One of the interesting things about Switzerland is how international it is. The country has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansch. And at least three cultural heritages: Germanic, Italian, and French. (Of course, all of Switzerland is echte Schwiezer, but forgive an ignorant American for simplifying). Tomorrow we're going to sample a bit of the French side, spending the weekend in Lausanne.

Most everyone here speaks English, which helps me when I'm lazy and trying to negotate with my neighbours about when to do the washing. All the food and product packaging is trilingual; German, French, and Italian. But no English, since that's not an official language. Seems somewhat perverse to me, but I guess it makes sense.

  2005-09-15 18:45 Z