In 2013, after finishing my qualifying exam, I traveled to Switzerland to participate in the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA), hosted by the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern. It was a lot of fun, I made some wonderful friends, and I am continuing to benefit from GESA’s expanding network of alumni and resource people.
I also got to know Bern’s glorious river. On hot days, I observed locals regularly and in large numbers removing their clothes, securing them in dry-bags, and floating themselves to other parts of the city propelled by melting Alpine glacier water. (Photos by Inanc Tekguc)