What Swiss Are All About

That’s what we are all about… by the way, the greeting thing is actually a thing. I have to say that after 10 years of living in a different country I still greet everyone I see. Sometimes they look at me as if I’m nuts, sometimes they react as if I woke them up and sometimes they simply greet back with a big smile on their face…

Switzerland Again – Did You Know…

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… That there are some really interesting facts about Switzerland you have probably not heard about just yet…

  • The local fruit that is most consumed is the apple
  • Switzerland and England shared the same melody for their National Anthem  untill 1961
  • James Bond’s mother was Swiss…
  • 31% of Switzerland’s surface is forest…
  • Switzerland’s oldest city is not Geneva but Chur…
  • The Amish society was actually founded by a Swiss called Jakob Ammann…
  • If you would add all of Switzerland’s hiking trails together it would take you 1.5 times around the world…
  • The famous “Café de Paris” sauce was not invented in Paris but in Geneva’s restaurant “Coq d’Or”…

And now I’m “Swiss-ed out” 😉

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Switzerland In General – Did You Know…

… All of the following?

  • The official name of Switzerland is Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin. Which means Swiss Confederation. The Latin name is only used on official documents but it is the reason why Switzerland’s abbreviation is CH.

  • Apart from occupation by Napoleon’s France between 1798 and 1815 Switzerland has been an independent country since the year 1499.

  • The capital of Switzerland is Bern, while the largest city is Zürich.

  • For over 190 years Switzerland has been a neutral country during war times.

  • Switzerland has 4 official languages: Swiss German which is spoken by over two thirds of the population, French, Italian, and Romansh.

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Question of the Day – 8/19/16

Good question and always a good think to ponder about if you are happy where you are, where you live.

Having moved from the country I was born in and lived in for up to now the majority of my life I can truly say that Australia ticks a lot of boxes for me.

Switzerland and Australia are so very different but at the same time there are so many similarities. Of course the weather, the country in itself and the language is so different. But the mentality, at least in the corner we live is pretty similar. What I truly love here is living so close to the beach and having so many sunny days. But I also love that we get the different seasons. I would definitely miss not realizing if it’s summer or winter when I step outside.

I think living in Australia suits me well.

What about you? How would you answer the question?

Dream Big, Dream Often

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Question of the Day:

Is the country you live in the best fit for you?

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Swans – Did You Know…


There’s a little lake in the town I grew up in and there always was a pair of swans. One winter one of the swans got killed by a local. It was something that shocked everyone. 

His excuse was that he thought the swan was trapped in the frozen X water so instead of trying to free him he simply killed the beautiful animal. Soon after the swans partner was found dead too. She was not killed but died of a natural cause. It seemed obvious to everyone that the swan passed away from broken heart.

After that there were no more swans living on our lake…

Swiss National Day

Today is Swiss National Day. Swiss people are a bit strange, you know. We are proud of our country but for some reason we do not really want to show it. I thought to give you a little oversight of what I truly love about Switzerland I share some quotes out of posts of mine with you:

About winter in Switzerland:

I remember those full moon nights, when I was outside, maybe on a walk with the dog or on my way back from work or from a ride out with my horse. A full moon in the mountains in winter is something amazing. The way the snow sparkles in the moonlight… it makes you feel you are walking on thousands and thousands of diamonds.

About spring in Switzerland:

The days the snow finally was gone and the mud had dried up. We were finally able to ride our horses to almost every corner of the different valleys again, although some of them only became accessible early summer due to the massive amount of snow up there. And the sun was just something else. The birds were singing again, the butterflies and ladybugs appeared again and the air smelled so fresh. It was a mixture between new, green grass, fresh damp soil. I remember sitting on a log in the paddock with the horses, just chilling while they were standing there relaxing and enjoying the warm sun, slowly shedding their fur.

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About summer in Switzerland:

When I think back on how summer used to be in Switzerland I think of green fields, blue sky, green mountain tops. I think of being outside all day, enjoying the sun, maybe go for a swim in a nearby lake or in the public swimming pool.

For me it was also the time of getting much earlier and taking the horses to their pasture, to then be able to go for a ride before it got too warm. It was the days we finally could take off our sweaters and put on shorts or skirts, we could go for bike rides or just for hikes and spend time outside until way after sunset, not only enjoying eating outside, having barbecues but also a refreshing drink.

About fall, my favorite season, in Switzerland:

It’s like a scene in a movie: I can feel the slightly chilly air on my cheeks and remember the long shades while on my way back from a beautiful ride out with my horse. I can actually smell my horse, feel it moving under me, hear the dry leaves crunch under the hooves, maybe even a very thin layer of ice on a puddle or in the morning the crunch of the morning frost. Although the sun still feels warm on my skin I know that it soon won’t be so strong anymore. It’s already time to dress up much warmer, with way more layers than only a couple of weeks ago and although you might still sweat a little you get cold quite easily. Summer quickly turns into fall in Switzerland.

So while we celebrate here with some typical Swiss dishes and some home made decoration, in Switzerland they would have fireworks and typical decorations on the houses. And they would have my most favorite 1. August tradition: The bonfires on top of the mountains.

You might think I feel a little bit homesick. I don’t want to disappoint you but I really don’t. I still don’t miss Switzerland. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to think back to the beautiful sides my home country has to offer. As we Australian’s like to say: Switzerland is a beauty.

Happy Birthday, Switzerland 🙂

 

26 Weeks Letter Challenge: L Like Lantern

This week it’s the letter “L” in  Let There Be Peace On Earth’s pretty cool photo challenge 26 Weeks Letter Challenge. Have you heard of the challenge yet?

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Create your own interpretation and title it: “26 Weeks Letter Challenge:”
  • Tag your post to the weekly challenge so others can see it and play along.
  • Get you post in before the following weeks challenge.
  • Use as many pictures as you like representing the weekly letter.
  • Use archived or new pictures. Let us see what you have…
  • Have fun with it…

This time around I immediately knew which pictures to post. The first one is called a Lampion and is one of the typical decorations for Swiss National Day besides the Swiss flag and the flag of the canton you life in (or all the cantons of Switzerland) and the second picture is taken in Hong Kong.

 

Black Or White

It’s not always black or white. Sometimes there is actually so much more to it, so many different shades. But we tend to make a judgment based on left or right, black or white, up or down. We hardly ever think midfield in the first place.

This morning while scrolling through my Facebook feed (believe me I find a lot of inspiration there…) a post caught my attention. It was from one of the news stations and it read:

“Over the weekend, the Swiss held a referendum on a proposal to pay every adult about $40’000 a year, regardless of the amount f work they do or how much money they have. What do you think about the idea of paying all citizens a universal basic income?”

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Swiss Population – Did You Know…

… That the Swiss population has aged considerably over the course of the 20th century. The share of over-64’s has risen from 5.8% in 1900 to 17.2% today. The Swiss have one of the highest life expectancy in the world: Average 80.5 years for men and 84.8 years for women.

Maybe it’s because of all the cheese, bread and cured meat we eat 😉