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Aidan Randle-Conde | Université Libre de Bruxelles | Belgium

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Game for breakfast?

Since being on night shift, my social life has become quite weird. On one of the days between shifts I woke up at about 7pm and my flatmate invited me to dinner with some friends. It was very much a last minute arrangement, and he asked me as I was about to reach for the cornflakes, still in my dressing gown. Given that they were going to one of the best restaurants in the area I decided I couldn’t say no! But instead of being served fondue, we decided to eat game, since it’s game season here at CERN! I’m not quite sure what I ate, but it was delicious, and was one of the richest breakfast’s I’ve ever had.

As well as eating all kinds of weird food for breakfast (and having orange juice instead of beer!) I’m also awake to see things I wouldn’t usually see. My usual 6pm cake and coffee breaks got replaced by 7am baguette breaks. It’s a wonderful thing to live in a country where it’s considered normal to walk down the road to the local patisserie at 7am for freshly baked bread! Coming back from CERN after a shift, I got to see the amount of traffic driving into Geneva early in the morning. It’s quite disturbing seeing and endless line of cars driving in that early. It’s dehumanizing somehow. I’m glad I usually get in a little later (and usually leave quite a lot later!) so I don’t have to deal with that traffic.

Where'd CERN go?

Where'd CERN go?

This morning I was welcomed by a thick mist, obscuring my view of CERN and the Alps. On a clear day the view from the balcony is wonderful, and the mist will probably clear soon. Right now the view is of… nothing. It’s still very pretty though!

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