Every spring, the pollen bloom reduces me to a coughing, sneezing, eye watering invalid, and every spring I fail to find an allergy medication that works. It just so happens that the pollen bloom in Switzerland happens in late-May, early-June. Perfect.
Because of this, a co-worker pitied me and gave me some Claritin yesterday. Claritin and I have a weird relationship Ever since I first took Claritin in 7th grade, I’ve always had issues. In 7th grade, it was falling asleep in class in front of my grandparents. 9th grade, falling asleep during a school dance. 11th grade, falling asleep in a debate. The list goes on. So when I took my Claritin yesterday, I managed to miss 30 minutes of what was probably a brilliant lecture by two of the world’s most intelligent individuals. Probably. Because of Claritin-induced sleepiness, I’ll never know.
Yesterday the UN office in Geneva hosted Kofi Annan (former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) and Michel Sidibe (UNAIDS Director and Under Secretary General to the UN) to speak about the UN in the 21st century. The parts of the speech I was conscious for were great. Both men called for sweeping reforms to the UN, criticized the ongoing action in Ukraine, and cautioned against a second Cold War.
I met up with Jamal after the lecture. Jamal was hosting his cousin, and wanted to give her a tour of the Geneva office. So we went to the 8th floor to check out the view. When we got there, we saw a sign. “Kofi Annan Foundation, private reception.” We turned around to leave as a maitre d’ came to say “can I help you?” We asked if this was the Kofi Annan reception, “Yes it is! Right this way, sirs.” Never one to argue with a man offering free food, we willingly followed.
The reception was quite nice, replete with hors d’oeuvre, desserts (MACARONS!) and wine. Best of all, it was free.
I shouldn’t say best of all, because the best part was when Kofi Annan took a picture with the two guys that probably weren’t supposed to be there.
In the words of Ice Cube: I got to say, it was a good day.