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Old 28.05.2016, 22:14
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

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No, no no lady Rufus! I will psychically transfer the pain

We're starting with Aperol & prosecco vs Aperol & grapefruit, swiftly moving on to the array of Swiss spirits I've brought back, then back on the old faithfull vodka Red Bull which is half Swiss I guess. But if Jay brings his 9.6% homebrew ginger beer, I might need to write off Tuesday too.


Ouchy.


My go-to hangover "cure" was always a pint or two of Ribena before bed and two paracetamol, then in the morning, or as near a dammit, around a pint of banana milkshake and a bacon sandwich. I think I was working on the theory that if I could keep that down, I was going to live.


This is pre-lactose intolerance, obvs, now I eschew the milkshake and go straight to the butty. The Ribena is a given.


Enjoy!
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Old 28.05.2016, 23:22
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss all fruit and vegetables that still smells so nice. Also, small shops where you can have cake and coffee (like Starbucks , but much more cakes in there and no sandwiches). I miss life without so much stres, meeting friends on workdays, family members visit each other more than in Switzerland. What I miss the most is my mom's always so tasty food.
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Please find below my most enduring observations, anecdotal as they are, I am sure some will recognise them as things they miss from their previous home country of Switzerland.

(a) Being able to throw out an observation without being taken literally and bored with a fifteen minute account starting with "Ah, yes but..." of why-it-ain't-so in the rarefied swiss psyche.

(b) Following lack of acceptance of explanation provided in (a), being able to continue the discourse without hearing the word "must" or being advised to go-back-where-I-came-from-if-I-don't-like-it.

(c) Rectification of a mistake without having to pay again to cover the gap between a tradesman's perception of his abilities and reality.

(d) Shades of grey. Of which there are more than 50.

I could go on, but my endearing memories of not of shopping woes; variable school hours; lack of brown sugar;dishwasher tablets; Zürich fog;Nelson patrons or even lack of beer that is free.

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Re: What do you really miss the most?

I miss hearing (American) English. I had a half a day off yesterday and went to Zürich to chill, and in just a few hours I heard more than 10 American/Canadian people chatting with their friends in the street. In my neck of the woods (fields!) I haven't met any. Would I be considered even more of a weirdo if I joined in the conversation next time?

I miss the community centers, the playgrounds and parks where parents talked with each other while the kids played, the coffee shops not giving me a confused look when I asked for light or medium roast.

I certainly don't miss the throw-away mentality or the lack of (or reduced) recycling options. I do miss the dumpster-divers trying to put to good use others trash in any of the city's art festivals (looking at you, In the heart of the beast, Loring Park and others).

I miss the smell of the prairies, the clear blue skies in sub-20 temps, the blizzards.

I miss being lulled to sleep by the pitter-patter sound of the non-stop rain night after night. I miss the lush green of the virgin forests with its thick layers of moss covering the underbursh or looking eerie when hanging from trees. I miss the ceremonial dances and story-telling of the natives.

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Old 10.06.2016, 13:37
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

"I miss being lulled to sleep by the pitter-patter sound of the non-stop rain night after night. I miss the lush green of the virgin forests with its thick layers of moss covering the underbursh or looking eerie when hanging from trees. I miss the ceremonial dances and story-telling of the natives." -FunnyBone






Yeah - that hits home.


Lately, I miss teeth rattling thunderstorms, Blue Grass and hill folk.


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Old 10.06.2016, 16:56
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I miss hearing (American) English. I had a half a day off yesterday and went to Zürich to chill, and in just a few hours I heard more than 10 American/Canadian people chatting with their friends in the street. In my neck of the woods (fields!) I haven't met any. Would I be considered even more of a weirdo if I joined in the conversation next time?
I don't think you would and I think you should
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