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Old 04.03.2009, 14:54
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Re: Eye-contact and talking to strangers?

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stranger in the German speaking area, they look at you like you are "goofed on Skunkweed".
That's the description I was looking for.
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Re: Eye-contact and talking to strangers?

I have been in Zürich since 4 months and since day 1 I had an overwhelming sensation that people here go to any extreme to avoid eye contact.... I cross the main station every day and I see that people literally walk on you without paying any attention to your physical existence. The only time a local talks to me is to insult me if I happen to ride the bicycle on the sidewalk (I occasionally do it, but very slowly, to avoid the infernal car traffic of some areas). Not that in Lausanne it was much better, even there casual chat is very rare, but people were not so catastrophically self-defensive.
Whenever I travel in some truly Latin countries I feel how much life I am missing and how sad the existence is when you are confined to yourself like in a jail.
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Old 23.08.2015, 12:41
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. The only time a local talks to me is to insult me if I happen to ride the bicycle on the sidewalk (I occasionally do it, but very slowly, to avoid the infernal car traffic of some areas).
Please stop doing that. It's not only illegal it's also quite a dick move. Sidewalks are for walking on,not cycling.
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I have been in Zürich since 4 months and since day 1 I had an overwhelming sensation that people here go to any extreme to avoid eye contact.... I cross the main station every day and I see that people literally walk on you without paying any attention to your physical existence. The only time a local talks to me is to insult me if I happen to ride the bicycle on the sidewalk (I occasionally do it, but very slowly, to avoid the infernal car traffic of some areas). Not that in Lausanne it was much better, even there casual chat is very rare, but people were not so catastrophically self-defensive.
Whenever I travel in some truly Latin countries I feel how much life I am missing and how sad the existence is when you are confined to yourself like in a jail.
There's a railway station in Zurich, isn't there?
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I have been in Zürich since 4 months and since day 1 I had an overwhelming sensation that people here go to any extreme to avoid eye contact.... I cross the main station every day and I see that people literally walk on you without paying any attention to your physical existence. The only time a local talks to me is to insult me if I happen to ride the bicycle on the sidewalk (I occasionally do it, but very slowly, to avoid the infernal car traffic of some areas). Not that in Lausanne it was much better, even there casual chat is very rare, but people were not so catastrophically self-defensive.
Whenever I travel in some truly Latin countries I feel how much life I am missing and how sad the existence is when you are confined to yourself like in a jail.
You should always carry around a small bottle of wine and two apero glasses.
Fill both glasses, keep one and give the other to a random Swiss person, then say 'santé'.

No Swiss person is able to clink glasses, without looking directly into the eyes of the other.
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