2013 SUMMER AT CERN IN GENEVA
When one thinks of Switzerland, one thinks of cool places like Mount Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe (15,781 feet), shown on the left after the top picture. But I came to CERN to learn, and one of the first things learned is that Mount Blanc is actually about an hour out of Geneva, but in France. Despite the snow at altitude, the base at Chamonix was hot, as was Geneva for much of this summer. The top figure shows me sweating in my office at CERN. Reality for physics grad students is made clear by the posting on the door. And when will morale improve? When Geneva stops charging 3 to 30 times more than what everything costs in the U.S., and when the Swiss learn to start using air conditioning when needed. Alas, we from UF have brought our own (shown on the right below figure 1), however we use it at great risk because CERN fears global warming, but apparently enjoys heat when Mother Nature supplies it. Those who use the a/c shown (with a cooling radius of about 9 inches to one foot) risk being burned alive for heresy.