This Friday, we wanted to express our gratitude for our car, Frau Hilda. While we use the public transport quite a bit, it has been super nice to have a set of wheels during our time in Geneva for weekend trips. Also, we are lucky enough to get the option to rent a parking spot near our building which is quite a luxury in Geneva. We are very appreciative of this benefit.
What happens if you don’t have a spot near your building? You have to buy what is called a macaroon. No, it is not a tasty baked treat by Lady J, it is a 180 franc yearly pass to park on the street in certain blue zones. You can only park in the particular zone that correlates to your neighborhood. However, this macaroon parking is not guaranteed. We know people who have searched for over 45 minutes and not been able to find one remotely close to their house. Yuck.
Why? Geneva is not car friendly. They are proactively trying to reduce spaces and convert people to use public transport. For more on this and the hierarchy of who and what is important, check out Switzerland Hughes.
So how did Frau Hilda come about? When Gabe accepted his job, they let us know we would have a company car in Geneva. We got to pick it out from three models: sedan, minivan and SUV. We picked the only SUV option, swayed by the proximity to ski resorts. We selected it in March, before we left. We were notified that even though it was a BMW, a German brand, it was actually made in South Carolina. About an hour from our house in Charlotte. So it would take 9 months to make it to Europe. Our furniture only took 2 months.
We like to name cars. Gabe wanted it to be female. We were debating whether to name her a South Carolina name or a German name. We went German….Frau Hilda.
Has Frau Hilda ever starred in a film? Why, yes. Since her arrival in December, we have made a video about her adventures entitled “BMW 007”. Our favorite part is Frau Hilda “escaping” from the Monte Carlo Casino.Check out her film debut!
Bon weekend, everyone!