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"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."

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The Last Supper

Grüße Miteinand!

(Hello everyone in Swiss German)

Pardon the title. It is a bit dramatic but I figured it sounded appropriate. 😁

My 4 month internship at the Palace has come to an end. And what a better way to celebrate then go with my front office team and have authentic Swiss Fondue Moite-Moite at the local Post Hotel Rössli in Gstaad.

Moite Moite in French means half half. This stems from the recipe of cheese fondue being half cheese Gruyere AOP and half Vacherin Fribourgous, two famous cheeses of Switzerland. The cheeses are melted together with white wine and sometimes even garlic or truffle is added to make it even more spectacular. One then STIRS, not dips the bread in. (Swiss can always tell if you are a foreigner eating fondue, as foreigners dip the bread in and don’t stir it).

Afterwards, we went to have fun and meet the rest of our team members at Bro’s coffee in Gstaad then Chesery (Chey-serr-ee) not cheesery, even though it sounds like more cheese.

It was great fun and after the last day, I’m now taking the long 8 hour train ride to Frankfurt and leaving for the USA tomorrow morning. Now back to my snooze.

I’ll keep you posted on my next travels and see you soon!


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What Does Travel Give You?

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What Does Travel Give You?


16 Interesting Facts über Deutschland that you probably didn’t know!

A few fun facts I have learned since being here:

– Germany is the second largest beer consumer in the world.

– Europe’s largest economy is Germany

-Germany has over 400 kinds of bread

-The Christmas tree tradition originated in Germany

– Germany has won the Soccer World Championships 3 times. Here is a patriotic German Soccer song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmza81pII8o)

-Some nicknames for FC Bayern Munich include Der FCB, Die Bayern, and FC Hollywood.

-There are three types of High School: Hauptschule (lowest), Realschule (average), and Gymnasium (highest). which most likely influence where you go after school (trade school or university).

-BMW originated from Bayern [De Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft]

-Lederhosen are not common to wear outside of Bavaria, unless it is Carnival. People WILL look at you quite strange.

-Carnival is one of the largest holidays in the South of Germany (Cologne/Küln). The 11th of the 11th Month (November) literally becomes a “living carnival” where everyone wears costumes and celebrates.

-Germany has been united since that 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell.

-North Germany is mostly flat, whereas the South has many hills and mountains.

-Til Schweiger, the “German Brad Pitt,” is even born one day after Pitt.


-70% of German highways have no speed limit.

-Oktoberfest starts in September.

-About a quarter of all American citizens claim at least partial German ancestry.


Comment if you learned anything new!


Kind Regards,

Igor Bayluk