Adventures in Roestiland

Life on the 'wild side' of the Roestigraben

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Swiss 'do (as in Hairdo)

If you should visit Switzerland one day, do not be alarmed if you have the impression that the Swiss men are clones. It's not your imagination. They do all have, if not the same, a slight variation of the same basic hairdo. I call it the Swiss 'do.
Most people have heard the rumor that Switzerland is expensive. Indeed, this is true. Let's take haircuts for instance. For a man, they cost on average 40 SFr (about 30 USD). For a woman that's not expensive for a haircut. But in a man's eyes 40Sfr, is equal to about 7 beers.

Therefore, most Swiss men have their own clippers, which their significant others are instructed to use for a hair-cut. Since the women want to hide that they performed their partner's haircut, they usually leave a bit of hair longer on the top, so the cut doesn't seem so perfect. The results appear as shown in diagram A and B, with the long part brushed down and forward in A and brushed up in B. Diagram C depicts the Swiss man that doesn't care and leaves it all one length. Please take notice of the optional tiny gold hoop in the drawings....

For those that are having problems visualizing what we mean from our crude drawings, I provide you with an example. Do you remember Timon the Meerkat, from The Lion King?
In the spirit of Hot Karl, we'd also like to offer you 2 Swiss Sport Celebrity examples as proof.

The first is Mr. Stephane Lambiel (top), Swiss medalist in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games for Men's Figure Skating. The second is Simon Ammann (bottom). 'Simi' is the Swiss Ski-jumper who unexpectedly won two gold medals in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Last but certainly, not least... we need to mention the Swiss mullet... 'the Swullet'. The Swullet is a variation of the Swiss 'do that is most commony seen in small villages, where the cow and human population are close to equal, and citizens have not heard that the 80s are over.

Today's German word of the day is Vokuhila, which stands for "vorne kurz, hinten lang" (short in front, long in the back), also known as mullet. Ladies, you will not believe all of the famous men who've worn a mullet at one time. I invite you to check out Wikipedias mullet blurb for a full list, but just remember Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon movies.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Roestigraben... a culinary/cultural divide

We've already introduced the idea of Roesti. Now for graben.

Graben translates into 'ditch' or 'moat'.

Yes, meine Damen und Herren, 'Roestigraben' indeed means 'Hashbrown Moat' and refers to one of the culinary and cultural divides, separating the Swiss-German speaking part from the Swiss-French speaking part. And since we've lived on both sides of the moat, we've learned the hard way that it really does exist.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Adventures in Roestiland

Welcome to Roestiland

You may be asking yourself what is Roesti?'s a traditional Swiss dish consisting of grated and then fried potatoes,
kind of like hashbrowns.
Here at Adventures in Roestiland, it's also a nickname that we've lovingly given to the Swiss German part of Switzerland.

Tomorrow... the first in the series of 'Swiss German word of the day'