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Re: Swiss turning down appointments

ahahahh fist time ever I heard such excuses...

and I made a lot of them..




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Recently I have accumulated a number of quite frustrating situations when swiss colleagues turn down firm appointments for the most incredible reasons, among others
- having other invitations,
- having to cut the grass in the garden
- having a meeting with a nanny
- having to test a bicycle

Whereas I would have expected informality from foreigners in CH, my recent experiences show that swissies are/can be much better at turning down agreed appointments. And I am not speaking about dates, but simple appointments...

... I think I am better of with the foreigners around. More serious people...
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Old 04.06.2012, 17:28
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The way it is here. 'Morning - lovely day hey' 'yes brilliant - BBQ?' 'Great Idea, I'll phone so and so and ask what they are bringing' 'and I'll phone him and her, and find out what they are bringing' 'Apero 11.30' 'Done'.

I obviously live in a different Switzerland
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Old 05.06.2012, 12:31
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odile, you dont as with my very best swiss mate it is exactly like that! i mean i am not sad or desperate. i dont need any swiss friends. all my experiences are from the very beginning of my life in CH when i knew nobody and via my ex gf met a lot of swiss, when i was in the process of settling, making myself at home and was looking for people to hang out with... that phase is over and i am happy since april 2007. but when i look back these were the encounters i made and the way it worked out or lets say not with much swiss people...and my assumption why... thats all.
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In 8 cases out of 10, an expat will be gone in a couple of years, so they don't need to bother anyway.


That is one of the most small-minded and stupid things I have ever heard.

I have good friends all over the world, friendship isn't confined to a single place!
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The Swiss like to spend considerably more time before becoming friends than some other cultures.
Not my experience. For me, it has been easier to make friends in CH than in the UK even though I lived in the UK for more years and even though I speak English and none of the Swiss languages!

Having said that, I find my CH friends too sensitive to national issues as compared to the Brits. I have to be a lot more careful when addressing CH national issues, after all... I'm just an Ausslander!
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Recently I have accumulated a number of quite frustrating situations when swiss colleagues turn down firm appointments for the most incredible reasons, among others
- having other invitations,
- having to cut the grass in the garden
- having a meeting with a nanny
- having to test a bicycle

Whereas I would have expected informality from foreigners in CH, my recent experiences show that swissies are/can be much better at turning down agreed appointments. And I am not speaking about dates, but simple appointments...

... I think I am better of with the foreigners around. More serious people...
That happened to me too when I was living in France, it has nothing to be with nationalities... And I'm pretty sure in my country I would have turned down some dates with 'funny' foreigners as well
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best possible case would be to wait, be yourself and the "environment" will accept you soon enough...
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I understand the "mowing the lawn" excuse. Due to noise regulations it seems like the average working guy here has maybe 6 hours tops per week available when it is permitted.
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odile, you dont as with my very best swiss mate it is exactly like that! i mean i am not sad or desperate. i dont need any swiss friends.
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None of my business, so of course please feel free to ignore my question:
You don't need any Swiss friend but your best mate is? So you don't need your best friend?
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Old 07.06.2012, 19:57
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I understand the "mowing the lawn" excuse. Due to noise regulations it seems like the average working guy here has maybe 6 hours tops per week available when it is permitted.
make the housewife do it , I mow our lawn...
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make the housewife do it , I mow our lawn...
If only she could. But she works as much as me, and she is also afraid of our lawn mower as it makes a lot of noise. Same excuse for any type of power tool. I think the noise regulations here have made her Swiss ears far too sensitive
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