Gear Change Up

Monday, August 14, 2006

Welcome! (Willkommen! (Bienvenue ! (Benvenuto!))) To Switzerland!

The first time you step over the Swiss border is a uni-linguists' nightmare:

I grabbed my USA Today and headed for the kiosk cashier
"Bonjour," I said. "No...wait..."
"Hallo! Wie kann ich dir helfen? "
"Uno S.U.A. oggi?"
"Um...and a Coca Light."
"Quello sarà 7.40, prego."
I dig through my new assortment of colored bills and decide to pay with the orange one.
"Et 2.60 est votre changement. Merci et avoir une bonne journée !"
" thanks."

What the hell.


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