[Editor’s Note: Christa Monkhouse blogs weekly from across the “Big Pond” on Monkhouse Mondays.]
In the German language we have imported a lot of anglicisms, which there is a lot of debate about, for instance in France, where a computer should be called an
“ordinateur” etc. Not debatable, because it is a big “hit” (another anglicism) among all ages is the “Flyer” (another angli…you know by now). It is a Swiss made battery powered bicycle and a real “declaration of independence” (advert of the company), for older cyclists. You pedal and an electric motor silently supports your work up to 150%, uphill.
So I won’t be blogging for some time because we are going on a seven-day tour into the Swiss mountains. We will be circling the Unesco protected center of the country, Interlaken, Jungfrau, up to 2700 meters, and expecting to see many cyclists with white hair. The “Flyer” makes it possible.
— Christa Monkhouse, back on the blog on August 11th
*In German (auf Deutsch) = “Schokoladenseite”