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Old 19.02.2011, 16:20
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If you start crossing zebra when the car is aproaching and assume it will stop, I would worry. It works only here, anywhere else it's called taking chances.
Too true - my Swiss husband almost got run-over in London assuming everyone stops!
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Old 19.02.2011, 16:38
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5rp each, not bad by Swiss standards.

I know a Swiss colleague who once rounded a bill up to the nearest chuffy. I think he thought he was in America or something, such extravagance.
Sevice tips are included in the bills
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Old 19.02.2011, 16:44
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in a few years time, a cup of coffee in zurich city will be more expensive than take a plane to milan an drink it there.....

fancy an overpriced espresso, including a waiter who needs in minimum 10 minutes to realize you are waiting, gives you the feeling you first have to pay for a friendly "hello" and lets you wait for another 10 to 15 minutes after asking for the bill (while chatting to his collegues)? welcome to zurich city!

don't get me wrong, i am native zurich. born and raised in the town of zurich. i love my hometown - but sometimes, zurich really su**s.
Simple solution to that : When he finally shows up to take the order tell him he/she is to late .or ask him to give you a other 35 minutes to think what you want to order
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Old 19.02.2011, 17:09
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My daughter moved last week so after the movers had left I turned up to help her move her clothes ....(loads & loads & loads)

So I say - "Have you cleaned everything and hoovered?"

"Oh yes", she says

After a trip to inspect the bathroom and kitchen I found myself then driving to the supermarket , buying numerous cleaning products and then spending over 3 hours cleaning
You are entitled to the swiss citizenship
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Old 19.02.2011, 17:41
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in a few years time, a cup of coffee in zurich city will be more expensive than take a plane to milan an drink it there.....

fancy an overpriced espresso, including a waiter who needs in minimum 10 minutes to realize you are waiting, gives you the feeling you first have to pay for a friendly "hello" and lets you wait for another 10 to 15 minutes after asking for the bill (while chatting to his collegues)? welcome to zurich city!

don't get me wrong, i am native zurich. born and raised in the town of zurich. i love my hometown - but sometimes, zurich really su**s.
In a few years, the trains between Zurigo and Milano will need less time than many waiters here to serve you anything THIS of course is why the new train-tunnel through the San Gottardo is THE major project of the country
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Old 19.02.2011, 17:44
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Yeah, that's one thing that both annoys and surprises me in Zürich bars - you can be waiting ages to be served, even when you're at the bar itself. Do they not want to make money by selling drinks?
The owner YES, the employees not so much. Go to a bar or restaurant where the owner is around personally. Service is rather fast in such places. Provided the owner understands his business.
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Old 19.02.2011, 17:50
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I too despise rude service. That's why I am sure to be quick and polite/friendly when I work. Guests usually seem pleasantly surprised and often say so. The only thing I've ever found to help fight the rude service found in many Swiss restaurants is when I ask the server's name. Then when they return to the table with my food etc, I thank them by name. It creates a HUGE change in attitude in almost everyone I've tried it on.
It basically also depends on your attitude. Treat those folks serving you as your PARTNERS and not as your SLAVES. Accept advice even if it is 50 Rappen more expensive. Say "ah, this is an idea" to show them that you appreciate the advice and info. Additional costs ? CHF 1.00 !
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Old 19.02.2011, 18:15
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In a few years, the trains between Zurigo and Milano will need less time than many waiters here to serve you anything THIS of course is why the new train-tunnel through the San Gottardo is THE major project of the country
So we can go to Italy and get a good quick espresso?
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I'm definitely becoming a bit Swiss - I buy my Toblerone in the UK coz it's a lot cheaper, and then give it as presents, saying "We brought this all the way from Switzerland for you!"
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I'm definitely becoming a bit Swiss - I buy my Toblerone in the UK coz it's a lot cheaper, and then give it as presents, saying "We brought this all the way from Switzerland for you!"
I have done the same in Asda with Lindt Excellence!! £1.64 equivalent in Coop, £1.16 in Asda! I bought 10 and handed them out to the less-than-favourites. My grandmother still got Teuscher though.
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So we can go to Italy and get a good quick espresso?
Up from about 2017 (approx.) the train from Zch-HB to Milano-Centrale needs only about 2 hours, so that you can depart at 6pm, be in Milano after 8pm, have your espresso (and maybe a grappa), get back onto the train at 22.30 and be back in Zurich shortly after midnight ! It admittedly will have been an expensive espresso
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Old 19.02.2011, 19:55
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Too true - my Swiss husband almost got run-over in London assuming everyone stops!
In Rome, they don't stop - but they will alter their speed to let you pass millimetres before or behind their speeding hunks of metal.

Speaking of drivers who don't stop, though, I've become proficient at the "frown & head-shake" at those who go right through.
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Old 19.02.2011, 20:18
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Re: help! I am becoming a bit Swiss

in Australia we have a beeping noise that sounds when the little man turns green (for blind people) but i have discovered that i am so used to that sound that here in Zurich in absence of the sound i'm still standing on the curb when the man is green!!!... oh and being from a tourist town in the north of Aust i'm just happy if anyone ever gets around to serving me in restaurant, shop, bar etc
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Old 19.02.2011, 21:16
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I am becoming a bit Swiss because when i'm in England, i automatically want to Gruetzi people i meet in shops, in the street etc. Some times i can't stop myself and just blurt it out!
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I've been here fir 9 months and I noticed that too. Last time I met with a friend I was 5 minutes late and I called him like really worried. He just laughed at me. In Argentina I was always late, and by late I mean really late. What's happening to me????????
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Exhibiting more than 3 of these symptoms and you are OUT!

YOU know you've been living in Switzerland too long when you...

think getting up early is good.

actually get interested in the local elections.

expect the shop clerk to say goodbye after you purchase something.

try to defend cartel based economics to a visitor.

think that plaid jackets with flowery ties don't look that bad.

think it's fair that you can only wash clothes once a month.

wonder why anyone would want to shop outside of working hours.

think it's OK to drive slow on Sundays.

feel like you're broke if you have less that SFr. 300 in your pocket.

dress up to go grocery shopping.

understand why Chinese food should cost more than normal food.

prefer Swiss wine.

wish that your hometown had expensive garbage bags too.

think it's OK for a Chinese restaurant to be run by a Swiss and staffed
by Spaniards and Portuguese.

start thinking, 'Why can't they just speak Schwiezerdütsch?'

your German is better than the waiter's.

start preparing costumes for Fastnacht.

join a Gugger-musik band.

think Thursday night shopping is really convenient.

think that large American cars are 'cool'.

prefer a 079 Handy number prefix

think it's cool to drink expensive imported American beers.

prefer fizzy mineral water to tap water.

stop waiting in line or queing for the tram.

throw a party and expect everyone to leave by 11:30 pm.

clean up during parties.

expect dinner guests to help with the washing up.

begin to understand the subtlety of the Swiss cuisine.

appreciate the differences between the cantons.

feel really hungry if you don't start eating lunch by 12:00.

have breakfast cereal for dinner.

start reading the Sunday papers

say Gruezi to everyone, and consider it impolite when they don't say it back.

don't mind paying SFr.16.50 for a paperback book.

think that Swisscom approved telephones are better.

buy a new one instead of getting it repaired.

think that 3% unemployment is high.

consider getting goats and sheep to graze in your backyard.

only eat fondue in winter.

complain to your neighbour when he flushes his water closet after 10 pm.

become interested in the myriad of insurance offerings.

take part in Jass tournaments.

get interested in Schwingen.

volunteer to help organise the Dorffest.

expect to be delayed by road works every summer.

become concerned about the colour of your neighbour's curtains.

put Aromat on all your food.

worry about getting a cold when there's a draft.

think spontaneity is OK, as long as it's planned.

become offended when reading this.

enjoy reading this: http://www.dialektwoerter.ch/
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Old 02.03.2011, 11:46
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Haha why are Swiss people so crazy about Aromat anyway????
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If my British OH becomes any more Swiss, me (Swiss) will just have to go back to Engelandshire.
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Seek professional help when you turn to Schoki Frey instead of Cadburys!
I am so in love with Cailler chocolates. I even enthusiastically recommend it to visitors to buy home instead of the usual Lindt and I hardly miss Cadbury now.

What does it mean?

EDIT: oh crap.....guilty of 8! not to mention loving my quiet Sundays, became a recycling nazi....oh dear, oh dear..

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Exhibiting more than 3 of these symptoms and you are OUT!

think getting up early is good.

try to defend cartel based economics to a visitor.

prefer Swiss wine.

prefer fizzy mineral water to tap water.

clean up during parties.

say Gruezi to everyone, and consider it impolite when they don't say it back.

become interested in the myriad of insurance offerings.

expect to be delayed by road works every summer.
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