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Old 04.03.2011, 23:16
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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)
Yes, I am blessed on the Balcon du Jura with views from Mont Blanc to the Eiger...

It is so good for your soul - takes all the stress away
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Old 04.03.2011, 23:17
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Oh, the Swiss don't remember either, they're just better at covering up the fact.
Say, instead of Grüezi "Grüezi wohl"
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Old 04.03.2011, 23:31
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Find the local branch of the SVP and join up immediately
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Partei Sitze Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP) 18 (26) 1 Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei (FDP) 23 Sozialdemokratische Partei (SP) 12 Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei (CVP) 12 Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei (BDP) 08 1 Grüne Partei (GPS) 06 Unabhängige 01 1 Am 28. August 2008 traten acht Landräte der neuen BDP bei.


shows that the SVP no longer is the strongest party in Glarus. This rank was regained by the the FDP, when 8 members of the Cantonal Parliament joined the BDP . You may note that the Social-Democrats and the Greens combined have the same number of seats as the SVP (18) but 5 less than the Liberals.
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Old 04.03.2011, 23:32
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

Never have been a big fan of balconies but in this case it is totally justified. Higher looking up is simply the best. And presence of mountains in vicinity would make me being the first one on the slopes.

Yeah, looking everyday at Matterhorn would have such a soothing effect not only for my soul but also going on diet so that I could even abstain from Tablerone chocolates
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Old 04.03.2011, 23:50
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Pretend to be Catholic - and never ask where the nearest mosque is.

[sorry - has a genuine request for advice already started to slip into the depths of wise-cracks and ridicule? Oi!, keep the "noise" down.]
Religion, Konfession (1900 > 1970)
Protestantisch
-Ev. 26 281 > 16 786
Römisch-Katholisch 3 932 > 14 246
Christkatholisch 28 > 11
Andere 51 > 140
davon Juden 7 > 7
davon Muslims 71 > 2 480
davon ohne Zugehörigk 66 > 479

This shows that the real Glarner are Protestants, and that most Catholics are of Italian origin, AND that there are quite many Muslims.

You should not think that all small Cantons are Catholic. Appenzell Ausserrhoden is 80% Protestant, The Thurgau is predominantly Protestant, Schaffhausen is more than 80% Protestant, Neuchâtel is Protestant
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Here's the view from our balcony, taken earlier this evening:

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Well that must be an improvement on the view from that underground balcony in your last place

Hope you'll both be happy in your new home!
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

Before you look at the view and drink to your successful move, do study the balcony floor very carefully for any protruding bits.
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You should not think that all small Cantons are Catholic. Appenzell Ausserrhoden is 80% Protestant, The Thurgau is predominantly Protestant, Schaffhausen is more than 80% Protestant, Neuchâtel is Protestant
It is rather easy to figure out which cantons are catholic: the ones who formed the Sonderbund (separate alliance). In 1847 there was a civil war in Switzerland. It was a terrible affair: it lasted a little less than a month and a few hundred people died. It started because there were ongoing negotiations concerning the new constitution (modelled on the US, thank you very much) which foresaw such crazy liberal ideas like freedom of religion and other basic rights as well as creating the ETH and a centralized government. The Pope, a few years earlier, had made clear all this liberalism (in the old sense) was pretty evil, science was no good and no state had the right to say anything about the catholic church and its organisation, as in it stood above any laws made in the country. Well, a few cantons (Luzern, Zug, Fribourg, Uri, Valais, Schwyz, Nidwalden and Oberwalden) took this very seriously, got together and formed their illegal alliance and called in the Jesuits to help. Big fight in November. Catholics lost. The constitution of 1848 making Switzerland a federal republic was passed, along with an article banning Jesuits from Switzerland. And the rest is history.

As for Glarus, of course it was not Catholic. Zwingli himself, the leader of the reformation in Switzerland, was a pastor in Glarus for a few years.

As long as we’re getting all historical here, a must for those seeking to integrate into the Canton: April 7. This is the anniversary of the last battle in Switzerland against the Habsburgers and it took place in, yes, Glarnerland, specifically Näfels. It is called the Näfelser Fahrt. Every year on the first Thursday in April there is a procession to Näfels with people in old costumes and such to celebrate this victory.

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Old 05.03.2011, 10:09
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Here's the view from our balcony, taken earlier this evening:

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And if he'd have dipped the camera down slightly:

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Old 05.03.2011, 10:23
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And if he'd have dipped the camera down slightly:

tsk tsk... it's hardly our fault we nabbed the only three-story shanty in town, is it?!
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tsk tsk... it's hardly our fault we nabbed the only three-story shanty in town, is it?!
We've named it la torre de marfil. But seriously, the view is amazing!! You need to get yourself a telescope pronto to focus a little higher. Then I'd get really jealous.
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Re: Living in the Wilderness

One sign of knowing you live out in the sticks is not hearing the Guuggenmusik Monday morning.

The ultimate sign, however, is not hearing the church bells. I don't hear any Guuggenmusik but I definitely hear bells. And they are wonderful.

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I have two homes one is in Züri the other one in Unterengadin. So have count myself lucky to be part of both worlds. As much as I like going back to the city, I love being part of the village life of the Engadin. I hear the cow bells in the morning and the river at night with the window open. It's incredibly lovely. I'm not a Zurcher when being there and vice versa. What helped a lot is to invited the neighbors, to say hello. A really good tip is to remember the names of people you meet more than once Quite a job for a typical city slicker.

One might think that when in a village you call everyone "Sie", that is often not the case. Some villages have a "Du" culture - so try to find out which one your new home town is belonging to.

Otherwise just go by your nose. Be friendly and try to help. That's about it.

Enjoy your new home and good luck
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It is rather easy to figure out which cantons are catholic:
Regarding Cantons that are Catholic vs. those that are Protestant, are there differences between them besides the public holidays? They appear to have the same kinds of trees and the same kinds of views of the mountains.
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Regarding Cantons that are Catholic vs. those that are Protestant, are there differences between them besides the public holidays? They appear to have the same kinds of trees and the same kinds of views of the mountains.


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Yup... no difference at all...

I should imagine that a few years ago it was big a difference as that between the Confederates and Yankees, given that they'd cared enough to start a war over it.

Now, however, with all the Italian and Portuguese immigration, I doubt it makes that much of a difference on the ground, other than the fact that I get significantly more holidays than you poor buggers who work in Zwingli's Zurich.

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How is the view this morning?
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Now, however, with all the Italian and Portuguese immigration, I doubt it makes that much of a difference on the ground, other than the fact that I get significantly more holidays than you poor buggers who work in Zwingli's Zurich.
I disagree. The Catholics are better at comitting sin and subsequently, at having guilty consciences than the Protestants.
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How is the view this morning?
Foggy... which invites us to look at hitherto overlooked features like the castle on the hill and the church tower.
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Enjoy your stroll and don't forget to pick up some of these Wydechätzli

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Church tower - how are the bells doing?
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