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Marko and Alex find themselves in the prosperous and pristine city of Geneva, Switzerland. A city nestled alongside a beautiful glacier-fed lake, the guys will explore the riches Geneva has to offer.

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- [Marco] Think I ate your cousin for dinner last night. He was delicious. - I'm Marco. - I'm Alex - [Both] And we're the Vagabrothers. - [Alex] We love traveling and a little brotherly competition. - [Marco] So we're crossing the globe and putting our local trivia skills to the test. - [Alex] To see who's spending 24 hours living like a baller. - [Marco] And who's pinching pennies. - [Both] This is Basic Versus Baller. - Welcome to Geneva, Switzerland. Nestled between the Alps and Lake Geneva, this city is as beautiful as it is baller. - Geneva is famous for luxury watches, Swiss bank accounts and being one of the most expensive cities in the world. - It's also home to the Red Cross and the United Nations. So hopefully this humanitarian spirit will make life easier on a budget. - It's a great place to be a baller and a tough place to be broke but to find out who gets the baller budget, we need to have a competition. - Hello Alex. - Hello Marco. - Our competition takes us to one of the highest and most expensive countries in Europe; Switzerland. - Known internationally for Ricola, yodeling, and fondue. And Geneva for having the world's largest drinking fountain. - Geneva is certainly not a budget destination. So if you win the baller, I think here you just kinda normal and if you're on the budget, you are certainly struggling. Let's find out who gets which budget. - That is a really big fountain. - 130. I mean, come on dude look how big that thing is. Enjoy your time on a budget, here in the most difficult destination to be on a budget. I will enjoy the finer things in life. - Alright. - Adieu. - Laugh it up, laugh it up. This is gonna be a challenge, let's get into it. - To start my baller experience off with a bang, I'm checking into the Intercontinental Geneve, a lavish landing spot to call home for the next couple of days. Oh ho ho ho ho, wow. This is like the quintessential modern aesthetic. Oh my God and the view comes complete with your own telescope, no big deal. And this is only the living room, got some orchids, macaroons, giant bars of Swiss chocolate. I don't think I brought enough clothes to fill the dressing room. It's beautiful, look at this bed. King size bed, six pillows. Oh my God. When you have a tree in your bathroom and your bathroom's entirely made out of marble and silver and you have a bathtub with a view like this. I think there's only one thing you need to do. I am surrounded by bubbles. The bubbles in the bath. The bubbles in the glass. Ah, Geneve. - To get the lay of the land, I walk over to my crash pad. The City Hostel Geneva. - Bonjour. - Hey, bonjour. How's it going? - [Desk Clerk] Fine. - I have a reservation under Marco Ayling. - Yeah. You room going to be on the second floor. Here you have this transport card. You can take car and be transporting in the city for free with this card. - Awesome. Let's go check out the room. Okay, it's this one here. Gotta love the feeling of checking into a hostel and having no one else in the dormitory yet. Great location. I'm right next to the train station. Generally speaking around train stations, you find cheaper food, cheaper accomodation. It just makes life a little more affordable. I do have this transport card, it's gonna give me free access to buses, trams, and also the ferries across the lake. I'm feeling like getting outside, having a walk around and seeing what this place is like. - So my exploration of Geneva takes me to the most obvious landmark, the lake. It's a huge lake, it's a beautiful lake, it's Alpine fed by glaciers, but the best place to get into the lake is here at the Bains des Paquis. They have public baths, it's two bucks to get in. I'm just gonna jump right in this glacially fed lake. [Marco Voiceover] Feels so good to freshen up in the cool water of Lake Geneva. As refreshing as the lake is, so are the friendly people who've offered me a free beer. This is what I love about traveling. It seems the broker you are, the easier it is to make friends. Since I'm here, my new friends say I have to take the plunge into the lake from the tower. May as well get the full experience. That was awesome. - I have just arrived to farm that the Wood's restaurant located in the Intercontinental Hotel uses for the meal that I'm gonna eat later. I'm a big fan of farm to table and it is extremely cool that the farm is literally right behind the hotel. We're in this big, beautiful park. Geneva is located in a microclimate. The lake actually changes the Alpine climate and it's really really good for growing local produce. This is so cool. I love the fact that they're growing their own fruits and vegetables here. There's chickens, there's some sheep, and you know, it all eventually ends up on a plate in the restaurant here at the Woods. I love it, I feel like in a different life. I was a European farmer. But in this life, I'm wearing white shoes at a farm. Which was definitely a bad call. - One of the cool things about Geneva, and Switzerland in general, is that it's extremely well-connected with public transportation. There's trams, there's buses, there's subways, there's trains that go all over the place and then there's funiculars to get you all the way up the mountain. This Geneva pass will help me get anywhere in the city, you can really get along to a lot of places. Anyway, here's my train, time to go. - Hey Caroline, how are you? I hope you're hungry. - I am. - Let's eat. - Lets. - Alright ladies and gentlemen, I am here with my dear friend Caroline. She lives here in Geneva. Switzerland is an interesting country. It has all these different cantons, right, which is the equivalent of a state back in the U.S. - Yeah. - But they speak different languages. - Yeah. They have different cultural heritages. - Yeah. We have four languages, German, French, Italian. - And Romansch? - And Romansch. Which is like a mix of everything. - Super cool, well are you excited to eat? - Very. - Wow that looks so good. - Merci. - [Alex] Wow. Merci beaucoup. Oh my gosh. Alright so I ordered the lamb. The presentation is immaculate. - It's beautiful. Look at all these color. - [Alex] Well bon appetite. - [Caroline] Bon appetite. - Shall we? Mmm. - So fresh. - It literally was grown in the back yard, it doesn't get much fresher than that. - Yeah, that's amazing. - So what's your favorite part about living in Geneva. - Geneva is a city where people come and people go. If you stay here a while, you get to meet new people every time. - It's kinda like traveling while staying at home. - Yeah, actually it is. So you actually learn a lot. - I like that. Awesome - Well, it is my favorite time of the day, dinnertime. I have asked around and found a place that has pretty good value, it's here in the old town. It's call Chez Ma Cousine, which is my cousin's house. You get half a chicken with some bread, some salad, and of course, to fill the belly, potatoes. Don't mind if I do. Mm, this is good. Super simple, it's just salt, herbs, Switzerland has a really high cost living. Everything here is of a certain quality so it does cost a lot more money but it's pretty good value. So this is 16 bucks. It's healthy, it's filling and I'm not struggling. I'm pretty happy with this. - [Alex] Dessert. - [Caroline] Dessert. - [Alex] Dessert. - Isn't it so pretty. I almost don't want to break it. - I know, like leave it to the Swiss to figure out how to twist chocolate like that. So strawberries on a macaroon and then I have like a cream puff of epic proportions. - [Caroline] Oh my Gosh. - [Alex] This is decadent. - Oh my God. There's actually ice cream in it. - Something like crunched and exploded in my mouth. - This is divine. Well dear Caroline, thank you so much for sharing a meal with me. - Thank you, it was really nice. - Sante. - Oh, one last thing. We should take a selfie and send it to Marco. - Oh yeah. - Hey bro. - Ah, a photo of a fancy meal with a pretty girl. I'll forward this to his girlfriend. I'm stuff. Haven't dented the budget too much and I think I will have dessert ala supermarket. Let's go. Toblerone, the chocolate of Switzerland. But to spice things up, I have opted for not the normal Swiss chocolate but white chocolate. Ah, the small pleasures in life. It's been a fine first day here in Geneva and we'll see what I get into tomorrow. Adieu ma. Mmm, seizing the day by seizing some food from the free food section of the hostel's kitchen. Contrary to how I may appear, I am not above scavenging. Got some muesli, which is very typical from Switzerland and an espresso, Swiss company, in a cup that just in case you didn't know where I was says Switzerland and has a really cool cow. - So I decided to walk around the old town of Geneva. It's on a hill its a fortified walled city and it's been here for 2,000 years. You get the sense, walking around here, that this is a place that's always been prosperous and that's because its a natural trade hub. It's a crossroads between Italy, France, and the German speaking parts of the Alps. There's tons of fountains around there and that's because it's the source of the Rhône river. It flows right from the lake down all the way through France. They kinda tap that water power to power, not just fountains, but also back in the day, mills for all sort of artisans like watchmakers. That's what the Jet d'Eau, the giant fountain of water is. They used hydropower to power the mills of watchmakers. Every night they would release the excess pressure and it would cause a spout of water. So I'm gonna take a look around and see what else I can find. Well the French have a great word for a free activity, that is flâner, it means basically to people-watch. The way the French say it, kinda classy. So this is a good place to flâner. Just gonna sit here with my notepad. Wait for inspiration to strike. They say that hunger makes a poet's pen sharp. This situation gives me great despair but I will have a good air, sit on my derrière, without a care, montrer. Okay, you know what, I think that is enough of the old flâner. How about to walk. Let's go. - What better way to know a city than with a morning jog. You know, it's really important to just own your mornings. Get a workout in early, run, try to stay in shape but let's be honest, it's not about staying in shape, it's just about off-setting calories. So I can stuff my face again in another delicious restaurant. Well look who it is, it's a small world after all. - Hey. = Good morning brother. - Good morning. How you ballin? - It's been pretty good, just squeezing in a workout, you know. - Very nice. - How about yourself? - I've been making due on a budget. - Yeah? - Would you like to join me for a seat on the world's longest bench? - Looks pretty open so I think we can just pick anywhere. - [Marco] I think there's space for the both of us. Beautiful city. - Yeah, how you holding up man. - I got the Geneva city pass and I'm Cruising around town, how are you ballin? - Great man, yeah. Honestly I've just been sitting in a bubble bath drinking champagne, and dining on fresh fruit. - I'm not jealous. - No you shouldn't be. - I'm not jealous. I'm fine, bro. I will see you later. Relax. Okay, goodbye. - It's a beautiful day here in Geneva and I'm gonna take a water taxi across beautiful Lake Geneva. I could be vying it to you but no, no, no, no I've got my free Geneva transport card still rocking it. Let's see Geneva from the water. When you go to a destination that's expensive, its really all about making it about the journey. Getting from A to B can be the experience. Lake Geneva is one of the biggest lakes in Western Europe. It's really easy from here to see how beautiful the city is. You have the old town over there, you got the Alps right here. Being out here makes me feel free. Still slightly broke, but free. - [Alex Voiceover] Time out. Are you ready to watch some master craftsmanship. In a place known the world over for it's expert watch makers. I get to make my own custom baller time piece. - Good morning. - Good morning. - My name is Oliver. - Hey I'm Alex. - Nice to meet you. - Yeah, I'm excited. - Now Alex, the first thing we have to do is to choose the components and as you can see. You get some choice. - Wow. - The common way is to choose one movement and you can test different combination of cases, placing some hands and choosing, if you want or if you don't want, a dime. - Wow. - And the final step is choosing the strap. - [Alex] This is so cool. - Make your dream watch. - [Alex] I really do like this kind of. - Rose-gold plating. - Okay, cool. And then I like that black, a little silver piece on there for good measure. I'm ready Oliver. - [Oliver] We got a set up. - [Alex] Let's go. - Let's go. Then, Alex, we'll start with the hands. You have to place this movement inside the two right there. Take the hour end and place it here in the center. And then you have to press it. Yeah, very nice. Now you got the hands on the movement. Using this. - Uh huh. Ahh. - And you can press all around to the movement. Nice. - Sweet. - Place into the mechanism. Tap it in. I'm gonna just put this back in there. - [Oliver] And now it's good. - And then I take the black screwdriver and I give the smallest turn to a even smaller screw. - [Oliver] Place it here and then we are going to use the special tool to screw the case back. Done. Final step, you have to place the strap. - Okay, sweet. That's on. Boom. And push that and we're in. - [Oliver] Nice. - [Alex] Is that it? - That's it. - Oh my God, it's beautiful. Damn, this is like collector's item. - You can't have a more personal watch than this one. - [Alex] Wow. I like it, amazing. Merci beaucoup. - Have a nice day. You made it right. - Do you know what time it is? I do. [Alex Voiceover] Baller. - Perhaps the most free thing that's associated with Geneva is free thinking. In the middle ages, Geneva was a place where people were persecuted for their religious beliefs or opinions could come and have sanctuary. Voltaire came here when he was persecuted in France and this became the birth place of the Protestant Revolutions, specifically Calvinism, which was born in this building right here. So I just hiked up the top of the cathedral and it goes to show a little bit of the spirit of Geneva. This church is really unadorned, it's unpretentious. There's not the gold you see in Catholic churches across Europe and that's kinda the spirit of that Protestant reformation. I don't know if this humble spirit still exists here in the city, but I'm hoping that maybe that spirit can help me find something affordable to do here in Geneva. At least I'm gonna pray. - Yo. - Hey, thank you for the invite. - No worries, man. Look I know Geneva is a difficult city on a budget. I figured, I'd hook you up with a Victorinox experience, you can make your own Swiss Army knife, it's pretty quintessentially Swiss and you'll have a souvenir. - The gift that keeps on giving. - Enjoy yourself, right. - Alright, take it easy. - See you later. - Salut. = Bonjour. - Hi, I'm Marco. - My name is Benoît, nice to meet you. The knife that you gonna assemble is called the Spartan. This is a 12 function knife and this is the very classy officer's knife. - Okay, perfect. So lots of little things here. Bushings and screws and all sorts of dividers. - [Benoît] So we start with this one. - [Marco] Start with this one here? - [Benoît] Yep. - [Marco] Alright. Now I got the bushing. - Perfect. - [Marco] Whoo. - So now we're gonna do the first level. That's a tin opener. - Tin opener. - [Marco] So does this go in this direction? - [Benoît] Yeah, that's perfect. - Even more useful. A bottle opener, don't leave home without it. I've never understood this when one. - Actually this is more an historical tool, this one. The young man when they used to come to the army, to enter in the army they used to lose weight, so they have to make another hole in the belt in order to fit. - Oh wow. - Yeah, yeah. - Very handy for travel, bring one pair of pants and adjust accordingly. Alright, so this one now is gonna go on this screw. - Yes and now I introduce you to the pedal over there. So you can press on it and you will see that it's gonna make everything flat. Perfect. - [Marco] Alright, so now the corkscrew. - And then the divider. Perfect, just wait. Very good. - The miniature knife. Final step. Boom. Now, let's put the final casing on this thing and then it's time to party. So I just finished making this Swiss Army knife. This is a beauty. I got the classic red color and got my name engraved on it as well. This is an essential and I know this is gonna serve me in my travels. I will use this quite a bit, no matter where I go in the world. Just remember to put this in your checked luggage, not on carryon or it will be a very short-lived souvenir. Thank you for accepting my invitation. I think this is something you're gonna like. - Of course, dude, bicycles in Geneva. - I know. - Come on. - You have treated me to some baller experiences. Thank you very much for that Swiss Army knife. And allow me, in turn, to treat you the ultimate budget experience. This is free. This is Genèveroule. They provide four hours of free bikes to anybody and they employ recent immigrants who are asylum seekers while they are waiting for their papers. So it's a kinda cool project. It's the humanitarian spirit of Geneva. - Yeah. A gift doesn't have to cost anything. - Yeah. - Let's go! - Let's go, lake's this way. - [Alex Voiceover] We'd jogged, we'd been swimming, the only thing left to complete our Swiss triathlon is a bike ride around the city. - [Marco Voiceover] Geneva has a long history of humanitarianism and riding these free bikes around this beautiful is a great way to soak up this charitable spirit, one last time. So after a couple days here what would you say was your favorite thing about Geneva? - I really just love being in the Alps. The fact that you can see, on a clear day, snow-capped peaks in the distance. It's a great place to wander. It's a great place to people watch. It's just so nice. - I definitely enjoyed the challenge. I thought that was fun to try to find affordable things to do. I really liked the Bains des Pâquis, the public baths right here. It was such a vibe. It was only two bucks to get in and there was just tons of young people. And I was like swimming and someone threw me a beer. It was awesome. - I think for me, honestly, being able to leave Switzerland with this amazing souvenir. The fact that it's a tradition that's been passed on to present day, and that I got to assemble the watch by hand just makes it so much more valuable to me. - Overall Geneva, really cool, really clean, not that cheap, but super fun. - It's a beautiful place and on that note, I think it's off to the next destination. - Yeah. - Mon frere. This could be the last time we say sha-po mon frere. - Oh, I doubt it. - Where is your hat? It's lost in the Loch.

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