November 2010 Viking Cruise on Rhine River from Antwerp to Basel.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
One aspect of life in Basel that amazes us completely is the easy way most people switch between languages. School children study German, and Swiss German, a dialect of this part of Switzerland, French and English. Many signs are in multiple languages, and the television shows and movies come from France or Germany or America. All three languages are in use in multiple ways, and almost everyone is familiar with all three. There is also a good bit of Italian spoken, since Italy is on Switzerland's southern border. We are both amazed and probably a little jealous. It just seems so rich to have so many ways to express yourself and to better try to understand the world.
Our wonderful trip is over, and we are off on the train to Zurich to catch good old Delta back home. Again, we are so blessed.