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The Big Swiss Coloring Book

It finally arrived! When theBig Swiss Coloring Book came out last year I knew I wanted to have it! Drawing has always been a great way for me to relax and focus on something entirely different for a while but lately I haven't had the time to start a project of my own (except for drawing animals for my son). A coloring book seemed like a great alternative, especially a coloring book full of drawings from my home country Switzerland that after all I do miss sometimes here in Peru.

When my mother booked flight tickets to come visit here, I just had to add this book to her shopping list and so it arrived here in Cocachimba, in the north of Peru, last week. The variety of drawings in it is even greater than what I've thought. Despite not having much free time these days I reserved some time to start coloring - just to see how it goes. I started with the very first picture, the hot air balloons.

This drawing is also available on the website of the books publisher Bergli Books so if…

How to Count With Your Hands in Switzerland

A few weeks ago, my husband bought a simple puzzle for our son here in Peru. It's a fairly easy 20 piece wooden puzzle that features the numbers 1 to 10, drawings of animals, fruit or other things to illustrate the amount the number represents, the actual word representing the number (e.g. NINE) and a pair of hands showing the number with fingers.
This reminded me of how I always thought it strange how my American friends used their fingers to count. The way they counted simply didn't come natural to me. They didn't use their thumb to signal TWO and neither for THREE!

Being once again confronted with finger counting, I took the opportunity to compare the English way of using the fingers to my own (Swiss) way.

Maybe I'm a unique and strange case in the way I count and for sure it isn't the most comfortable way! Number FOUR is especially uncomfortable! The English way actually makes way more sense to me but the Swiss way simply comes naturally. Can't help it!