So I decided to have a stopover in Geneva on my way to Mont Blanc, mainly because it was one of those dots on the map that I’ve always wondered about, and don’t get me wrong … I’m glad that I did.
Now, I’d realised in doing this that it would mean I’d be staying in Switzerland (aren’t I smart) and hence be operating under a different currency, and I’d covered this by pre booking my accommodation and deciding to eat out on my credit card.
What I hadn’t realised (which is strange having cycled through Switzerland before) is that they also use a different power plug.
What I also didn’t realise is how restaurant expensive food is in Switzerland. I wandered down to a steak house and looked at their menu and it was around 40sf ($A50) for a steak.
I saw a chinese restaurant down the road and decided that would likely be a cheaper option, but almost hit the floor when I did the maths and realised a sweet and sour chicken with fried rice would have set me back about $A60. That would have to be one good sweet and sour chicken.
So being a scrooge, I decided on an early night in bed with some peanuts I had left over from the train and my kindle for entertainment.
Being hungry, I was up early the next morning for the quick 10km ride across the border to the French railway station and as soon as I had my ticket to Chamonix I headed to the nearest bakery for a catch up breakfast.
Two croissants, a large bread roll and coffee for €4.40 ($A6).
It was good to be back in the € zone.