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Switzerland through the 5 senses

A lot of people on this forum have published great photos of this wonderful country, but what would you pick if you had to sum it up using other senses?


The reason is I've asked my students to describe their home countries using all 5 senses and realised they were finding it difficult. So I would like to present them with a list of what you EF fellows would pick as what best illustrates a smell, a touch ... for you personally in Switzerland.


For me, it would be:


sight: the sunset on the Jura on a clear summer evening.
smell: freshly cut hay in the mountains
hearing: a melancholic Swiss yodel or the sound of waves crashing against the rocks along the lake.
tasting: that very first glass of Rosé wine offered by our neighbours when we first moved in: it was a glass of long-lasting friendship
touching: the scales of freshly fished perch from Lake Geneva, it brought back childhood memories when my granddad took me fishing.
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

All smells of shit, at the moment, around me ..... hay has been gathered, and the cleared field is sprayed with contents of the farmer's cesspit - if it's from cows, it's bearable, but from pigs, then you're gagging.

Probably, not too different to Geneva, on a hot afternoon.
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All smells of shit, at the moment, around me ..... hay has been gathered, and the cleared field is sprayed with contents of the farmer's cesspit - if it's from cows, it's bearable, but from pigs, then you're gagging.

Probably, not too different to Geneva, on a hot afternoon.
My train has just got into Fribourg and the smell of faeces is overpowering all my other senses!

It's good to be home... I just hope the cows haven't dumped on my mountain passes when I go for a play on the bike tomorrow. I'm still not convinced that the cows need to go for walkies on the roads
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All smells of shit, at the moment, around me ..... hay has been gathered, and the cleared field is sprayed with contents of the farmer's cesspit - if it's from cows, it's bearable, but from pigs, then you're gagging.

Probably, not too different to Geneva, on a hot afternoon.


Thanks Timow, but I think I'll need to censor your first sentence for my kids, they're 12!
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Thanks Timow, but I think I'll need to censor your first sentence for my kids, they're 12!
You mean the one I got from my 8 yr. old?
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

Sight - when you reach the crest of the mountain and see an open valley ahead
Hear - the trickle of a mountain stream on a to day
Smell - copying you, but nothing beats fresh hay
Taste - fresh water from the same mountain stream
Touch - the contours of the rock face as you ascend the peaks
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

I like this thread, but I'm torn between a Züri version and the whole CH version. So I give two:

Züri
sight: Uetliberg on a semi-overcast day, with slow moving clouds floating by.
smell: Flowers on all the balconies
sound: an approaching tram
taste: Turbinenbräu on the steps near the Sihl
touch: Grass on the Chinawiese

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sight: Flags flying on August 1st
smell: Fondue on a winters day
sound: cowbells ringing in an open field
taste: Rösti with bacon and cheese
touch: unique rocks I find while hiking.



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A lot of people on this forum have published great photos of this wonderful country, but what would you pick if you had to sum it up using other senses?

The reason is I've asked my students to describe their home countries using all 5 senses and realised they were finding it difficult. So I would like to present them with a list of what you EF fellows would pick as what best illustrates a smell, a touch ... for you personally in Switzerland.


For me, it would be:


sight: the sunset on the Jura on a clear summer evening.
smell: freshly cut hay in the mountains
hearing: a melancholic Swiss yodel or the sound of waves crashing against the rocks along the lake.
tasting: that very first glass of Rosé wine offered by our neighbours when we first moved in: it was a glass of long-lasting friendship
touching: the scales of freshly fished perch from Lake Geneva, it brought back childhood memories when my granddad took me fishing.
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

In Züri

Sight: The grey gathering of clouds and the misty distance view - because it's raining
Smell: The smell of rubber and dirt on the roads having been released because it's raining, again
Sound: The spashing on the ground as you walk through the puddles - because it's still bloody raining.
Taste: Don't even get me going on the taste of a wet Bratwurst with soaked bread roll - because it's bloody raining again.
Touch: Touch ID doesn't work on my iPhone due to the fact that my hands are wet - because it's absolutely pissing it down
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

It cannot be true when we have 28C here in Geneva! Surely you are mixing up with Grimsby, Seattle or Cork!
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All smells of shit, at the moment, around me ..... hay has been gathered, and the cleared field is sprayed with contents of the farmer's cesspit - if it's from cows, it's bearable, but from pigs, then you're gagging.

Probably, not too different to Geneva, on a hot afternoon.


Do you know why that storks fly in circles over FR?


It's because they need one wing to hold their nose shut.

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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

Sight: looking down on to the Zuerisee from about 200m up the hill

Smell: "fertilizer" late in the evening when the farmers know it will rain the following day

Sound: church bells

Taste: a cold Feldi on the terrace on a warm and sunny day

Touch: the first piece of pretzel bread once you realize it is still warm
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

Sight:
Discounting the endless number of natural scenery views that I could select, one sight that sticks in my mind is the incredibly colourful and well maintained cemetaries. Even at night when lit up by many candles they are still a spectacular sight

Smell:
Raclette. Can anything else be more distinctive?

Sound:
Cow bells ringing in a distant meadow

Taste:
Mövenpick ice cream, especially lemon sorbet

Touch:
Snow in the middle of summer
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Sight: looking down on to the Zuerisee from about 200m up the hill

Smell: "fertilizer" late in the evening when the farmers know it will rain the following day

Sound: church bells

Taste: a cold Feldi on the terrace on a warm and sunny day

Touch: the first piece of pretzel bread once you realize it is still warm


Definitely the warm pretzel!
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

Here's a set of responses that your kids might like:

Sight: The first snow of the season falling on a Friday night which means sledding and hot chocolate the next day.

Smell: That horrible odor that comes out of the fridge the morning after your parents hosted an apero because your Mom saved the leftover bits of cheese and sausage and you completely lose your appetite for orange juice and cereal.

Sound: The nagging sound of an old lady scolding you at lunch break because 150 of you have all crammed into the same bus to go to the Coop to get your sandwich/Red Bull combination and you have bumped into her and stepped on her toes and she can barely climb off at her stop.

Taste: Cold Nestea in plastic liter bottles.

Touch: The feel of the snuggly sheepskin under your butt which is covering the patio chairs at the restaurant on the top of the mountain on your February ski trip.
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

Sight: The scintillant spatzling of sunsparrows as they wing down from the edges at dusktide.


Sound: The horriscent shripe of a tungulent monze, hunking at the edge of the lake.


Smell: The delicate nose of vinespuckleweed at the dark end of a violet evening.


Taste: The sliverous tant of schneckenwurst, salted over with honey and spice.


Touch: The prickly tickle of arschnessel, trapped between your thigh and your sock.


Hang on, which Switzerland are we talking about, exactly?
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Here's a set of responses that your kids might like:

Sight: The first snow of the season falling on a Friday night which means sledding and hot chocolate the next day.

Smell: That horrible odor that comes out of the fridge the morning after your parents hosted an apero because your Mom saved the leftover bits of cheese and sausage and you completely lose your appetite for orange juice and cereal.

Sound: The nagging sound of an old lady scolding you at lunch break because 150 of you have all crammed into the same bus to go to the Coop to get your sandwich/Red Bull combination and you have bumped into her and stepped on her toes and she can barely climb off at her stop.

Taste: Cold Nestea in plastic liter bottles.

Touch: The feel of the snuggly sheepskin under your butt which is covering the patio chairs at the restaurant on the top of the mountain on your February ski trip.

I'm sure they will identify with all the above!
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Sight: The scintillant spatzling of sunsparrows as they wing down from the edges at dusktide.


Sound: The horriscent shripe of a tungulent monze, hunking at the edge of the lake.


Smell: The delicate nose of vinespuckleweed at the dark end of a violet evening.


Taste: The sliverous tant of schneckenwurst, salted over with honey and spice.


Touch: The prickly tickle of arschnessel, trapped between your thigh and your sock.


Hang on, which Switzerland are we talking about, exactly?

I can feel an Arthur Rimbaud's "Voyelles" coming on, buried deep into your poetic soul!


YOUR Switzerland will do fine, thank you. I would hope we all have a different perspective, unless one has to fill in a form (1 copy for your Landesrat or equivalent!) to show individuality!
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

Another classic Swiss sound, the Postbus horn

http://www.postauto.ch/en/pag-starts...g-posthorn.htm
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Re: Switzerland through the 5 senses

what a great post taveau, for some reason i can't auto quote you. anyway, as i've been away for several years visting only yearly, i would reply to this based on what i encounter whenever i first go back...

sight: the alps as we are approaching on the plane - there really is nothing that is comparable...still takes my breath away
smell : hmmm....tough one. but it has to be fertilizer! lol. having lived in farm areas when i was back in ZH for so long, this was one smell i did not grow up with as a city girl...strangely i did get used to it.
sound : has to be that yodel and muh! from the airport train when you arrive at terminal E. that signals a big welcome home for me
taste : first thing i get is a laugen gipfeli at migros flughafen. croissants you can get all over but unfortunately i'm not into them. laugen gipfeli or nothing.
touch : i guess i miss the three kisses and gruezi greeting. there is something of an ice breaker there with the kisses.
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Sight: The scintillant spatzling of sunsparrows as they wing down from the edges at dusktide.


Sound: The horriscent shripe of a tungulent monze, hunking at the edge of the lake.


Smell: The delicate nose of vinespuckleweed at the dark end of a violet evening.


Taste: The sliverous tant of schneckenwurst, salted over with honey and spice.


Touch: The prickly tickle of arschnessel, trapped between your thigh and your sock.


Hang on, which Switzerland are we talking about, exactly?
This reminds me of Jabberwocky, I lost count of the number of words I don't know!

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A lot of people on this forum have published great photos of this wonderful country, but what would you pick if you had to sum it up using other senses?


The reason is I've asked my students to describe their home countries using all 5 senses and realised they were finding it difficult. So I would like to present them with a list of what you EF fellows would pick as what best illustrates a smell, a touch ... for you personally in Switzerland.


For me, it would be:


sight: the sunset on the Jura on a clear summer evening.
smell: freshly cut hay in the mountains
hearing: a melancholic Swiss yodel or the sound of waves crashing against the rocks along the lake.
tasting: that very first glass of Rosé wine offered by our neighbours when we first moved in: it was a glass of long-lasting friendship
touching: the scales of freshly fished perch from Lake Geneva, it brought back childhood memories when my granddad took me fishing.
I would like to do this but I don't have time now, will be on later or tomorrow to add mine!
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