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Started by virgil5 on May 7, 2018 12:31:50 PM
CERN

Anybody been there?

I'm thinking of visiting early next year.

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virgil5 - 07 May 2018 12:34:09 (#1 of 24)

Looking for cheap digs for a month or two in Geneva.

MaryMC - 07 May 2018 12:46:52 (#2 of 24)

Geneva's an expensive town.

You might find something cheaper across the border in France.

virgil5 - 07 May 2018 13:25:44 (#3 of 24)

Like a hostel of some sort?

I think I can get retiree rate housing for late Jan to March 2019 at Ramstein AFB Germany but want to hang around CERN for a bit.

MaryMC - 07 May 2018 13:27:20 (#4 of 24)

No idea what's available these days, because it's a very long time since I lived there.

If you don't get many replies here about accommodation, try posting in Travel.

virgil5 - 07 May 2018 13:35:30 (#5 of 24)

Hoping some science types here might have some tips.

I heard the LHC is shutting down for maintenance in Dec but thought some of the users might still be hanging around bars or wherever near Geneva.

tungsten - 07 May 2018 14:36:27 (#6 of 24)

Went there around 18 months ago. All the kit is underground, so there's not a lot to see.The overground is very similar to a uni campus and access seems to be largely unrestricted.

virgil5 - 07 May 2018 14:48:38 (#7 of 24)

similar to a uni campus

Are there "watering holes" favored by the regulars?

My closest comparison is MIT in Cambridge Mass. USA

tungsten - 07 May 2018 14:49:24 (#8 of 24)

Les Brasseurs is a home brew pub next to the railway station - recommended.

virgil5 - 07 May 2018 14:52:29 (#9 of 24)

Thanks! What's the weather like in late Jan to early March?

FleurDuMal - 07 May 2018 15:00:12 (#10 of 24)

virgil, something like a Campanile (motel-type) hotel in France would be much cheaper. Avoid the dates of the Geneva Motor Show (March) as they’ll be fully booked then.

FleurDuMal - 07 May 2018 15:01:04 (#11 of 24)

The weather is likely to be snowy - remember it’s a skiing area!

virgil5 - 07 May 2018 15:12:28 (#12 of 24)

Would one have to wear snow shoes to get from bar to bar, or do they try to keep the walkways clear enough to crawl on?

MaryMC - 07 May 2018 17:22:13 (#13 of 24)

All the kit is underground, so there's not a lot to see.

There's a tour of the underground bits though, isn't there?

tungsten - 07 May 2018 19:01:19 (#14 of 24)

Definitely not when the LHC is in operation. Not sure about other times.

TommyDGNR8 - 07 May 2018 19:04:12 (#15 of 24)

want to hang around CERN for a bit

They are vanishingly unlikely to have the kind of accident that gives you superpowers on such a short timescale. You need to plan on being there for six months at least.

MaryMC - 07 May 2018 19:15:59 (#16 of 24)

Ah, I assumed the tours included the underground bits, but it clearly says they don't:

https://visit.cern/tours/guided-tours-individuals

Cordelia - 07 May 2018 19:41:34 (#17 of 24)

The best time to go is when it is shut down. You may have to organise a private tour but it is possible, and then you get to visit the underground bits. I went a few years ago, and we got to see both the ATLAS and CMS experiments up close while they were being maintained. And we saw some of the computer rooms and the control rooms.

https://flickr.com/photos/48234681@N00/sets/721576
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FleurDuMal - 07 May 2018 19:44:21 (#18 of 24)

Wow!

virgil5 - 07 May 2018 22:05:03 (#19 of 24)

accident that gives you super powers

Heh. DONT RAIN ON MY PARADE MAN

Not my intent (I already have super powers :-)

I'm just hoping to meet some interesting folks, maybe hone my physics appreciation, sense more futurity--that sort of thing. Interested in the lives of scientists and discovery

NO MAD SCIENTIST ME RILLY

ZimAgain - 07 May 2018 22:45:46 (#20 of 24)

Yes, when the beams are on, the last thing they want is bloody tourists getting in the way, who would either press a wrong button out of curiosity and destroy valuable data or try to open a door to the tunnel, which would result in either an instant shut-off of the entire ring or, if the security mechanisms didn't work, a small pile of green goo just beyond the door.

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