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. ...