Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Yesterday I went to Purolator (something like DHL) to send an envelope.

When I get there, the lady kindly asks me where did I want to send my envelope (in order to give me the proper form to fill in). Here's our dialogue (a bit absurd, but real):

lady: where would you like to send the envelope?
me: Switzerland (smiling)
lady: where? (more attentive now)
me: S-W-I-T-Z-E-R-L-A-N-D (I pronounced slowly)
Lady: ah! (OK, it was my accent maybe)
lady:... in Quebec? (OK, it was not my accent)
me: no, (smile) in Europe

Frankly it's not the first time something like this happens to me. And I'm not just talking about the usual Switzerland-Sweden confusion (do you speak Swedish there? where is it exactly?). I'm used to this type of question.

I've witnessed worse things. Once, I talked with a guy who asked me where was I from. So I explained the whole Switzerland-Italy-Peru story. At the end, the guy asked me if Peru and Italy were close from each other. At the beginning I said "yes, sure!"because I thought he was kidding. But then he said specified that he did not know much of geography (really?). So, a bit embarrassed, I said "well... Italy is in Europe and Peru is in South America". The reply was: "oooh, then they are not close!". Seriously, I guess it's one of the few occasions where I was speechless. ...

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At 7:54 PM , Blogger Sue said... comment....similar things happened to me in Canada.. :-)

At 3:24 PM , Blogger Chiara's wonderful world said...

Hey Sue :)

I was hoping it was just me meeting the wrong people around :)

I read you'll travel to Turkey soon! Have a great trip!


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