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Old 29.01.2016, 11:02
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The first car was given away last year was a Benz A class with some problems. This time it's a VW Golf in working order.
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Old 01.02.2016, 18:24
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Have you seen Lea?



Indeed I have

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Old 01.02.2016, 19:36
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Not Bea's Lea, sadly -- no visible Fleckli. And I'd put that one at 742 kg.

Keep looking!
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Funicular driver stops at a station without a request for a stop. He gets out of his seat, picks up a piece of trash on the station platform, then gets back into the funicular and keeps going. TIS

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Old 02.02.2016, 14:42
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Get steered away from buying Lindt as a gift for a Swiss friend, because Lindt is "low end" for chocolate quality. TIS

Leave my garage door unlocked and open for a week after driving away without my head screwed on straight. All power tools and motorcycles intact and not interfered with. TIS (maybe just bits of Swissy though - wouldn't have tried it in Geneva!)

Leave my backpack in the furniture store for 50 forgetful minutes, and return to find it tucked safely away with the cashier. TIS. (maybe just bits of Swissy though - wouldn't have tried it in Geneva!)

Open my front door to find a collection of cat collars hanging off the handle, where neighbours have found them in far away gardens after the clever moggies have pulled them off. TIS

Pull yet another driver out of a snow drift and think nothing of it; but receive yet another gift and a thank you note on the front doorstep the following day. TIS

Buy your milk from the farm at half the supermarket price, and still warm from the cow; and receive a gift from the farmer at Christmas to thank you for your custom. TIS

Buy a kebab thinking it will help crush your hangover, and find that its just another super healthy Swissy meal with no fat in sight. TIS
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Old 02.02.2016, 14:57
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Booked a Swiss flight to somewhere where they don’t fly daily. Arrived at airport – flight doesn’t exist on the screens. Go to counter. They tell me there's been a schedule change from summer to winter and my flight left... yesterday. I probably have been told by email but do I read those "your flight is leaving soon" emails? Of course not. They direct me to the ticket counter.

There: they keep being super apologetic that it's day 2 of their new booking system and it's really slowing them down because everything is new. And this particular rebooking thing she hadn't yet done before within the new system. (She didn't even bother explaining to me that she's busy booking me onto their competitor's flight which is leaving in 2 hours to where I want to be; not the slightest hint that not paying attention to emails should make this my problem not theirs.)

But the TIS bit is... 5min into concentrated staring (& apologizing) to figure out what I had booked & when, she looked up to tell me, totally matter-or-fact & friendly,

"Ja, gestern ist definitiv vorbei." (Yup, yesterday is definitely over.)

Good the Swiss still know how to handle time, even with a new booking system and all that.

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Old 02.02.2016, 15:12
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Pay money to Italian and French military to escort in a hijacked plane, because it happened out of normal Swiss military working hours - TIS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiop...nes_Flight_702
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went to Ikea this weekend to buy a new computer chair.
Cost of chair: CHF 199
Cost ikea wanted to charge me to assemble it: CHF200 +17% the value of the chair (without delivery).
In most other ikeas around the world, cost of assembly is in the low 30s for us that cant be bothered and just wanna chuck the finished product in a van...
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The fact that some people here would pay that instead of just building it themselves definitely fits into TIS
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Old 02.02.2016, 15:39
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Leave my garage door unlocked and open for a week after driving away without my head screwed on straight. All power tools and motorcycles intact and not interfered with. TIS
BTDT, a couple times.

Even left the keys in my bike overnight in downtown Zurich once or twice.

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Old 02.02.2016, 16:28
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Show up at the local garage shop late in the night for emergency supplies. Have to walk through a group of young men so have my "f*@k off don't cause me trouble" face on.

They all politely greet me up entering the shop, and wish me good evening upon leaving. TIS

And the real irony: I'm there to buy beer and chips. They're there to meet up and drink coffee and have a natter and laugh. TIS
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Old 02.02.2016, 16:43
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Show up at the local garage shop late in the night for emergency supplies. Have to walk through a group of young men so have my "f*@k off don't cause me trouble" face on.

They all politely greet me up entering the shop, and wish me good evening upon leaving. TIS

And the real irony: I'm there to buy beer and chips. They're there to meet up and drink coffee and have a natter and laugh. TIS
Bet they were thinking the same
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Old 03.02.2016, 15:56
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Major roadworks needed. Stick a dude or dudette at either end to control the traffic, and get the road dug up, drains dug up and replaced, repave to a standard that will last another 50 years, and do it all in 2 weeks. No onerous health & safety rules, no delays beyond 10 minutes on the regular commute time. TIS

Major roadworks needed. The weather is warm and the sun is shining. Let the road workers take their shirts off and build up their suntans, and provide some extra scenery to ladies and the gents so inclined to admire. TIS
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Old 03.02.2016, 16:05
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Buy a kebab thinking it will help crush your hangover, and find that its just another super healthy Swissy meal with no fat in sight.TIS
I wouldn't say out loud in a kebab place it is a Swiss food.

It's still the best fast food in the area, really. And Roots in ZH, not bad at all.

Getting ugly looking mushy fresh bircher the other day in Coop, realizing I'll be hooked for years on, heaven. And they gave me complimentary coffee.

Somebody I don't know at all loaned my kid ski boots for the rest of the season. Amazing.
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Major roadworks needed. Stick a dude or dudette at either end to control the traffic, and get the road dug up, drains dug up and replaced, repave to a standard that will last another 50 years, and do it all again in 2 weeks. TIS
FTFY (in my experience).
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I was waiting at a bus stop where the bus was to arrive at 1900. At sharp 1901, the young(er) guy next to me gets up to check the timetable and the old(er) lady at the far end then loudly comments: "Le bus est en retard!" (the bus is late). TIS.

p.s.: it turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy- the bus eventually came at 1911. I don't know whether that skill is a TIS
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Get steered away from buying Lindt as a gift for a Swiss friend, because Lindt is "low end" for chocolate quality. TIS

Leave my garage door unlocked and open for a week after driving away without my head screwed on straight. All power tools and motorcycles intact and not interfered with. TIS (maybe just bits of Swissy though - wouldn't have tried it in Geneva!)

Leave my backpack in the furniture store for 50 forgetful minutes, and return to find it tucked safely away with the cashier. TIS. (maybe just bits of Swissy though - wouldn't have tried it in Geneva!)

Open my front door to find a collection of cat collars hanging off the handle, where neighbours have found them in far away gardens after the clever moggies have pulled them off. TIS

Pull yet another driver out of a snow drift and think nothing of it; but receive yet another gift and a thank you note on the front doorstep the following day. TIS

Buy your milk from the farm at half the supermarket price, and still warm from the cow; and receive a gift from the farmer at Christmas to thank you for your custom. TIS

Buy a kebab thinking it will help crush your hangover, and find that its just another super healthy Swissy meal with no fat in sight. TIS

LINDT is a top brand and their Quality is second to none
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We've got visitors who wanted to go to the Tinguely museum today - when we got there we found out only the upstairs exhibit was viewable due to the special exhibits being changed. There was a "special" entrance price as a result: 15CHFs down from 18. Grrr.


Thankfully Little Rufus was free. She got to push the sporadic buttons to hearts content.


I did however remember why I don't take LR to museums... or shops.
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Old 11.02.2016, 20:14
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High heels not allowed in the mountains.
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The small town of Cudrefin in Canton Vaud, lies on the edge of Lake Neuchâtel, and is at risk of flooding, a few times during the year.

A few years ago the main cantonal road was dug up, and renovated and handed over to the Canton for the engineering inspection.

The repairs were not acceptable: the road surface was 2 cm (one inch) too high! (Remember this road is liable to flooding) The construction company had to remove the tar top surface, then remove 2 cm of foundations, and then replace the tar again. All this, before the Canton would approve the work. TIS
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High heels not allowed in the mountains.
In Germany, Bavaria, a woman did slip off a mountain wearing high heels!
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