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Old 06.03.2012, 16:17
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

Miss Everything..
Its two different World
Sunshine, Chattering of people all around, Vibrancy, Colors, Madness, Helps and Now Festival. tomorrow is a big festival Home Called HOLI..Festival of colors and water...
I am feeling home sick in just a week..thinking of it and my friends and family playing it...
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This how it looks like....
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Miss Everything..
Its two different World
Sunshine, Chattering of people all around, Vibrancy, Colors, Madness, Helps and Now Festival. tomorrow is a big festival Home Called HOLI..Festival of colors and water...
I am feeling home sick in just a week..thinking of it and my friends and family playing it...
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i know this
diwali isnt it ?
i joined once
Indian community in Jakarta had it
love the purple powder

nah wrong
its Holi
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Old 06.03.2012, 16:21
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Hi all and above posters,

a curiosity: I didn't expect to be the food stuff such a big item (thought the language problem or social behaviour to be the bigger issue),

and unless you aren't from Italy or from India (and Indonesia maybe) I really cannot understand how you miss something from local (US? UK? Australia? Sweden?) haute cuisine? How come you like the stuff from there so much while "normal" people from all over the world don't care for it at all?

I have never met anybody who disliked the food from the place he's coming from. Not even people from England

As Switzerland is my home country I am just posting what I missed when I was in Texas:

-being able to take walks in the country
-Charcuterie
-decent bread
-affordable cheese
-scenery
-being able to let the kids "run free"
-raclette
-friends and family
-knowing my way around with health care, doctors...

Now that I am back in Switzerland, that's what I miss from Texas;

-friends
-daily sunshine
-9 months of pool weather
-my huge house
-decent beef jerkey
-affordable beef steaks
-eating out a lot
-the shopping
-not having an ocean between me and my mom
-radio that plays only country music
-Texas Two Step -Lessons at TumbleweedTexas
-being able to talk with random people
-...

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Old 06.03.2012, 16:24
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

Affordable takeouts, there's a nice chinese down the road from me, but it's expensive. There are plenty of kebab shops, but I no longer really go for that, fallafel maybe occasionaly.

Stupid things I can't buy in supermarkets here I sometimes miss, oven chips, frozen sausages, beefburgers, stuffing, curry sauces. I've learnt to adapt most of my favourite dishes to local ingredients, but it's the convenience foods, sometimes I just want to stick some beefburgers and chips in the oven and be done with it.... They're not the same here, I guess it's mostly junk food I miss, my diet has improved being here, still.

Old country pubs, but they're dying out in the UK anyway, turned into gastro pubs or abandoned by the smoking ban.
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

Speaking Welsh, in fact speaking to anyone and drinking real ale.
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All of these live at normal hours:



Especially NFL on Sunday afternoons. Here, during the NFL season, my Mondays are shot to hell.
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

Food is an integral part of culture.
That's why everyone misses the local cusines from where they originally come from. Nothing compares to it. When you have it everyday you get used to it. When it's taken away, you crave it. Simple.

So I will say again: The food!
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I have never met anybody who disliked the food from the place he's coming from. Not even people from England
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I do.

I don't like chestnuts, I dislike cervelat and stuff like that, I miss bread from northern Germany, sweets from southern Germany, pita and falafel from Israel, some Greek dishes ...
and I do like Italian cuisine.

But most of that - maybe apart from the bread - I can easily find also in CH.

What really was driving me and all my family crazy over decades was the poor electrical stuff like wires and plugs made of extremely cheap vintage-like plastic from the 1930ies they have been selling until ca. 15 years ago. Horrible. Luckily that did change after all.
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So I will say again: The food!
But is it really the food or rather the situation linked to lunch or dinner i.e. having friends around and a good conversation, seeing girls or whatever?

I mean: In CH you can quite cook whatever you want, can't you?
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

I feel a negative turn here...it is not about better food and it is not about cooking, even though you cannot cook just about anything...you would still miss ingredients it is about eating out...something that it is quite expensive in CH...or better said...more expensive. I love Switzerland but you do not have the variety like in US or UK...or Singapore for example. I was in a mall in Singapore which was advertised as having 360 different kind of menus



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But is it really the food or the situation linked to lunch or dinner i.e. having friends around and a good conversation, seeing girls or whatever?

I mean: In CH you can quite cook whatever you want, can't you?
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

But is it really the food or rather the situation linked to lunch or dinner i.e. having friends around and a good conversation, seeing girls or whatever?

I mean: In CH you can quite cook whatever you want, can't you?[/QUOTE]



OK well listen I guess that is what a lot of people miss. What you grew up with. The taste varies. The cooking, the veges, the meat all is different. So you can get most of the spices but not all and there is a component lacking somehow. Plus I can never be a better cook than my mom..oh ya I forgot I miss mom too...and her cooking

Plus you can have friends, have a good convo and see girls or whatever here aswell.
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Old 06.03.2012, 17:52
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

I am from New Zealand but I think this video speaks for itself for what myself and my old neighbours across the ditch in Aussie probably miss most:



This video makes me smile.

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I love Switzerland but you do not have the variety like in US or UK...or Singapore for example. I was in a mall in Singapore which was advertised as having 360 different kind of menus
You don't find in Zurich what you would find in Birmingham AL or UK?

If you don't find it at Zurich you probably will at Basel or Stuttgart, won't you?

What I don't find at Lugano I certainly will at Varese or Milan, probably not at Aberdeen or Singapore.


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OK well listen I guess that is what a lot of people miss. What you grew up with. The taste varies. The cooking, the veges, the meat all is different. So you can get most of the spices but not all and there is a component lacking somehow. Plus I can never be a better cook than my mom..oh ya I forgot I miss mom too...and her cooking
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Personally I got breastfed, afterwards had that baby porridge and Milupa stuff. Never asked myself this question, but: no, I do not miss it. If I want my mother to cook, I simply ask her and she does if she's around me, wherever I am.
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Poutine
Maple sirup
Twisters strawberries
St-Hubert Roasted chicken
Cucumber salad cream
Le P'tit Quebec cheese
Jo Louis cakes
I second all that and add May Wests and Montreal bagels!!
( I have a few packs of the St. Hubert bbq sauce mix if you are interested!)
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All of these live at normal hours:



Especially NFL on Sunday afternoons. Here, during the NFL season, my Mondays are shot to hell.
You forgot the NHL...
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Oh, I forgot KFC
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

I feel ya!
But it is worth a drive to Mulhouse

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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

*Marathon phone calls with my mom every day.
*North Carolina BBQ (the kind with the vinegar-based sauce) with a side of turnip greens cooked in fatback, my grandmother's pecan pie, and hushpuppies--occasional treats, mind you :-)
*Snuggling my nieces and nephews
*Grocery shopping w/o the use of Google Translate (though I'm sure this will change with time)
*Super Target (groceries, toys, clothes, housewares, sports equipment, and a Starbucks all under one roof--Heaven!)
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

Tropical fruits!

In Brasil fruits like
bananas,
Mango,
Watermelon ...
have a taste (and good look) and make the fruits here taste like water

Cashew juice (yes it's a fruit, here in Europe you only know the nuts but not the fruit)
Meet (shipper there)
and the traditional meal from Sao Paulo, rice, beans and a good steak with lots of onion
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Old 06.03.2012, 19:22
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Re: What You Miss From Your Home Country ?

If only I could cook underpants soup, Migros would have a full selection of comestibles. I miss variety. Even my child is pretty bored with the food options (who, I might add, asks for PBJs all the time..so I'm not sure what variety might mean to her as opposed to an adult).

You get more floorspace for food products when underpants are replaced by stuff you can eat.
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