“I don’t like the Ron Paul posts on your blog site”
“That’s fine. Just go out shopping in Zurich with your worthless American dollars and continue to hate Freedom and Liberty then.”
Yep, Shelby has made a second trip out Zurich to hang out and eat as much cheese as humanly possible. It’s been a super-fun time as expected but I’m still not in much of a blogging mood so this post will be short.
The highlight was the weekend trip we made out to Prague. The city was as great as we remembered and the Czech people were as bothered as ever with our tourist presence. I’m sure some people would argue it is a cultural thing but people employed in the service industry in Prague are pretty damn rude. And they hate Americans more than most people we have encountered. Still, the city is so amazing it is easily forgivable.
I was shocked I was able to get a photo of the clock with no other random people in the photo.
This is a much more typical representation on the size of the crowd the clock draws each hour.
Chiz introduced me to this pose and I really enjoying doing it sometimes. I’m sure she’d be honored if you ever want to give it a try in your picture poses too.
We found “The Experienced Guide” again and got a personal tour for a couple hours. Immediately after this photo was taken he becomes very upset with himself that he mentioned the architectural use of flying buttresses in the construction of the cathedral but is unable to point one out when pressed by Shelby. This is because he is very knowledgeable about everything Prague and is particularly interested in architecture. If you ever visit Prague and see this guy standing by the clock with his handmade sign I can recommend him as a pretty decent guide. Just be warned that he hates stupid people and he hates that American soldiers never made it all the way to Prague at the end of WWII to fight alongside the citizen uprising. I’m not sure he fully realized there wasn’t much the three of us could have done about that.
We also went on a little Pub Tour that ended up just being the three of us and two American gals. The tour guide was some Czech college student who hated Americans as well and especially how we all think we are so great. I tried to probe as to why he even cares about it but one of the other American gals was too busy apologizing for Bush, reinforcing the idea that all American actions reverberate world-wide, and stressing how she is personally solving the problems of the world in her PhD program. Immediately after, the guide declared Czech beer was the best in the world and there was no rational debate to be had about it. But it was all water off a duck’s back and we all ended up at a dance club after the official tour concluded where he showed his hatred doesn’t run so deep that he would rule out making out on the dance floor with American Imperialist girls.
Charles Bridge. The ladies made several undergarment and wardrobe upgrades on the first day to deal with the very cold temperatures. Here we see a fun little hat atop the head of Chiz.
The closest thing we have ever seen that made Shelby seriously question her strict vegetarian diet. Never gets old.
Another amazing room find by Chiz. The hotel was Metaphorphis and Chiz was taking the concept very literally here.
Anyway, we are having a great time and it was very cool that Shelby could make it out here again.
Chizzy and I just got back from a few days in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mostly just a photblog here. If you want brutally long commentary, check out the special edition podcast Chizzy and I recorded about our visit.
“Our Saviour on-the-Spilt-Blood”. A mouthful of a name, but a very cool looking structure.
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As most of you know, I had the opportunity to visit our Singapore office 2 weeks ago. I’ve never been to Asia so I was super excited to have this experience. I arrived around 7am on a Sunday morning and it was probably 80 degrees and so humid. It would only get hotter and stay that way for the entire trip.
I stayed on the 48th floor of the Swissotel.
Here are some views from my room.
I’ve been told that Singapore is probably one of the most westernized locations in Asia so this was a good introduction for me. Lots of shopping malls and fantastic food. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to shop but I walked through several giant air-conditioned malls to get to work everyday, passing no less than 5 Starbucks on the way.
The office is actually located on the 8th floor of this mall.
The first day I met up with a colleague and his wife who showed me around the city. We ended up in Little India.
My first coconut
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I’m here. Sorry for being gone so long. No good reason for it. We haven’t traveled too much recently though so I’d just use that to diffuse any talk of my general procrastination. Chiz did, however, fully roll the whisper of her maybe going to Singapore on business into actually being there as I type this. It’s a business trip in pretty much every sense of the term but she is staying right downtown with a walk to the office so seems like a good place to find the pulse. A couple Yanks will be showing her around but I told her that is no excuse for her coming back without having eaten something she normally wouldn’t. She’ll be back on Thursday and if you are half as excited as I am that she might regale us with her tales on this very blog then you are one third as excited I am about Ron Paul.
The main inspiration for this post though was to document my experience at the Zurich Street Parade this year. For my complete, yet very brief history, with this event check out the post from last year and see where I was coming from.Continue reading "Street Parade 07"...
Was talking to some guy in the guild from The Netherlands today. He told me his Grandfather was from the USA so he is quarter American. I've never heard it work in that direction before.
I don’t think it was a Memorial Day equivalent but there was some random European-wide holiday here on Monday. Chizzy parlayed that with a personal vacation day on Friday and we set out for a long weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. It was the first time either of us has been to Portugal and now we are very close to having visited all Western European countries (at least for a few hours).
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On our most recent visit back to the U.S. we found out some very interesting information about my ancenstry. My fabulous Aunt Barbara gave us a letter from the Bern archives which stated that my great, great, great grandmother (Anna Barbara Stalder) was baptized in a little town called Lutzelfluh here in Switzerland. Her mother was from a nearby town called Ruegsau and she was very Swiss indeed, maiden name is Sterchi.
Anna Barbara left Switzerland with her husband and daughter Wilhelmina to the U.S. when she was in her twenties. She died in childbirth on the boat but then Wilhelmina went on to marry a man in Nebraska. The story goes on from there until you get to me...Chizzy. Fascinating and I'm so thankful to have received that information so that Bryan and I could go on a little excursion and pretend that we were The Stalder's. It was a gorgeous day and we had nothing else to do so we hopped on the train in search of distant relatives or any clue that there are other's like Chizzy out there.Continue reading "Is Chizzy a Swiss name?"...
May 1st is like xmas for Bryan. To be in the thick of it all when the riots begin is like a dream come true. At one point today I asked him if he wanted to be a photo journalist because he was just so excited to get in the middle of any mishap in order to get a good shot. Don't worry mama K, lucky for me and you we got a late start and missed the "workers" parade so no pictures this year of red flags and calls for solidarity. And thankfully no riots. The only evidence of May Day was the Globus and ATMs all boarded up. It's funny how the business next door is pretty happenin'.
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If it’s 5:30 AM and I am wide awake and chipper on 3 hours of sleep, as I am now, the safe money is always on “jet lag”. If it’s 5:30 AM and I’m forced by panic out of bed hung-over on 3 hours of sleep, as I was yesterday, the safe money is always on “catching the early flight”.
We arrived safely back in Zurich yesterday after a great 2 week trip home. Chizzy had the idea to start things off in Las Vegas with a long weekend before heading up to Washington. As usual, we had a great time and got by with a little help from our friends. Piro stepped up and we got to meet Megan for the first time, which was a pleasure. We spent an evening with David Copperfield and an afternoon with The Price Is Right. We bullied a group of small children at the Derby Races in the New York, New York arcade and won a small army of Incredible Hulk stuffed action figures. I broke my personal best for largest bet on a single hand of blackjack, but Piro took the prize with his ‘paper plays’ bet of over $300 on black at the Roulette wheel. He won. In the end though, no major gambling wins. More importantly, no major gambling loses. Ate at a buffet.
But the biggest news out of Vegas was the decision and announcement that Shelby and Nick have agreed to combine forces in a yet-to-be-named Super Couple. The union will be unlike anything these two star crossed solo artists have ever attempted in the past. Translation for any who need it: Shelby and Nick are engaged to be married! Way to finally man up, dude.
Phase two of the trip was spent catching up with family and attending the wedding of Chizzy’s sister Christine (the primary purpose of the trip). The wedding went off without a hitch at their fantastic new home and the catered Thai food combined with the Karaoke entertainment made for one of the best wedding receptions ever. Big congratulations to Rod and Christine. And for the record, no, Bob didn’t look the least bit out of character wearing a kilt and serving as the Maid of Honor. Keeping with the times, Chizzy has abandoned her Britney Spears routine in favor of the more grounded Gwen Stefani. If her rendition of Hollaback Girl is any indication, this could be a real career defining move for the amateur southpaw.
Phase three was the semiannual week long test in Seattle to see if we are still able to assimilate in American society. Come on. I’m kidding. We haven’t changed a bit. Although, I was afraid to order the French Dip sandwich the final dinner there simply out of fear of being mocked. That’s your problem. Not mine. It really was great to see everybody and hang out a bit. We’ll be back before we know it.
Just like our last trip back home we had major issues remembering to break out the camera. The only set of photos we took were of the progress Chizzy’s folks made on their house. I’ll put those up in a separate post pretty soon. It’s looking really great.