Kai Bobrow's Once in a Lifetime Trip to TEDxCERN

Kai poses for the TEDxCERN photobooth in Geneva, Switzerland. Credits: TEDxCERN Flickr
Yssa and Kai Bobrow. Credits: TEDxCERN Flickr

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Earlier this month, Kai Bobrow and his mother, Yssa, were invited to attend the science & research convention TEDxCERN in Geneva, Switzerland after replying to an online newsletter.

With help from friends, family, and the community who donated to the Bobrow’s GoFundMe page, the family was able to travel to Europe, sharing their adventures with editors of

The first day involved a lot of catching up for the jet-lagged Bobrow family, who powered through an eight hour flight, landing in an area of Europe that is six hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast.

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“The plane ride had a major role in what happened on the first day. I was only able to get two hours of sleep, and with the eight hour flight plus the six hour time difference, the sun was up by the time we got there,” Kai said.

The second day involved exploration of the CERN campus, where the Bobrow’s noted the diversity of the event’s guests.

“When we were walking around it was amazing that we were hearing at least ten different languages being spoken,” Kai said. “The cool thing was that if one person didn’t understand one language, the person they were talking to switched to another language. Almost everyone spoke more than one language. Even my mom spoke a bit of French when she had to.”

On Friday, the third day of the trip, the Bobrow’s went on a tour of the CMS cavern at CERN, which features the famed Large Hadron Collider. Afterwards, Kai and his mother attended the TEDx conference, where several guest speakers presented scientific research in front of a large crowd.

“Some things were like creating a human brain in a dish or a phone that could adjust to your hand by you squeezing it. Other things included music that could be created by gloves that with the flick of your hand would make a sound,” Kai said. “That person actually demonstrated this and performed an entire song mainly by motion and singing. It was amazingly cool and interesting."

On the final day of their trip, Kai and his mother explored the oldest parts of Geneva and the Rhone River, concluding their once in a lifetime vacation with the ideal treat: Swiss chocolate.

“We ate a lot of chocolate. I don’t know how to describe it, but I can tell you it is much better than American chocolate. There is a clear difference. Swiss chocolate makes me feel happy,” Kai admitted.

After a fun-filled weekend and safe trip to one of the world’s largest laboratories, Kai was very happy to return home to his dog, Thor.

A photo gallery of TEDxCERN images is available on Flickr.

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