In Collaboration with Ricola
If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am obsessed with hygge. It took hold of me when I first moved, and I was looking for ways to make sure I was taking care of myself. Finding ways to live happy is key, I think! So when I was invited along to the ‘Be More Swiss’ event hosted by Ricola, I was very excited! Switzerland is of course one of the happiest countries in the world! Ricola has been making their sweets in the Swiss Alps for 80+ years, so I think it’s safe to say they know a thing or two! The event was a masterclass in Swiss culture, etiquette and cuisine, and boy did I learn alot!
I will admit that before this event, I knew very little about the Swiss and their way of life (aside from the fact that Switzerland is where Toblerone is from!) so I was pretty interested to hear what they had to say! I took my camera along and filmed a lot of it, so why not give it a watch!
It was a really lovely event and I had such a nice time! Some of the things we discussed were things I already did, but there was a lot of new information too! I definitely have a new appreciation for the Swiss and their culture! Here is a little bit more about the people who spoke at the event!
Alexandra is an entrepreur and author who is well versed in the Swiss culture. She’s spent a lot of time (and even lived) in Switzerland since she was a child! She was able to really share with us what the Swiss culture is like, particularly from the point of view of an outsider! Her insight was very interesting!
Marie-Helene shared with us many etiquette points about the Swiss; many of them I hadn’t heard before! It’s considered very rude to point, or to ask what someone does for a living. It’s a very common question over here, so I was surprised to hear that! It’s also good etiquette to provide salt and pepper, but bad etiquette to use them!
Anton Mosimann is a Swiss chef here in London who cooked us the most amazing meal. He also catered Will and Kate’s royal wedding, and has fed many members of the royal family. To little old American me, that was pretty cool! His whole philosophy behind food was just so interesting! Another fun fact? He doesn’t allow shouting or yelling in his kitchen!
There you are! I hope you enjoyed the video, and have learned a little bit more about the Swiss culture! I don’t know about you, but some of the things I learned (which I’ve shared in the video above) have definitely had a lasting impact!