Petra, Mia, and I spent a week in the village of Sent in Canton Graubünden, cross-country skiing and trekking. It is a beautiful spot in the southeastern Swiss Alps. I captured many images of the village and its mountainous snowy surroundings. Enjoy them!
Cada vez que visito el cantón montañoso de los Grisones deseo aprender el romanche, uno de los cuatro idiomas nacionales de Suiza. El romanche también conocido como retorromanche es una lengua romance (latín) y por ende se asemeja al castellano y al italiano. Entenderlo en su forma escrita es relativamente fácil para los que hablamos […]
In autumn of 2018 Switzerland voted on a proposition to subsidize those farmers willing to let their cows and goats grow horns. For decades their horns have been welded at very high temperatures at an early age to prevent them from growing. It is very painful as you can imagine. The reasoning behind this treatment […]
I was a fan of dolma for many years, but stopped eating them because I found them so acidic they sometimes provoked reflux. That’s because I had only eaten the canned or pre-packaged versions from stores and restaurants. “Known since antiquity, dolmadaki or dolma are grape leaves wrapped around a filling. They are common in […]
En nuestro reciente viaje a Italia, pude constatar la presencia de Dios en Nápoles. In our recent trip to Italy, I witnessed God’s presence in Naples.
Living only 31 Km from the oldest nuclear plant is not comforting. It is an inconvenient truth that the Beznau AKW is so close to us. Greenpeace informs citizens in my area using street signs in a very clever way. The sign says “the oldest atomic power plant in the world is only 31 Km […]
After almost 5 years of living in Schwamendingen, Zürich, Switzerland, the neighborhood council surprised me by naming the street that runs behing our building complex after me. I was speechless. Needless to say, I am humbled by their gesture. Of course I had to take a picture of the street sign.
96 % of the Swiss trains arrive on time. 2 % arrive 3 minutes or fewer late. 2 % arrive more than 3 minutes late. So when people see this sign, as I did a little while ago, (“ca. 3′ später” means it is about 3 minutes late) they generally lose their cool. How is […]
Recently my brother Tito visited us. He was in Basel for a conference at the University and stayed with us overnight in Zürich. Through his eyes I witnessed once again what I did almost 5 years ago when I first moved here: how things work well, how superbly organized and clean the cities are, and […]
On a recent trip to Italy we encountered this vintage poster in a restaurant. Imagine it in a restaurant, say, somewhere in Miami!