I consider Switzerland as my gateway to Europe. This is the first European country I had visited and in many ways the experience always felt like surreal. It was summer but the temperature can drop from 16-18 degrees centigrade in late afternoon. There are days that I have to wear a winter wool clothing to warm me up. I often catch people staring at me. Maybe they think, what a weird woman! Yeah I am not acclimatize to that kind of weather. I’m so used to the 2-season from the tropics. In fact last spring, when I was in France, I got fever for 2 days because I happen to experience 11 degrees, it was raining and very windy, I was shivering all over – I feel like I am dying! Aside from the climate, the surroundings, the culture, the people, their way of life really amuse me. Language barrier can be a constraint but if you are fond of learning a foreign language, it would be a lot of fun. I took up basic German course but unfortunately, the practical application was very minimal as the formal German to Swiss German has a lot of variations in my opinion. I’ve written some words/ phrases I could remember towards the end. Meanwhile, here are the photos in black and white! 😀
Gruezi! 😀 (a Swiss German for Hello :-))
Cruising in the Lake of Zurich is a worthwhile activity as this enables you to see its well-preserved medieval architecture, old churches, museums and the impressive view of the city.
This is quite a common sight during summer, people taking advantage of the sun :-D.
I was tempted to capture the expression of passengers 😀 during a day trip from the border of Italy back to Zurich.
At the Zurich central station.
I was surprise to see products from the Philippines! 😀 These bags are made up of recycled plastic from popular juice drinks. I learned that Rita (in photo), a Social Worker is supporting an NGO (Non-Government Organization) from developing countries like Philippines by importing products made up of recycled materials.
Here are the very few Swiss German phrases I remember:-
Gruezi – means Hello!
Guten Tag – means Good morning!
Danke schoen – means Thank you!
Tschuess – means Bye!
How about you? 😀 Can you share some words/ phrases in Swiss German? Oh by the way, Switzerland has 3 official languages: French, German and Italian. The city of Zurich is a German speaking region.