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Old 29.10.2007, 09:24
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

23. that no one complains about the black sheep poster, yet they will protest at a 5 cent increase in butter at migros
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Old 29.10.2007, 09:31
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

24. "Handy" is a noun and means cell phone (mobile phone). Most Swiss have no idea that "handy" is an adjective and means practical.
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Old 29.10.2007, 09:58
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24. "Handy" is a noun and means cell phone (mobile phone). Most Swiss have no idea that "handy" is an adjective and means practical.
not to be a pedant but the usage of "Handy" for a cellphone is actually a german thing that swapped over into Switzerland. Before that, the common word for a cell phone was the brand name Natel (short for Nationales Autotelefon), which basically just was the first cell phone net in Switzerland.
Many people still use that one, though the use of the term 'handy' is becoming ever more widespread

I'm curious where the party-things come from though, as I've never experienced it like that. Well, it's custom of the guest to ask the host if they can help anything, but no host worth his salt would accept that.
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Old 29.10.2007, 11:56
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Official trash bags. Very expensive. Very....unique (to me, anyway).
I never understand why the streets aren't filled with rubbish, and the public bins aren't always rammed, buy fewer bin bags, chuck all your stuff in the street...
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Old 29.10.2007, 12:14
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

i like that films are shown with intermissions.
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Old 29.10.2007, 12:18
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

to actually get back on topic, i would add that

1. many people are surprised to find that bern is the capital.

2. that the GA card is less expensive than their silly railcards.

of course, the context is important. i am talking about when i tell people back in england about switzerland. it could also be taken the other way about "when foreigners arrive to live in switzerland". oh well.
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Sandwiches consist of Salami, Cheese, Tuna or Chicken Curry. No idea how these flavours came about. All seem to contain some form of gherkin pickle. What's that all about ?

Someone please open Italian deli style sandwich shop and make a killing:

Chicken, Avacodo topped with crispy bacon with Mayo on brown to go.

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(and no, Subway doesn't cut it.)
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Old 29.10.2007, 12:22
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Go to Pentagramma on Josephstrasse directly across from El Maiz, the Mexican food store. However, you won't find chicken, avocado or bacon, how is that Italian? Or go to New York Foods near central, they're sandwiches are d-lish (particularly on the ciabatta bread).

Oh, and for the Swiss sandwiches, don't forget egg.

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Sandwiches consist of Salami, Cheese, Tuna or Chicken Curry. No idea how these flavours came about. All seem to contain some form of gherkin pickle. What's that all about ?

Someone please open Italian deli style sandwich shop and make a killing:

Chicken, Avacodo topped with crispy bacon with Mayo on brown to go.

dave

(and no, Subway doesn't cut it.)
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It's not Italian necessarily, but its a concept that is prevalent in London and I miss desperately: all the metal bowls full of wonderful lecker stuff bound with mayonnaise, and seasoned : providing smell, taste and texture. It is then served on any bread or bagel you can describe. I am now feeling seriously hungry and a Coop triangle of chalky bread and spice-free chicken curry is not going to sate it.

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Go to Pentagramma on Josephstrasse directly across from El Maiz, the Mexican food store. However, you won't find chicken, avocado or bacon, how is that Italian? Or go to New York Foods near central, they're sandwiches are d-lish (particularly on the ciabatta bread).

Oh, and for the Swiss sandwiches, don't forget egg.
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Old 29.10.2007, 12:29
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20. Movies are shown with intermissions, regardless of length.

(Or is it only here in Bern that we are stuck in 1982?)
Why is it that the intermissions always come in the middle of a scene rather than at a scene change?
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I never understand why the streets aren't filled with rubbish, and the public bins aren't always rammed, buy fewer bin bags, chuck all your stuff in the street...
Have you considered starting a Swiss version of Viz?

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Sandwiches consist of Salami, Cheese, Tuna or Chicken Curry. No idea how these flavours came about. All seem to contain some form of gherkin pickle. What's that all about ?

Someone please open Italian deli style sandwich shop and make a killing:

Chicken, Avacodo topped with crispy bacon with Mayo on brown to go.

dave

(and no, Subway doesn't cut it.)
Don't forget that the sandwiches are served on a bread which you are still chewing on long after the filling has gone down and is being digested.

Having said that; I discovered Coop are doing a new (albeit small and limited) line in filled bagels - roast beef and cranberry, and smoked salmon with honey and mustard. Definitely yummy!
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Old 29.10.2007, 12:56
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19. The Swiss ability to block paths, entrances and pedestrian thoroughfares just to stop and talk to each other - totally oblivious to anyone else who might want to get by...
A variation on this.

The Swiss ability to stand or pass so close to you that you feel you need to move to get out of their way. I often feel that people are trying to squeeze between me and an empty space.
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A variation on this.

The Swiss ability to stand or pass so close to you that you feel you need to move to get out of their way. I often feel that people are trying to squeeze between me and an empty space.
That's one thing that troubles me - I've got so many scuffs on my shoes from people actually stepping on my feet and I've lost count of how many times my handbag has been knocked from my shoulder when they've passed me by whilst I have been, for example, waiting for a tram.

I'm not a stickler for the "personal space" rule but, bloody hell, there's a whole pavement there - why do you want to walk on my bit???

Interestingly, a Swiss friend of mine just returned from a shopping trip to NY and said she was amazed at how nice it was to walk down the road, even in the middle of town. No-one bumped or barged her like they do in Zürich and if they did happen to brush your arm, they'd immediately turn around and apologise.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Forget any pre-conceived notions about New Yorkers being unfriendly, and particularly after living the Zurich, New York is a marvelously friendly place.

Last time I was there, 3 separate times my suitcase was basically taken from me by somone wanting to help me carry it up the stairs from the subway.

Compare this with yesterday, where a well-dressed elderly lady was standing on the corner near a busy intersection repeatedly asking the people walking by if they would help her cross the street as she was not steady getting down off the curb, and the passers-by just consistently ignored her. Cue my ever-helpful flatmate.
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A variation on this.

The Swiss ability to stand or pass so close to you that you feel you need to move to get out of their way. I often feel that people are trying to squeeze between me and an empty space.
More variations.

You see an empty spot on a platform to wait for a train. Someone sees you going for it and fills it before you get there.

When crossing a zebra, the person on your left will want to force you to the right, or vice versa.

The autobahn version of this is that as soon as you indicate to get in the right hand lane to take the next exit, someone will speed up to fill the gap you were aiming for. Slow down, and they will too, and you can miss your exit.
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Old 29.10.2007, 13:42
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

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Interestingly, a Swiss friend of mine just returned from a shopping trip to NY and said she was amazed at how nice it was to walk down the road, even in the middle of town. No-one bumped or barged her like they do in Zürich and if they did happen to brush your arm, they'd immediately turn around and apologise.
I certainly can relate to that. In Auckland I bumped into a guy (and it was entirely my fault, I just didn't look where I was going ,being the silly tourist) and the guy actually turned around and apologized to me

something completely different: In Switzerland, a Peperoni is a vegetable and it's not the spicy one....
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Old 29.10.2007, 16:12
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From today's Sunday Newspaper - the NZZ Am Sonntag;
4) That Swiss people always dress up..even if they get some milk (?)
Is it just the environment in which we live (Zürich) where people don't have any sense of fashion
Dress up, hmm. However nobody goes shopping in his bathrobe or bathing suit.

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7) That Swiss parties end 11.30pm latest. That I can fully imagine - without doubt - no desire to experience it though!
I consider this outdated information.

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9) That Swiss hosts expect guests to help with washing up. Well...we haven't had the pleasure yet to be invited to any Swiss home for any party - of course we have "only" been in CH for 2 years.
"Expect" is too much. However it's not uncommon, especially if one or only a few hosts prepared a laborious meal and if the guests are very familiar with the host.

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Why is it that the intermissions always come in the middle of a scene rather than at a scene change?
Was pleasantly surprised yesterday at the Bourbaki Kino in Lucerne -- 'Lust, Caution' was shown without an intermission.

An intermission would've completely killed the feel or mood Ang Lee had so deftly created.

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go to New York Foods near central, they're sandwiches
Cannibal!

I miss being able to buy a simple chicken sandwich on white bread with salt and pepper.

Add to the list: That the Swiss think that "sandwich" means "filled baguette". Pfft!
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