Bern. Bridgetown.  A love Story. 

BERN CITY

The Financialist---Credit Suisse..........t.griffith@bluewin.ch    Exec doc:

I've been to a lot of places while touring, but I'd have to say Switzerland is my favorite.  The Alps, the tranquility, cleanliness, the greenery and the warmth of the people there.   In Switzerland they have brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce?  The cuckoo clock and the rolex.  After a summer trip to Switzerland, which was rich in experiences, I started writing. 

The Swiss have a healthy culture of debate and discourse.  After all, listening to the various points of view is the foundation of a direct democracy. But despite their inherent openness to bring everything to the table, there are some things you'll never hear a Swiss person say... -- 'Austria has great skiing.'---'The EU is such a great idea, let's join it right away.'---'Swiss German sounds ugly.'---'The Röstigraben does not exist.'---And  Heidi is just a figment of imagination.'


 

DAGMERSELLEN-LUZERN     AJANI. T

Along the way  it’s the people you meet that makes it the most memorable.  This travelling has given me a very unique perspective on how I write and how I approach people. There is sensitivity in every culture.     '' If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." ‒ Nelson Mandela.   Swiss-German. 



FOOD CRISIS.  Ty Ajani—Published in BT Jan-29..2015.

In the 21st century our ability to feed ourselves would be tested as never before. As population explosion is turning food demand into a crisis, already food prices have soured and across three continents the hunger has turned to riots. We’re not immune to the food crisis in B’dos with the average food bill that went up by more than 8 per cent in the last ten years or so. Around the world governments and their people are looking for ways to produce more food.---Why are we singing to the tune of importing more ? ....In a new scramble for land some rich countries are buying vast tracks of Africa to grow food for their own people. If all countries are going to survive until 2050 without having mass starvation it is estimated that new technology must be found. What can we do to save ourselves from being hungry?  By the middle of the century the world’s population would have reached a staggering nine billion. To feed those extra mouths is going to take resolute commitment. One way or another we’ll have to double food production. The only solution is for us to grow. To grow food in our own back gardens and utilize every inch of space available. Here in progressive Switzerland —a place where we’ve recently burrowed in the area of two to three hundred million dollars—they are people who  await years to get their chance to receive government allotted plots to grow their own organic vegetables in the summer. This is the same Switzerland which has the strongest banking monopoly in the world. Which exports over eighty tons of cheese annually. A world leader in precision tools and watches. A world leader in the production of pharmaceuticals and still they create the time to produce their own open air organic vegetables. In sunny Barbados where vegetables can be grown year round we have this import dependency. The city of Havana is supplying almost half the people of Cuba with fruit and veg. That’s one city providing food for roughly six million. Cuba has got lessons for us and many the world over. When the Soviet Union collapsed Cuba had to grow its own food and it had to use every tiny bit of space. Urban farms in Cuba produce more than four million tons of vegetables every year and the country is now ninety percent self-sufficient in fruit and veg. Not long ago where people used to park their cars they’re now growing a range of vegetables. There’s a principle that we can take some responsibility for our own food needs. During the second world war most countries had to plant their way out of hunger.     We can’t grow all of the things that we currently eat so we must rely on trade but we must wholeheartedly encourage a people’s farming initiative. The big picture is that if we want to be self-sufficient we would either have to grow two thirds more or eat about forty per cent less. Either way it means a big change in lifestyle—a big change in our habits. If we don’t like the sound of that then we got little choice but to depend on people outside our country to feed us.... How much longer can B’dos exist like that? We’ve taken things for granted for too long and now we need to wake up. Many of us has gotten use to what we want, when we want it but that will have to change. Even in Europe the food security is under threat. It seems to me there isn’t going to be one big solution, no magic seed or miracle crop not even a single technological lead. Perhaps the best we can hope for is to understand food is a precious resource which we must no longer take for granted.... 

Ty Ajani author of Deeper Soul.



 

   'We’ve always believed that we were part of a great exodus of humanity involved in the search of harmony;  and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose and confidence.  And so I decided to activate and write and  draw attention primarily to what the third world Caribbean citizen is going through from the grassroot level. ---------------- 'Wir haben immer geglaubt, dass wir Teil eines großen Exodus der Menschheit sind, der auf der Suche nach Harmonie ist; und dieser Glaube hat uns immer in unserem Sinn und Vertrauen gestärkt. Und so entschloss ich mich zu aktivieren und zu schreiben und vor allem darauf aufmerksam zu machen, was der karibische Bürger der dritten Welt von der Basis aus durchmacht.'



A page from the Swiss homestead. Ty . Ajani. 

Alpine mountains, cheeses, chocolates and watches… as far as one can tell, these are what Switzerland is best known for; but for sure, there are a myriad of other fascinating things that make the Swiss scene and lifestyle stand out worldwide.  Thanks to the Swiss Jungfrau Tours travel office I’ve had the wonderful chance to visit some of these amazing destinations in central Switzerland. But more than being a tourist, I also get the chance to have a deeper look into the important aspects of the Swiss’ society, aspects that certainly help make up the whole image of the country.

Reflecting on more than twenty -five years living here it’s been relatively easy to learn the Swiss way of life and put things into perspective. In fact, due to the time that I’ve spent here, I felt like I’ve become a part of the community given all of the interesting things that I’ve seen, experienced and learned.

The Swiss excel a prevalent active lifestyle which has made them among the healthiest populations of the world. It’s said that this is not only due to the excellent health care that the Swiss government has implemented, but also due to the Swiss high standard of living and innate desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. For one thing, despite their intense love for cheese and chocolate, the Swiss will still and always value healthy eating. This is best seen in the produce that they have in their supermarkets, as well as in the food in their cafes and restaurants. People in Switzerland have also seemingly made it a way of life to enjoy the picturesque natural landscapes and mountains that surround their country year-round; so, it’s not unusual to see young and old Swiss individuals alike to lead a very active lifestyle. They will most likely head off to the forests and lakes in the summer and autumn, and to the mountains in winter and spring.
.Except for some small countries and city states, Switzerland apparently has the world’s most dense railway network. So yes, it is extensively connected, but more than that, I can also attest to you how fast and timely their trains can be. This would be mostly due to the efforts of the national railway company of Switzerland named as the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). For years, they have been the backbone of the public transport system. They continually develop new technologies to better improve their services. Truth be told, they have various green projects that they launch every year and one of their recent projects would be the SBB Green Class that explores the future of mobility through car sharing services, electronic cars, etc.  Now, I know for a fact there is no one best’ political system out there because what’s right for a certain country will not always work for another. Well, when it comes to the Swiss, their democratic system ‘works’ for them and it is a ‘design’ that is always evolving as they strive for political growth.  Every country is unique with its own sets of positives, and I can honestly say that the Swiss scene and lifestyle has truly captivated me. As someone who is born and raised in Barbados, I also have to admit that my home country definitely has a lot to learn from this robust country of Switzerland. Thankfully though, with the good relations that we have with them, there are a lot of opportunities to take in order to learn from one another — and the same applies for other countries all over the world as well.



Crystal clear, warm, but still refreshing the water. Here you can also do all sorts of water sports! Jet ski booking, banana boat rides, kayaking, snorkeling and reef diving pure.   The coasts of the relatively flat BarBaDos, which is a coral limestone raised from the sea, have charming contrasts to offer. Therefore, you should definitely book a jeep tour across the island from the Caribbean to the Atlantic side.. 

Kristallklar, warm, aber immer noch erfrischend das Wasser. Hier können Sie auch alle Arten von Wassersport betreiben! Jet Ski Buchung, Bananenboot fahrten, Kajakfahren, Schnorcheln und Rifftauchen pur. Die Küsten der relativ flachen BarBaDos, die ein Korallenkalk aus dem Meer ist, haben reizvolle Kontraste zu bieten. Daher sollten Sie unbedingt eine Jeep-Tour über die Insel von der Karibik bis zur Atlantik seite buchen.