Festive Christmas Lunch in Zurich
The NE Region held their Christmas Lunch at the British Hull School in Zurich.
Over 24 members, some non-members and guests were very happy to meet up again.
They all found it very enjoyable to be given traditional Christmas fare – roast turkey, mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts followed by Christmas pudding, with brandy or vanilla sauce and accompanied by excellent red and white wine.
Lunch was served by some helpers from Ukraine – and many second helpings for those who found it delicious.
We were also treated to traditional Ukrainian musical accompaniment and the Christmas crackers were a further highlight.
We were delighted to welcome four Ukrainians from Kilchberg and Adliswil, originally from Kyiv but who fled to Switzerland a few months ago.
Victor Solomin a musician presented his Ukrainian folksong “Chom ty ne pryjshov /Why didn’t you come? – the dialogue of a girl talking to her beloved man about his no-show the night before.
Victor is also a music professor and holds his online classes for the Odessa National Conservatory student – only when there is electricity!
He played the piano and his unique electric mandolin – the only instrument made in Ukraine, according to his design. It has a tender melodic sound.
Also present were Anna, Victor’s student and her mother Natalia who is an anesthesiologist.
Tatiana was the fourth Ukrainian, an English teacher from Kyiv, currently living in Adliswil .
She gave us a few words about the Musician and the other two and they all hope to return to Kyiv in the near future.
Many thanks to Bob and Susan Dean for arranging and decorating the tables and negotiating with the Lunch caterer – grateful thanks to the Ukrainians for helping to serve, clear up and clean up the small kitchen, to Diana Divo as the money collector and to hear Joanna say a few words how the British Residents Association started in 1946 soon after the end of the 2nd World War.
Joanna Koch & Frances Filon