Granted, Lausanne lives up to Swiss stereotypes… Its tidiness and punctuality are excessive indeed – even by Dutch standards. Swiss politics are typified by red tape and isolationism. In the world’s largest offshore wealth hub, nothing is for free. On the other hand, there’s hardly any chance to spend one’s money anyway, as even grocery stores close before 7PM.
Fortunately, most locals are willing to speak French slowly and articulately, thus enabling me to fit in quickly. In time I’ve come to fully understand the many French and Italians who are attracted by the high standard of living and educational level of HEC Lausanne. On top of that, the university library is the perfect spot to let one’s thoughts wander over the picturesque lake of Geneva against a backdrop of snowy mountaintops.
But most of all, I’m grateful to have met so many awesome people from all over the world. Fellow football players, runners and lunchmates… Remember, you always have a home in the Netherlands. Au revoir, Lausanne!