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Old 18.02.2012, 14:21
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It is possible to live in Switzerland and be able to speak Swedish. Perhaps it was the Ace of Bass t-shirt you were wearing.

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its also possible to have an australian accent in austria!
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Old 18.02.2012, 16:45
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its also possible to have an australian accent in austria!
In AustriaDon`t make it worst
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Old 18.02.2012, 17:41
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

This thread reminds me of this story.
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Old 19.02.2012, 14:54
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

HAHA!! This happens to me all the time!! My friend who is visiting me here for a trip is the worst. She is only here for a week, but she is just like "So I know we are going to London and Ireland, but if we could try and make it to Paris too, that would make my trip!! And of course you know I love skiing, so since you live in Switzerland, we could ski too!" No big deal. Just ski here, go to London, go to Ireland, go to Paris. They are all like 30 minutes away from each other, right?
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

This is funny )) found it on a youtube post

I LIVE IN THE U.S.A., WHY THE HELL WOULD I WANT TO FIND IT ON A MAP, IT AIN'T LOST, NEITHER AM I, ARE YOU LOST, USE YOUR GPS SYTEM, MAPS ARE FOR THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES!
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Old 20.02.2012, 09:25
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

I only was once advised about my friend's girlfriend coming over to EU from Asia and I should meet her up somwhere in Germany. It turned out to be 500km away. Don't do request like that anymore unless within 150km circle and reachable by autobahns
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Old 22.03.2012, 21:57
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

Hello,

I am new to the forum, and also American. I just found this post. Had a good laugh. Thanks for that.
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Old 23.03.2012, 00:04
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I am new to the forum, and also American. I just found this post. Had a good laugh. Thanks for that.
Welcome to the forum! I happen to work in Stans myself, as does at least one other EF member.
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

Not quite the same topic, but when I was in Munich I had a new colleague and we had a chat at the coffee machine

Me: So do you have any holidays planned ?
Him: Yeah I'm going to Stanton for a week
Me: Is that your home town ?
Him: What, you don't know Stanton ?
Me: Nope never heard of it.
Him: It's in Austria
Me: **Blank look and shake my head**
Him: Christ man, how long have you been here. you need to get out more
Me: Sorry, I really have no idea where Stanton is
Him: Geez Man. Everyone knows Stanton Ski resort
Me: Oh you mean St Anton....

To this day that memory pops into my head when people talk about skiing in St Anton
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Old 23.03.2012, 11:55
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How many times have you wanted to slowly slit your own throat while hanging yourself with dental floss while self immolating when you hear this schtuff:

"OH HI! I'm going to be in Munich/Berlin/Amsterdam/Stockholm/Reykjavik on the weekend of the xth.... you live in zurich, which, like, is in europe and stuff and speaks a funny language too... CAN YOU PLEASE MEET ME/MY RELATIVE/MY KIDS BOYFRIEND THAT YOUVE NEVER MET AND IS A GENERATION YOUNGER THAN YOU AND YOU GUYS'LL TOTALLY HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO EACHOTHER... But could you take some time off work and travel like a day and half and meet ME/MY RELATIVE/MY KIDS BF?"

and then you explain the logistical impossibilities of said stupid request, and they person who asked gets offended?

look, maybe this sort of thing was more acceptable before we all had google maps at our finger tips, but christ people, if you can send me a mail, you can gmap directions between two freakin' cities.

"oh hai. i'm going to the UK. I'm going to be in Edinburgh, can you come up from Cornwall on the friday and take me out to dinner?"

"oh hai. i'm going to the US. You live in Denver. I'll be in Los Angeles, can you come out and take me out to dinner? its only like 1 color zone away on the map."

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!!!

ok rant over.


I had a friend visit last summer for 2 weeks, and she wanted us to take a trip for 4 days to another European destination. So I started looking online for places to go and suggested Barcelona, or Istanbul, or Berlin, or Rome, etc...her answer was, ''well...can't we go to all of them? also, please don't book any flights, I want to take the train so I have an authentic experience!''
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Old 23.03.2012, 13:39
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

My two absolute "favorite" quotes:

"So how is Sweden treating you? Or is it Switzerland? I can never remember..." (sometimes said with all sorts of stumbles while trying to get out the second country's name)

"So how does it feel driving on the other side of the road?"

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Old 23.03.2012, 14:01
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People used to come visit me in Orlando and ask if we could drive over to Pensacola for the day to see the panhandle beaches. Damn 8 hour drive EACH WAY. People from small US states always assume you can get anywhere in the big states in an hour or so. Damned irritating. LOOK AT A MAP!!
I feel your pain on this! When we lived near Chicago, it took 16 hours to drive to my parents' house in the Florida panhandle. Then we moved to Ft. Lauderdale and it still took 10 hours (11 if you had to make extra stops for the kids) to get to my parents' house in the Florida panhandle. All of my IL friends kept saying how lucky we were to be "so much closer" to my parents after we moved back to FL. Quite honestly, after about 6 hours in the car my butt can't tell the difference between a 10 hour drive and a 16 hour one
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Old 23.03.2012, 14:10
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My two absolute "favorite" quotes:

"So how is Sweden treating you? Or is it Switzerland? I can never remember..." (sometimes said with all sorts of stumbles while trying to get out the second country's name)

"So how does it feel driving on the other side of the road?"



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Friend: ''How's everything in Swaziland?''
Me: ''I don't know''
Friend: ''....I don't understand''
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My two absolute "favorite" quotes:

"So how is Sweden treating you? Or is it Switzerland? I can never remember..." (sometimes said with all sorts of stumbles while trying to get out the second country's name)

"So how does it feel driving on the other side of the road?"

Just got here 5 weeks ago, so really appreciating this one as well-meaning friends and relatives asked about the move to Sweden...
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I have gotten to the point where I switch back and forth from Sweden and Switzerland several times during a conversation, just to see if anyone picks up on it. And.... Nothing.
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

Back in my BC era (Before Children,) I spent two years in Liberia. I had a dear great aunt who invariably asked me how things were in Libya. Then I went and married a man from Lebanon, whom I met in Liberia. Poor dear still doesn't have it all straight.
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