Along with the bank account I now have a Swiss visa and a place to live. My apartment is a modest, little efficiency located very close to IMD: See where. Following are some pictures sent to me by my soon-to-be landlord:
The view of the lake and mountains isn't exactly as clear as advertised but it will still be refreshing each morning.
The single room is small, but at least it is furnished. I am working on the landlord right now to add a pull-out sofa for guests. He is insistent that there is no room, but if we eliminate the TV stand (not pictured), as I don't plan on watching any TV, I think we can squeeze it in.
With this kitchenette I probably won't be flexing my culinary muscles too much over the next year. Given the time commitments of the program, though, that may not have been an option anyway.
So this (or someplace very similar) is where I will be living for the next year. I depart on the 1st of January and, as soon as I'm situated, I will post pictures. In the mean time, I hope everyone is enjoying safe and happy holidays!