#Stayathome in Geneva

Staying at home also means reorganising your day and having a different outlook on time. In these extraordinary times, here are a few good tips in Geneva for you to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa!

1 – Dream about future travels and adventures!

The aim is to rethink our way of life while continuing to explore the world. Follow us on our social media as well as the hashtag #DreamNowTravelLater to experience wonderful landscapes remotely.

For cultural experiences many institutions offer must-see virtual tours. Follow the hashtag #Culturechezvous so you won’t miss out on anything and visit the website of the International Museum of the Reformation for a unique immersive tour!

All the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights’ discussions and forums are available for replay here. For film lovers, Les Cinémas du Grütli offer a selection of independent films available for streaming, showcasing a powerful outlook on the world in these uncertain times.

And to travel to the heart of CERN and explore amazing topics from home, it's this way.
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2 – Cook at home!

Sure, we too would love to enjoy a vegan brunch on a terrace with our friends or a hearty breakfast at grandma’s but in the meantime, here are some culinary resources for you.

The series
Chef à Domicile features a host of chefs who share their best tips and recipes online during the confinement, such as Benjamin Breton, who has just earned his first Michelin star at FiskeBar in Geneva and who reveals his secret devilled leeks recipe.
Geneva’s small enterprises have also rallied with Pia from
Intolérants Gourmands sharing some tasty, quick and easy recipes.

The famous chefs of the restaurant Bayview have given us two of their favourite recipes for you to try at home, ready ? For the main course it's this way. For the dessert, it's here.

For your supplies many businesses deliver their produce, a good way to support the local economy while taking care of your health. Take a look over here for the list!

3 – Take care of yourself and your family!

Obviously, you don’t have to follow three yoga classes per day on Instagram, read all of Rousseau’s works, complete a 14-day workout challenge, take up meditation and make cupcakes… However, within your own home and with your loved ones, make the most of this time to enjoy what makes you and your confinement team happy. And if that means eating all the cookies with a clay mask on your face while your children do their maths homework, well that’s just swell!

Still, we do have a few tips for you:

  • Listen to a MOOC on an unlikely topic, spread out on the sofa in front of the latest documentary feature on glaciers or watch the RTS’ report on tiny animals.
  • Watch a TEDxGeneva. You never have the time to, so now’s your best chance!
  • Do nothing. Just look out the window. It feels really good and since spring started last Saturday, you can listen to the birds singing. Send us pictures of the view if you want! :)
  • Water your plants if you’ve forgotten to!
  • Well, let’s face it, you now have the time to take up Japanese lessons at last.
  • Watchlovers will love to take care of their watches and to find out about the best ways to cherish it, go and read here our special tips from Initium. #GenevaathomewithInitium
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4 – Keep the children busy!

Crafting a hammock underneath the dining table, drawing pixels and colouring, and making a lactose-free banana cake: anything goes when it comes to spending time together!

For those who have to take care of their children, parents are supporting each other and sharing ideas for activities. Keep an eye on the Instagram account of @motherstories for one!

We also have a neat idea to share: Nikita Brunner, a doctor at HUG, is collecting drawings for the walls of the hospital to add a little colour to the patients’ and medical teams’ days. Children can send their drawings to nikita.brunner@hcuge.ch. Get those pens out! :)

TV stations are also adapting to the situation to help you out with your home-schooling. TV5 Monde, France TV and RTS all feature many educational broadcasts.

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5 – Live music and performances!

For lack of being able to clap at the latest concert at L’Arena, you can clap from your window or your balcony every evening at 9 p.m. in support of the medical teams and those who are fighting against the virus.

To add a little rhythm to your confined days, there are numerous playlists available such as the Ultimate stay at home playlist on Spotify. Plus, radio stations are working hard to keep your spirits up.

Continue to follow your favourite artists and theatres. Many of them are sharing live concerts and performances available for streaming. And great news, the Geneva lyric scene is opening the Grand Théâtre Digital! To enjoy superb operas, it's this way.

We wish you well during these difficult times. Take care of yourselves and see you soon at the lakeside, on a terrace or a paddle boat!

A little bonus for those of you on the edge of a meltdown: try writing a little. No need for huge dissertations written in rhymes, just jot down what comes to your mind, words, sentences, feelings, stories. It’ll help you let go of your small joys and vast anxieties!