In Touch with a different culture: Caroline

Where is your country and what is the official language?

swiss-girlMy country is Switzerland in Europe, and we have three official languages: German, French, Italian and actually we have one more: Romansh, but only few people in the mountains knows it.

What is a traditional food from your country?

Switzerland is famous for the Fondue and Zueri Geschnetzeltes, which is meat cut into stripes with grinded potato, and you put it into pan and fry with butter on both sides. It is served with creamy sauce.

What was the biggest culture shock you’ve experienced at Kalani?

Well maybe not a shock but what surprised me that here you don’t drink that much and that you go to bed between 9-10PM and this is very early for me, but this is so natural, because it gets dark here and you are tired and you go to bed. And you wake up with the sunrise.

What do you like most about your culture?

I like that Swiss people are very reliable, high quality work, very punctual and when you say you are going to do something, you always do it and you can rely on it. They are also very organized and clean.

How do you say ‘hello’ and ‘I love you’ in….?

Hoi, Ich liaeb diiich

What is the national dance? Appenzeller Taenze

We have a lot of different folk, costume dances with wooden clogs, nice skirts and hats. Each region in Switzerland has its own traditionaldance.


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