Re: Why Geneva is so boring???
Here are my 2 cents.
For its size, I don't think Geneva is boring. I think there are plenty of things to do, especially in the summer.
For me the main problem is lack of people to do them with.
Families don't complain about Geneva boring because they spend all their time in the suburbs or France in their (comparatively) large houses, tending to their garden, playing with their pets, taking care of their kids. They have their hands full. They will never be 'bored'. I think Geneva is great for families.
However, I'm sure that 100% of the people complaining about being 'bored' do not have their own family.
As a single (especially non-European) person, I find Geneva boring simply because all your friends and peers are always away. They are away visiting their parents, siblings, extended family or friends all over Europe, away for work, or simply taking a vacation. I can guarantee that if you contact 10 of your friends with a random date some months into the future that at least 5 will already tell you they are busy and out of town.
If you go through all the comments on this page you'll also see a divide not only between families/singles (I don't know which group everyone belongs to, but I'm pretty sure there are rarely families complaning about Geneva being boring. It seems that families have plenty of time to write blogs too about how many great family friendly activities one can do here) but also between men and women.
Fact: Women are social creatures and more social than men.
Fact: Men are generally more sporty than women.
Fact: If you want to spend all your free time hiking, via ferrata-ing, skiing, snowboarding, etc, then Geneva is great.
Fact: Most women do not want to spend every weekend doing this and they are more than likely going to do it with their husband/boyfriend, not you.
Fact: Women like eating and shopping, of which Geneva is very expensive and useless for variety.
As a single woman in Geneva life sux. Everybody is only here for their career/job and doesn't even care about the city that much. Everybody (who is also single around your age group) is ALWAYS travelling as there is nothing much to do here alone.
How many times can you go to restaurant, watch a movie, eat dinner at home... alone? It's boring. How many discount deals can you get for ONE person? none.
In my several years here I've met many friends and nearly ALL of them have moved out of the country. Everyone is totally transient (except the families).
I am not a night club party person. I do not need 24 hour entertainment. I would simply like to find people to do activities with. Yes I know Glocals is great for that and I have used it in the past, but again, people leave the city or go weird on you and never contact you for unknown reasons even though you thought you guys got along well the previous meetings.
Expat magazines, articles, websites always focus on families. It's as if non-families don't exist or don't have 'needs' too. I'm tired of reading about schools and daycare. Life is different when you are not a student either. As a student or intern I get the feeling that people are still in party mode, and more than likely having their parents or school pay for everything, and don't have the stresses and pressures that others who have to pay for everything (in such an expensive city) themselves do.
Where are the articles and support for 25-45 year old working people who come to the city without a family in tow? (or live in a nearby country?) or who aren't erasmus students or interns?
I will pretty much bet that within 5 years' time all the single people writing in this post will not be living here anymore unless they are Swiss or have family or strong ties here or nearby.
I would like to like this place more and stay as long as I can, but I also feel that it's a hard city get ahead in if you are not Swiss or at least EU. Even though this city is so multicultural I don't feel that people are that well integrated. I mean how many famous non-Swiss people (working in any field) can you name that live in Switzerland? Not one I'll bet. If you are not European you are treated like third class scum.
Also, if you have only one income you'll be stuck in shitty tiny apartment or have to share. What kind of life is that? Apartments are so overpriced here it's not funny.
If you have a great job/salary, a nice decent-sized place, tons of friends and family, any place is a nice place to live but if you don't have these things, ANY place becomes a 'boring' place to live no matter how great and beautiful the mountains and lakes are.