My Trip to Switzerland

So I'm on a business trip in Europe this week — first Switzerland, then Belgium.  Having never been off the North American Continent, I thought this would be a great opportunity for photos.  Our trip is pretty busy with business, but I've already found the time to get out and shoot.

Yesterday we arrived in Zurich, Switzerland at about 7:00 AM after an overnight flight from Newark, NJ — about a 7 hour flight time.  Then we hopped a train from Zurich to Neuchatel, which took about 2 hours.  Straight to work after that — we were all pretty dead tired.  Quit work at 5:00 PM and went to the hotel.  I stayed at the Hotel Alpes et Lac right near the train station — not a bad view (see photos below).  I had about 1 hour to kill, so I went for a hike into Neuchatel while the sun was still up.  Got some great shots of the graffiti (see photos below) and of the surrounding streets.  There seems to be a lot of that in Switzerland, but it's not all bad looking.  It kind of adds character to the towns.  Went to dinner at a place called Brasserie le Cardinal and had some steak and fries.  Back to the hotel by 9:00 PM in time for some much needed rest.

Switzerland is a pretty neat place.  It's foreign, but not too foreign.  I think Mexico felt more foreign to me than this place.  If I spoke some French, I would actually feel pretty comfortable here.  There are all types of people living here, and they're all pretty friendly.  The really nice part is that most people speak enough English to help you get by.  It's too bad that I couldn't spend more time here exploring the town.  We're leaving tonight for Brussels, Belgium.  If I get a chance to take some shots in Brussels, I'll post them here.  (You'll have to excuse the photos below for not being in the best of shape — I don't have Photoshop on my work computer)

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