Today, a grey and foggy Swiss day, we suddenly got a temporary employee to help us during this busy Christmas time.
He got a temporary consulting contract for a specific project with a very challenging due date: everything should have been finished by this evening.
He was not so sure whether he should have accepted the offer or not, but he finally agreed.
So he started his task: sitting on the best working place of the office, with a great view on the surrounding landscape: the ideal location for free ideas.
Then, he quickly completed his assignment, and, after a short handover, fled to his next mission.
He actually achieved the agreed objective very successfully: help the people inside the grey office, under today’s grey Swiss sky, to think of something white and free!
Today I even felt like Heidi’s grandpa during my walk to the office.
After a nutritious breakfast with the cows, I had a tight and adult discussion with another cow on different events of these days: election campaign in USA, Zurich as the most sustainable city of the world, global warming of planet Earth.
After a while, unfortunately, I had to leave this session finding again my way to the office…
Heidi is the famous Swiss girl character, living in the nature on the Swiss Alps, invented by writer Johanna Spyri at the end of the XIX century. Heidi became famous more recently thanks to a series of cartoons in the Seventies.
This morning, while walking, I kind of felt like her…
Green, woods and trees all around me. And suddenly a group of cows which were quietly eating and resting on the soft grass.
Unfortunately I was not going to spend a day in the nature, in the fine air of the Alps, but rather just within the four walls of the office!
These are the first and the last verses of a popular English language nursery rhyme.
(Having small kids at home I am often bombarded by this music so that I now know it even better than the Italian national anthem!)
But this is not the matter of this post.
Some days ago I was completing some very early morning shopping when I saw a curious pedestrian in the parking place where I stopped my car.
Pedestrian? Yes, it had two legs, two feet, and it was quite fat.
Walking in the middle of the outdoor parking, a big fat black hen was strolling around with curious eyes and calm attitude.
It was exactly like a person on a day off from work, going around at breakfast time, ready to hop into a nice warm bar, get a coffee, read the main news on the daily fresh newspaper and continuing the pleasant walk in the quiet relaxed morning!
Ah, nice life the one of the black hen in the parking…and probably even funny!
Especially if you think that she suddenly saw a hurrying man, almost sweaty despite the cold weather, rushing towards his car with a supermarket cart full of 11 (yes, it’s not a clerical error: eleven!) packages of 6 mineral water bottles each.
By the way: that man was me!
Some days ago we had the first (and very short) snow in Switzerland.
Everything was (for a very short time) white…
What could you find in Switzerland as typical as the snow in winter?
They are normally eating grass and grass and grass all day long on almost every visible field in the Confederation.
Unfortunately the grass became “grass ice cream” and so probably they were enjoying such unusual ice cream on their usual fields.
It’s really a strange country, the Confederation!
Only here you can find poor cold animals strolling around without any coat eating ice cream in the completely wrong season.
Which animals can you find in Switzerland?
Of course cows…they produce a lot of milk…to make a lot of chocolate!
But you can find also a lot of wild animals in the fields or in the woods.
And sometimes even dragons!
OK, maybe you might not be sure they are alive and real.
But whenever you have a dragon, you can also have princesses and princes, fairies, knights, wizards, dungeons, treasures and magic…
So whenever you have a dragon, you have dreams…even in Switzerland, even in an underground passage to go from home to your “village downtown”!
Photo source: AP, taken from “Corriere della Sera”
Do you remember the video game series of the 80’s named “Donkey Kong”? That was great but this is not what I mean in this post!
I will speak of…animals.
In Switzerland you can find some typical animals, which are not always so easy to meet in a traditional industrial environment. Apart from the zoo, of course.
In the Swiss Confederation, you can very often see cows and sheep next to the roads, quietly having their grassy meal, you can even have your street crossed by a fox, especially in the night. You can be very close to any sort of duck, swan, seagull even with their small children. You can admire the powerful flying of falcons and hawks over the fields. You can be lucky to see some squirrels quickly and busily running to the next tree.
But in Switzerland we have also this: donkey inspecting an open sewer cover! This is what happened last Sunday near Basel, when a donkey apparently (!?) fell into an open sewer cover. According to the commuter newspaper “20 Minutes”, he was found by a person strolling around and 12 action forces actually needed to be mobilized to save the donkey!
I wish he could have found an easier hobby…