Dec 21, 2009 - everyday life, Trips    No Comments

Surprisingly Snow

Some times events come up really surprisingly. I already got used of the fact that my comeback in snowboarding will be somewhere in February, 2010. But then it came all differently. As some of you may know in Switzerland it is a tradition that every year the school organizes a ski camp for almost each grade. Well, my grade of course didn’t have such a privilege of a ski camp any more. We will have some project in that week :-/. But there is a possibility dsc00163to go with a younger grade as a counselor. Last week one of the teacher suddenly asked me if I still would like to be a counselor. Of course I said yes! Now I had to sign up for a snowboard counselor training camp and who thought: the first training day was last sunday!

So, last sunday I went snowboarding for the first time since more than one and a half year. I was a little worried because we had to show off some of our skills and pass a “snowboarding skill test”. But after the first run down the slop it was clear, I started right up where I stopped. Easily I passed the test and could enjoy the rest of the day!
At the last run down it got really foggy. I could barley see 2 yards wide. I got completely lost. There I was lost, somewhere in the Swiss Alps, no idea where I came from and no idea where I should go. The only way was down. I just kept going that way till I finally found an old rusty ski-lift. There was an old man who tried to tell me the way down to the main station but I could not really follow his description. I took the lift up to the tip of the mountain and tried to follow his direction. Luckily there were some other people who I could follow. I finally found the way down! Totally exhausted of the long day but really happy of my first day snowboarding in a long time, I took the train home!
Dec 7, 2009 - England, everyday life    3 Comments

Daily Show makes fun of Switzerland!

So I actually was going to write about the Swiss Santa, but the Daily Show has given me another subject to write about! I thought about writing about it earlier, but then didn’t because I thought I don’t want to bore you with Swiss politics. Anyway :D

Setting the Scene:

Two Sundays ago the Swiss folks voted on a referendum on a prohibition of the building of any more minarets. Of course this was a huuuge question and it was much more then just about the islamic tower. There were some really aggressive poster showing minarets rising like bombs from the Swiss flag and so on. And sadly the referendum came through two Sundays ago. Most supporter of the referendum fear the “Islamization” of Switzerland and Europe. Of course this fear has some points because in the last 30 years the percent of Muslims in Switzerland has raised from 0.2% to almost 5% of Switzerland’s population. Some people are fearing kind of a population explosion of Muslims or what ever. Which I don’t think is legit, but I at least can understand their fear.

I was against such a referendum because it doesn’t do any good. And such a stop of building any mores minarets doesn’t solve any problems that we have with the Islam and Muslims immigrants.

Anyway, enough of that talking. In the last months I have heard enough of it and now, that it actually came through, I am also a little bit embarrassed of the result. But I still want to show you guys the Daily Show Clip about the minarets in Switzerland! It is hilarious!!! (At least for a Swiss :P )

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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I would love to hear your thoughts about all this and if it has changed your view of Switzerland. :)

Dec 5, 2009 - England, Fun    13 Comments

The most interesting questions!

People shapping a question markDuring my exchange year you guys really asked me some, well lets say interesting questions. I tried to remember the best ones and give my answers to it:

After I introduce myself as Raphy from Switzerland:
1. So Ralph in Sweden, you guys speak Chinese right?
Well first: my name is Raphy, second: I am from Switzerland! It is NOT the same as Sweden and third: Chinese is spoken in China. My native language is Swiss German!

2. Do you guys have Swiss Cheese in Switzerland?

No of course not! Swiss cheese comes from Peru and they just use the name to sell more stuff to the Americans, because they think “Swiss” always means good quality. Just kidding, yeah we have that Swiss cheese in Switzerland too, how ironic.

3. Do you have a king in Switzerland?

Yes, we do! Every household has their own little TV. In the morning you have to switch on the TV and the king will tell you what you have to do.

4. Do you guys live in houses?

No, we don’t know such a thing. Houses are really old fashioned and we all live in some kind of space ship that just floats around.

5. Hold on, Raphy, isn’t Africa the same as South America.

No…. xD

6. Is it true that every European plays soccer?

Yeah, without any exceptions, even the ones that are physically challenged. It is the law. You have to play soccer, otherwise you are not a real European.

7. In Europe the car “smart” is more popular than in the US. Does that mean that all people are really smart in Europe?

Yes it does. Because I don’t know if you knew, but to get the car “smart” you have to make an IQ-test and only if you don’t fail the test you can buy one…

8. Do you listen to music in Switzerland?

Yes we do!

9. Does everybody jodel in Switzerland?

Com’on! Does every American like McDonald’s?

UPDATE: Just to let you know: It is not dump to ask stupid questions! It is dump not to ask them! And don’t worry not only you guys asked me some really good questions also Swiss people asked me some really wondering questions about the US. When you think about this post ;-)