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Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

i recently spoke with someone who's lived in CH for many years and he mentioned he's become somewhat more "swiss" in terms of his habits and attitude. i've only been here for a little more than 1 year, so i cant really tell yet, but i'm curious. has that happened to you? have you become more punctual, more frank, hold the door for someone who's still a good 15m away?
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I never let anyone in front of me when I get on a train, and am pretty nifty with my elbows.

Do these count?
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I always give my bag, shopping or backpack a seat no matter how busy the tram is, or how many people are standing. In fact when I am asked to move it for a person, I even tut loudly and make huffing and puffing noises at the audacity of fare paying people expecting me to actually sit my bag on the floor or, perish the thought, I have to sit it on my lap.

Does that make me Swiss or just a Zurich local
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:04
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

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I never let anyone in front of me when I get on a train, and am pretty nifty with my elbows.

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possibly! but i believe, it varies from kanton to kanton
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Does that make me Swiss or just a Zurich local
I used to wonder the same, but now I work in Canton Congo I've come to realise that the Zurchinis are not alone in their comfortable-bag obsession...
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:07
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I have noticed the following unusual elements of my behaviour:
- start liking trains and learnt how not to smile,
- feel guilty if I'm late 1.5 minute,
- start using watch,
- get start noticing single rubish along the way,
- like coffee more than ever before,
- start liking snow and snowsports,
- start thinking like a vegeterian...

And many more...
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:08
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

For once in my life, i am punctual. It is freakish.....
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:12
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I always give my bag, shopping or backpack a seat no matter how busy the tram is, or how many people are standing. In fact when I am asked to move it for a person, I even tut loudly and make huffing and puffing noises at the audacity of fare paying people expecting me to actually sit my bag on the floor or, perish the thought, I have to sit it on my lap.

Does that make me Swiss or just a Zurich local
urm... i dun live in ZH, so i dunno. Baden folks seem quite nice. where i come from, no one ever asks if a seat is taken; they just plant their derriere there. from my experience, most people would ask before sitting.
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:14
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

well, they will plant their derriere on an empty sit, question or no question made... I had the unfortunate idea of saying sorry-sit-is-taken to no avail.
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:22
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I cought myself barking orders at my child in a sterile voice and overdramatizing only slightly dangerous situation in order to give her "moral" lesson..aya yay
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:22
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I reduced my average driving speed by 30-40%. Now I even do not really speed it up when I am back in Germany anymore.

In the city, I take extra care to be EXACTLY within speed limits. Got a ticket for a single km over the limit which cost me 40 bucks...

I start to recognize when people drive more than 15km too fast on a highway.
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:36
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

i shake hands with everyone when i come back from holiday. i contemplated doing it when i got to work on monday.
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:39
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i shake hands with everyone when i come back from holiday. i contemplated doing it when i got to work on monday.
I actually really like the hand shakes, although I do not know how appropriate it is here for a girl. I am having a hard time getting used to the three times kissing thing.
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:51
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

When I joined this forum first I hated the posts of many expats who had been here a long time. I thought they had gone totally loc-o/al. Now I agree with them.
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Old 18.02.2009, 23:57
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I am having a hard time getting used to the three times kissing thing.
I'm having trouble with that as well -- my hairdresser did that when I left the last time -- some kiss on the cheek -others just make the kissing noise with their check pressed to yours -- I'm never sure what I should be doing --
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I have a specific question about the kissing. Where does the girl, me, put her hands whilst doing the kissing? On the guy's shoulders? I've already encountered this and I think I did it wrong. I extended my right hand for a handshake, but then he kind of leaned in, so I went with the flow and put my left hand on his shoulder and kissed him three times but the whole time I was still clutching his right hand with my right hand.

Girls, where do the hands, (both his and yours), go?
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I have a specific question about the kissing. Where does the girl, me, put her hands whilst doing the kissing? On the guy's shoulders? I've already encountered this and I think I did it wrong. I extended my right hand for a handshake, but then he kind of leaned in, so I went with the flow and put my left hand on his shoulder and kissed him three times but the whole time I was still clutching his right hand with my right hand.

Girls, where do the hands, (both his and yours), go?
My right hand on the other person's shoulder. Lightly touching it. No grabbing anything..

When I first moved here I had no idea about the kissing and I kissed my husband's work buddie on straight on his lips, it was such an instinct I am so not used to kissing anyone's cheek..
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Re: Have you become somewhat "swiss"?

I want to leave a note in my neighbors' mailbox complaining about the loud music.

(Seriously, I will be talking to them - I think they are gone for the week and their daughter is taking advantage of their absence. Since we are both owners we should be able to come to a reasonable agreement.)
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I have a specific question about the kissing. Where does the girl, me, put her hands whilst doing the kissing? On the guy's shoulders? I've already encountered this and I think I did it wrong. I extended my right hand for a handshake, but then he kind of leaned in, so I went with the flow and put my left hand on his shoulder and kissed him three times but the whole time I was still clutching his right hand with my right hand.

Girls, where do the hands, (both his and yours), go?
Well, I can tell you where his hands are not supposed to go
But seriously, unless you are really good friends or family, just shaking hands is fine. In fact, if it is someone you don't know well I would say it is a bit bold for him to kiss.
For me it was difficult to get used to shaking hands again after many years of living in Asia where we didn't shake hands. I was fine with that. I rarely had a cold there. To be honest, I feel there is too much shaking hands here which might explain why so many people are sick and the last thing I want to do is shake hands with someone who just blew their nose.

I always have cold hands and I feel so self conscious shaking hands but better cold hands than sweaty ones was what someone once told me.
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Old 19.02.2009, 00:48
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Well, I can tell you where his hands are not supposed to go
But seriously, unless you are really good friends or family, just shaking hands is fine. In fact, if it is someone you don't know well I would say it is a bit bold for him to kiss.
For me it was difficult to get used to shaking hands again after many years of living in Asia where we didn't shake hands. I was fine with that. I rarely had a cold there. To be honest, I feel there is too much shaking hands here which might explain why so many people are sick and the last thing I want to do is shake hands with someone who just blew their nose.

I always have cold hands and I feel so self conscious shaking hands but better cold hands than sweaty ones was what someone once told me.
actually this is an interesting point. i have a mild OCD when it comes to shaking hands. i will feel the urge to wash after, and simply cannot hold any food until after i've done so.

this thread has gone a bit in the directon of picking up bad habits from the locals. surely there must be some positive ones?
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