Ghost Island in Switzerland

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.


5 Responses to “Ghost Island in Switzerland”

  1. August 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    are you staying at the zic-zac rock’n’roll hotel?

  2. 2 deweydecimal
    August 2, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Is there no photo editing software in Switzerland? I don’t know about anyone else but I can’t even make out that picture it’s so large on my screen. But really, good luck and such.

  3. 3 johuat
    August 2, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I like the giant picture!

  4. 4 paisleyreich
    August 3, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I also like the giant picture

  5. 5 Adam
    August 4, 2009 at 1:04 am

    i’m neutral on the giant picture. actually, i wish it were smaller so i wouldn’t have to save it to my desktop and view it in finder. it’s a waste of space.

    i flew into zurich in 2004. it was the cleanest city i’ve ever seen, and unfortunately one of the most boring of those i visited. but the lake is beautiful.

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