American West Briefing Tour: An appetite for direct democracy

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September 23, 2011

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The Swiss Consul General's home

By Kelly O'Keefe

Ballopedia Travel Journal

SAN FRANCISCO, California: Last night we had dinner at the home of Swiss Consul General Julius Anderegg [1]. It was a wonderful way to end the day, and a particularly great way to engage in one of my favorite hobbies, which is eating cheese.

I was feeling extremely carsick from my ride in the back seat of a ten-seater van. At several points I was sure that my car sickness would erupt into a very unwelcome stream of projectile vomit. Luckily, that was not the case.

Upon arrival at the house, I eagerly drank about seven glasses of water. After overcoming my nausea, I moved on to some Swiss red wine. Yum.

The dinner was amazing: there was a lot of cheese, as I mentioned, plus spatzle, beef, chicken, salad, and potatoes. Then came dessert: cheese cake with fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. It was the best day of my life, obviously.

The conversation was another highlight of the evening. Topics of discussion ranged from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Icelandic fiscal policy to how many times all of us would need to go to the gym to work off that amazing dinner.

This morning, still running on Swiss cheese power, the tour group piled into our trusty van at 6:30am to make the drive to Sacramento. There, at the home of former California deputy state treasurer Mark Paul, we were welcomed with another amazing meal. Our breakfast included plum tart, the biggest pieces of bacon I've ever seen, zucchini quiche, and bread with homemade jam.

Obviously, all of the fantastic food that we've been eating relates very closely to direct democracy...in ways which I will let you determine.

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