2005 Image Archive

This gate is at the north-east corner of the old city wall and was a comparatively late addition to the town. On the wall of the gate arch is a condensed history of the last 1000 years of the town, marking important years.

This gate is at the north-east corner of the old city wall and was a comparatively late addition to the town. On the wall of the gate arch is a condensed history of the last 1000 years of the town, marking important years.

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-20 15:02

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

Gott bewahre dieses Haus vor Wasser Not und Feuer vor Ämter-Planung und der Steuer God save this house from water, poverty and fire from government planning and the taxes

Gott bewahre dieses Haus
vor Wasser Not und
Feuer
vor Ämter-Planung
und der Steuer

God save this house
from water, poverty and
fire
from government planning
and the taxes

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-20 14:18

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

The Grossmünster Church sits on a hill above the surrounding buildings. Apparently this is a major tourist attraction - I wasn't the only one with a camera there.

The Grossmünster Church sits on a hill above the surrounding buildings. Apparently this is a major tourist attraction - I wasn't the only one with a camera there.

The interior of the church is in a spartan Calvinist style with none of the almost overwhelming amount of decorations one can see in a catholic church. The church had a set of three stained glass windows at the back, though. To the right (but not visible in the picture) is the entrance to the silent meditation room, and a sign informs visitors that they should "listen to the silence" while being in this part of the church.

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-20 11:51

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

While the main street is packed with glass storefronts and a trendy appearance, there are small side streets where one can find the traditional old European architecture with tightly packed buildings and cobblestone streets.

While the main street is packed with glass storefronts and a trendy appearance, there are small side streets where one can find the traditional old European architecture with tightly packed buildings and cobblestone streets.

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-20 10:31

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

Bahnhofstrasse is the major street going from the central train station right through Zürich. The shops lining the street is of the kind where you - provided you actually buy something - will end up spending very much money for very little amount of solid matter. Perfume, gold, expensive clothes - it is all here. Like the equivalent street in Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, this is the most expensive land in Zürich.

Bahnhofstrasse is the major street going from the central train station right through Zürich. The shops lining the street is of the kind where you - provided you actually buy something - will end up spending very much money for very little amount of solid matter. Perfume, gold, expensive clothes - it is all here. Like the equivalent street in Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, this is the most expensive land in Zürich.

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-20 10:27

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

Swiss soda. Despite the cannabis leaves on the front, this drink (CICE) has such low concentration of THC that getting high on it is a complete impossibility and you run a higher risk of drowning than bad trips due to the immense amounts of liquid you must drink. It wouldn't surprise me if people have tried, though.

Swiss soda. Despite the cannabis leaves on the front, this drink (CICE[a]) has such low concentration of THC that getting high on it is a complete impossibility and you run a higher risk of drowning than bad trips due to the immense amounts of liquid you must drink. It wouldn't surprise me if people have tried, though.

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-18 23:38

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

Swiss people, too, can visit exotic places - even virtually. This poster is an ad for a panoramic, digital-projected movie about the northern part of Sweden, Norway and Finland where the Sami people live.

Swiss people, too, can visit exotic places - even virtually. This poster is an ad for a panoramic, digital-projected movie about the northern part of Sweden, Norway and Finland where the Sami people live.

Confederatio Helvetica

2005-12-18 13:48

Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Luzern
Luzern, Switzerland
Pilatusberg
Luzern, Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Luzern, Pilatusberg, Zug, Zürich

A picture from the Donauinsel toward Millennium City.

A picture from the Donauinsel toward Millennium City.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 16:31

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Me, on the Donaupromenad, a walkway along the bridge from the south bank of the Danube to the elongated island in the middle of the Danube (Donauinsel), with the Danube in the background.

Me, on the Donaupromenad, a walkway along the bridge from the south bank of the Danube to the elongated island in the middle of the Danube (Donauinsel), with the Danube in the background.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 16:24

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The Donaukanal by Spittelau.

The Donaukanal by Spittelau.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 15:32

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The Spittelau Heating Plant, designed by Hundertwasser. I think it looks like a death camp furnace designed by Willy Wonka.

The Spittelau Heating Plant, designed by Hundertwasser. I think it looks like a death camp furnace designed by Willy Wonka.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 15:30

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

I found this in a subway magazine under the "what is new and great in town":

I found this in a subway magazine under the "what is new and great in town":

We take care of your balls

The "No-scalpel-vasectomy" is quickly and easily done by our experienced urologists. The safest insurance for fun without consequences.

Well, I guess the ol' nazi sterilization programs had to go somewhere. (Besides it is only without consequences if you ignore STDs...)

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 11:25

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

School children in their yellow hats.

School children in their yellow hats.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 11:17

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The altar.

The altar.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 10:41

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The candles.

The candles.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 10:40

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Inside the Stephansdom.

Inside the Stephansdom.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 10:37

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

With its huge 140-somthing meter tower it is - I think - the largest example of gothic architecture in Europe.

With its huge 140-somthing meter tower it is - I think - the largest example of gothic architecture in Europe.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 18:08

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The Stephansdom is the center of Vienna.

The Stephansdom is the center of Vienna.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 18:06

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Of course with a Schweden-Shop, although I could not for the life of me find anything particularly Swedish in there.

Of course with a Schweden-Shop, although I could not for the life of me find anything particularly Swedish in there.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 17:49

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Just a few subway stops to the north of me is Schwedenplatz (Sweden-square).

Just a few subway stops to the north of me is Schwedenplatz (Sweden-square).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 17:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The bedroom.

The bedroom.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The door to the right in the living room leads to the bedroom.

The door to the right in the living room leads to the bedroom.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Living room (right).

Living room (right).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Living room (right back).

Living room (right back).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Living room (left back).

Living room (left back).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Living room (left).

Living room (left).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Past the kitchen is the living room.

Past the kitchen is the living room.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The outer door opens into the kitchen.

The outer door opens into the kitchen.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

View from the hallway into my apartment at Mühlgasse 15.

View from the hallway into my apartment at Mühlgasse 15.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

The memorial has a quote from Uncle Joe that I unfortunately can't translate.

The memorial has a quote from Uncle Joe that I unfortunately can't translate.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 14:33

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

This is, in its own words:

This is, in its own words:

Memorial to the honor of the soldiers of the Soviet Army that fell during the liberation of Austria from fascism April 1945.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 14:31

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

This is the church at Karlsplatz, about a hundred meters from where I live. Every evening at 1800 until the 24th of December, there is a light / music / dance show called "The Angel".

This is the church at Karlsplatz, about a hundred meters from where I live. Every evening at 1800 until the 24th of December, there is a light / music / dance show called "The Angel".

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 14:15

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Come on man, it's just a plant! Laguna Beach, being a bit more relaxed than Irvine, of course has its share of weed smokers. The campaigners urged drivers to honk, and the number of honks was about what you'd expect if every pot smoker that drove by honked. Nothing surpising, in other words.

Come on man, it's just a plant! Laguna Beach, being a bit more relaxed than Irvine, of course has its share of weed smokers. The campaigners urged drivers to honk, and the number of honks was about what you'd expect if every pot smoker that drove by honked. Nothing surpising, in other words.

Laguna Beach

2005-10-15 14:41

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach

This picture was taken in a store that specializes in glass frogs.

This picture was taken in a store that specializes in glass frogs.

Laguna Beach

2005-10-15 14:02

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach

Rob, watching you settling with such intensity frightens me. Best of luck! Leo.

Rob, watching you settling with such intensity frightens me. Best of luck! Leo.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas (part 2)

2005-09-17 23:36

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

The bride throws a bouquet, but what does the groom throw? One of the bride's garters, after tearing it off with his teeth. The guy who catches it is next in line for marriage. Watch me disprove by counterexample.

The bride throws a bouquet, but what does the groom throw? One of the bride's garters, after tearing it off with his teeth. The guy who catches it is next in line for marriage. Watch me disprove by counterexample.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas (part 2)

2005-09-24 12:46

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

My knife is here - it is made of Damascus steel with silver inlay. The second picture shows the inlay. Note the pattern of light and dark lines on the blade - that's Damascus steel.

My knife is here - it is made of Damascus steel[b] with silver inlay. The second picture shows the inlay. Note the pattern of light and dark lines on the blade - that's Damascus steel.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas (part 2)

2005-09-24 12:45

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

At the end of the wedding, Rob handed out presents to the wedding functionaries. Somehow, I had managed to get on that list, although I can for the life of me not understand how.

At the end of the wedding, Rob handed out presents to the wedding functionaries. Somehow, I had managed to get on that list, although I can for the life of me not understand how.

As Rob collects knives the presents were just that - knives. As he was about to hand them out just after the bride had thrown the bouquet, and since a not frugal amount of alcohol had been consumed, some people wondered if he was about to throw knives blindly - whoever caught them got to keep them. Fortunately he didn't.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas (part 2)

2005-09-24 12:43

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

The living room as seen just after entering the apartment. The dining table and kitchen area is to the left, and my bedroom and bathroom is to the right.

The living room as seen just after entering the apartment. The dining table and kitchen area is to the left, and my bedroom and bathroom is to the right.

Irvine, CA 92606

2005-09-24 12:36

318 Santa Louisa
Irvine, California

318 Santa Louisa

The apartment as seen from the outside. The little patio is on the first floor just where the tail end of the red pickup truck is.

The apartment as seen from the outside. The little patio is on the first floor just where the tail end of the red pickup truck is.

Irvine, CA 92606

2005-09-24 18:02

318 Santa Louisa
Irvine, California

318 Santa Louisa

Picture taken at the reception after the ceremony. The kid isn't Rob and Nicola's, but the apparently plan to have children pretty soon.

Picture taken at the reception after the ceremony. The kid isn't Rob and Nicola's, but the apparently plan to have children pretty soon.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 18:38

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

Rob and Nicola walking down the aisle after the ceremony.

Rob and Nicola walking down the aisle after the ceremony.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 13:04

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

The picture that heralded Rob's return to Earth in 2004.

The picture that heralded Rob's return to Earth in 2004.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2004-03-08 08:20

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

Left to right again: Chris Braman, Chloe (younger sister of Nicola and best maid), Nicola, Rob, Ron (Rob's childhood friend and best man). This picture was taken right after the ceremony in the abbey. The temperature isn't that high, and there were some nasty cold winds blowing when this picture was taken. Good thing though, there wasn't any problem making people hold their pose as most joints in their bodies froze solid in less than a minute.

Left to right again: Chris Braman, Chloe (younger sister of Nicola and best maid), Nicola, Rob, Ron (Rob's childhood friend and best man). This picture was taken right after the ceremony in the abbey. The temperature isn't that high, and there were some nasty cold winds blowing when this picture was taken. Good thing though, there wasn't any problem making people hold their pose as most joints in their bodies froze solid in less than a minute.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 13:28

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

From left to right is: Richard Monroe Sr., Robert's father. Nicola, the bride. Rob. Michele, Rob's mother. Michele, whose name is spelt with only one "l" has french ancestry. The family history documents handed out at the reception describe the connection between France and Scotland - for example, anyone born in either country would automatically receive citizenship in the other, up until 1903. In addition to the US branch of the Monroes, a sizable contingent of French arrived.

From left to right is: Richard Monroe Sr., Robert's father. Nicola, the bride. Rob. Michele, Rob's mother. Michele, whose name is spelt with only one "l" has french ancestry. The family history documents handed out at the reception describe the connection between France and Scotland - for example, anyone born in either country would automatically receive citizenship in the other, up until 1903. In addition to the US branch of the Monroes, a sizable contingent of French arrived.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 13:20

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

Good guys wear black - here exemplified by Leo of Clan Sutic. The kilt is made of heavy wool, and the socks worn are also the thick and warm variety. I later realized that the pouch can be very useful for storing cellphones, keys, etc. Not only do I wear something that resembles a skirt, I get something resembling a purse to go with it!

Good guys wear black - here exemplified by Leo of Clan Sutic. The kilt is made of heavy wool, and the socks worn are also the thick and warm variety. I later realized that the pouch can be very useful for storing cellphones, keys, etc. Not only do I wear something that resembles a skirt, I get something resembling a purse to go with it!

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-15 14:58

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

Clockwise from Rob we have Colleen, Stephanie and Kathryn, their mother Michelle and Nicola. Turns out that Stephanie's husband, Steven (Steven Wagner, cue Ride of the Valkyries here) is in the real estate business and know about Interchange (the US company that bought my company), and even knew the CEO's name (Heath Clarke). Apparently he had (unsuccessfully) tried to get business with them. It's a small world!

Clockwise from Rob we have Colleen, Stephanie and Kathryn, their mother Michelle and Nicola. Turns out that Stephanie's husband, Steven (Steven Wagner, cue Ride of the Valkyries here) is in the real estate business and know about Interchange (the US company that bought my company), and even knew the CEO's name (Heath Clarke). Apparently he had (unsuccessfully) tried to get business with them. It's a small world!

Colleen just finished college (nurse), and Kathryn works at the Westin chain of hotels. I've already secured an invitation to dinner at their place when I'm in Irvine, as well as a promise to go bar-hopping through LA, so I'm sure I won't be bored.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-16 20:52

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

Almost caught Chris before he could zero out his face! Behind is Doug, father of the bride, and Sam, the bride's half-brother (on her father's side).

Almost caught Chris before he could zero out his face! Behind is Doug, father of the bride, and Sam, the bride's half-brother (on her father's side).

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 22:22

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

This is Staff Sergeant Chris Braman. His military history started as a cook, but with his physique he was quickly grabbed by special forces and made into an airborne special forces soldier. After being away from his family 218 days a year for a couple of years he went back to cook duty at the Pentagon. When the hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon on 9/11, he rushed in and out of the still burning ruins, managing to carry three people out of the flames. Only one of them survived. Chris himself suffered chemical burns to his throat and lungs, as well as the mental scarring. He received the Purple Heart and the Soldier's Medal for his bravery. You can read his account here.

This is Staff Sergeant Chris Braman. His military history started as a cook, but with his physique he was quickly grabbed by special forces and made into an airborne special forces soldier. After being away from his family 218 days a year for a couple of years he went back to cook duty at the Pentagon. When the hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon on 9/11, he rushed in and out of the still burning ruins, managing to carry three people out of the flames. Only one of them survived. Chris himself suffered chemical burns to his throat and lungs, as well as the mental scarring. He received the Purple Heart and the Soldier's Medal for his bravery. You can read his account here.[c]

Although the presence of a camera appears to extinguish every trace of a smile from his face, he smiles and laughs a lot. He is 33 years old and has a family consisting of his wife and three children.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-15 18:19

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

Because just having chocolate cakes isn't gluttonous enough - oh no! Ten kilos of chocolate, a tower and a pump gets you a chocolate fountain. You then pick up marshmallows, candies, grapes etc. with sticks and coat them in chocolate. Like a fondue, but with candy and fruit instead of meat. And with chocolate instead of cheese, obviously.

Because just having chocolate cakes isn't gluttonous enough - oh no! Ten kilos of chocolate, a tower and a pump gets you a chocolate fountain. You then pick up marshmallows, candies, grapes etc. with sticks and coat them in chocolate. Like a fondue, but with candy and fruit instead of meat. And with chocolate instead of cheese, obviously.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 20:14

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

All branches of Rob's family have big families. Rob himself have four brothers, and his cousins (Colleen, Kathryn and Stephanie) and their parents make up a family of mom, dad and three sisters. Nicola has two half-brothers and a sister.

All branches of Rob's family have big families. Rob himself have four brothers, and his cousins (Colleen, Kathryn and Stephanie) and their parents make up a family of mom, dad and three sisters. Nicola has two half-brothers and a sister.

On this picture we see the boys, from left to right: Sam Chisholm-Douglas (Nicola's brother), Michael Monroe, Mark Monroe, Robert Monroe, Ron (Rob's best friend), Rick Monroe, Jason Monroe and Sean Chisholm-Douglas.

Robert Monroe and Nicola Chisholm-Douglas

2005-09-17 13:23

Dunfermline
Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Dunfermline, Rob and Nicola's Wedding

[a]

http://www.cice.ch/

[b]

http://or.essortment.com/historydamascus_rhcy.htm

[c]

http://www.usma.edu/PublicAffairs/PV/Pentagon.htm