For a few summers in high school I worked as a river raft guide in West Virginia. Lately I’ve been a technical writer for a medical devices company in Switzerland. Both are land-locked, mountainous regions. How else do they compare? I know you’ve been wondering about this for a long, long time.
|Area||62,755 km.2 (24,230 mi.2)||41,285 km.2 (15,940 mi.2)|
|Railroad||3540 km. (2200 miles)||5323 km. (3307 miles)|
Christian Democratic People’s
|Flag||A farmer, a miner, some rifles, tools, and barrels of moonshine||Plus sign|
|Language(s)||English||German, French, Italian, Romansch|
|Motto||Montani semper liberi|
Mountaineers are always free
|Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno
One for all, all for one
|Highest point||Spruce Knob|
|Income||Median household income: $43,469 (wikipedia)||GDP per capita: $69,385
|Rivers||Cheat, Gauley, Greenbrier, New, Ohio, Potomac, Shenandoah3||Rhein, Rhone, Le Doubs, Aare, Inn|
|River drainage||Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico||North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Black Sea|
|Borders||Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky||Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, France|
|Song||Country Roads||Jodeln ist cool|
|If it were a movie||O Brother Where Art Thou?||Pleasantville|
|Unusual town name||Nitro||Reckingen-Gluringen
|Feud||Hatfields and McCoys||Migros and Coop|
|Unintelligible dialect||Southern||Swiss German|
|Family reunions are...||A chance to find a spouse||A chance to find a spouse|
|Notables||Pearl Buck and Chuck Yeager||Paul Klee and Hermann Hesse|
|Resort||The Homestead||St. Moritz|
|Cuisine/eats||Biscuits and gravy||Rösti and raclette|
|Please don't confuse with someone from...||Virginia||Germany|
|Venemous snake||Copperhead||European adder|
|Something unexpected||Dolly Sods Wilderness4||Palm trees in Ticino|
|Our man at work 1977/2020|
- There are about twenty active political parties in Switzerland, represented at the local, cantonal, and federal level.
- Köppen climate classification
- Translated as River of Death/Daughter of the Stars.
- The end of program solo for an Outward Bound-type program I did was here. Wonderful.