Genetic commotions

Have you ever followed a wrong group of people or sat down and started talking to a stranger thinking it is your aunt and realizing your mistake only after a few seconds?

If not, don’t worry – it only means we are not related. As these kind of mistakes are common mostly in my family.

Last Tuesday we were supposed to have a call within my company. Sometimes instead of sitting separately in front of our desks, we go to one conference room, dial in and listen to all speeches together. On Tuesday I saw our 2 managers going towards one of conference rooms just before our call so I just followed. Then I saw about 10 people that I did not recognize and I thought to myself: “Gosh I did not read what the call is about, maybe we will be also talking to some new strategic partners of the bank. Oh well, I’d better take a seat.” Just after installing myself I saw one of my bosses with a big smile on her face saying: “Kasia it is a management meeting, of course you can join if you want, but I think you wanted to participate in a different call.” 😀

As talking to wrong people is apparently genetic, these situations happened a lot to my sister or myself. One day she was waiting for her boyfriend who was supposed to come in a white Renault Kangoo. When she saw the car, she just jumped into it and wanted to give him a good morning kiss. Just then she saw he was very hairy and thought to herself “Hmm! I need to tell him diplomatically that he should shave more often.” But then she saw a surprised but also an amused look  on her boyfriend’s face just to realize it was not him 🙂

If you did not recognize these symptoms yet. there is a big chance they won’t happen. It all starts in an early childhood, e.g. I once confused my uncle with my sister’s (and 6 years later also my) music teacher realizing it when I was already on his kneels wanting him to tell me one of stories from his sailor’s trips.

 

But if you already had these kind of funny stories, please share with us, maybe you are one of our lost cousins as there are not as many crazy families causing as many commotions as ours 😉

 

Some thoughts on new words in our dictionaries.

I read recently an article in BBC talking about a motivational sentence in Polish that helps people to take risks (“Jakos to bedzie” which we can translate vastly as “In the end it will be allright”). It motivated me  to write a post about my observations about Polish language since 2006.

I am not one of people saying “Hi, I am Polish but I started forgetting this language as I only speak French/German”. But it is true that there are some linguistic phenomena that I do not witness and find out about them either from my always up-to-date sister (she teaches at school so has lots of contact with young people) or some other friends when we visit  Poland.

One of first that we learned is an oldie already but we did not know it for about 2-3 years so when started using it, it was already outdated. It is a saying “Oj tam, oj tam”. It is hard to translate but it would mean “Oh don’t exagerate, it wil be fine” or “Come on, relax”. You see it is very difficult to translate many nuances in your mother tongue.

Another one is “Taka sytuacja” which I did not know. It literally means “The situation” and some people would write it under a photo that they posted on Facebook to say something like “See what happened below”.

Last month we had a visit from our Polish friends. As they were travelling by car and it is a long route, they dressed comfortably into a training suit that in Polish you would call “dresy”. They started making fun of these clothes as in Poland if you were them, you are called “Polski dres” or “Polski drehol”. You were “dresy”, you drink a cheap wine and do some acts of vandalism. And then I found out about “slowianski przykuc” which would be a  position you take when posing to these kind of photos in “dresy” and about “kolczan prawilnosci”. I am still not sure what it is. Maybe these words existed long time before but I was really not aware of them.

What I like about our local Polish (between my husband and me) is that we also play with all the languages that we know and put it to Polish. No, not in this barbarian way pretending we are forgetting our mother tongue. But e.g. in French “la gare” is “a railway station”. In Polish “gar” with the same pronunciation would mean “a large pot”. We often use the sentence “Spotkajmy sie w garach” which would be translated into “Let’s meet in large pots”. 🙂

We are still improving our German, but we started playing with it too. In Polish “walizka” means “a suitcase”. We leave near a town called “Wallisellen”, So always when packing, my husband asks me where I put our “wallisellen”. 🙂

To not only practise Polish, please check out below 24 new words in English that you should add to your dictionary.

And put away your cell phone, don’t be so “Cellfish”

But before that, tell us about some new words in any languae you know. Share your linguistic experience (lingsperience 😉 ) with us.

https://www.demilked.com/new-modern-funny-random-words-portmanteus/

From the left:

  1. A specific, Polish pose for “dresy” – “Slowianski przykuc”
  2. Cellfish, a new description of selfish people with cell phones
  3. Are you on board for a beer with me?

 

Why are Swiss car parks so small? Why?!

Remember we travelled to USA this year. Big outlets, big natural parks, big beaches, big everything. Also cars and car parks.

In Switzerland – different story. Wherever you go, whatever you do – car parks are too small for you 😉

Our Tiefgarage in Dübi is already testing your manoevring skills. But what I saw this morning when visiting a Tiefgarage for near my work place – I think even Clio drivers or Smart owners would have issues to park there. I accepted this challenge and tried to park our Volvo V40 there. It resulted with a smashed lamp of the right mirror and almost a heart attack of my husband… 😉

So, I am looking for:

– a new husband who tolerates scratches on brand new cars 😉

– an indoor car park near CS Towers in Oerlikon.

Anybody anything? Ah and please the husband needs to be super patient with my craziness. The car park has to be big enough so I don’t scratch any mirror of ours…

A tragicomedy about spooky soups cursed by Roman Polanski

A tragicomedy about spooky soups cursed by Roman Polanski

SCENE I:

Didaskalia: Action takes place on October 2nd, 2017 during Zurich Film Festival during the premiere of the movie by Roman Polanski “D’après une Histoire Vraie” (“Based on a True Story”).

Protagonists:

  • Aga Ta.  – my wine and movie comrade, a famous blogger and jogger
  • Kasia S. – myself, a talented and ” supposedly positively crazy” linguist, recruiter and blogger
  • Vodka Wyborowa – we do not need to introduce this protagonist
  • La Bouillabaisse – an extremely dangerous soup I
  • Bullion – an extremely dangerous soup II
  • Roman Polanski – a famous director and creator of a soup course

On October 2nd, I went with a friend of mine Aga for the premiere of the newest movie by Roman Polanski “D’après une Histoire Vraie” (“Based on a True Story”). I will not tell you the whole story but soups play crucial roles in the movie (apart from outstanding Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner).  There is always something scary happening after one of main characters eat a soup.

Our Dear Roman Polanski destroyed my love for soups. I would survive without la Bouillabaisse (fish soup) – I enjoy eating fish but the view of cooked parts of fish mixed here and there was never appealing to me. But our Polish/French director destroyed also an image of bouillon (Polish rosol) and I could not forgive it. Of course, he washed his sins by introducing a Polish accent to the movie (vodka Wyborowa) and creating a great movie so I decided to face my fear and eat some soup…

SCENE II:

Didaskalia: Action takes place on October 8th, 2017 in the apartment of one of protagonists called Marcelina A.

Protagonists:

  • Marcelina A.  – a famous scientist and a talented hostess
  • Eryk S. – my life comrade tolerating craziness of his wife, a talented scientist who has no time to be famous because of the craziness of his wife
  • Kasia S. – myself, now too dynamic and then toothless and in pain
  • Pumpkin cream soup – an insidious and almost lethal soup III

An opportunity to face my soup-phobia appeared not even one week after the soup curse. We were invited by our friend Marcelina to her new flat. As a starter, she served us pumpkin cream soup. At first, I was afraid but…. what the heck! Nobody, even an Oscar winner will tell me what I should eat. Our moods were great. We finished the soup, nobody choked, Poland was winning 2:0 against Montenegro.

“The curse was gone” – that is what I thought… I noticed a funny picture of almost toothless Theresa May drinking a Polish beer on our common friend’s wall (yes Mr. Sequoia, you are also a part of our spooky story!). Led by a treacherous energy shot caused by an insidious soup, I started going towards Marcelina…

What happened then was the consequence of a deadly soup. I did not see the doorstep, fell directly on my smiling face. A phone call, a quick trip by car to the University Hospital of Zurich, a head tomography, an x-ray of my wrist, knee, fingers and spine, a loss of significant parts of my 3 front teeth and a sick-leave for 3 days because of head injury are the harvests of the lethal pumpkin soup…

Dear blog followers. Please do not be in a rush, do not run at home or when it is slippery and please…. be mistrustful when eating any soup…

P.S. This post is dedicated to the following people:

Roman Polanski – even if he cursed all soups, I hope he will one day talk to us during a new Zurich Film Festival and will allow us to talk to him per Romek 😉

Aga Ta. – for her encouragement to visit cultural events and to taste wine culturally

Marcelina A. – for being a great hostess saving me with frozen pumpkins and giving me some cake for the road

Przemyslaw A. alias Mr. Sequoia – for giving me a lesson that nothing on facebook is more interesting and exciting then your own real life

Eryk S. – for saving me many times in my life and for his patient in being my Husband

Sylvie C. – for keeping the secret from our Mom till we knew that the curse did not kill me and for being the best Sis

For all soup maniacs, family and friends who support me during my soup injury…

zupadyniaThe main protagonist and cause of all drama – THE soup.

Züri isch huere geil!

– “Du weisst was hat heute passiert??!!”

– “Nein, was noch??”

– “Ich war in der Post und mir fehlte 2 Franken für Abfallsäcke und du weiss was?? Dieser Mann von der Kasse hat mir 2 Franken gegeben.”

– “Oh neeeein, noch diese Zürich. Dieser Mann war nett, unglaublich!”

Das ist wie haben wir ein neues Kapitel gestartet: unsere Freundschaft mit Züri. 😊

Na ja, es war nicht einfach fur uns von Genf nach Zürich zu ziehen. Ohne gute Deutsch (ich muss noch mit mein Deutsch herumschlagen aber ich hoffe es ist immer besser 😊),  ohne Wochnung und mit viele andere ernstliche Probleme.

Nach 2 Jahre kann ich endlich sagen: Züri isch huere geil! Wir haben schon wunderbare Freunde hier, die Landschäfte sind atemlose und wir haben die gute Restaurants fur beide Z’Mittags und Z’Nachts gefunden. Ganz zu schweigen von dem Tanzen…

Und wenn wir unsere Freunde von Romandie vermissen dann… Sorry Gschpönli, ihr musst uns in Züri besuchen 😉

 

 

Eighties Awesomeness

“It was 1980 something and it was awesome.” That is how many episodes of the series “The Goldbergs” ends. I am not here to promote this show (although I do love it and I think this show is great, you should watch it😉), but this show reminded me about the past I wanted to take a small trip back to this period.

Everybody has different memories from the eighties. I have so many that I cannot pick up the favorite one but one of the best were movies, music and games.  Some of memories are from eighties/nineties as in eighties I was still only 6-7 and could not watch or do many things.

Number of times I watched “Back to the future” ever since I watched it, or “E.T.”, “Never Ending Story” … These movies did not have special effects like movies nowadays. But they had a soul and a brilliant idea that many movies do not have nowadays. Who did not dream of driving a DeLorean, befriend an extra-terrestrial and help him to go back home or travel on a giant dog. 😊 These movies are like a masterpiece and we still watch them to remember old times but also as they had an amazing plot.

I remember also the series “Dynasty”. This series represented what we did not have in Poland – big cars, expensive whisky, caviar swimming pool in the house… It was broadcasted on Sundays at 5pm. I remember watching it with big eyes. Of course, some scenes I could only watched in nineties when I was already older, but I still remember sitting on the carpet in the living room (or hiding just near the arm chair if my mom said I could not watch some scenes 😊) and just gasping at colorful life of USA. I was lucky enough to be in a family where our life was colorful with many things from America that my friends could only dream of. Anyway, it was not only about this series but also the whole ritual of sitting together and watching it. And of course, the battle scenes between Kristal and Alexis (especially the one in the swimming pool) were also epic. 😊

Other memories include great musicians that I listened to (or first copied my dear sister who was this popular girl in high school and I wanted to be just like her) – Queen, A-ha (“Take on me” is the song that always reminds me of my sis and mom dancing), Prince, Depeche Mode – virtuosos of the eighties/nineties music that I still listen to today. Or even some more “embarrassing” bands like New Kids on the Block or Kris Kross. They were not that embarrassing as I think they still had their style 😉

Most people know I really like video games. Sure, I really enjoy nowadays graphics in Assassin’s Creed or GTA. But games on old Nintendo or Atari were the best… I remember hours spent on Nadral, Baloons or River Raid…. I absolutely loved it. I had an old Atari on cassettes so you had to pray your father does not step into the room when it was loading, if he did you had to install it once again but it was so worth it.

The first portable game was the old and most popular Russian game – “Nu,pogodi” in which you as a wolf had to catch all eggs and get points of it. I also remember when my brother in law went to Italy to visit his sister and I asked him if he could buy me a new Nintendo Game Boy. When he came back I was the happiest. Even if the first game they included was Othello – a board game! And I wanted Mario Bros! Eventually I got Mario and played it all the time.

Another memory from my childhood involves going with my father to Arcade Rooms where you had all machines (Polish we named them flipery) and I spent hundreds of coins on them. I remember one time I run to my Dad in a baseball cap and asked for more coins when he was talking to a guy he just met. The guy said, “Your son looks super nice, but why is he wearing long hair?” 😉 That was one of moments I started realizing I should also hang out more with girls and start wearing more feminine clothes as well talk about lips sticks etc. It was already 1993 and I was 10.

In the eighties, we did not have mobile phones or fancy computers. But we were connected to our friends and neighbors much more than we are now as we had to make an extra effort to contact them. We did not expose ourselves on Facebook and still were able to organize the best events and discos and even if the clothes we wore were sometimes embarrassing, it was the best time ever…

Do not get me wrong, I am still not so old to be grinchy about the new times. Everybody knows I love new gadgets and I do appreciate today and tomorrow with amazing discoveries and progress we are making. Just sometimes I would like to come back to easier times when I was just 8 and my only problem was that I missed an episode of “Alf” or lost a level in Nadral.

I hope when time comes and my kids are 8, I will also show them some great stuff from the eighties. And I know they will love it. And Adam F. Goldberg – thank you for sharing your memories and for reminding me about Eighties Awesomeness 😊

Photos from eighties with my awesome sister and awesome clothes. 😉 Some hawk eyed players will spot a great game on the right side. 😉

P.S. I just received on fb a post from my nice friend Ewa, who was born only in the last year of eighties but also remembers its awesomeness. She mentioned this video, which I did not know beforehand but I am sure you will also enjoy, especially my compatriots. The video is by a Polish band Rebeka and the clip’s title is “Today”.

USA in a loop…

It was 4567,7 miles of pure happiness and adventure. We saw the largest living organism on Earth, survived 49 Celsius degrees and walked atop the largest super volcano in North America. We had some thrill when almost stepping into a rattlesnake or driving in  unpredictable California.

I will describe these memories and more on a new website. Check out for some new links, hopefully very soon after my jet lag and catching up with our old Europe 🙂

USA, we miss you already…

 

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Apple strudels during Moneyhoon

Today, instead of buying “Abfallsäcke 35 Liter” (35 liter rubbish bags), I asked a very serious looking sales assistant for “Apfeltasche 35 Liter” (apple strudel). The lady stopped being serious and was laughing out loud for 5 minutes….

Last year, I went for a “Moneyhoon” (Honeymoon) to Punta Cana.

I need to write more of these things down, one day I will create my own dictionary – and I do love languages and linguistics 🙂

 

 

Burnt like a… red panda

My friends remember a story when I came to work completely red with just white prints from my skiing goggles. Not only did I not put any sun cream on my face but also… I started sunbathing without taking my goggles off.  My colleagues spent hours making jokes of me and sending me photos of red pandas to my mailbox. As funny as it was, it was also a pretty painful experience.

Do not think I learnt my lesson. I did it again this weekend. I went to Nice and as stubborn as always, I thought 30 minutes without any sun cream would not make any harm. And I was wrong. Again… And again I did not take off my sunglasses.

At least I can put a new term to English dictionary: I will replace the expression “burnt like a lobster” by “burnt like a red panda” – my new sunbathing (or sun burning) style 🙂

A bag of popcorn, which became an act of decency

It has been a while not writing anything. The cause might be very trivial – I become pretty lazy when it rains. I then just wanna drink hot beverages and watch movies…

Anyways, last Thursday, I was a witness of an act of big honesty. Therefore I decided to cheer up everybpdy during this non inspirational weather by writing this positive post.

6 weeks ago, I went with my friend Ewa to a restaurant in Dübendorf to celebrate her first week of a new job. Just before going there, I bought a bag of popcorn (as I was super hungry and had to eat something before the meal) and 3 packages of butter (as I wanted to bake a cake during that week). The dinner was great, we left the restaurant in a good mood. We forgot about my shopping bag…

I noticed my loss 1 day later, but as Eryk and I were leaving for a trip, I thought I would sacrifice my small shopping and leave it with nice waitresses from the restaurant.

24 days later, I came back to the same restaurant, with the same Ewa 😉 The waitress recognized me and returned my bag. I did not expected somebody remembering about my groceries and returning it to me. Dear waitresses from “Il Faro” in Dübendorf – your decency and excellent client service made my day 🙂

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