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Old 02.03.2011, 00:13
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Echoing this note, I notice the locals hone in on any clues about a person's true character. Ostentatious displays might be greeted with a grin, but aren't the ones that make the most lasting impressions. In fact, they eschew ostentatious displays and ridicule them. It is the little unintentional ones that endear them, the ones that build trust. Another thing about the Swiss locals, once you're in, you're in.
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Old 02.03.2011, 00:30
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In our village you are "invited" (for which read required) to join the fire brigade if you are in a certain age bracket ... be you man .. or woman
No such thing around here, we only have professional fire-fighters.

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Old 02.03.2011, 01:07
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

There may be financial incentives in joining the fire brigade. I think some gemeindes offer tax breaks.

Another benefit to joining these clubs and groups is possible access to a CC Prodega membership for buying large quantities of foodstuff and supplies at a discount.
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Old 02.03.2011, 01:09
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

On a practical note: I'm fat, forty, and speak enough German to get into trouble in a Gaststube but not enough to cope with barked orders in Glarnertuuutsch at the scene of a conflagration.

Would joining the fire brigade really be a good idea?
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There may be financial incentives in joining the fire brigade.
Well my letter of "invitation" certainly explained that there were financial penalties if I did not.

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On a practical note: I'm fat, forty, and speak enough German to get into trouble in a Gaststube but not enough to cope with barked orders in Glarnertuuutsch at the scene of a conflagration.
Luckily that excuse worked for me too - I was 8 months pregnant at the time .. and I'm still waiting for the bill for my payment in lieu of service.
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On a practical note: I'm fat, forty, and speak enough German to get into trouble in a Gaststube but not enough to cope with barked orders in Glarnertuuutsch at the scene of a conflagration.

Would joining the fire brigade really be a good idea?
Benefits: You'd learn how to handle barked orders in Glarnertüütsch (might come in handy on other occasions) and how to burn down objects in a manner that renders a fire brigade helpless.
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Old 04.03.2011, 22:29
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

Does anyone know where I can buy dishwasher tablets at this time of night?

I live in Glarnerland.
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Old 04.03.2011, 22:37
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Does anyone know where I can buy dishwasher tablets at this time of night?

I live in Glarnerland.
I doubt if you will find the answer to that, but I am sure that someone will be able to help you with Brown Sugar!

Hope you are settling in OK
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Find the Marygolds and just get on with it, you lazy ***

So are you really there? Enjoy.
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Old 04.03.2011, 22:40
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Does anyone know where I can buy dishwasher tablets at this time of night?

I live in Glarnerland.
Are there any of those late opening petrol stations with a shopping facility near where you are?
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Does anyone know where I can buy dishwasher tablets at this time of night?

I live in Glarnerland.
congratulations. you must have the first dishwasher over there
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Old 04.03.2011, 22:45
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Are there any of those late opening petrol stations with a shopping facility near where you are?
It's ok... I can wait till morning.

The move went well today, although we were packing until we ran out of boxes at two o' clock last night, meaning that we had to pack up the books (several hundred) while the movers were taking the stuff out this morning .

About an hour after they left, we were delighted to hear the doorbell ring and see our next door neighbour coming round to give us a warm welcome to the flat. We only understood about 30% of what she said, as she speaks in very fast Glarnertuutsch, but we were chuffed to bits that she'd made the effort.

Shopping trip in the morning (dishwasher tablets top of the list), then plenty of unpacking, with frequent interruptions to sit on the balcony and look at the mountains. They're like the sea, ever changing, and I can imagine them being quite a distraction over the next few days.

Thank you for the good wishes.
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Old 04.03.2011, 22:45
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Are there any of those late opening petrol stations with a shopping facility near where you are?
Yes, but that would involve putting on his shoes and going out again. Much more pleasant to get on the EF and post about it.

Anyway, if we can hold out till morning, I think I saw one of those nano-thingie shops just up the road a bit... what are they called? Zebro's or Seedrows or something. Maybe we can get dishwasher tablets from there.
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

Only been there 1/2 day and the dishwasher is full?
Hey guys, so happy for you that it went well - and that the view from the balcony is worth it. Have a fantastic week-end.
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It's ok... I can wait till morning.

The move went well today, although we were packing until we ran out of boxes at two o' clock last night, meaning that we had to pack up the books (several hundred) while the movers were taking the stuff out this morning .

About an hour after they left, we were delighted to hear the doorbell ring and see our next door neighbour coming round to give us a warm welcome to the flat. We only understood about 30% of what she said, as she speaks in very fast Glarnertuutsch, but we were chuffed to bits that she'd made the effort.

Shopping trip in the morning (dishwasher tablets top of the list), then plenty of unpacking, with frequent interruptions to sit on the balcony and look at the mountains. They're like the sea, ever changing, and I can imagine them being quite a distraction over the next few days.

Thank you for the good wishes.
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Yes, but that would involve putting on his shoes and going out again. Much more pleasant to get on the EF and post about it.

Anyway, if we can hold out till morning, I think I saw one of those nano-thingie shops just up the road a bit... what are they called? Zebro's or Seedrows or something. Maybe we can get dishwasher tablets from there.
Thanks for that and good to know the move went well and that you are settling in fast.

Mountains to look out on and behold like an ever changing sea. Sounds absolutely awesome to behold. I am so jealous I could spit. You guys are sooooooooo lucky.

My Mom grew up on a farm surrounded by mountains and the views from North, South, East and West were just stunning. I have never forgotten that picture in my mind ...

I know you hate those nano-thingies but if you can just puuurlease accept any they offer you on my behalf, the kiddies I am collecting them for will be most grateful, as will their Mom and me. Thanks and take it easy.

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Re: Living in the Wilderness

Enjoy your first night in your new home

Did you find anything in the move that you thought that you had lost?

Everytime we have moved we find something that we thought had gone for good only for it to magically turn up at moving time....
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Here's the view from our balcony, taken earlier this evening:

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Here's the view from our balcony, taken earlier this evening:

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Bah, humbug!! (no, I'm not jealous at all - enjoy!)
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Now here is somebody who can tell you a thing or two about the view from her balcony. (2 posts up)
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Olygirl: Thank you for your tips: they're exactly the kind of thing we're looking for. Stuff that might seem obvious, but isn't always.

We're curious about this one, though:



What do you mean about 'sitting in the middle on the right hand side'?
the seating-arrangements never were the same in all churches and not "dictated" but a result of local traditions, which means that in the old times, couples sat together but women who were alone sat on one side and men alone on the other.


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