- With nine medals overall (all in alpine skiing), Liechtenstein has won more Olympic medals per capita than any other nation.
- It is the smallest nation to win a medal in any Olympics - Winter or Summer.
- Vaduz (the capital of Liechtenstein) is considering a bid for either the 2018 or 2022 Winter Olympics. I am so there!
We even attended a rousing game of bingo. It seemed like the entire town was there, and it was quite fun. I was excited because I thought that, despite my inability to converse with Oliver's family, I could certainly still do my ABC's and 123's. OK ... not so much. I think it went something like this:
Bingo Person: "A-34."
Kelly: "Oliver, did he just say D-45?"
Oliver (with such patience and a very kind smile): "No ... A-34."
And, so went the ENTIRE evening. I felt like a complete idiot.
So, here's the secret. Liechtensteiners speak German ... with an Alemannic dialect. I later learned that this particular dialect is 'highly divergent' from the standard German I'd been taught. For me, that dialect changed the language so much that they might as well have been speaking Italian.
So ... if you ever get to Liechtenstein, drive 'across' the country, take in the Alpine beauty, view a fairy tale castle, and visit with the friendly and hospitable locals ... and most definitely become familiar with the phrase, "Sprechen sie Englisch?"