Friday, June 17, 2011

Planes, Trains, Ferries and Buses


It seems as if I've managed to use every mode of transport this trip - with the possible exception of a hot air ballon.  And I've decided the stereotype about everything in Switzerland running precisely on time, may just be true.  The public transport system here has been so easy to use - even for someone who doesn't speak French or German.


I've also decided that seeing a place through the eyes of a daily commuter is a blast.  After a week, I'm starting to recognize faces, the walk/ride/run gives me a chance to check out the architecture, cars and other sights, then I get to work and get to ask questions.  I've noticed there are some very fancy cars here - which led to a discussion about the wealth in the country.  The next day I noticed the garbage men and wondered what kind of a living they made and how they could afford to live here (everything is so expensive.)  Luckily my coworkers are happy to answer my questions and I feel like I've already learned a few things.


Just a quick post - I'm off to dinner with a friend in Friborg.  Dinner with E is one of the reasons I love my job.  She's Australian, but had been living in the UK just before we met in Brazil, we then lived together for a while in India, then she moved onto Canada and I cam back to the US.  Now she's living here in Switzerland and we get to meet up for dinner.  The world really isn't as big as we sometimes think it is.

I've been craving a little Mumford & Sons all day - so here's a little something to take you into the weekend.  Do you have something fun planned?

Mumford & Sons White Blank Page
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29 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm just going to live vicariously through you! Did I tell you that I saw Mumford & Sons last week. AWESOME!!!

i.ikeda said...

Nothing too crazy planned. It's my daughter's first end of year gymnastics showcase on Saturday, but other than that... hopefully a relaxing weekend.

You and your friend sure meet in a lot of fun places! And the world is nowhere near as big as we used to think it was, especially now. I couldn't agree with you more on that. Enjoy dinner with E.

The Felix Family said...

I'm amazed at the great pictures you take even without your fancy cam with you. I am realizing I really have no excuse for my less than quality pictures I seem to take.
And I am curious now as to how much a garbage man does make there. I am jealous of your adventure! I am so glad your enjoying it!!

tinajo said...

Oh darn it - I want to be there and see this too! :-)

Sounds fun, interesting and challenging and I´m happy you´re showing us the adventure! :-)

bicocacolors said...

me gusta!!!

Laloofah said...

And just what is your excuse for NOT using a hot air balloon to go somewhere? ;-)

Wow, lucky you - Switzerland! One of the places on my Bucket List. And it's a good thing you and E like each other, the way you keep running into each other in the far corners of the globe! It IS a small world. Always makes me wonder how anyone can commit a crime and then vanish from the face of it for decades or forever.

Can't wait to see more of your Swiss adventure.

DecorandtheDog said...

I don't really get into music...but I'm liking Mumford and Sons a lot!

Your photos are beautiful! I'm enjoying your trip to Switzerland..I hope you are to!

Angie Willis said...

Great photos. And great choice of music too!

Ms. Becky said...

for just having your bit of a camera these are wonderful shots. I like the lines. and the light in that last shot is superb. I hope you have a great weekend Jamie. thanks for the delightful tour.

Stampmouse said...

sounds like an amazing time and to learn more about a country other then the touristy stuff must be a lot of fun. but being able to meet up with a friend that travels around as much as you do has to be a lot of fun especially after a week with unfamiliar faces.

enjoying seeing the country through your eyes.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Wow. Look at all those visual lines in the first one! xo tam

lisa said...

Oh but you really must try the hot air balloon Jamie!!!

krissilugbill said...

wow, you really did use almost every mode of transportation. how fun! and awesome that you got to meet up with your friend! I love those moments where the world feels kinda small :)

justine said...

great photos but you switched from enjoying your breakfast shots to suddenly being in Switzerland! how exciting and how wonderful to be able to do that!

Mary ♥ Mur said...


oh.. so nice post.)
Love your blog.))

Sorry, i wanna be your reader but I din't see a button in your blog...)

Tezzie said...

eeekk!!! Switzerland! How jealous am I?! (ok...sorry, I know I'm more than a week behind in reacting ;D) Gorgeous photos...looks like you've been having some lovely weather down there :D Can't wait to see more of your exciting time down there! And, oh...the cheese and chocolate (excuse me a moment while I wipe the drool from the corners of my mouth LOL)

Have fun, my friend!

Krystal said...

so i've been gone traveling and playing tour guide with our friends, but...i just got to catch up on your last few posts and it's so fun to read what is going with you over here!!!!

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

Love this journey of yours!

Diane said...

Beautiful architecture to look at and I love any shot involving a boat and/or the water! :O)

muminsearch.com said...

My kids would have loved to have come with you! Planes, trains, ferries and buses? That's heaven to them!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Hope you had a fun dinner!

That 1st shot is super cool.

Courtney said...

So glad to know things are going well there. Great picutres! How nice that you get to have dinner with an old friend. Hope it was lovely! LOVE Mumford & Sons!

Clare B said...

I spent a good part of yesterday listening to Mumford and Sons on the train back to Berlin. It's still one of my favourite albums to listen to. Hope you're dinner was fun.

urban muser said...

Sounds like you are taking full advantage of this trip. Please keep taking these wonderful photos!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Switzerland, Brazil, India...???
Girl, you are living some kind of exciting life!

Anika said...

Loving your stories...sounds like a lot of fun! What kind of living does the garbage man make??

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Ha! White Blank Page is literally playing in my office right now! I've been listening to the cd over and over lately. :)

Marisa said...

Haha, I'm always craving a little Mumford & Sons...

Dorian Susan said...

Love this transportation post. Are you sure you don't want to do amazing race with me?
The boat shot is my fave.

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