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Old 24.07.2008, 15:42
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Re: Why I HATE Switzerland.

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Well, consider the other side of the coin, having been here for nearly 20 years and also probably not going to leave anytime soon, one of the things that really ****es me off (and which is extremely prevalent here, which is why I rarely read anything) are the long-term ex-pats (naturalised or otherwise) who seem to feel the need to defend the swiss to their last dying breath, and explain in a logical way why everything that the swiss do makes sense etc.

I like living here, otherwise I wouldn't still be here, but it takes a lot to maintain one's sanity (or what little is left).
I agree - that is just as annoying though in my experience a lot rarer (but maybe its the expats Im exposed to). Indeed Ive only "met" that type (more swiss than the swiss themselves) online.

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Personally, and stealing something that originated from Ernest Hemingway who when asked if there were one quality needed, above all others, to be a good writer, replied, “Yes, a built-in, shock-proof, crap detector.”, I would say that such a thing is also what is needed when living in switzerland...
This is also something you'd need to live in Dublin (where Im from). Which is my point - the thing I dislike most about living here is hearing expats complain(*) about things in CH, while enjoying the positives CH has to offer, when all countries have negatives and positives. I was expat in Italy, Sweden and the US and I didnt come across this phenomenon as much as I do here.

(*) unnecessary complaints/ranting - Im not talking about fair observations or questions that crop up in forums.
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