organizing different outings in different places during weekends – anybody can join.