Switzerland revisited

Few will remember a post, from nearly two years ago, in which I presented a gallery of images taken while in Switzerland as Joanna and I had the opportunity to travel there to attend the wedding of our daughter. Well, my sister recently asked if I could have one or two of those images printed for her to display in her home. Going back to the photo archives got me remembering much of that beautiful Swiss scenery. When I was in Switzerland I had not yet purchased my D600 but did have the trusty Sony HX9V along. It, in retrospect, did a highly commendable good job, I think. You might be interested to compare the image of the windowed-facade below with that which was presented in the 2012 post. Very different processing, using very different processors (GIMP in 2012, versus Adobe Lightroom in 2014). Before signing off I did want to take the opportunity to tell you about my daughter’s blog, The Scrappy Traveler. She’s been living in Switzerland for a good part of this last year, on her own, while her husband has been working to finish an academic appointment here in the States. Her blog is funny and discusses the trials and tribulations of adjusting to a new job, a new language, and new people and culture in a place far-from-home. It has all be quite the experience and has provided much for her to write about. Check it out, if you have time and inclination.

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11 thoughts on “Switzerland revisited

  1. I was having difficulty getting my smart phone to like your recent posts, or to gain it’s cooperation in leaving a comment. Great photos, once again. Thanks for the blog recommendation … I can so relate to the trials and tribulations of learning French (mandatory second language for us English-speaking Canadians); I am now one of your daughter’s followers.

    • I’m glad you have been enjoying the images and that you’ve signed on to Celia’s blog. As it happens, she has been in the US for a couple of days … packing up the apartment in Wisconsin and picking up her husband (who has now completed his postdoc here)! They’ll be off to Switzerland in another day or so. Thanks for staying in touch. D

  2. Very interesting collection of images – Switzerland seen through your lenses, a refreshing perspective different from our own clichรฉd images. I admit, “colorful” would not have been the first attribute I’d tag Switzerland with ๐Ÿ™‚ But now, I see the colors!!

    I have already checked out your daughter’s blog – very entertaining … for the same reason: the outsider’s perspective. I enjoyed the posting about the obsession with rules and things you should ‘know’ in advance. I am afraid, Austria is not much different in that respect ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Interesting, what you say about Austria and its rules. The stories that Celia has relayed our way about the Swiss system are totally crazy … sometimes unbelievable. I can’t understand some of the things she has to document … prove … and pay for. Very different from the relatively easy bureaucratic life we have here in the States. D

      • We use to say that Bill Gates would have never been able to found Microsoft in Austria because of bureaucratic constraints. Rules are, for example, particularly obnoxious if you want to combine something usual that does not fit into one of the predefined boxes … such as, say, open a book shop that will serve food, too. Next to impossible to even get agencies to reply with what you actually have to prove / provide … you are stuck in a kafkaesque limbo forever contacting one agency after the other. Or the requirements are so ridiculous that you cannot afford following them. Just imagine that small Austria has nine local “county” governments – and many laws exist as 9 different versions! [My pet peeve is the building code.] “Federal” Switzerland is similar in that respect. But I heard from an immigrant to Switzerland that their counties (Kantone) actually try to attract immigrants so you can negotiate with the government of two different counties and move to the one that makes you a better offer tax-wise. What is interesting though is that (in Austria) that rules crazyness only applies to public administration and government – not to business. Austrians (I can’t speak for Switzerland) used to be very relaxed about business compliance etc. You could do business by handshake – no written contracts required, no “vendor qualification”, no sending back and forth tons of paper (which takes more time than the actual work that should be triggered by that process). This is also what sets us apart from the Germans who – as we believe ๐Ÿ˜‰ – are obsessed with following checklists and guidelines in business ๐Ÿ˜‰ But is was mainly the US based international companies that introduced their European subsidiaries to the strange world of internal processes and compliance (triggered by things like the Enron scandal). Now 5 levels of managers need to sign off a purchase worth a few thousand Euros.

        • Yes. Such rules and regulations are foreign to me … at least at the levels both you and my daughter describe. One of the funniest things my daughter had to do when she first arrived in the small town in Switzerland where she initially settled was to register with a place that we have translated as “The Bureau of Strangers.” I thought that was something straight out of either Douglas Adams or Monty Python! D

  3. I missed these – it must have been before I discovered your blog. One funny thing – there’s an illusion of motion when you scroll the bottom image. OCD-me would up doing it several times.

  4. Happy to have provided fodder for a new blog. I have to say that the original far surpasses the “fancy” version. I think the green of the foliage adds warmth to the concrete of the facade. I’ve gotten a kick out of C’s blog. Haven’t read all her entries … must get to it. I applaud her guts. So glad this portion of her story is over!

  5. Oh I am so happy to follow your daughter’s blog! She sounds like you, a bit, I hear your voice. Isn’t that neat? And, I remember when you took these photos. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already since that trip! Two years!

    • She’ll be so delighted – really. As it turns out, Celia is now here in the US! She and her husband have packed up the apartment in Madison and will be winging their way to Switzerland ‘for good’ this coming week. How are you holding up? Your post about pie (not 3.141592654) exhausted me! Our lambs are growing well. The weather here has been miserable such that, would you believe we HAVEN’T made hay yet? So totally frustrating and embarrassing. We haven’t had 3 or 4 nice days in a row since April … hard to believe. I am having emotional difficulties getting used to the idea of making hay in AUGUST! Don’t tell anyone! D

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