I survived my first two nights CouchSurfing in Lausanne. It was really awesome - I went to a big concert on Friday night and hung out with my host in the evenings. Then I surfed a night in Bern with two cute Swiss girls who showed me all around the Swiss capital. Right now I am at a hostel in Lauterbrunnen, which is about 60km into the Swiss alps from Interlaken.
It was quite a surprise to find it snowing when I woke up this morning. Even the locals were amazed. I think it snowed between two and three inches. I went on a little hike and it was nice but visibility was limited. Hoping for sun tomorrow, but not heartbroken to stay inside and lay low. Still meeting lots of people at these hostels.
What else... Oh, my diet is totally shot. I have a really hard time finding anything but luncheon meat chicken. And the bread is so good that I can't help but snack on a big loaf all day. I even had some sweets (Nutella) on my pretzels and bananas.
Next stop is probably Zurich on Thursday. I am going to hang out here in the valley for a while.
I have been staying in a youth hostel to save money. It is $25 per night and I really like it. I sleep with earplugs. Today was the last day of the trade show. I am always a little bit sad for five minutes after the booth is all packed up at a trade show. Mostly I am sad because I had a routine and a set group of work friends for three days and now it is gone. Tonight I am going to Lausanne to meet someone that I met on CouchSurfing.com. I go to the Migros supermarket every day. I took the Number 5 bus to work every morning. I really like being on the road again in Europe.
I just finished packing for my two weeks in Switzerland. Here is my tentative overnight city schedule - Zurich, Geneva, Geneva, Geneva, Lausanne, Lausanne, Bern, Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Zurich, and Zurich.
This past week was a wonderful mess. I had the opportunity to hang out with some new friends from India. So I played host on Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, showing my royal visitors such haunts as the Waffle House and the soda array at the QuickTrip gas station.
Shout-out to my friend Kaushal, who introduced me to his friend Swati, who introduced me to her little sister visiting Atlanta.
One of the two girls I was showing around Atlanta is very famous in India. So famous that I am not going to mention her name or share any of the pictures here (add me as a friend on Flickr if you want to see some candid snaps). If you do a little digging around my blog you can figure it out - I blogged about her two or three years ago.
Anyhow. I am very excited for this upcoming work vacation. Talk to you soon from the other side of the Atlantic.
I will be in Switzerland for two weeks - May 19th to June 2nd.
The next week I will take another vacation and aimlessly backpack around Switzerland, slowly making my way to fly out of Zurich. I might go to Rome to visit my friend Andrew for two days.
That's a wrap for my New York City trip. Oh, if I had to recommend a youth hostel to someone visiting New York City -- I think I would pick Jazz on the Park at 36 West 106th Street. I peeked into a few hostels in the upper west side area and I liked the Jazz on the Park atmosphere the best.
I went to New York City last week and had a great time. I was there for nine days. Thank you to everybody who hosted me and showed me around town.
Zach and Noah made this video (below) with Zach's fancy Nikon digital camera. Sunday, April 22nd was a magical afternoon in Williamsburg.
This thing with the sun happened when we were on the apartment balcony. I will have a hard time giving the moment justice, but here goes.
It was about 5:00pm and the sun was setting over Manhattan. The light bounced off of Zach's huge white apartment building. So we had nice, warm light on both sides. And suddenly we were all having fun outside in this amazing light environment.
That's it, really. It probably sounds dumb. But it was special for me to see my friend Zach get so excited about photography again.