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Like a Swiss Watch

The Swiss most certainly have it knocked in any number of respects. Their Alpine lakeside cities have to be among the world’s most gracious urban environments. I stopped off in Lucerne to see a supplier — profiting from the airlines’ standard policy of allowing a change of flights of up to twenty-four hours to count simply as a layover, and not two separate legs of an itinerary. The train from Zurich airport to Lucerne is just over an hour:

Lucerne Lakeside.jpg

With such lovely weather, I couldn’t help but indulge in a swim: the top five feet of Lac Lucerne had to be over 70° yesterday, but diving down below that depth was more than bracing.

Switzerland still works, despite its safe haven currency’s spectacular gyrations over the last decade against the surrounding zone’s euro:

Swiss Franc v Euro.jpg

My host explained to me that when the abrupt jump against the euro occured at the end of 2014, the nation responded by lengthening the work week from forty to forty-two hours.

Addendum: Meanwhile in France, a rotating series of strikes continues in protest against Emmanuel Macron’s modest labor market reforms.


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