10 years ago we had surrendered our Swiss visas in order to move to France. We went to the French consulate in Zurich, and, with stunning efficiency decided we needed to wait several days to get our French visas. The kicker…
- We had already closed up our apartment so we needed a hotel
We were essentially stuck in Zurich for days without being able to leave*. Sure, we could wander the surrounding area but we had no formal proof we were okay to be in Switzerland as our passports were at the French consulate.
Needless to say when the person behind the glass window said “well it is August, maybe you get them back in two weeks” I considered a repeat of the attack on the Maginot line. Thankfully I realized that unlike the French Army the French Bureaucracy would never surrender and I better back down, make Bambi eyes, maybe get a kid or two crying (they were great), and just beg.
- I know, first world problems. I was a refugee of sorts, an illegal alien. But I knew at any moment I could head to the embassy and take my family out of there. While it was a weird feeling and not a lot of fun to be in Zurich when we wanted to move to Paris already… but not all that dramatic.
What is this phrase? It’s the Swiss phrase one says before everyone eats, equivalent to bon appetite in French or buon appetito in Italian. I’m not sure precisely how this translates, I…
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Very interesting piece of history for me. We moved to Switzerland and all the new cultural things were just amazing.
Funny that all these years later I still don’t know what the English phrase for “en güetta” is.
10 years ago and XKCD is still at it and this… is still kinda dark and funny.
10 years ago (roughly, this was December 18th, 2007) we were in Zurich and going through what was an insanely mild winter.
The interesting part here — is how badly the internet decayed in terms of linked images. That’s a good lesson — bring a copy with me!
10 years ago we were not Zurich-bound. I was very interested in moving abroad at the time. Susan nixed the idea of Iceland, I couldn’t find a job in New Zealand, so Switzerland seemed like a great idea. Furthermore Google had opened an office there and I would wind up applying for a job (not getting it though, different story).
Hard to remember that 10 years ago web cams weren’t all that mainstream. What’s even more astounding is this same Zurich-cam is still running. Most web sites I reference are gone or broken.
Here is a shot of the Jungfraujoch (same web cam group does this):
10 years ago the boys surprised me with a special birthday dinner. I caught a few pictures but didn’t do the event justice – a simple link to Flickr.
Le Menu indeed. I wonder what happened to these pages, so glad we captured pictures.
10 years ago I came across Skystream – the basic idea was they would provide a personal windmill for your property. I wrote about how great this would be.
Turns out, well… like so many technologies this one didn’t quite make it. While the site is still running (more than I can say about many of my past projects) the copyright shows 2013. The news page stops in 2011.
It’s still a fun idea but it looks like personal solar has surpassed wind at least for now.