Misunderstandings can lead to big problems. Often the situation just gets worse with time, as if you’re on two separate tracks going in different directions – this hilarious story is about just that!
An English lady, making plans for an inexpensive visit to Switzerland, wrote to a country inn for a room reservation. She ended the letter saying she preferred accommodation as close as possible to a WC.
You anglophones will recognize WC as a water closet or toilet. The Swiss innkeeper was not that well acquainted with English, so he took the letter to his friend the parish priest and asked, “What is a WC?”
The priest mulled this over for a time and then the dawn broke. “I’ve got it,” he said, “of course she means Wayside Chapel!”
Very pleased to have his problem solved, the innkeeper hastened to write to the English lady:
It is with great pleasure that I am able to inform you that we have a lovely room reserved for your visit and that there, indeed, is a WC. It is located only two miles from the inn, in a beautiful grove of pine trees which gives a feeling of serenity to the visitor.
It may surprise you to know that our WC holds over two hundred persons per sitting. It is a good idea to go as early as possible in order to get a good seat, as sometimes only standing room is available, and is especially hard on some of the older ladies.
On Sundays, a good number of people take picnic lunches and make a day of it. Others take a bus or horse carriage and usually arrive only just in time. I would recommend Madam arrange to go on Thursday evenings when there is organ accompaniment.
Although the building dates back to the 12th century, the acoustics are excellent and even the most delicate sounds may be heard in the halls.
We are very proud of our unusual bell, donated by a wealthy visitor, which rings every time someone makes an offering.
Unfortunately my wife is not been able to attend regularly, since we don’t live that close. Naturally it pains her very much not to be able to go more often.
Some come with cheer – some with charity – but all leave satisfied.
/ Country inn Stübner
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