14 journalers for this copy...
It's split into 4 main sections, each with chapters on various topics.
Section 1: What's it all about
Section 2: Settling in Locally
Section 3: Children & Culture
Section 4: The world of work
Are you a coconut or a peach? The book's main idea is to explain how our culture defines the way we relate and meet people. I won't spoil it, but I'm a peach :-)
Full of real life stories, explanations, and helpful ideas from a selection of mostly Swiss, German, American and English people and it really brings to life cultural differences. Importantly though it gives some meaning and background to the culture. Puts it all into perspective! There's some really interesting stuff on the differences between German, Swiss German and other languages.
A must read if you've just arrived in Switzerland, or even if you've been here years.... If you're interested in european culture generally, specifically German and Anglo-saxon persepctives, then it's also well worth reading!
Member / Location (Ring posted 14 March 2005)
:-) ScottishHoosier / Scotland
:-) Chris-B / UK
:-) kangaroo / UK
:-) catrionamoore / UK
:-) mrswren / UK
:-) carol1 / UK
:-) rahar109 / UK
:-) seaflower / Finland
:-) sqdancer / Canada
:-) loveamystery / Canada
:-) EMA375 / USA
:-) sadiavt / USA
:-) celestewa / Australia --> Book is here!
:-) Lisagt / Australia
:-) cuteboy / Switzerland
:-) flying-bat / Switzerland
:-) give-me-a-break / Switzerland
:-) sun-beetle / Switzerland
:-) crenhov / Switzerland
:-) KatColorado / Switzerland
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:-) PM the next person on the list for their address, then send the book.
:-) It's not a race, but please read and send the book on as soon as you can.
:-) Please journal the book once you have received it (so we all know where it is) and again when you have read it (so we know what you thought of it!)
:-) If you're the last person on the list, the book comes back to me.
The author spent some time researching and experiencing the Swiss culture (at least 15 years), exploring why they do the things they do. To a certain extent I had done the same in Germany, so I feel a certain kindredness of spirit, which you might not. However, this woman had the training, education, contacts and talent to act on her explorations, and this book is the result.
I wish you happy reading!
An enjoyable read.
The chocolate was an excellent idea! Thank you! I only ate one, but had to stop myself from gobbling them all up!
Allegedly most Americans think that Switzerland and Sweden are very similar. Most British people expect Switzerland to be like the rest of Northern Europe, many other nationalities just don’t know what to expect of the Swiss. Before reading Beyond Chocolate my own thoughts were that Switzerland was a bit like Germany, but neutral, with cleaner streets and highly efficient public transport and good chocolate. I didn’t realise that there were clear geographical and linguistic distinctions between German Swiss, French Swiss and Italian Swiss.
From reading Beyond Chocolate I can imagine feeling quite at home in a coconut country being a bit of a coconutty peach myself. Some people may dream of holiday homes or retirement in exotic climes, I’d quite happily plump for Switzerland.
I will forward the book to MrsWren when she returns from holiday.
Popped in the post this morning, apologies for the delay.
Been without a computer so sorry this is late.
Now it still has to wait to be read while I finish my current book.........(it's called 'self-discipline'and not my strongest point!)
Will be sending to Caro1 this week
Sorry for taking so long to move this along. I actually read it almost straight away, but not having time to make the journal entry, put it away safe so that various human and animal members of the household couldn't get their hands/paws on the chocolates, then promptly forgot about it. Sincere apologies!
I found the book really interesting and loved the insight it gave into cultural differences. It also gave me something to think about with regard to my European friends and acquaintances and how they might view our relationships.
PS I also loved the chocolate!!
my first task is which of the yummy choccies to choose!
a very interesting book, with a few insights on the british as well as the swiss.
having a swiss-german mother, quite a few of the observations rang a bell. i haven't been to switzerland recently, but when i go again i will be looking at things in a new light.
pming seaflower for her address.
As for the book, I loved reading it and it contained lots of interesting information. I haven't worked or lived in Switzerland myself, but I visited a friend who did. I figured this book would be really useful for me anyway, since I studied German at the university and am working as a translator, so knowing about the cultures in the different German speaking countries is important (an interesting). The book was well written and covered so many aspects of life, so thank you to nice-cup-of-tea for sharing the book!
I have PM'ed the next person on the list, and will hopefully be able to send out the book soon/as soon as I receive the next person's address.
Edited to add:
In view of the prior entries, just wanted to add that I responded to sea-flowers PM on January 26 (the day she sent it).
(post mark reads 31.3.2006)
Most sincere apologies to all for the delay (especially those after me); I didn't realize that I had this book for so long!!
It is catching a ride to loveamystery in Abbynormal92243's Wishlist Bookbox #2. It should arrive in 4 business days - if you believe the P.O. :)
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Thanks nice-cup-of-tea for sharing this book and for the wonderful chocolate. Looks like had melted a bit at one point but still tasty.