We're back! We've really been at it the last couple of days, working to get our flat put together, organized, and stocked for the work weeks ahead. Let's rewind a couple of days.
I think we left you in The City of Lights, which was indeed a beautful city. Here are a couple more photos from Paris, both relevant to the subway or metro as they call it.
We used the metro to get around the city, burrowing under the streets to save time. Once we figured out our map and how to tell which way the trains were going, it was really easy to get from point A to point B. The trains were super efficient, fast and made for some great photography. I was inspired to try to replicate Mark Figart's (president and founder of Digett) famous subway photograph of his wife, entitled 42nd Street. If mine is half as good as Mark's, I'm happy.
Since we've been back in Zurich, it's been a whirlwind of activity. We thought it important to organize our flat for the time we're here and what better place to go for organizational goods than IKEA. That's right, IKEA. Kathryn's cousin Rob and his wife Roberta took us out on the town, for a picnic by Lake Zurich and then to IKEA. Among other small items, Kathryn bought a "rolling closet" to hang her clothes. Now in Texas, we would roll our basket full of prizes out to the car, throw it in the trunk and drive it right to our doorstep. Here in Zurich, we had to lug these bags and boxes from the store to the train, from the train to the bus, and from the bus to our flat. No wonder these people are so skinny.
Transportation here is fascinating. Public transportation is dominant -- trains, trams and buses. They all run on a schedule like clockwork and are very dependable, which makes getting around the big city very easy. It really is neat. If you're not using public transportation, you're walking, driving or biking the city streets.
As a web designer, I'm always on the lookout for beautiful aesthetic and Zurich has no shortage of design inspiration. What I love about what I've seen so far is how seemlessly the city combines modern design with gracefully aging landmarks. Here's a graphic I think is nice, above a train station to represent connection.
Our outting today was interesting. We took a trip across the city to visit Kathryn's office for the first time. On our way back from Amazee Labs, we saw this sign outside a night club.
Notice a type of music they play is Old's Cool. HA! Old's Cool! We're not sure if this was meant to be funny or if it's just quirky English -- funny either way.
Halfway back to the house we got off the bus to eat lunch at Falcone. Kathryn, being the wonderful cook that she is, had an easier time reading the menu (in German) than I did. She ordered the caprese salad and I got wienerschnitzel, which basically turned out to be chicken fried steak over a bed of french fries, much to my delight.
I'll leave you with a tip for your visit to Zurich. In the words of Jack Parkman, "Don't stand on the tracks when the train's coming through." They come fast and they don't stop. Goodnight!