Thanks to Rail Europe, the first stamp on my new passport that comes equipped with a RFID (radio-frequency identification) so the government can always track my movements was from Switzerland. They flew a group of journalists out to attend a press conference for the upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2012 of the Jungfrau Railway, which is Europe's highest-altitude railway station at 3,454 metres (11,333 ft.) above sea level.

In addition to the press conference, over the course of the trip, we had an opportunity to visit cities like Vevey, Gruyeres, and Interlaken. The one constant wherever we went was how beautiful and scenic the country was, with snow-capped mountains, sprawling hills, and picturesque lakes. Given that the activities for the trip were very hiking-focused, much of my time was spent outdoors. These are some of the highlights of my visit to Switzerland.

by @ToshitakaKondo