We arrived in Geneva this afternoon. On the drive from the airport to our hotel, I learned something that I don’t remember reading in either Cultureshock Switzerland: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette or Switzerland – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture. Maybe it was there, but I surely don’t remember it.
Until last year, every new house construction had to include a basement fallout shelter. Now it’s only required of buildings with more than 38 apartments. It’s not necessary for every new house to have one now, because every town has community fallout shelters and there’s already enough space for 1 million more people than Switzerland’s total population. So I guess there’s room for us visitors, if necessary.
I just arrived, so I’m just watching and learning. It would be presumptuous to try to explain a culture and people I’m not familiar with. But apparently, the Wall Street Journal gave it a try.
As always, I’m counting on my readers who are from Switzerland to chime in here with their thoughts, additions, corrections, etc.
One of the benefits of having so many community shelters is that there’s space going unused until it’s needed. So the Geneva Bible Institute, for example, houses students in community bunker space in Cologny, a Geneva suburb.
The Bible Institute is the venue for the Gospel-Centered Ministry conference, which is what brings Johnny to Geneva this week. Thanks for praying for him and the other speakers and for the students and church leaders who will be attending.
By the way, the inexpensive bunking option for the conference is in the local bunker. Here’s hoping nobody’s claustrophobic.
And here’s praying that we all say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
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