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Why I love living / skiing in Canton Schwyz

Yesterday I had a day that was so utterly Swiss, and so utterly perfect that I am still beaming and I wanted to share.

Number one, the weather and the skiing: I'd taken the day off and how well-timed it was! Decided to head into the mountains in Mythen, and the first time I've had the combination of powder and blue skies this year. I've been learning with an older Swiss coach who gives me a German and ski lesson in one and knows just how much to push. Great day and felt very proud, on my fourth day on skis, I did my first black run, woo OK, it was a baby as far as black pistes go but let me have my moment

But even better was the apres, and not for the usual regions. Being a repeat customer and oriental, therefore a bit unusual at this resort, most of the guys who work at the restaurant and ski lift know me by now. So, honour of all honours - I'm invited to the Stammtisch for drinks

Fast forward a couple of hours, and I'm being gifted shots of schnapps, everyone is merry, conversation is flowing and ranging from prank calls and rude jokes being made at one end of the table to serious (and balanced) discussions on the migration crisis in Europe and me launching into a rant about coral reef protection and the importance of line-caught tuna for dolphin conservation Looks like a little bit of lubrication can unlock bits of German I didn't even realise I knew but also made me realise how much more at home here than sometimes I feel.

They end up having to run a last cable car down an hour later just to get the last of us home (the workers were at drinks with us, we didn't delay them!). I've found the restaurant owner has kindly packed away all my ski gear for me without me even noticing, and I'm offered a lift back home by another new friend rather than drag my stuff back on the ski bus and train.

Ah, Schwyz, that supposed bastion of backwards attitudes and SVP support? I'm so, so glad to live and play in your beautiful Canton




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Old 25.02.2016, 21:19
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Yesterday I had a day that was so utterly Swiss, and so utterly perfect that I am still beaming and I wanted to share.

Number one, the weather and the skiing: I'd taken the day off and how well-timed it was! Decided to head into the mountains in Mythen, and the first time I've had the combination of powder and blue skies this year. I've been learning with an older Swiss coach who gives me a German and ski lesson in one and knows just how much to push. Great day and felt very proud, on my fourth day on skis, I did my first black run, woo OK, it was a baby as far as black pistes go but let me have my moment

But even better was the apres, and not for the usual regions. Being a repeat customer and oriental, therefore a bit unusual at this resort, most of the guys who work at the restaurant and ski lift know me by now. So, honour of all honours - I'm invited to the Stammtisch for drinks

Fast forward a couple of hours, and I'm being gifted shots of schnapps, everyone is merry, conversation is flowing and ranging from prank calls and rude jokes being made at one end of the table to serious (and balanced) discussions on the migration crisis in Europe and me launching into a rant about coral reef protection and the importance of line-caught tuna for dolphin conservation Looks like a little bit of lubrication can unlock bits of German I didn't even realise I knew but also made me realise how much more at home here than sometimes I feel.

They end up having to run a last cable car down an hour later just to get the last of us home (the workers were at drinks with us, we didn't delay them!). I've found the restaurant owner has kindly packed away all my ski gear for me without me even noticing, and I'm offered a lift back home by another new friend rather than drag my stuff back on the ski bus and train.

Ah, Schwyz, that supposed bastion of backwards attitudes and SVP support? I'm so, so glad to live and play in your beautiful Canton




Brought to you from the annoying Pollyanna who also brought you such threads as "My Swiss neighbours are awesome!"

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Re: Why I love living / skiing in Canton Schwyz

What a nice post to read!!!
Schwyz here I come!
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I find posts like the above particularly enjoyable in light of posts like the one below, especially considering OPs german apparently is far from perfect ("Looks like a little bit of lubrication can unlock bits of German I didn't even realise I knew").

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Very basically, the Swiss are racist, have always been. An inherent character of them. They have very little tolerance with Swiss from other Cantons. And scoff at the other dialects spoken by their compatriots. Some Cantons have higher "worth" than others, depends on how old the Canton is, and how far removed from the "home" Canton.

I should imagine that upon hearing a totally foreign tongue from another country spoken brings about a perfectly natural reaction - it`s nothing personal against you - it`s just the way it is in Switzerland - made up originally from foreigners (100`s of years ago), they still stick to their own personal local identities, dependent on where their ancestors originally settled.

Remember, there are still some Swiss folk who have never ventured beyond their own villages!
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