5. Jet l’eau. This fountain is so simple and yet so fun. I think it is because it resembles a firehose pointed straight up in the air. Of course it would be the Swiss who would design such an efficient fountain.
4. The fog. The morning fog in the mountains surrounding Les Diablerets could rival that of the bay area.
3. Self-cleaning toilet seats. My fellow conference goers may have been disturbed by the fact that I was taking pictures in the bathroom, but I had never before seen a self-cleaning toilet seat so I had to document it for my blog readers. The cleaning mechanism was pressure sensitive, so after the toilet user got up, the entire seat would rotate through the cleaning box (which pops out of the toilet back) on the back. I think it also gave off a pleasant orange scent.
2. Goblins. I read a bit about Les Diablerets before I attended the conference. My guidebook described the town (up in the Swiss Alps) as full of devils, goblins and elves, various supernatural species thought to cause trouble for the town’s residents. Many of the town’s buildings were decorated with silhouettes of these Puck-like creatures. It was fun to be someplace that embraced its folklore. This is the only goblin that I saw in town (a resident of the Hotel Victoria, where I stayed). Now that I look at the tag, it appears that the goblin was an import from Norway. Oh well.
1. Cows. My number one favorite part of my visit was all of the cows. There was a town herd that grazed outside the hotel, so my days in Les Diablerets were filled with the cacophonous clanging of cow bells. I can only imagine what it would be like to live my life with an enormous bell around my neck, chiming with my every movement.