Bern - My last Swiss Blog

Bern - My last Swiss Blog
by ramintork


This is my last Swiss blog. I'll be back in UK on Monday.

It has been a glorious 9 month here. Like an isolated Darwinian evolutionary continent, Switzerland with its unique political status has evolved a culture different from the rest of Western Europe, this is more visible when you visit the museums.

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The weekend I said goodbye had many highlights

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One was Einsten's musuem. If he hadn't come to Bern and got a job working in the Patent office and specializing in electromagnetism then he probably wouldn't have thought of nature of light and connection between space-time.

In the history musuem I came across many Iranian artefacts that I hadn't seen in other places including Iranian astronomical and astrological instruments. Surgical instruments, Qajar artifacts, Sufi artifacts and beautiful copper vessels.



by ramintork on

Apart from the chocolates, the Swiss product I would recommend is Honey wine. I don't like sweat wine but you can get different gradings if it and the one I chose is really great.

Swiss cheese is good too, it is worth trying it in the cheese fondue form as well.



Anglophile's list sounds good

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But, leave the Lu-Lu-Khor-khoreh statue where it stands.


LOL anglophile

by ramintork on

How about one of those Swiss Ogres!

It is one of those oddities with Swiss protecting their local economy that makes Swiss goods including Chocolates often cheaper outside the country than inside!  




The Ogre in the picture is not exactly like Shrek is he?

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Ogres are descendants of mythical giants Gog and Magog. The myth of Gog and Magog and their offsprings is interesting.

At some stage Europeans called Mongolians Magogoli the offspring of Gog and Magog.

From the Wiki: The Qur'an, in the first half of the 7th century CE, is the last major religious text to give new information on Gog and Magog (or Ya'jūj and Ma'jūj in Arabic). In sura Al-Kahf ("The Cave"), 18:83–98, a mysterious ruler called Dhul-Qarnayn ("One who affects Two Ages") journeys to a distant land where he finds a people who are suffering from the mischief of Gog and Magog. Dhul-Qarnayn then makes an iron wall to keep Gog and Magog out, but warns that it will be removed in the Last Age.[24] In sura 21, Al-Anbiyā (The Prophets), the wall is mentioned again: there Allah tells his Prophet (Mohammed) that there is a "prohibition upon [the people of] a city which We have destroyed that they will [ever] return, until [the dam of] Gog and Magog has been opened and thou shall see them, from every higher ground, descending."[25] According to Islamic tradition (in Saḥīḥ al-Bukhāri), Gog and Magog are human beings, and the city mentioned in sura 21 is Jerusalem.  

Amazing how myth overlaps across cultures.





Don't forget to bring some Swiss chacolates back

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Alternatively, I may accept a 22-carrat gold Swiss watch.

Ok Ok, some Swiss cheese then?

but no Swiss roll please, I am on diet!