For the month of August, Ghost Island will have representatives in Switzerland for the European Graduate School session. Avi and I are both attending a series of courses and lectures from which we’ll be providing reports and analysis. The extend of our reporting will likely vary inversely with how busy we are, so expect lulls and spurts.
For now, I am in Zurich, getting internet in the lobby of my hostel. The management has left, but they did not turn off their weird techno music. Next door is a bar at which a singer was butchering covers of pop songs like ‘Wonderwall’. I thought at first that it was karaoke, but he was paid entertainment.
I have not had a proper conversation since I got to Switzerland. I would much prefer to be traveling with companions. Still, things are alright. Lake Zurich is enormous and quite beautiful. I spend most of today walking along the shore of the lake, occasionally stopping to read or write ideas in a notebook.
I saw: the exterior of Zurich’s very large Chinese Gardens, Hermann Haller’s studio (free admission, contains a number of his sculptures as well as paintings by other notable artists), the Heidi Weber Home (Le Corbusier’s last building), many sailboats, a British woman who had to speak with one of those throat-wands because of throat cancer, the best public park toilets in the world, absurdly cute ducklings, swans, other waterfowl, many impressive churches, and a woman cyclist getting hit by a car. The woman cyclist appeared to have suffered only minor injuries, though she was obviously very shaken.
Zurich is very expensive, so tomorrow will be more walking and a trip to the grocery store to save on food expenses. Then on Sunday morning I head to Saas Fee and the official start of EGS.