Re: Packing tips
If you are here for the winter, then you might want to pack a few sweaters, warm socks and a good jacket, something multi-purpose which can manage cold, rain and wind. Although everything is available here, good winter jackets are expensive here. Plus the usual, scarf, mittens, hat...Otherwise there isn't much you need to bring, just comforts of home - I usually bring loose leaf tea as I don't like Liptons and prefer Brooke Bond! It is available in Bern at the Agarwals - the Indian store - but again, it's the price issue.
Anyway, welcome to Bern!
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