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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

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Swiss sandwiches are worth a mention. One main ingredient, sometimes a slice of egg and the obligatory pickle. There must be Swiss sandwich making regulations that every bakery follows.
3 year sandwich making apprenticeship required before you can make them, for 2 ingredients it is 10 years
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Old 05.08.2009, 14:39
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

No. 745: That a city like Zurich (with one of the best quality of life according to the yearly rankings) doesn't have a peripheral motorway or "ring".
Also what astonishes me is the fact that this little piece of Motorway called the "Westumfahrung" was 25 years in the making
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That you can say goodbye 3 times in one breath and then giggle while you turn away.

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Not entirely on topic, but does anybody have fond memories of the cellophane wrapped sandwich rolls that pubs used to have behind the bar: Cheese and onion, ham or, er, well, that's it, really.
Also the foundation of many a joke about British Rail sandwiches at the time.

Oop north we also had pork pies ... if you were lucky, but not in every pub. There were also pubs whch had a "food licence", meaning they could stay open late. In one place most of the sandwiches ended up on the (rather fine) log fire, but it served a decent selection of real ales, so we really were "Only Here for the Beer"; the cost of a sandwich was in effect the entry fee.
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4,132: The amount of grafitti adorning buildings and other structures here. Many simply cannot believe it.
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3 year sandwich making apprenticeship required before you can make them, for 2 ingredients it is 10 years
That's something I came across when job hunting here.

167. Trust me folks, I don't need to be a fully qualified accountant to understand how to fill out a VAT form.
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I think comers might find it remarkable that other expats like me cannot wait to get the hell out.

TWO MONTHS TO GO!

I see in your profile that you declare Arabic to be one of your native languages. But I thought that Arabic was banned from Spain a half millenia ago ?? Are you from former Spanish Morocco or Tangiers ?
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Are you from former Spanish Morocco or Tangiers ?
He might be from Spain. Just Spain.

Where his parents, grandparents or great-grandparents came from could be a different matter, of course, but that's his business...
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Seeing "Tageshit" on restuarant menus still makes me giggle
Reminds me of the "Preishits" one of our top-salesmen sent out to our customers.


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Or in the works canteen the "Tageshit Menu" (Hit / bargain menu of the day).
That the French word for bread is hurting in English is true. Special is that the public transport company in the Ticino is named F.A.R.T.
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ha ha ha, here in Basel too! It was like a Giant question mark landed in my face when I was watching Star Trek that day!!!
Yeah, when we went for a movie in the mountains, I had to laugh. It was a opening lecture, bit of a movie, intermission, movie, after lecture with discussion - and insert apero and canapes in all of those. It was so ceremonial too, people were actually not saying that much. I thought it was odd and cute. I do miss living in a place that shows one crazy and interesting low budget movie after another one on dozen places in town at one night...
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Old 06.08.2009, 10:32
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3 year sandwich making apprenticeship required before you can make them, for 2 ingredients it is 10 years
Ahh! That explains why they charge 7.20chf for a laugen roll with one slice of salami & a bit of gurkin at the bakery near us
I was wondering.

(Goldbrunnenplatz, next to the bus/tram stop for perfectly reasonable name & shame perposes)
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Nonente) I find remarkable that Swiss mention "locals preferred" in an international company advert...

"we are inter but prefers nationals..."
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Has anyone else noticed that there are many company names with "Muff" in the title? After Googling I found this was a family name.

My personal favourite: www.coiffure-muff.ch
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Old 07.08.2009, 14:29
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Fact H2O : Zurich claims to have more public water fountains than any other city in the world.

Swiss German is not officially a written language.

The highest bungee jump in the world is in Ticino:

The dam that you jump off featured in the opening sequence of the GoldenEye Bond film.
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He might be from Spain. Just Spain.

Where his parents, grandparents or great-grandparents came from could be a different matter, of course, but that's his business...
Not necessarily that. Due to Spain's proximity to North Africa, Arabic could be a very handy language to learn.
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After living in England for two years, we came back and parked our car in the designated spot right under the notice "CARS". When we returned to drive away, we were shattered to see that every other parking place was being used by a 'coach' = 'Reisebus'= 'Car' in Swiss German! Oh the shame of it.
A Swiss colleague has a German wife. When they first met there was endless confusion with such words. When she said "Let's meet in the car park", he understood it as the coach park.

More recently I got caught out myself on this very word. I showed my Swiss driving licence to somebody and they exclaimed "Wow! You can drive a car!"

Blank look from me until they said "Reisebus". "Car" in the Swiss sense is the French use of the word, in case anyone is wondering.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

I suppose the name of this Swiss firm would only surprise foreigners very new to Switzerland. After that, they would realise how appropriate it is.

For those who cannot be bothered to click on the link - Swissboring!
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When I first got here I was outside the Coop in Zug and I marvelled that they sold guns and tigers there. What a wild place!

('gunstiger' = affordable; with umlaut 'u')
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23. that no one complains about the black sheep poster, yet they will protest at a 5 cent increase in butter at migros
Good one! I can second that...
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Good one! I can second that...
Still as wrong as it gets. There were massive protests and demonstrations against the sheep posters and it dominated national media for a while, while nobody really cared about the price of butter. But it's always nice to reinforce some clichés I guess, especially considering many foreigners probably don't speak enough German to know that the term black sheep is proverbial, very old and widely used. (black sheep get singled out in a herd, because they devalue the wool, equally SVP wanted to single out the system abusers) Still, people got agitated and protested against it, as most people (me included) found it unnecessary and for some apparently misleading.
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