Raindrops, Snails and Flip-Flops


37 hours after leaving our house and we’re in Switzerland in the house I grew up in. Feels very strange. Not home, it hasn’t been that in 20 years. Just Swiss. Not even sure what that means but I intend to figure it out somehow in the next few weeks.

Til then, some funny things the kids ask and general observations about the Swiss and their (odd) ways, from a Caribbean, or at least foreign perspective.

The noises here are so different, streams of water and rain instead of waves. Birds, foxes, deer and snails instead of goats and chickens and fish. And the colours…. various shades of green, no turqouise. 
Odd how cold is like pain, you can’t really imagine it until you feel it. The temperatures are super cold here, 45 degrees, which for us might as well be freezing. No matter how hard I try to explain to the kids that it’s cold outside, every day, they don’t get it til they open a window. So every day they ask “can I put on my bathing suit and go play in the rain?”

Personal space here is “right on top of you”. 
“Personal space” for cars is also “right on top of you”, no clue how I am going to drive here. Also, they drive on the right. 
Everyone here in Switzerland moves slow, or at least slower somehow. Except when my Dad is driving. 
The Swiss clean their dishes, then put them in the dishwasher and wait two hours to get them back even cleaner. Very odd.
There is a distinct code of conduct here, the way you dress, speak, what you do and when you do it. Not sure I can quantify this one yet, but have noticed myself doing it a little already. Weird. 
Also, Switzerland is incredibly beautiful. Gorgeous. Meticulous. Pretty much all of it looks like a post card. Not a single piece of trash anywhere. 

“Mom, why do people lock their doors here?”
“What’s that noise?” (airplane)
“Why do we have to go to bed when it’s light outside”
“Why can’t I wear flip-flops to go shopping?”
“You can DRINK the water here???”
“Why are people so white here?”
“Is that a llama or alpaca over there by the wigwam?”
“Why do I have to wear clothes to go outside?”
“When can we go swim at the beach”

Author: akafrancie

Originally Swiss, recovering Caribbean island inhabitant. Amateur zoo keeper. Probably under-caffeinated, always hungry and curious. Interested in technology, collaboration and connecting people. Resourcefulness is my super power.

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