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Old 26.07.2007, 13:58
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Like everyone else, I miss:
All types of ethnic food, but especially:

sushi, especially sitting at the bar and asking the chef to take care of you! Here, it always seems the same 8 or so things: tuna, salmon, cooked shrimp, crab, octopus, squid, sea eel, yellowtail. Give or take. So far, I've yet to see even any of the usual non-tuna-salmon-yellowtail fish choices (mackerel? snapper? black cod?), let alone more adventurous ingredients or preparations. PS: any advice here would be greatly appreciated.

Good mexican food, good Indian (especially Northern Indian/Pakistani), and yes, good Italian. And, Bagels!

Coffee shops where you don't have to specify that "coffee" means coffee, not capuccino or espresso.

Also, decent (music) radio stations, backpacking, convenient dog parks, NPR (yes, I know I can stream it, but not in a car!), good grocery stores, the ocean. . .
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss more culture! I live in Seefeld, and am SO TIRED of all the circuses in Bellvue, and the street parade/Zurifest/carnivals/circuses - any excuse to put up a tent and sell smelly food along the lake. I wish there were more dance performances, more modern museums like other major European capitals. I love the outdoor cinema, but what about classical music concerts? Jazz? Basel has great museums and art fairs, Luzerne has wonderful music and Zurich has...circuses. Send the circuses to the countryside, and bring more world-class adult events here! Zurich is such a lovely city, we really ought to have better quality performances and exhibits here.
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss small bags of crisps and flavours other than salted or paprika!!

Also where the hell can you buy good bacon and good sausages!!! All they eat here is streaky bacon and sausages that my cat wouldn't even look twice at!! Whenever I go home an english breakfast is my first priority every day!!!

...This is really sad, but I got my mum to post me 6 tubs of cheeselets for xmas!! I can't help it! I love them!!!!!!!

Another time I found cheddar cheese in Migros and nearly wet myself! Although finding great big baking potatoes is far harder. Coop do them but most of the time they taste like s***!!! Also found tetley teabags - I am sorry but I am English and I need good tea!! There's only so many cappucino's I can handle!!!

And why don't they sell bread which is sliced and bagged! I can only find bread fresh - granted it tastes great - but it goes off so fast that if you don't fancy it, tough! go and buy another!!!

I miss curries and kfc - none in Ticino peeps - I love pizza so I am in the right place - although a dominoes would be heavenly - Everytime I go to a new place for pizza and ask for something like 'chicken' they laugh and say 'sei inglese?' .......I laugh but really I want to jam my fork in his leg to show him the pain I feel for not having good toppings!!!!!

Sorry, am going home next month so will be much better after!!!

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Old 18.08.2007, 01:41
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss cereal choices! It was always my weakness. Capn Crunch with berries, Honey Combs, Coco and Fruity Pebbles.

Diversity in restaurants and clothing stores

I miss laughing and `getting` jokes (and not needing someone to explain a German word),... talking with strangers in line at the supermarket...being an insider...telling off someone who is rude to me and knowing s/he understands me...making friends and meeting people easily, sharing randomn conversations with people who are complete strangers, connecting with people
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Old 18.08.2007, 01:48
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

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may be something purely in Bern, but water pressure sucks ... just had a long-long shower in a hotel here in London, similar to being sandblasted, best way to start my day ....
Try living on the top floor in Bumpliz. I just hope there's never a fire that we have to put out. Takes about 20 seconds to fill a 500 ml glass from the cold tap and about four to eight minutes to get hot water running.
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Old 18.08.2007, 12:47
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Not that much. I try to live fully in the moment here, enjoying (almost) all that is good here.

Having said that, I sometimes miss friends and family, going out to the open-air stalls to eat and drink late at night in the warm equatorial air.
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Old 18.08.2007, 12:49
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss going out to eat whenever I wanted and not paying a fortune for it and plenty of food(too much I might add) on your plate. Also being able to shop for all things inexpensively. Margarita's! Driving to the beach in 5 hours and a white sand beach at that. Gas prices. What I do not miss politics as I am freer to live my life here as I choose and marry who I chose.
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Old 18.08.2007, 17:30
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

There's not much to add to the missing food issues (although I have some difficulty putting myself in the position of somebody who misses huge potatoes or agent-ridden pre-sliced bread By the way, at least there's sliced toast bread). But this impression deserves an answer:

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I miss more culture! I live in Seefeld, and am SO TIRED of all the circuses in Bellvue, and the street parade/Zurifest/carnivals/circuses - any excuse to put up a tent and sell smelly food along the lake. I wish there were more dance performances, more modern museums like other major European capitals. I love the outdoor cinema, but what about classical music concerts? Jazz? Basel has great museums and art fairs, Luzerne has wonderful music and Zurich has...circuses. Send the circuses to the countryside, and bring more world-class adult events here! Zurich is such a lovely city, we really ought to have better quality performances and exhibits here.
It helps to think of it as a division of work between the different cities, and isn't it good that the mid-sized towns have some festivals, too? Zurich can't organise everything or everything alone in this small country of 7.5 million people.

I understand that big festivals like the Züri Fäscht, Streetparade etc. can be annoying but why the antipathy towards circuses? If age is an indicator for "culture", then well, the national circus is a bit over 200 years old, and the Sechseläutenwiese is occupied by circuses about 8 weeks a year. Is that so bothersome? And the circuses are touring in the countryside more than in the big cities.

There is a variety of "cultural" concerts in the city throughout the whole year, they're just less visible than the "modern" festivals. Moods im Schiffbau provides me with as much Blues, Jazz and Funk as I need (they reopen next month). And the lovers of operas and classical music can chose from these programs.

ps. Zurich is not Switzerland's capital.
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Old 18.08.2007, 20:21
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I am somewhat surprised that with your attitude that you don't fit into Seefeld just....fine. Assuming you want to spend less of your life whinging and save some cash : move.

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I miss more culture! I live in Seefeld, and am SO TIRED of all the circuses in Bellvue, and the street parade/Zurifest/carnivals/circuses - any excuse to put up a tent and sell smelly food along the lake. I wish there were more dance performances, more modern museums like other major European capitals. I love the outdoor cinema, but what about classical music concerts? Jazz? Basel has great museums and art fairs, Luzerne has wonderful music and Zurich has...circuses. Send the circuses to the countryside, and bring more world-class adult events here! Zurich is such a lovely city, we really ought to have better quality performances and exhibits here.
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Old 18.08.2007, 23:37
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss Cadbury's Crunchies.
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Old 19.08.2007, 12:50
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Well, I miss the large, non-gourmet, breakfasts that you could get at one of the many greasy spoons in my town. They were cheap and filling: eggs, french toast, pancakes, bacon, etc. Yes, not exactly health food!
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Old 19.08.2007, 13:21
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I miss Cadbury's Crunchies.
You can find them online at LeShop. Look under International Foods, Sweets & Cereals. Enjoy !
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Old 19.08.2007, 14:05
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You can find them online at LeShop. Look under International Foods, Sweets & Cereals. Enjoy !
Amazing ! I was under the false impression that LeShop only sold Migros products..... and they have and Marmite , Bird's custard powder, Stilton etc.

All this is hidden in a warehouse in Bremgarten, just down the road from here. Does anyone have the plans of this warehouse, and details of the alarm system ?
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Old 19.08.2007, 14:32
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I miss Cadbury's Crunchies.
you'll be pleased to know that the Wispa is about to become available again ...
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Excellent. It was a very dense chocolate bar, which made me wonder whether they pulled it on account of the large amount of chocolate required to make it and sell at Mars price.

They will be bringing back Cabanas next.

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Old 19.08.2007, 15:07
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Driving to the beach in 5 hours and a white sand beach at that.
Genoa is only 5 hours drive from Basel.
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I come from Chile ans what I miss the most...
- my family and friends
- decent weather... at least decent summers
- edible beef meat!!!!!
- decent ice-creams... with so many italians in Zürich, I cannot believe that the best for the swiss is the foamy Mövenpick...
- shops open later
- good, cheap and relaxed restaurants
- SPONTANEITY! even to go to the movies you have to plan ahead and reserve tickets
- Openess in people
- Vegetables that taste what they are!!! But I found the solution at least for tomatoes: I grow them myself in my balcony
- VARIETY! in everything... from food to clothing (everyone looks the same...) to even shampoo! Come on, we are in Switzerland!!!

But I will miss if I leave:
- Toni yogurts
- a reasonably clean (I agree that it's still full of cigarette buts), quiet, secure and yet active city
- going to swimm to a river in the middle of the city. this is luxury!
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Women who stand by me..
Men who listen..
Families who are strong..
Families who are not fragmemted...
people who really care..
cultureral support...
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- Vegetables that taste what they are!!! But I found the solution at least for tomatoes: I grow them myself in my balcony
I know what you are getting at. But specifically tomatoes, if you get the Swiss ones you will find they are way better than in particular the Dutch (Niederlande). In fact, buying _any_ Dutch vegetable is IMNSHO a waste of money - water is better and cheaper from the tap.

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Old 20.08.2007, 23:14
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I am not yet in Zurich, and have only been in Europe 6 weeks, and I am missing a few things from Australia.

Yapping with my friends, and having to think about everything that I say.

The beach: this is a given.

Seafood: Having sushi everywhere. I am a bit suspicious of fish in land locked countries.

Brunch in Bondi: Having a big lazy affordable brekky

Sydney Pubs: Being able to go to your local and have a schooner and game of pool, knowing that you will know someone.

The Weekend Papers: Oh God I miss those

Being familiar with my surroundings.

As for the person who stated that they miss Neighbours, I presume you are a Pom? :P
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