Switzerland is probably not a country which inspires poetry, romanticism or rhymes.
But when the real winter arrives and the snow is falling, even in the grey Confederation, some inspiration can come…
Steps on the white,
arms to the night,
light, dark, white, black.
Wait for the moon…
It’s already the sun!
OK, I know. It’s probably much better to look outside of the window and just keep quiet, enjoying the silent fall of the snow and the white landscape!
Today, while waiting for the usual bus to go home after work, I was expecting to see the usual landscape (nowhere-land basically…) as every working day.
Then suddenly I raised my head towards the sky and I found myself… outside Switzerland!
It seemed to be somewhere else on a nice countryside in spring, with a cotton sky surrounded by enchanted yellow trees!
I tried to keep my head up as much as possible… because, if not, it would have just been again a normal 12th of November in the city of Schneisingen, in the Canton of Argovia, in the Swiss Confederation!
Picture from Youtube.
On the coming 25th November, the citizens of Switzerland shall vote on some referendum questions. In addition to some serious subjects, there is one which is really strange!
It relates to the so-called “Initiative for the cows with horns” and encourages the farmers to keep horns to their cows and sheep, instead of cutting them (as it happens nowadays on 3 cases out of 4).
Points in favour of “yes”: The animals would feel better with their horns, but, because of that, they would occupy more space; therefore the State should give some financial support to the farmers owning “horned” cows!
Point in favour of “no”: The animals with horns should be kept tied, and they would have a higher risk to injury themselves.
Switzerland holds the first places in all statistics dealing with quality of life… Maybe even the cows’ one is taken into account!
Photo: courtesy by our friend Alessandra.
Walking in the “smiling” village of Ehrendingen, Canton Aargau, you can find a private garden with such amenities…
But be careful, it is just a decoration!
In case you really have an urgency, try to find a… proper place!
This summer is everywhere extremely hot. Also in the “moderate” Swiss these last months have dramatically shown high temperatures well over 30°C and basically no rain.
A lot of countries in the northern hemisphere are literally burning, devastated by severe fires.
The same risk is present also in the small Confederation. Therefore the population shall be diligently informed by all possible means.
One simple way is by attaching small A4 panels with rubber tape at any bus stop, reminding the people that the “fire hazard level” is 5 (out of 5)! There is absolute fire prohibition from the 30th July 2018 at 17:00! Special behaviours shall be observed concerning open fires in the forests or BBQ equipment: simple safety rules pointed out in an easy, graphical and colourful way.
Even if the panel is not so big, you are attracted by such strange announcement and… you cannot help but reading it!
Simple and practical!
That’s Switzerland, that’s the safe way to prevent dangerous fires in a very dry summer season!
Last Wednesday I just arrived home when the fury of the sky fell on the Earth.
In Ehrendingen and surroundings a violent hailstorm started and went on for half an hour, followed by violent rain!
The main road crossing the village became an impetuous river with half metre water, and all the fields and streets became white as in winter!
The force of nature was impressive!
The buses and cars still on the road became like insects into the sea.
In some neighbouring villages they even remained without drinkable water for some days, because everything was contaminated with mud.
A lot of basements, houses, shops where flooded and invaded by water and mud.
A real scary scenery.
But thanks to the assiduous work of the fire brigade, in a couple of days all the main damages where fixed and the mud and water sent away and dried.
Unfortunately, as in this case, even the quiet Switzerland can sometimes become very… angry and upset!
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!