I referred to Basel as the Ogden (or Allentown) of Switzerland in an earlier post, but without true explanation. So, here's the explanation:
We were in a mall in Germany (right across the border) eating (what else?) turkish food when two women asked us if we were Americans. We told them we were and found out that they were Mormons from Utah. Geesh, how lucky can they be to find us to help them out?
The daughter had been living in London while her husband did an "externship" (someone explain how this is different than in internship, please), and her mother had come to visit. Super. They wanted to come to Switzerland and picked Basel because Ryanair flies from London to Basel for like $25 or something ridiculous.
So, they got here, thinking, "Swiss Alps! Cows with bells!" and got, instead the industrial part of Switzerland. Jason said, "yeah, this is the Draper of Switzerland."
We helped them get oriented, taught them how to use the tram system and instructed them to take a train to somewhere with Alps. They were so relieved to have found us.
Then Jason started reflecting, and based on the fact that Draper just received this:
he decided it was more Ogdenish, than Draper.
I disagree, and shall be posting pictures shortly. But, the fact does remain--we're not in the Alps, although there are plenty of cows.