The joys of Mohrenkopf and Ohropax
The Can-Swiss Quiz with Bernadette Calonego, Roberts Creek B.C.
Here I am walking in a labyrinth in a friend’s private back yard contemplating all the great people that I interviewed for this blog. If you like it or not – after a summer break, I will be back in September with a vengeance! (Photo B. Calonego)
I was asked again and again, what my answers would be for the Can-Swiss Quiz.
It is true: I cannot pester other people with questions and opt out myself.
So here I lay bare all the things you ever wanted to know from me (well, some of them…).
That will give you some food for thought because we are taking a summer break in June, July and August. I hope you will miss the stories about all the amazing Swiss immigrants and all the Canadians who have nice or funny things to say about Switzerland!
I will be back in September with more stories.
In the meantime, if you know people with
interesting stories or if you have an interesting story yourself, let us know. Write to info@Swiss100Canada.com.
Here are my Can-Swiss Quiz answers:
What gift do you bring home from Canada (or Switzerland)?
From Canada: shopping bags from Canada Post (very light!), hand-knit socks from Newfoundland (also very light) or key-chains with the picture of Vancouver (even lighter).
From Switzerland: Red leather case with the white Swiss cross for keys from Heimatwerk. Butter dish made from glas from Glasi Hergiswil. Calendars with Swiss landscapes.
What product(s) do you miss most in Canada (or in Switzerland)?
In Canada: Swiss chocolate pudding (powder), vermicelles (sweet chestnut mousse), a Swiss pastry called Diplomate, Mohrenkopf (chocolate marshmellow), Ohropax (ear plugs made from wax), Kamillosan (concentrated camomile ointment), the traditional herb ointment “Klosterfrauen Melissengeist”, grilled bratwurst. Stalden Creme. And crispy Swiss bread, bread, bread.
In Switzerland: Fish and Chips, cheap sushi, a variety of exotic restaurants like in Vancouver, The Seven Virtues parfume (made from orange blossoms from Afghanistan)
Which are the 3 qualities you cherish most in Swiss men or women?
Reliable, efficient, wordly.
Which are the 3 qualities you cherish most in Canadian men or women?
Friendly, relaxed, forgiving.
What triggered a culture shock for you in Switzerland or Canada (in one sentence, please)?
Canadians have a different kind of humour!
In Switzerland: Because I am not exposed to it here a lot, the amount of nudity in mainstream Swiss and German media caught my eye. (Oh, I’m such a prude … Who would have thought!)
Which Canadian or Swiss personality fascinates me?
In Canada: Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
In Switzerland: Minister Doris Leuthard, female member of the Swiss government.