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Things Swiss People Like

Walking around Bern the last couple of weeks I've been compiling a small list of things Swiss people like. I expect this phase of everything being new (I'm here off and on mostly since last May) to wear off at some point so would just like to put it down somewhere.

1. Sitting outside. Warm/cold weather, doesn't matter. Blankets commonly provided at food and drink establishments.

2. Lounging outside on the grass, with a view. Warm weather specific. Doesn't seem to be picnicking, just lounging. Maybe with a drink. Bike parked nearby, if nearby enough not locked.

3. Eating meals from special 'takeaway' versions of big supermarkets. Some home-made brownbag lunches spotted on trains but less common than the supermarket takeaway, at least in the middle of the city at mealtimes.

4. Making reservations for meals. Even at casual restaurants. Even for lunch. I find the level of planning required slightly disconcerting. Maybe this is why so many people are getting food from takeaways.

5. Hearing a mangled "do you speak English" in some semblance of neither really Swiss nor High German at the start of an conversation, rather than the same phrase in English. Interesting what a different tone the interaction takes on with even the slightest attempt to show respect for local language. I fully support this.

6. Sirop (sp?). As in: added to sparkling water to make a handcrafted soda. Yum! Seems to be commonly ordered at an apero outside the home if someone isn't interested in an alcoholic beverage. Much more elegant than a Coke.

That's all for now...feel free to add, or tell me where I've overlooked multiple threads on this topic already.
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

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The Swiss absolutely adore it.
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

staring
wine
rivella (based on Milk)
cars (rarely see older than 1996) even then still clean
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pointing out that you should not do that..
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

NEGATIVES
Blame ausländers
remaining quiet at all times
(already beaten with the "staring" call)
Cheese*

POSITIVES
Travel by public transport.... on a rocket hot system !!!
Exercise (mountain walking, skiing, whatever.... the buggers never sit still)
Cheese**



*Fondue in Summer is just wrong
**I never truely appreciated cheese until I moved here.
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

In no particular order:

- Eat Bread, bread and more bread.
- Forcing their opinions on you.
- Keeping healthy and Fit
- Doing their grocery shopping very early in the morning.
- Expecting everyone to integrate into their envoriment exceptionally fast.
- Designing peculiar apartments which do not make sense to most outsiders
- Shaking their head in disapproval
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

Things Swiss people like:

Using their public transport.
Going for walks.
Cooking over an open fire.
Aperos.
Quiet.
Skiing.
Clean toilets (unlike the French)
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Not communicating when they're angry and exploding in your face once you've forgotten all about it :-)
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

Keeping their opinions to themselves instead of getting into an
argument.They'll rather change the subject if need be.
Also keeping up appearances is very,very important.
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

On my positive, if slightly quirky list;

Sitting at long trestle tables on public holidays eating sausage and bread
Drinking Prosecco
Looking into holes (a good roadwork always seems to have an audience)
Chatting to strangers on a tram (even if said stranger can't understand a word )
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

wet toilet wipes (feuchttücher). Have you seen the choice?!?!
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Visting brothels, often during their lunch hour.
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Separating items on the store check-out treadmill thingie. It's a top priority every time.
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You wouldn't want some chick's new thongs strangling your cheese, right?
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You wouldn't want some chick's new thongs strangling your cheese, right?
Well, if you put it like that......
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You wouldn't want some chick's new thongs strangling your cheese, right?
Are we talking flip-flops or cheeky knickers here?
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Swiss men love traditional English look (brogues, flashy tweed jackets etc)
Telling you off!!!
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You wouldn't want some chick's new thongs strangling your cheese, right?
Especially those of a chick who buys her underwear at the grocery store!

But seriously, people aren't as manic about it in the UK and the US. Here I get the stink eye if I forgot to do it and the person behind me has to pick up the little plastic separators and put it down themselves. And don't get me started when there are too many people and not enough separators. The Swiss are having heart attacks.
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Re: Things Swiss People Like

Who else thinks that rivella stuff is just plain awful

Swiss people also seem to like

Owercowded badis with miniscule portions of frites for 6 franks
Hot lunches and cold dinners
Cervelas
Mordenkopf, too sweet for even this sweettooth

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