Monday, May 3, 2010

My Arrival

I’ve gotten through my first very long day of traveling, being up over 30 hours. We first arrived in Chicago, making it about 5 hours early to our flight and giving us a lot of time to kill.  Luckily, that’s what Euchre is for.  From Chicago we took an overnight flight into London.  I can officially check England off of my list of countries to visit, however, it didn’t seem all that culturally enriching from the simple sights we got in the Airport

At about 11:00am we arrived in Zurich, Switzerland.  It’s an old city with a lot of rich history and still maintains the original roads that the Romans constructed.  Some of the places we toured today consisted of Altsadt (Old Town) which encompasses the area of the entire city before 1893; Fraumunter, a church that was founded in 853 by King Louis and was a convent for female nobility; Grossmunster, another church we visited built in the 16th century and one of the three major churches of Zurich and also played a key role in the protestant reformation. 

We also saw Lindenhof which is in old town and a historical site of the Roman castle.  It now serves as a recreational space.  We also had a trip through Bahnhofstrasse which is one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues.  Needless to say, I didn’t buy anything there.

Although it was a long day, it wasn’t all that productive.  It involved mostly travel and waiting around for us to do more traveling.  I did get the chance to head out through a rainy Zurich with a few others to explore the city at night.  The odd part about it is that even though Zurich is a large and popular city, everything seemed to be closed down by 6 or 7 in the evening.  We couldn’t even find a good place to get a bratwurst…. the only thing on our minds.

Tomorrow starts of technical and corporate visits, the real reason I’m here.  Hopefully, I’ll have a little more to write about and also a camera that works so I can start to post some pictures.

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