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Old 02.08.2015, 13:38
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My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

I wanted to share some positive experiences of Swiss neighbours for a change

I admit I had some apprehension moving to Canton Schwyz as a single Chinese-looking girl. But those fears have been so unfounded and I have been taken aback by how welcoming my (wider) community has been in just the past 4 weeks.

1. On Day One straight after I moved I popped to the local restaurant for a drink and to watch the sunset after a long day moving furniture, upon which I got talking to the waitress (I apologised for asking her for a drink in the direct, German way rather than the polite, Swiss way ). As we got talking, she soon realised I wasn't a stray tourist and indeed we shared a landlady. And on hearing I was a new resident on my own, the table of 4 next door immediately invited me to join them for drinks, chatting for a good three hours before we headed home and would not let me pay despite my insistence. The waitress now greets me like an old friend every time I walk in, and the family and I are arranging dinner - which in Swiss terms means we definitely are, and just need to set a date

2. On that landlady, loveliest Swiss lady imaginable. After giving me so much advice on the local area, I invited her to my welcome drinks, not really expecting a response. Two days later, I get a lovely "new home" card. She is of course joining.

3. Heading to the local BBQ for 1. August last night was pretty lonesome until a couple of elderly Swiss Opas invited me to join their table. Almost 4 hours of bar hopping and German chat about everything from travelling to cooking and local politics, and teaching me some schwiitzerduutsch, they insisted again on paying and giving me a lift back in the opposite direction rather than the short hop on the train. They are also coming to my Apero now, and even offered to help me with transporting supplies, as I don't drive.

So for all those who claim there is no community in Wollerau
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Old 02.08.2015, 14:19
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

I've had pretty similar experiences, although with more English and less German. I think most people reflect a friendly approach.

But then I stick by my comment that financial centres usually are full of rude people. So that's why everyone in Zurich is rude and miserable, albeit rich
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

Such a welcoming community .

Well, as an Asian origin myself, i found it is not that hard to integrate.
The Gemeinde invited all new comers once a year for a dinner in the Gemeinde Saal. I took part of it and was interviewed by the local newspaper (ehm.. was an instant celebrity lol). I then joined a fasnacht group, just helping them on preparation of several fasnacht festivities. All seems to know me by now, but on my side, i felt weird since i dont know each of them and kind of afraid if they think i am arrogant or something of not recognizing them. Well, everyone use make up and mask on fasnacht! .

Anyway, the local people are awesome .
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I've had pretty similar experiences, although with more English and less German. I think most people reflect a friendly approach.

But then I stick by my comment that financial centres usually are full of rude people. So that's why everyone in Zurich is rude and miserable, albeit rich
Hey, I'm one of those finance peeps in Zurich



I agree though, it's being friendly and being seen to be respectful of the locals (though some will always be grumpy). I maintain that part of that is to at least speak enough of the language for absolute basics. The number of people I know who have been here several years and still can't say "excuse me" in German (not aimed at you btw! General observation!)

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Hey, I'm one of those finance peeps in Zurich ::
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

We are glad for you and all, but this is not the kind of thread we like to encourage.

Please, refrain from being happy in the future.
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

my French neighbours say their Swiss neighbour is very friendly and their English neighbour too
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We are glad for you and all, but this is not the kind of thread we like to encourage.

Please, refrain from being happy in the future.
Fine, if I must.

There is no air-conditioning in my apartment so I occasionally need to push the hammock by the 5 metre high window to comfortably view the sunset over the lake. Curse that landlady and my human rights during heatwaves.

I have an entire room which is too much for me and the cat, so it's lying empty whilst I pay rent on it. I don't use it so I shouldn't have to pay even though I contracted!

My awful neighbours across the road won't knock down their house so my view is uninterrupted.

And it's so miserable having neighbours who offer to help with their car because then I feel bad.

Happy?



(turning into the 1st World Problem thread...)

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My Swiss neighbour's neighbours are awesome!
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Fine, if I must.

There is no air-conditioning in my apartment so I occasionally need to push the hammock by the 5 metre high window to comfortably view the sunset over the lake. Curse that landlady and my human rights during heatwaves.

I have an entire room which is too much for me and the cat, so it's lying empty whilst I pay rent on it. I don't use it so I shouldn't have to pay even though I contracted!

My awful neighbours across the road won't knock down their house so my view is uninterrupted.

And it's so miserable having neighbours who offer to help with their car because then I feel bad.

Happy?
Ahhh, that's better!!!

Everything is as it should be.
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Glad Ms. Marple is policing these threads - we don't want peeps from Trinidad, Fiji or Mauritius think that life is a box of (Swiss) chocolates here in CH
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Glad Ms. Marple is policing these threads - we don't want peeps from Trinidad, Fiji or Mauritius think that life is a box of (Swiss) chocolates here in CH
Finally, some recognition!!

It's a hard job, but someone's gotta etc, etc, etc....
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I've had pretty similar experiences, although with more English and less German. I think most people reflect a friendly approach.

But then I stick by my comment that financial centres usually are full of rude people. So that's why everyone in Zurich is rude and miserable, albeit rich

Most people in Zürich are NOT rich ... Do you know some rich and rude bankers here ?
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

I get along great with my neighbours too. I just havent figured out yet that they dont get along very well with me.

I have been totaly defeated by the die der das saga and still bumble my way through german. The looks on the faces are funny. Great stuff.

My dad had news papers as bed sheets and he helped to bring me from Avalon beach Sydney to here. He taught me how to sail when I was 5. And when I was working on Sydney harbour as a sailing instructor on yachts (thanks dad) I met my future wife.

A swissy girl.

The swiss can be very tolerant when they are mindful of the consequences. Beach loving aussie sailors have to be dealt with differently. How its done is a mystery to me but my girl seems to have it (or me) figured out.
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

I'll move this back to the hippy dippy rainbow side of the spectrum.

Our neighbors are great. A little over a year ago, after my first week of moving in, they invited us over for BBQ and watch CH play in the World Cup. Fast forward 1 year. The neighbors are watering the plants and the garden, collecting the mail, watching the house, etc while we are on vaca. We trade gifts and pics from our holidays, go for walks, etc.

Here is the kicker - they actually complain that we are not outgoing enough and don't spend enough time with the other neighbors on the street. That's a head scratcher considering all the comments on this thread.
And yes, they are full blooded Swiss.
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I get along great with my neighbours too. I just havent figured out yet that they dont get along very well with me.

I have been totaly defeated by the die der das saga and still bumble my way through german. The looks on the faces are funny. Great stuff.

My dad had news papers as bed sheets and he helped to bring me from Avalon beach Sydney to here. He taught me how to sail when I was 5. And when I was working on Sydney harbour as a sailing instructor on yachts (thanks dad) I met my future wife.

A swissy girl.

The swiss can be very tolerant when they are mindful of the consequences. Beach loving aussie sailors have to be dealt with differently. How its done is a mystery to me but my girl seems to have it (or me) figured out.
Do you mean to say they're afraid of your beautiful wife?
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

OK, actually serious grumpy post - whilst my community is awesome my immediate neighbours are not. I invited them to a welcome apero tomorrow and not one of the 4 flats have rsvped

Every single other person has either via text or even snail mail card. So I'm having to cater for double, just in case.

Meanwhile I'm busting a gut piping cream cheese rosettes and making my own Gipfeli and making balsamic passata. I think I'm taking the meet-the-neighbours thing too seriously.
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OK, actually serious grumpy post - whilst my community is awesome my immediate neighbours are not. I invited them to a welcome apero tomorrow and not one of the 4 flats have rsvped

Every single other person has either via text or even snail mail card. So I'm having to cater for double, just in case.

Meanwhile I'm busting a gut piping cream cheese rosettes and making my own Gipfeli and making balsamic passata. I think I'm taking the meet-the-neighbours thing too seriously.
The romance is over, is it.

I'll be expecting a proper thread full of complaints, swear words and disappointments. Something where we can get our teeth into.

That happy clappy attitude gave me heartburn. I'll send you the doctor's bill.
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Re: My Swiss neighbours are awesome!

I've got lovely neighbours.
Which is why, for the past three weeks, I've landed up lugging great heavy watering cans morning and evening in two separate flats with four balconies containing twenty or so window boxes full of flowers and stuff which look lovely but are THIRSTY.
Where did I go wrong?

Oh, I forgot to say, they are not Swiss either.
The Swiss ones are lovely too but fortunately have fewer flowers.
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The romance is over, is it.

I'll be expecting a proper thread full of complaints, swear words and disappointments. Something where we can get our teeth into.

That happy clappy attitude gave me heartburn. I'll send you the doctor's bill.
Will leftover canapés work in lieu?

I think I'm taking this too seriously... Though I do have to persuade them to let me get a concert grand piano...
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