Winter in Laufaburg, Swizzyland. Cold, cloudy, no incredible sensations, politics as usual, the local tribes celebrating their ever same rituals and Hähnle, our beloved watering hole gets ready for us by May only. No reason to maintain jealousy.
Somewhere during a short trip to Italy we found the ultimate proof that Google translator still has a certain potential to improve. Or some Italian guys having constantly slept during their foreign language lessons should be slightly less talkative.
But let’s start where it starts: Mid January we return to Laufaburg.
Outside all greyish white – snow and a solid cover of thick clouds; minus 5 degrees. Inside our apartment more reasonable 10 degrees. Time to engage in some extensive heating – and 2 days later all is warm’n’cosy again. In the meantime our only chance is to buy a couple of bottles filled with rotten grapes to feel warmer. Of course, preferably South African Allesverloren Tinta Barocca.
Back in Swizzyland, we’re curious to know what great improvement have been achieved. Unfortunately no huge changes yet. So time for extended hibernation and a shy glance to the side to follow all important politics.
Our politicians still get sitting allowances for engaging themselves in all kind of speeches and doing some conspicuous lobbying work.
Everybody – except the Swiss Fuddy-Duddy Party (Swiss Vüdli Pürger) – still is shocked by the election of Uncle Donny in the US. But this doesn’t prevent them from developing some activities:
Under the influence of the latest development from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, currently all female MPs of the proud Socialist Party are engaged in knitting beautiful red socks for their male counterparts.
The center oriented conservatives still remain somehow busy in all kind of activities. Whatever, business as usual for those guys. Their motto: newly elected presidents in other countries – who cares.
Slightly different for the rightist Swiss Fuddy-Duddies, the Swiss Vüdli Pürger. Probably for the 1st time in their history they discover a world outside Swizzy’s borders. After having been extremely successful in co- supporting (together with comrade Putin) Donny Trump’s election they identified fellow right-wing jihaddies in Europe in desperate need for support: in Austria, in the Netherlands, in France, secretly even in Germany. So they’re busy expanding their weird ideas across the border, still hoping to convert the world again in a disk as it was known in the 50ies of the last century.
Despite these huge efforts of the Swiss Vüdli Pürger the Austrians elected a different party. So no longer opportunities to cook brownish soup in this splendid country.
The Netherlands also decided differently. So the end of the great opportunity to use this country as a test site for Islam phobic experiments and other beautiful ideas.
And finally even the Frenchies understood that this ultra-right lady Le Pen may not be the ultimate mate to be president – it seems they rather considered her a pain in the ass.
Definitely a desperate situation for the Swiss Fuddy-Duddies. Poor Schwiizer Füdli Pürger. Nevertheless, they never feel embarrassed to develop excellent alternatives. They dig up a so called action committee most of us have disposed of the stake of history long time ago: the Action for a Neutral and Independent Swizzyland. If we remember well, locally it’s called Aktion für eine neutrale und unabhängige Schweiz – ANUS. Nomen est Omen.
Whatever, the guys of this ANUS are back to show their importance. Now trying to get cancelled Swizzy’s agreements with the EU. No idea why they do so; but they want to cancel the free movement of persons from the EU. We assume they’ll have to build a wall around the country.
So far the only explanation we could develop is that the cement industry or generally the construction sector is behind this strange idea. As Uncle Donny does not get the necessary play money to build his wall of eternal US-Mexican friendship the hell a lot of business opportunities have gone for the suffering construction industry in Swizzyland. So no alternatives except to build a beautiful wall around Swizzyland.
And a kind of collateral effect would even add importance to this great idea of ANUS: Swizzyland would immediately be 1st – and America 2nd only – at least in wall building. Great idea, isn’t it?
Back to life. We also have to break hibernation from time to time to organise the next trip thru China from Laos to Mongolia. To get a few spare parts for Prado, to organise a number of visa for the following countries and finally to acquire a minimal knowledge about shipping a car from Korea to the Americas.
And of course to participate in some tribal customs. 1st of all the ever same carnival in Laufaburg …
… and some time later a procession organised by our fellow neighbours in Italy. Locals also confirm this important event to be the same every year.
So all exciting – but time to take the initiative to move on towards Punta Arenas, Argentina: on 28th we’ll fly to Bangkok and on to Luang Prabang.