Having a fresh cup of coffee in the morning greatly improves your perspective.
Being nine timezones away from most of your friends is lonesome online. My IM buddy list is all dark, no one answers my email for hours. I'm kind of looking forward to this isolation as a way to focus my time more productively.
An awful lot of Swiss people smoke in restaurants. Alive with pleasure. I dread the coming colder months with all the windows and doors tightly shuttered.