Tag Archives: switzerland

Zürich

I set off on my weekend trip to Switzerland on a Thursday afternoon, taking a more or less direct train (only one change, in Salzburg), and having a grand time watching the Alps roll by. When I arrived in Zurich’s train station, I immediately heard someone yelling my name. That’s pretty exciting regardless of circumstance, […]

Train Blogging

There are some classic, beautiful train routes in Europe. Oslo to Bergen, along the Italian Riviera, and the one I am currently speeding along–Salzburg to Zürich. The route via Innsbruck is about 5 hours of Alpine wonderland interspersed with long tunnels that only make the mountains more staggering when you emerge. Right now the sun […]

Travel Plans

I am very much a planning kind of person. (That is possibly the biggest understatement I’ve ever made.) I still have nine months in Austria, then I’m starting a three year grad school program, and I’m already thinking about where I would like to live for my first job as a librarian. (Maybe Florida?) So, […]

Soldier/Tourist: My Grandfather in Europe, 1946-1948

When I was in fifth grade, I was assigned that staple of the American elementary education: the family history project. For my project, I interviewed several older relatives, including my grandfather, Charles Newbury (my mother’s father, and my only living grandparent). At that time, he gave me several photographs and pieces of memorabilia from his time […]