Switzerland likes to temper itself, and everything from recycling to celebrating must be done orderly and Swiss-like. Oh yes there were loud booms, and lights flashing, but all but one celebrant stopped igniting things at 00:30 on the dot. The last hold-out must have been from Munich.
Four hours later we arrived in Munich, and loaded a taxi. Our new home was waiting, and, now, the glass cathedral has a new place to glow and spin.
It was clear with the commercials for payday loans, video games, and “the only way to tell her you love her”…jewelry of course. It was also clear during midnight mass, with the less-than-cheery gentleman sitting and scowling next to us. The holiday season is also clearly in effect as homeless men and women flood the vacant street corners with sometimes curious, sometimes suspicious signs.
Phoenix is an anomaly because of its climate. A warm summer prevents homeless residents from panhandling during the day…it’s just too hot, and every year people literally die from the 115 degree highs. But during the holiday season homelessness is more evident, though the legitimacy of those in need is not always clear.