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After our Krakow trip I came into work today and found a letter waiting for me. With some Google translate help I now have physical evidence that the Swiss do in fact live up to their crazy reputation. Life in Switzerland is just a little different than home...
Unsere Kontrollequipe hat am Donnerstag, 15. Mai 2008 eine separate Nachsammlung zur ordentlichen Kehrichtabfuhr durchgeführt. Dabei wurde in einem zur falschen Zeit bereitgestellten Zuri-Sack Adressmaterial gefunden, welches eindeutig Ihrem Haushalt zugeordnet werden kann.
Einerseits stören herumstehende Sacke das Quartierbild, andererseits locken diese Stadtfüchse, Marder und Katzen an. Für sie sind Abfallsäcke im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ein gefundenes Fressen. Wenn ein Tier darin nach Nahrung sucht, sieht die Umgebung danach entsprechend verschmutzt aus.
Helfen Sie uns, die Stadt sauber zu halten und stellen Sie die Abfallsäcke erst am Morgen des Abholtages vor 07.00 Uhr bereit. Wir danken Ihnen fur Ihre Unterstutzung
Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Verantwortung der korrekten Kehrichtbereitstellung beim Verursacher des Abfalls liegt. Bei einem weiteren Vorfall werden wir Sie bei der Stadtpolizei zuhanden des Statthalters verzeigen müssen.
Our inspection team on Thursday, 15 May 2008 after a separate collection on ordinary Kehrichtabfuhr. It was in the wrong time provided Zuri-Sack address material found, which clearly your household can be assigned to.
One standing around bags disturb the neighbourhood picture, this city attract other foxes, weasels and cats. For them, waste bags in the truest sense of the word feast. If an animal is looking for food, the environment then be dirty.
Help us to keep city clean and set the waste bags only on the morning of Abholtages before clock 07.00. We thank you for your support
Please note that the responsibility of the correct Kehrichtbereitstellung the cause of waste. In another incident, we at the city police attention of the governor verzeigen.
In summary, garbage is handled in a very careful manner here. You need to purchase special bags from the market (where they are stored with the hard liquor and cigarettes) called Zurisacks which is essentially a per-bag tax on garbage, which is a great idea. If you don't use the proper bag or put it out at the wrong time (like we did), the authorities will dig through it looking for personally identifying information. Once they've figured out who you are, they send you a letter to let you know that they're on to you and if you do it again they will be knocking at your door. Did you catch the part about how we are part of the fox/weasel/cat axis of evil? We had heard stories of the garbage police but had never believed them, until now.
I've posted some of the pictures from Krakow. Here are a couple of my favorites. I used to only be able to do HDR on my 350D, but since putting CHDK on my compact camera I've been able to do exposure bracketing and have been playing with HDR quite a bit. I've also been doing a better job at adding the GPS coordinates (using Google Earth and Geotagger), so you can see where they were taken on a map.
We visited Chapaize, France for a few days in the beginning of May. We stayed with Fred-Ami, a friend of my research advisor, and had a great time touring the countryside and eating really, really well. I posted some photos and videos from the trip in the usual place. We visited a few of the nearby towns: Taze, Cluny, Cormatin, and St. Gengoux too. Apparently a group from Taze sings at Memorial Church at Stanford once a month or so.
I posted photos from a visit to the University of Neuchatel, a hike to Uetliberg, and the Zurich Zoo. We're in Krakow, Poland right now for my wife's work after a very long but scenic drive and the first all-nighter that we've pulled in awhile. Things that I already like here are the fire-sale prices and sweet, sweet Hungarian goulash.
You should read Oscar's hilarious story about the Beijing Airport.
I posted photos from Amsterdam. We went there after London for C to attend ApacheCon '08. It's a very crowded, flat city and I don't think I'd want to live there, but it was beautiful and lots of fun for the five days that we stayed.
We've been living in Zurich for about 10 days so far and it's awesome. My wife's work is about a 25 minute walk and mine is about 5, which is really nice compared to home. So far the weather's been a little chilly but not too bad. There was a little bit of snow one day last week, which was awesome.
Last weekend we went to Leukerbad. Public transportation here runs like clockwork. We took a big train, little train and bus and all of them left within 30 seconds of their scheduled times. Also, they allow plenty of time for transfers, which means that you won't get stuck in the middle of nowhere but also having a book handy is key. Speaking of which, the people we're renting from left an absolutely hilarious book called Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss, and I'm tempted to get the California edition to see what's said.In Leukerbad we rode a cable car up to the Gemmi pass and rode sleds up there for a few hours. After that we sat in the way overcrowded hot springs for awhile to warm up, before eating some awesome Hawaiian style rösti with pineapple and cheese on top. The next day I went snowboarding on Torrenthorn, which is about 9800 feet. I forgot my snowboarding pants so instead went in my fleece pajama bottoms (the cheapest pants were 200-300 CHF!) which actually worked pretty nicely.
It was the first time I've used T-bar lifts, and I managed to eat it the first time. Using it on a snowboard was tricky because you need to stick it between your legs so that you can go up the hill facing sideways. I saw a few snowboarders fall off part way up and then need to scurry out of the way before they were run over by the next people. Craziness. Overall pretty cool though.
It's official, my wife and I are moving to Switzerland! Well, not quite, but at least for a few months. I received an NSF grant to study abroad and will be working on some very cool stuff at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab under Brad Nelson starting in January. Maybe we'll even visit the real Matterhorn. Not bad for a first trip to Europe.
Here's a backpacking list that I originally got from my dad.
|2 pairs of socks||stove + fuel||sunscreen|
|1 pair underwear||pots + utensils||deet|
|1long sleeve shirt||matches + lighter||camera + batteries|
|1 pair of long pants + zipoffs||swiss army knife||pencil + paper|
|warm outerwear||lexan cup||books|
|rain gear||folding water bucket||precscriptions|
|warm hat||water filter + tablets||survival kit*|
|water shoes||scouring pad||first aid kit **|
|bowl + spoon||head light + batteries|
|wine||repair kit ***|
|bleach||small daypack / fannypack|
|hygiene||sleeping||trailhead hike in
|toothbrush +paste + floss||sleeping bag||hiking poles|
|toilet paper + shovel||sleeping pad||sunglasses|
|wash cloth||p bottle||water bottle + drink mix|
|camp suds||tent/ground clot||sun hat|
|id + credit card + cash|
| survival kit
|waterproof matches||ace bandage||super glue|
|whistle||a&d ointment||duct tape|
|space blanket||ibuprofen||eyeglass repair kit|
|2 yards toilet paper||benadryl||sewing kit|
|50 feet nylon cord||immodium|
|note paper + pencil||alcohol wipes|
|tiny light||4x4 gauze pads|
|3 bouillon cubs||bandaids|
|3 hard candies||second skin|
- San Diego and Healdsburg
- Costa Rica
- Yosemite National Park, CA
*Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
*Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
*Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
*New York, New York
*The Arch, St Louis, Missouri
*New Orleans, Louisiana
*Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
**Las Vegas, Nevada
**Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nevada
**Grand Canyon, AZ
**Meteor Crater, AZ
**Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, AZ
*Honneymoon in the Bahamas