Sunday, August 18, 2019

Everything Is ok.-

Bags are ok.-.  Umbrellas are ok.-.

Many thanks to the ok.- models Maureen and Elisabeth.





















Ice tea.is ok.-
















But energy drinks are the most ok.-
Photo courtesy of ok.- website
Also from website.
A lot of things are ok.- because ok.- is a brand made by the Swiss company Valora and sold exclusively in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. They started out with energy drinks...lots of energy drinks. Then they branched out with water, cookies, chocolate, tea, sunglasses, umbrellas, bags, and more! The best part is the prices for this brand are really ok.- And in Switzerland that's saying a lot!

One more feature that makes this brand stand out is its cheeky style. From its url name: www.okpunktstrich.ch which translates to "ok dot dash" (which is exactly how you spell it) to its advertisements, ok.- is more than OK with us.
And Luke is der Bruder?

























Today's teeny tiny poem shows this brand's style:

outspOKen

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Neat and Tidy

The Swiss are commonly associated with cleanliness. I've mentioned it in relation to their public toilets. And apart from the pervasive graffiti (about which I've mentioned here), I'd have to say they keep their outdoor environments very clean. And sometimes they like to use nifty machines to do it.

In recent days I saw all three of the following machines in my neighborhood. I don't think any of them are uniquely Swiss, but they are being utilized to keep the Swiss neat and tidy standard.

First off, our neighbor uses this gizmo regularly:

Every time we walk past this yard and this thing is out there, I get so excited. I've always wanted a Roomba for my house (maybe Santa will bring one this year?), but if I still had a yard/lawn, I'd definitely want one of these. And look how neat and tidy their yard is!

The next day I saw a maintenance worker cutting the grass near our flat and adjacent to the train tracks. And by cutting the grass, I don't mean he was doing it manually by pushing a mower. No, he was pushing some buttons...using a remote controller.
View from one of our balconies.













The mower was definitely doing all the work:

Again, our outdoor environment is neat and tidy!

And finally, just the other day we saw a cleaning machine that I never knew existed! We live quite close to a regional recycling center, called an ökihof. The facility uses large dumpster type receptacles to collect the plastic, paper, glass, etc.
















And of course, these receptacle get dirty. But, not to worry. There's washing machine on a truck to deal with this problem!
















An arm comes out and attaches to the top of the recycling receptacle:
















And then it is brought around to the center of the machine on the truck that has big blue brushes for a cleaning!















Unfortunately it wasn't scrubbing while we watched. But how cool is that? Who knew that huge recycling receptacles can be cleaned? Apparently, the Swiss knew because they are doing it! Another great way to keep Switzerland neat and tidy.

Today's poem is a neat and tidy tiny poem:
neaten
straighten
spruce it up
the Swiss are experts
at cleaning up

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Full Blown Swiss

Happy 1st of August! Happy Swiss National Day!


Today the Swiss celebrate all things Swiss. And we foreigners benefit. You see, the Swiss have been celebrating National Day on August 1st since 1891, but the day has only been an actual holiday since 1994. It took almost 100 years for 80% of Swiss voters to decide that yes, we need a day off to celebrate being Swiss. (Though, to be fair, the Swiss do a pretty good job of celebrating their Swissiness just about every day.)

For the month of July the local businesses do a bumper crop business selling the red and white to the masses:

Even down to their eggs!






But one international retailer doesn't sell Swiss-centric merchandise just in the summer for National Day.  No, c&a stores sell traditional Swiss clothing. All. Year. Long.

(To get an idea of what c&a sells in the rest of the store, Maureen ALWAYS finds something cute. Think young adult fashion, though I have bought a few items there for myself and it is not weird.)

You can get Lederhosen for HIM:
Takes leather pants to a new level.
Or a Dirndl for HER:

The blouses are cute.






And you can get traditional accessories as well:
Cute purse...
...or wool socks!


I love that these traditional clothes are available 365 days a year and in a mainstream retailer! How cool is that?

I do have to note that while these clothes are readily available, they are not cheap. The Lederhosen run about 150Fr. (It is in Switzerland after all.) Oh well.

And to round out our Swiss National Day celebration and this post, here are some fireworks and a poem. Ooh and aah at your own discretion:

Kaboom!







Swiss national pride
flag of red and white
schnitzel and wurst by day
pyrotechnics all night
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