Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Learning to be an adult again

When I was considering moving to Switzerland, I read some articles on being an ex-pat.  One of the phrases that struck me was that moving to another country involved "learning to be an adult again".

All the things you thought you knew how to do, you have to relearn.  Some of that is fun.  (What weird kinds of shampoo do they have here?  What was that cool looking bird?)  Some of it is terror inducing.  (I don't know how to address a letter or give someone my mailing address in the correct format.)

I am getting lots of support from coworkers, online forums, and government websites.  It truly is like learning to be an adult again, only without the cultural immersion that comes with growing up in that country.

It's fine.  I really wanted to relive my twenties again anyway. ;)

[used to be] Thompson's

The Thompson's building is now offices.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

[used to be] Landmark of a real estate fight

The Roberts building gets most of its fame by being next to a building that is only 6 feet wide.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

[used to be] S.W. Straus & Co

S.W. Straus & Co was an investment bank in the late 1800s.  Here's a link to an obituary for the founder.  Today the building is offices.  Great font -- I especially love the curly ampersand.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

[used to be... and still are] Named buildings

Several buildings in downtown Pittsburgh are just engraved with the name of the building rather than the business that used to be there.  Here are a few examples.