Thursday, September 18, 2008

Visit for the Names

Some people come to Switzerland for the Alps. Some come for the chocolate. But I am recommending coming for the strange names.

After all, there's not much more pleasure to be found in travel than coming across the name of a city and thinking, ha, can you believe it? Imagine entire zip codes and not to mention mountain ranges with a word you can't stop laughing about.

In Switzerland, you could take your photo at the train station in "Buttikon". Or proudly at the top of the "Titlis" mountain. The options are endless.

Think how much more highly you'll think of your own hometown when you find out you could have grown up in Bubikon instead.

And if you've had your fill of places, you could always shop for some Schmuck.

A few posts back, I talked about avoiding Lucerne when touring Switzerland. But there is one exception and that is if you go for the Gutsch Hotel. It's just another one of those Swiss names that means something special to all those English speakers out there not to mention the many more that are just waiting for you to make them famous in America.


Jessica Brogan said...

your boss took you to a strip club?

Chantal said...

Yes. As women working in business quickly learn, there are no sexual harassment laws in Switzerland.

Matt Morelli said...

I rather enjoyed passing through Wankdorf on the outskirts of Bern earlier this year. If you're not a Brit, Aussie or Kiwi, you might not appreciate this as much as I did.

Chantal said...

Wankdorf. That's another great one to add to the list! Thanks!


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