So it's been a while...
I kind of forgot about the blog after I got home. The week between getting back and classes starting again was really chaotic, and then classes (and my car, but we'll get to that in a second) have been taking up most of my time. The flight back was long, although seemingly not as long as the flight there, but that might be because I wasn't as tired and was able to distract myself with movies. Getting through security on the US side of things wasn't too bad, although is definitely less streamlined than Swiss security. The single most cruel things that US security does is make you take a picture of yourself at a kiosk right after getting off an international flight. You already know you look like a disaster, but they prove it to you. I apparently didn't raise any flags, so I was through quickly.
It's funny how quickly I settled back into the swing of things back in the states. Back to work, back to classes, back to normal life. Looking back at Switzerland now, it was still stressful, and there were a lot of things I didn't like about it, but I'm definitely glad I went. Beyond the project, I really like the country. I liked Zurich, I like Switzerland, I just want to be there when I can afford it and don't have to stress about a huge project. I also discovered that I really like the German language. I've been debating overloading a German class next year just to learn more.
Speaking of the project, it's officially posted in the WPI system. I personally wouldn't really recommend reading it (it's really dry stuff and specifically targeted) unless you are involved in continuing training programs, but my thanks if you do.
I developed all the photos from Switzerland shortly after getting back to Worcester, but I've yet to do enlargements. I have been looking at scanners on eBay so I can hopefully scan and upload some shots. There are several inexpensive older scanners that are supposed to be really excellent quality, but they use SCSI, so that becomes slightly annoying.
Most of my time recently has been spent restoring my 1989 Volvo 740 Turbo that I acquired from my grandmother. It was in pretty rough shape when I got it, having had little to no cleaning or maintenance while she owned it. Several of the most critical issues were dealt with while my cousin used it, but it's still needed lots of love. I'm planning on doing some write-ups on it when I get a chance, as well as posting some pictures. I've replaced a lot of parts and done close to a decade's worth of cleaning. I'm getting close to the point where I won't be working on it every weekend, but I'm not quite there yet. Eventually (I'm hoping next summer) I'm going to rebuild the entire suspension, but unfortunately that's quite expensive and not feasible at the moment. For now, it's running wonderfully and I've put a few hundred miles on it.