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You could write an article on your personal impression of Zurich. That site is always taking submissions and last time I checked they paid their writers pretty well.
I could - if I was a writer - which I'm not.


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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous?

Sure, no problem
I've seen a few expats monetize their experiences over the years. I personally don't care if I'm reading an article by a full-time writer, or a new writer, as long as the writing is strong and offers an interesting perspective. Places like the Wall Street Journal's Expat blog are constantly looking for an insider's views on the expat lifestyle. (No pay though )

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I've seen a few expats monetize their experiences over the years. I personally don't care if I'm reading an article by a full-time writer, or a new writer, as long as the writing is strong and offers an interesting perspective. Places like the Wall Street Journal's Expat blog are constantly looking for an insider's views on the expat lifestyle. (No pay though )
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous?

Many have the travellers the hallowed turrets of Zurich wandered. But so very little have they seen - oh! how little!

Beyond the waves of the pretty Niederdorfersee, survey the overward walls of the Central. Here, sprung against the rough hewn gates of the Pestalozzi Shed of Books, lie the wayward troops of a mellower time. Behold as they glimmer and swyve, their pointed lousels winkling in the mist.

Further, across the Great Bridge, beware the olden wicks and murmuring aglets of the HB, named in honour of the miraculous implement with which it was designed. Watch your wallets and socks, for gone with a whisper and a grin might they be! Away like the fairy or the sprinting cock.

Down, down, down the street of the Barnhoof, trotting and cantering as free as a while, admiring the precocious items in the shiny, oh so shiny windows! What is this I see? A pouch for the lady, horny like a duck, in which she may secrete her gewgaws and gin. And here? A suit of fine raymonds, mayhaps the gentleman wishes? I doubt, though, for deep in the purse it will sting - ouch! Like Muhammad Ali. Or horsefly.

Onward, ever onward, and there we see the Great See, beyond which lie hazy the mountains of Yorn. In there might be dragons. Or may be there might not. We dare not venture there, for we are the expat. But the See is fine for a trip on the boats. Bring your own vaseline, for a rough passage pleases no sailor.

And finally to the Belle Vue, named for a lady of amusing repute, covered over by now with the station of trams and fearsome chocolates and roses - all fake. Also the Odeon, where Joyce wrote and swore before throwing up his alls in the miraculous thunderbox (it cleans its self, you know!), Mussolini restraining his hair and Lenin banging on the door. Oh, happy times! But gone now, all gone.

All gone now.

This. This my Zurich. How might you enjoy!
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I could - if I was a writer - which I'm not.
Otherwise the fellow would surely have written "if I were a writer"...

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"if I were a writer"...
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous?

I feel like in the little prince movie, it's poetic and misaligned

There's diversity everywhere, cities or not, each place has a particular oportunity to stick out. Stereotypes about homogenity are probably ertentaining, but whether they are valid or valid still tomorrow..who knows. Gets quiet around here, more than elsewhere but to artificially nurture adventure is pretentious. I kinda like the plain, in your face, transparency here. It's a good playground for anyone who wants to be different, without having to sell oneself too much.

I did see a weird poster today from my subway, it said "be closer to your farmer" and it had a farmer with a head of a cow. Whether it was weird or diverse was hard to tell. Made me grin.
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I did see a weird poster today from my subway, it said "be closer to your farmer" and it had a farmer with a head of a cow. Whether it was weird or diverse was hard to tell. Made me grin.
Despite all the stereotypes about the Swiss not doing humour, you've got to remember they invented dada. Good to see that spirit is still alive.
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous?

You're a writer. An amazingly gifted one

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Many have the travellers the hallowed turrets of Zurich wandered. But so very little have they seen - oh! how little!

Beyond the waves of the pretty Niederdorfersee, survey the overward walls of the Central. Here, sprung against the rough hewn gates of the Pestalozzi Shed of Books, lie the wayward troops of a mellower time. Behold as they glimmer and swyve, their pointed lousels winkling in the mist.

Further, across the Great Bridge, beware the olden wicks and murmuring aglets of the HB, named in honour of the miraculous implement with which it was designed. Watch your wallets and socks, for gone with a whisper and a grin might they be! Away like the fairy or the sprinting cock.

Down, down, down the street of the Barnhoof, trotting and cantering as free as a while, admiring the precocious items in the shiny, oh so shiny windows! What is this I see? A pouch for the lady, horny like a duck, in which she may secrete her gewgaws and gin. And here? A suit of fine raymonds, mayhaps the gentleman wishes? I doubt, though, for deep in the purse it will sting - ouch! Like Muhammad Ali. Or horsefly.

Onward, ever onward, and there we see the Great See, beyond which lie hazy the mountains of Yorn. In there might be dragons. Or may be there might not. We dare not venture there, for we are the expat. But the See is fine for a trip on the boats. Bring your own vaseline, for a rough passage pleases no sailor.

And finally to the Belle Vue, named for a lady of amusing repute, covered over by now with the station of trams and fearsome chocolates and roses - all fake. Also the Odeon, where Joyce wrote and swore before throwing up his alls in the miraculous thunderbox (it cleans its self, you know!), Mussolini restraining his hair and Lenin banging on the door. Oh, happy times! But gone now, all gone.

All gone now.

This. This my Zurich. How might you enjoy!
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No, but Joyce did spend a lot of time in Trieste, in fact there's a statue of him near our favorite bar there.



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Isn' there something rminding of the fact that Triest for a long time was THE seaport of Austria HungarY ? Some construction elements Close to the ones of Bregenz and Feldkirch
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous?

It is too big but quoting it so it appears again is not really a smart move.

Edit: posted in response to Wolli's repost of a humongous photo which he has now removed.

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I could - if I was a writer - which I'm not.


But thank you for the suggestion!

what is the difference between
> if I was a writer
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> if I were a writer
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both in German would be
> wäre ich ein Schriftsteller
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Relax have a pint or two and stay away from winterthur


your arttachment is far too large

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It is too big but quoting it so it appears again is not really a smart move.

neither is not to say anything ... but found a solution now

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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous? grammar grammaer grammar

“If I were...” : subjunctive
“If I was..” : simple past

Subjunctive mood is used in situations that aren’t likely to happen. Simple past on the other hand refers to events that aren’t wishful or impossible in nature. eg if you are referring to a dead person you’d use subjunctive: “If he were here, we would...” whereas if he was alive you’d use simple past and say: “If he was here...”.
In German you have two types of subjunctive mood; present and past subjunctive. They’re called the Konjunktiv. The present subjunctive is used a lot in indirect speech, mostly in news outlets, or technical writing, among others. e.g. “Augenzeugen berichten, die Schulen seien geschlossen.”
An example for past subjunctive would be: Wenn die Welt in Ordnung wäre, gingen wir auf eine Weltreise. Obviously these forms are hardly ever used in colloquial language and often substituted for würde & infinitive.

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what is the difference between
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> if I were a writer
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both in German would be
> wäre ich ein Schriftsteller
or
> wenn ich ein Schriftsteller wäre
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous? grammar grammaer grammar

what is the difference between
> if I was a writer
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> if I were a writer
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in German would be
> Falls ich ein Schriftsteller wäre ...
and
> Würde ich ein Schriftsteller sein ...
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neither is not to say anything ... but found a solution now
The easiest thing to do is to report the offending post and ask if a mod can kindly resize it.
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous? grammar grammaer grammar

“If I were...” : subjunctive
“If I was..” : simple past

Subjunctive mood is used in situations that aren’t likely to happen. Simple past on the other hand refers to events that aren’t wishful or impossible in nature. eg if you are referring to a dead person you’d use subjunctive: “If he were here, we would...” whereas if he was alive you’d use simple past and say: “If he was here...”.
In German you have two types of subjunctive mood; present and past subjunctive. They’re called the Konjunktiv. The present subjunctive is used a lot in indirect speech, mostly in news outlets, or technical writing, among others. e.g. “Augenzeugen berichten, die Schulen seien geschlossen.”
An example for past subjunctive would be: Wenn die Welt in Ordnung wäre, gingen wir auf eine Weltreise. Obviously these forms are hardly ever used in colloquial language and often substituted for würde & infinitive.


As there is no simple past in Swiss German, it is rarely used even in Written German / High German. While the usual Thing is to turn the saying like Wäre die Welt in Ordnung ...würden wir auf eine Weltreise gehen but easier in dialsct würdet mär uf ä Weltreis gah or else gänget mär uf ä Weltreis
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Re: Are Swiss cities too homogenous?

Not completely true. The Dada movement was established by an international group of people, key figures being Francis Picabia (French), Hugo Ball (German ) and Tristan Tzara (Romanian), amongst others.

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