Scuol Local Customs

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    Bay-windows of Engiadina houses

    by globetrott Updated Jan 10, 2016

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    In many houses in the Engiadina area you will find these clever bay-windows that let you watch the scenery into various directions, while staying inside the house and mostly unseen by the people from outside.
    The windows are mostly quite small and the baywindows are as well much smaller than the ones in other parts of Europe !

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    drink the water from the wells !

    by globetrott Updated Jan 10, 2016

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    Yes, forget about buying bottled mineral water when you are in Switzerland ! You will find wells in each village in Switzerland and 99% of them are providing fresh water, except that is has an inscription there, telling you that the water is not drinkable !
    Scuol is b.t.w. also a Spa, so you might as well see signposts for "Bad Scuol" because in the area around the village there are 25 springs of mineral water !
    "BAD" is nothing bad in german, but a SPA !!!
    So forget about buying Evians and all the others that need to be transported across Europe, when you have the very best drinkingwater coming out of the wells, flowing all day long, always fresh and cold.

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    Romantsch is the local language

    by globetrott Updated Jan 9, 2016

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    Romantsch is the local language of the Engadin and it is also the 4th official language of Switzerland next to German, French and Italian. Romantsch is a special mixture of various languages, it is quite hard to learn but local people often speak it when shopping or meeting friends and even some of the road-signs and other inscriptions will be in Romantsch only in some places of the Engadin.
    That ZONA in my main picture is quite simple and easy to understand, BUt would you expect a medical doctor when you read MEITI ??
    and this is an inscription that I found at a bridge:

    In december 1805 es gnüde inaugurata la punt ota tanter Chantröven e Gurlaina. Ella serviva quella jada impustüt als giasts da cura per rivar de lur hotels a Scuol fin pro las promenadas de tschella vart da la val. Amo hoz dá'la perdüttanza dal spiert da pionier da quels ons cur cha'l turissem da cura staiva in plaina flur.

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    narrow hikingpaths through the village

    by globetrott Written Jan 9, 2016

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    When you intend to explore Scoul by foot you will realize that there are some really scenic hikingpaths through the village, that are much too narrow for cartrafic and they will take you to the most interesting sights as well.
    One of them started at the big car-parking-area in the outskirts of Scuol, where I had parked my car.

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    This area has special windows

    by globetrott Written Jan 7, 2016

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    This part of Switzerland is called Engadin and when you take a look at the usual windows of the old houses there you will see that the windows are quite small and the area around of the windows is much bigger than needed.
    Small windows of course will keep the warmth much better in the house in the strong winters of that area, but I have no idea why they made these wider frames.

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    Romansh language

    by gmg61 Updated Dec 25, 2006

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    Scuol is the main city of the area where "Romansh" is spoken.
    Romansh is one of the 4 official languages of Switzerland (together with German, French and Italian); it belongs to the "Rhaeto-Romance" languages, heritage of the Roman domination over the area. It's spoken by less than 1% of the Swiss population, mostly resident in the Alps area.
    Other similar dialects can be found in Northern Italy (Dolomite area, Friuli).

    4 language railroad sign. First is Romansh
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    Ils Morins

    by gmg61 Written Dec 11, 2006

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    Morins are special earrings with the form of the black-man head that women from Engadina wear with their typical dress. Usually they have the shape of a black king or of a slave.
    They are usually made of gold, with with and black enamel.

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