Archive for September 2007
When you can’t communicate with language, food is a good substitute.
So I cooked dinner for the students, and Chileans, Georgians, Germans, Hungarians, Latvians, Turks – even a Liechtensteiner! – were united in their appreciation of RK’s chicken curry.
“Your cooking tastes very good!” they chorused. Even without turmeric or curry leaves – shopping for spices in Vaduz can be challenging – I had to admit: it didn’t taste bad.
“Danke für die Blumen,” I said, proud of both my cooking ability, and beginner German.
Then we all drank Russian vodka, and sang karaoke. I thought it was the Japanese who were obsessed with karaoke, but the eastern Europeans could give them a run for their money. The vodka quelled my reservations, and I tunelessly sang along to the Beatles, before tumbling into bed…
One way of putting on a brave face is to apply a dash of bright-red lipstick. But when I coated my lips with Dior Rouge Dior #976 in Plum Plot this morning, I didn’t feel better; I felt like a clown. So I wiped it off, and had to settle for Boots No.7 Stay Perfect in #15 Café as more appropriate for daytime wear.
In my German class, we have to use highlighters to mark the different nouns in our workbooks. Blue (blau) for masculine, pink (rosarot) for feminine, green (grün) for neutral and yellow (gelb) for plural. There is so much new to learn, but the familiarity of gender stereotyping is cold comfort.
And, although neons are making a fashionable comeback this season, I’m just not a highlighter kinda gal. Conceptually, I’m a fountain-pen princess. Realistically, I’m the chick scrawling last-minute notes with a chewed-down ball-point. Of course, “QWERTY” rules, although in this part of the world, make that “QWERTZ”.
There are 35 168 residents of Liechtenstein, and 23 261 of these are Liechtensteiners. This is the December 31, 2006 figure, so you can make that 35 169 residents, now that I’m here too!
– Courtesy of Liechtensteiner Vaterland, Mittwoch 26. September 2007