I am a little later today. Amongst other things I just watched the livestream showing Airforce 1 with Trump leaving Switzerland who has now also become a silhouette. It is really a big plane and so you can now have him again Americans. Did you miss him? Probably not. He was 24 hours in Switzerland speaking to other politicians and did the grand finale today with his closing speech which was mostly repeating everything he said three times and not only telling us how great America is (might be even greater without Trump) but telling us above all how great he is himself. They were the parts he repeated most of all. He even spoke to our presdient this morning, Alain Berset, telling him how great Switzerland is as well. And Trump is a real expert on greatness.
So now to today’s theme, the silhoutte.
Making silhouttes is a hobby in some parts of Switzerland in the parts where they have folklore as one of their specialities. We call them “Scherenschnitt” which literally translated would be “scissor cut” and they are works of art. The cutters have a special small scissor and they cut carefully on the black paper to any pattern you would like.
We were visiting the Bernese Overland on the annual excursion from my husband’s company and you always get a few interesting events. This time we visited a lady that cut silhouttes. She gave a demonstration of how it is done. Mr. Swiss worked for the Volvo trucks at the time, and we were a group of people from the company. The lady said we could request a subject and she would create the silhouette. The request was for a truck. Otherwise it was all typical Swiss scenes. As a goodbye gift we were all given such a cutting in a frame. You can buy them in a sourvenir shop, but they are very expensive as they are all done in handwork. The young lady that did this cutting signed it with the date.
I wonder if Donald Trump got one as a gift from the Swiss government. Actually he did not get any special honours in Switzerland as he was not here on an official invitation, but just to attend a World Economic Forum conference which he seemed to confuse with a Trump First conference. If I had a super telescope and it would be a clear day I could now see him winging his way to the North of my village, but the plane is now probably too high in the clouds. I have flown the route myself to the states, every year to England when my dad was still alive. You can even see our local house mountain from the plane as it flies past.