CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is located in various buildings on the Franco-Swiss border. You might know it from the particle accelerators and the search for the Higgs boson – if you’re into that stuff, you simply HAVE to go to the ATLAS visiting center. Will I miss CERN once I leave Switzerland in a few months? Maybe CERN not so much, but it’s people: definitely. The CERN laboratory employs thousands of scientists and plays host to visiting scholars from hundreds of universities from across the world. These highly lovable geeks brighten up the otherwise chic Geneva social life. I’ve been lucky enough to befriend a few of them and was sad to see them leave – on their way to another university lab to continue their brilliant careers.