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The Swiss are very manners conscious. Even in schools, children are required to greet their teachers with a handshake and eye contact. When my children's friends come over, I am always pleasantly surprised by their good table manners and their use of please (bitte) and thank you (danke). Shortly before leaving, a Swiss child will come over to me, stick out a hand and thank me for the visit.
Here are some Swiss table manners:
Be on time. Always wait for everybody to be served before beginning to eat. All meals are usually started with the words "bon appetit" or "guten Appetit." If wine is served, wait until the host begins the toast. When toasting, chink your glass with everybody at the table and look each person in the eyes before drinking. Keep your wrists on the table, but never your elbows. Do not place your hands in your lap. Remember to always say please and thank you. French bread is always torn rather than cut with a knife. Lift your forearm from the table while…
About a year ago, a reader emailed me asking about the health benefits of living in the Swiss Alps as well as its disadvantages. I’m no doctor, but I do have opinions on the matter that some of you might find helpful. So here we go. (People love lists anyway.)
fresh air - Good for the lungs; great for asthmatics dryness - Good for people with dust mite and mold allergies clean water out of the tap - I end up drinking more water beautiful views promote physical activity and gratitude - Looking out the window at a clear blue sky and mountain peaks entices me out of the house; the beauty of nature reminds me of life's beauty; easier to feel grateful when surrounded by beauty lots of sport opportunities - Hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, river rafting, downhill skiing, ski touring on skins, cross country skiing, swimming if near a good pool, etc... silence - I sleep better without the sound of traffic; it's soothing to the nerves and conducive to meditation an…
Women are primarily responsible for meal preparation in the Swiss alps, and lunch being the main meal of the day, this means one has to take time each morning to shop, prepare, and cook.
Children usually come home around 12:15 as well as husbands, if they are working nearby.
At first, I complained at what I believed to be an incredibly sexist and inconvenient tradition. What? There was no school lunch program?
Eventually, I had no choice but to accept it, and over the years and after trying out new recipes and cooking every single day, my skills improved.
I arrived in the Swiss Alps a spoiled, academically-minded young mother who knew nothing about cooking (I could barely cook an egg), but I left a resourceful cook and mother who can now prepare healthy meals without too much of a struggle. My experience as a Swiss "Hausfrau" or housewife could have turned out differently. Instead, I could have fed my kids ready-made meals, filled with saturated fat, salt, and chemicals, …