The Swiss boarding school in the top panel is Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield Massachusetts where I work. I sent Rod a photo and asked him to add the Alps in the background.

Entering East Germany through Checkpoint Charlie and a rendezvous at the Lenin statue. I spared no cold war spy tropes.

The other bearded man on the bus is Jean-Paul Moreau, the "Foreign Adventurer," there to do briefcase swap . . . which was never fully explained later.