Ghost lottery in Zermatt

Some weeks ago I spent a nice long weekend in the famous Zermatt and visited its pearls, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, with my family.
On the last day my wife bought a lottery ticket (“Magic Bingo”), one where you scratch a little and you might win. For a price of 5 CHF she won 35 CHF!
OK, it is not changing your life, but it is still a quite proud satisfaction.

Once at home, my wife went to one of the usual shops where you typically buy these lottery cards to cash her price.
Surprise! No one in our Canton knew about this “Magic Bingo”!
Yes, Zermatt is in Wallis, the small Canton between the French and the German speaking part of Switzerland where the people are perfectly bilingual.
But what does it mean? Do they have “federalistic” lottery cards in Switzerland, whose possible prices cannot be paid back all over the country?
What a pity! Then I give you this tip: Do not buy lottery cards in Zermatt. It is one of the most famous touristic locations of Switzerland, but for sure their lottery cards are very provincial!


The inelegant line…

In Switzerland, at the restaurant, you can order a bottle of wine, an open wine or a glass of wine.
When choosing a glass of wine you would expect that the host pours the wine, so that the glass looks filled in a proper and decent way.
But what about the precision? That’s why all the Swiss glasses for red, white, rose’, champagne, Prosecco are “cut” by a white horizontal line with the mathematical indication of 10 cl!
Precise and perfect, but for sure the wine tastes less good and magical in a “lined” glass!

Snowy day… snowy way

Today the day started in a very white way!
All the roads were full of snow and ice, the traffic totally congested.
That’s why I took a bus (not the usual one) up to a certain point and then I proceeded on foot to the office.

No window shopping, no city walk, no quick coffee to go on the way…
Just white: behind me, in front of me, on the right, on the left, above me.

So I went on walking, dreaming of a magic blue warm sky…

The mystery of the forbidden glasses

As you should know by now, timetables, times and schedules are some of the most beloved items in the Confederation!
But the nice times you see in this photo do not indicate the movies at the cinemas, the shows at the theatre or the shop opening hours in the city.
They simply show when you are NOT (I repeat: NOT!) allowed to through glasses in the common collection point!
Mondays to Fridays: 12:00-13:00 and after 20:00;
Saturdays: 12:00-13:00 and after 18:00;
Sundays and public holidays: all day.

Bloody hell: shall I even plan when to through away and recycle my bottles?
And the nicest thing is: why?
Maybe during the prohibited times I might be too noisy with my sounding, clattering, clinging, rebounding, orchestrating, thunderstorming pieces of glass?
But of course the glass collection points in the Confederation are usually located either in quite isolated areas or where other noises (e.g. cars on the road) would for sure cover the music of glasses falling into a hole!
Therefore this is really another Confederate enigma.
We should have a crystal ball to solve it, but we must pay attention to the allowed times for its use!

Swiss dungeons & dragons

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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!
Yes, 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”!