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My friends at Ricola gave me free reign with this month’s blog post topic, so I thought I would take you guys on a little journey down memory lane to the late-80s and early 90s when I was obsessed with all things Switzerland. Yep, that’s right… Switzerland.
While my friends were into things like Disney, Barbie, and collecting horse figurines, I loved everything and anything about Switzerland. The country still has a special place in my heart, and it’s actually one of the reasons why I decided to sign on with Ricola this year, so here’s a look into one of my childhood obsessions!
Back in the 80s, my grandfather worked for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Naturally, my grandmother moved there with him along with two of my aunts (my mom’s sisters), who were teenagers at the time.
My grandparents lived in Switzerland for more than a decade. They came home to visit a few times a year (always with Swiss chocolate and Ricola for the grandchildren) but, one summer, when I was 9 years old, my mom, sister, and I had the opportunity to visit them in Geneva.
And, of course, this trip was the start of my obsession with all things Switzerland. Now do you guys know why I love cheese so much?
Other Swiss favorites: Bern bears!
Skiing in the Swiss Alps!
And I collected everything related to our travels that summer… maps, brochures, ticket stubs, even my plane ticket (remember when they were mailed to your house?).
When I started back at school that following September, I took every opportunity to share my love of Switzerland with my classmates and teachers. Thinking back, I probably seemed like such a weirdo, but maybe not though? Switzerland was a cool, far-off land in my mind, so maybe my friends thought so too?
I also wrote a report about Switzerland that year. When I was flipping through it the other day, I could tell I put a lot of work into it. I mean, check out the glitter on the front!
And the cursive handwriting… I don’t think I can write that well now!
It even had an appendix, which included a map (with a number of countries that don’t exist anymore)…
And a handdrawn Swiss flag! Now that’s a quality report, right? I hope I got an A on it. Haha!
Question of the Day
Your turn! Name something you were obsessed with as a kid!