Kate is a mom of foreign exchange high school girls. This past month, her Swiss daughter from two years ago stayed a few nights with Kate. It's incredible to see how a 20-year old European woman sees the world in both America and at home. She is environmentally conscious, stresses gender equality and wishes for peace in the world. She is a taken aback a fair amount by her own elder countrymen who often do not see equality among the races. After living in the United States, she feels Americans are more accepting of different cultures than Europeans. I found that quite interesting. She feels Americans are friendlier and will say hello to strangers more readily. But, one of the biggest differences she noticed between her homeland of Switzerland and America was quite glaring. She says American chocolate sucks. She finds it waxy, too sweet and doesn't consider it chocolate at all. She wishes they would call it something else. On the other hand, Swiss chocolate, to her, is to be held in the highest regard, the most supreme chocolate in the world. In her words:
Type text or a website address or translate a document.überlegen Schokolade!
English to German translation
Well, good then, she can't have any of my Chunky bar or chocolate flavored Necco wafers.
Wait until next month when Spence gets to experience my Danish exchange daughter on her visit. He's in for another cultural treat.