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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

I'd take Toblerone chocolate which is....usually cheaper abroad
Or a proper Victorinox Swiss Army Knife which is... usually cheaper abroad
Or some V-Zug high end device, costing an arm and... usually have cheaper equivalent abroad.
Or some expensive cookoo clock which is....usually cheaper abroad (Oh wait it's traditionnaly made here, blablabla...)



The only thing I would take is some yummy Swiss cheese but then I guess i'd be arrested at the US borders
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The only thing I would take is some yummy Swiss cheese but then I guess i'd be arrested at the US borders
Not if it's vacuumed packed hard cheese.

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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Surely, for old times sake, you'll want to fit out one of the rooms in your new place in the "Swiss Style". Now is the time to purchase the necessary furnishings . . .
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Surely, for old times sake, you'll want to fit out one of the rooms in your new place in the "Swiss Style". Now is the time to purchase the necessary furnishings . . .
Like this one...
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Glad to read the move is happening, OP! Congratulations and good luck.

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If you like baking on the metric system, gram scale, that can be said as well for your weight scale.
This for sure. I have cookbooks in both systems, and I could not find gram-based stuff and had to buy it once back in Europe and bring it back.

Also, if you have particular brands of random things you like, for example, I like a particular brand of coffee, a particular brand of closet scented sachets, etc. I bring those with me.

Finally - but this is me - I love my leathers but I am not into paying thousands of dollars in the USA for items that are imported from Italy anyway, so every time I go home, I go shopping for work/formal clothes, shoes, accessories. Leave alone the sport and/or business casual stuff, plenty of better, cheaper choices in the USA in my opinion.

EDIT: how could I forget Rivella blau? I love Rivella, the blue one only, and I cannot find it anywhere.
If I could I would bring Absinthe like Odile suggested, but I think the real stuff is not legal here in the US, so I never pushed my luck.
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3) Breakfast cereals to show the new neighbors what a great variety we have in Switzerland.

4) A keg or two of Rivella Blau.

5) Feldschlösschen.
we actually found a small firm in the US that would import Rivella. the price for the Rivella wasn't bad, but I had to break the bad news to the kids that I wasn't paying a couple hundred bucks shipping just for a weekend's worth of Rivella Blue. the choco-muesli, however, was well worth the money.

sadly, however, there is no Feldi in the US, it is the #1 reason we moved back to Europe.

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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Live dangerously...take some Kinderüberraschung chocolate eggs and some Lindt chocolates with alcohol in them.
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sadly, however, there is no Feldi in the US, it is the #1 reason we moved back to Europe.
You must be kidding. Feldschlössli sure wouldn't draw me to Switzerland, but it's nice to have you back anyway.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Tax rate and a diesel engine 😃

I would take a quality coffee machine with me. California has everything and also cheap Lindt but coffee prices are expensive. We drink a lot of coffee and often buy 1.5kg of coffee beans for 15-18chf at coop and migros and also get 2-8x pts for it. In CA we paid 6-8usd for 12oz (340g)...

Enjoy your move. Part of me greatly misses CA while the other half of me is happy that I left this füç%es up State.
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A mill.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Get couple of those products just to remind oneself what utter ugliness of marketing at hyper inflated price can be found in some parts of the first world which otherwise can be found more attractive elsewhere and cheaper.

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California has everything and also cheap Lindt but coffee prices are expensive.
Lindt is available in the USA indeed, but it's made in the USA, and the quality is relatively poor, by far not the creaminess that characterizes the real thing. It's like they kept that stuff in a fridge or even freezer for months.

Maggi Würze is available in the USA too, but most of it is made in China. It's a downright terrible concoction, not only according my Swiss taste; my American OH says the same. A few stores specializing in European food sell Maggi Würze made in the Netherlands, and that is acceptable.
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we actually found a small firm in the US that would import Rivella. the price for the Rivella wasn't bad, but I had to break the bad news to the kids that I wasn't paying a couple hundred bucks shipping just for a weekend's worth of Rivella Blue. the choco-muesli, however, was well worth the money.

sadly, however, there is no Feldi in the US, it is the #1 reason we moved back to Europe.


Really? I just poured several bottles down the drain left behind by my relatives. It was cluttering up my refrigerator.

Edit: I was referring to the Feldi.
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Lindt is available in the USA indeed, but it's made in the USA, and the quality is relatively poor, by far not the creaminess that characterizes the real thing. It's like they kept that stuff in a fridge or even freezer for months.
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When I bought lindt in California it was as good as here in CH. Then another time I was horrible and I called lindt. The rep told me that it can taste like that when the storage temps were not adequate and as a result of too warm temperatures part of the product melted and crystallized.

Other than that one time I always purchased lindt balls that were equal in quality than what you get here in CH. Personally I love my lindt balls straight out of the freezer and enjoy layer for layer.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Bottom line, I personally don't believe there is something worth taking from Ch/Europe to California. Honestly.
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Bottom line, I personally don't believe there is something worth taking from Ch/Europe to California. Honestly.
Swiss quality earthquake sensors ?
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Tax rate and a diesel engine 😃
I second that. You cannot find a diesel engined vehicle with very low fuel consumption in NorCal.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

5 ply toilet paper.
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5 ply toilet paper.
I was visiting a friend in LA. He is from here, and was pissed the US had not evolved so far with toilet paper. I found him some 3 or 4 ply toilet paper(Walgreens), and he bought me a case of Dos Equis to show me his happiness.


The CH ass is so pampered, I had no idea.
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Bottom line, I personally don't believe there is something worth taking from Ch/Europe to California. Honestly.
Sharp knives...the "value" ones from Migros/coop/Landi will slice through a juicy tomato (and your finger) far more neatly than the supermarket knives in US, and a branded Victorinox will come with an inflated price tag.
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