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Old 12.06.2017, 17:36
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

I decided to pop over to the Ducati open day on Saturday to have a nose around as I've always wanted one. I wandered up to the desk to ask if there was a chance of a quick ride of a Scrambler with a learner license (not done the test or basic training yet) and was told 'sure, no problem'. 1k CHF if you crash it and you pay the speeding fines, off you go without so much as a scan of a credit card!

I got back and was thrown the keys to a new Multistrada 1200 - 160BHP, 0-60 in 2.something seconds, as someone who's never ridden anything faster than an old TDM850. Mind. Blown. In the UK you need a full license for 12 months and to leave the deeds for your house before they'll let you near a Monster, let alone 20k+ of fire breathing Multistrada. I'm smitten, now just working out which organs to sell to buy one
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Out for a coffee today with a friend in Bern. We ask to pay, and the waiter tells us our coffees are 5 francs each.

We both look in our wallets - she has a 100 bill and I have a 50. We ask him if it would be a problem if we both paid separately and apologize for the large bills but the machines didn't give anything smaller.

He smiles and happily gives us both change. TIS.
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- A friend left their phone on top of their bag at the pool, going off to another section for 45mins. They went back and their phone was still there. TIS
And if it wasn't, somebody probably left it at the Lost and Found!

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Buying a 25 year old car and finding it has all the documents including original "Dealer map of Europe (without the M25!!!!)" and a service book covering 25 years and 250,000km with every service done at a BMW dealer. TIS
I still don't get how in many countries nobody cares about maintenance and fail to realize it helps with the resale value. Maybe people just sell it to the dealership where they buy their new car, so they don't care about resale value anyway?

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Going to test drive a car and the dealer just hands you the keys - no scanning of licence or going with you. TIS
Oh that. I miss that. Also on multiple occasions the dealer offered me to give me a lift from the train station.
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Dealer hands me gray card, keys, and orange payment slip for paying later.
For me, the dealer, in Lausanne Chauderon (a friendly African dude) was handing me a tiny plastic bag with white powder inside*. All happening in the open sight, for all to see and nobody reacting**. TIS.



*Of course I kindly declined.
**Yes, sometimes police do a raid, the same people arrested are back days after.
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I randomly found out that Switzerland is #1 in the world for infrastructure, which is amazing with all the bridges and tunnels and rocks falling off of the mountains...
This explains why it seems like there are roadworks everywhere all the time.
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LINDT is a top brand and their Quality is second to none
I heard from a Chocolat Villars executive (might have been the CEO?) that only 10 % of Lindt chocolate is made in Switzerland, so maybe that's why.
Yet, I like Lindt better
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I heard from a Chocolat Villars executive (might have been the CEO?) that only 10 % of Lindt chocolate is made in Switzerland, so maybe that's why.
Yet, I like Lindt better
for the sanity of all the Swiss and other interested parties here...please QUANTIFY THIS STATEMENT!
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Old 01.07.2017, 10:47
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I heard from a Chocolat Villars executive (might have been the CEO?) that only 10 % of Lindt chocolate is made in Switzerland, so maybe that's why.
That's easily possible as Lindt & Sprüngli has a number of manufacturing plants outside Switzerland, including at least one in the US.
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Old 01.07.2017, 12:32
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

Supermarket chocolate and baked goods are often very good. TIS.

Some years ago I saw a group of clone-grey-suit executives at Paradeplatz, saying their good-byes after a staff brunch or tea. Everyone was appreciative. Someone remarked how good the Zopf (buttered tressed loaf) had been, the best he'd had in years. The alphamale appropriated the compliment for himself, and turned to the secretary at his side and said: "Of course, Frau Schmidt, you will have bought it at Sprüngli, no doubt."
Several of them nodded. But she looked up, blinked, then broke out in a huge smile and said: "Sprüngli? No, wouldn't dream of it. I wanted to get only the very best for you. I bought it at Migros."
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This should be in the "You've been Switzerlanded" thread
Vive la suisse
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Old 02.07.2017, 12:33
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Supermarket chocolate and baked goods are often very good. TIS.

"Of course, Frau Schmidt, you will have bought it at Sprüngli, no doubt."
Several of them nodded. But she looked up, blinked, then broke out in a huge smile and said: "Sprüngli? No, wouldn't dream of it. I wanted to get only the very best for you. I bought it at Migros."
True: https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...nd-kein-genuss

Maybe even from a Migros in Aargau

No joke, Migros is separated in different operation regions. See https://www.migros.ch/de/genossenschaften.html In each Region you can get stuff which is not available in the other regions (In the Vaud region jambe de grenouille for ex.). The Migros in Aargau belong to Migros Aare (the region where the river Aare flows through) which also contains Bern. Long story short: It is said the best Zopf or in this case Züpfe are made in Bern, which are sold in Migros in Aargau.

It is always interesting to spot this little differences in other Migros. Most of them can be found in the meat section.
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Old 02.07.2017, 15:24
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

A long list of amusing encounters in Switzerland,

https://www.reddit.com/r/Switzerland...n_switzerland/

On the bright side, I randomly got invited by a neighbor to a barbecue party in the little backyard of our building, and I now have the contact info of two of my neighbors who were super friendly!
… both of them are expats, of course.
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Old 03.07.2017, 08:35
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That's easily possible as Lindt & Sprüngli has a number of manufacturing plants outside Switzerland, including at least one in the US.
Yes, but (at lest for the one in the US) the chocolate itself is made in CH, and shipped to the plant to be made into bars, Lindor, etc.

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Yes, but (at lest for the one in the US) the chocolate itself is made in CH, and shipped to the plant to be made into bars, Lindor, etc.

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Interesting. I wonder if that is to avoid the chocolate from looking grey, which it does when it gets warm at one point. This way they can stirr it, make it into bars and have better control of uninterrupted cold chain after.
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Re: TIS - This Is Switzerland

In the case of the Lindors, it's because they make other fillings for the US market than here (mint, peanut butter, etc.)

Same with some of the bars.

(my sisters lives not too far from the factory, and asked while on a factory tour)

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In the case of the Lindors, it's because they make other fillings for the US market than here (mint, peanut butter, etc.)

Same with some of the bars.

(my sisters lives not too far from the factory, and asked while on a factory tour)

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Ahhhh, they should send them back here then
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That's easily possible as Lindt & Sprüngli has a number of manufacturing plants outside Switzerland, including at least one in the US.
Yep, Lindt sold in the US is made in a Stratham, a small town in New Hampshire. In San Francisco, I paid up to $3.79 + tax for my chocolate fix. I believe it's 2.20 CHF in Switzerland!

Anybody knows a cheape alternative to Lindt sold in the US that tastes the same?
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Old 04.07.2017, 11:56
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Yep, Lindt sold in the US is made in a Stratham, a small town in New Hampshire. In San Francisco, I paid up to $3.79 + tax for my chocolate fix. I believe it's 2.20 CHF in Switzerland!

Anybody knows a cheape alternative to Lindt sold in the US that tastes the same?
That tastes the same as the U.S. Lindt or the Swiss Lindt?

To be honest, if you can't tell the difference (and there is a big one in ingredients and hence taste), why not just eat Hersheys?
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Yep, Lindt sold in the US is made in a Stratham, a small town in New Hampshire. In San Francisco, I paid up to $3.79 + tax for my chocolate fix. I believe it's 2.20 CHF in Switzerland!

Anybody knows a cheape alternative to Lindt sold in the US that tastes the same?
That's because SanFran is a dumpster filled with yuppies. You can buy Toblerone in the deep south at a cost lower than in Switzerland.
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A friend of mine comes and visit, we go for brunch. After a while, he says "ah, I can't park in your street, all the spots were empty but required the <postcode> park card".. I ask him - quite worried - if he wants to go back and move the car, and he replies, totally calm and while eating: "no, it's fine - at least I will discover how much they charge for that kind of fine". I'm like...

We go back. There's a fine (of course) on the windshield, all perfectly folded and wrapped in protective plastic. It's 100 CHF. He takes it, opens it, puts it in his pocket: "Ah, now I know. See you next time!"


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