The Korean mosquito

I was just reading about a new variety of mosquito, aedes koreicus, which can live at low temperatures, and which is now present in Europe, after arriving from Asia with the globalisation…

Yesterday one of these new insects was just resting outside of my window, enjoying the fresh clean air (5 degree C!) in the morning.

Sunset

After work, a walk in the village to see the cold nice sunset…

I was hoping to find a lot of corncobs on the field, but they had already been harvested.

The “oder”

When you hear “oder” you might think of the famous German river (see the Wikipedia’s photo above).

But, if you live in Switzerland, “oder” is definitely the most common refrain of every Swiss German spoken sentence! It has a kind of (useless) meaning like the English rhetorical questions “isn’t”, “don’t you”, etc. at the end of a sentence.

Some days ago a colleague (I calculated them!) used multiple infamous “oder”s with an average of one every 30 seconds during a two hours’ meeting! Unbelievable! The small “o” word really became like an unbearable noise to my ears!

By the way… the most international Swiss, to stay consistent to their proud “oder”, even when speaking a foreign language, have absolutely no problem to declaim in English sentences like:

It is quite hot today, or? (Aka: It is quite hot today, isn’t it?)

It was very nice, or? (Aka: It was very nice, wasn’t it?)

Next time it will be better to attend the meeting with ear protection, so that the colleagues will understand my sensitivity to the “oder” word, … OR?

Two positive kids in the same class but… show must go on

Image from VectorStock

In the small village where I live, in Canton Argovia, two pupils in the same primary school class (the 6th) were tested positive to COVID-19 some days ago. In the relevant communication, the director of the school (which is attended also by my two daughters) quickly declared that everything was decided by the competent Cantonal authority, as if he himself, as school director, were just an observer.

And this was the brilliant decision of the relevant authority: The school continued as normal, as if nothing happened without additional protective measures. Absurd!

This example shows the hideous and alarming Swiss situation on the pandemic…

Switzerland becomes “normal” with the snow

Photo from: blick.ch

This week Switzerland has been crossed by snow storms for days. Some mountain cantons have many villages isolated…

And even Zurich city is blocked: trams and public transportation are stopped.

The snow, with its silent white cover, makes everything the same. Even Switzerland, the organised country, where everything is planned, is shut down by the snow like every other “normal” country…

200!

Here I am!

I know, it is a modest goal, but it sounds nice: 200 followers!

It is nothing compared to the social media’s “giants” with million followers…

I started some years ago as a foreigner in Switzerland with no followers and no clue. In the meantime I am no longer foreigner in the Confederation and can count some hundreds followers!

Have fun and, if you like, continue checking my blog to know what is going on… around the Alps…

Bring one… pick up one… to forget Covid-19

Last week I was passing by the “Gemeindehaus” (Parish hall) of the village where I live, when I noticed such installation of drawers!

(How many times I already saw it without getting it?)

I went closer and I finally understood: the small drawers are a real free bookstore! Each mini drawer contains a book and its color indicates the book subject. You can choose among various themes: Bestsellers, thrillers, biographies, etc…

This is a great initiative organised by the cultural department of the village. You pick up a book, bringing and leaving there another book of yours!

Covid-times? Ok, the picked up book can be always thoroughly disinfected, can’t it?