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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

Like:

* beautiful nature, very close to your doorstep
* low taxes
* efficient administration if you run your own business
* quite international
* my Swiss girlfriend (main reason for staying)

dislike:

* rain, fog, grey skies, cold summers and even colder winters in Zurich
* working style in "hard-core" Swiss companies (not the likes of UBS, but the truly local ones where everyone seems to fight everyone else and opaque communication is the rule)
* cities lacking character - everything is efficient and clean, but there's something missing here that I cannot explain. Its not just the size, but places like Madrid, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Syndey, NYC, etc. all have something that makes them special, makes you feel different when you go there. Zurich has clean trains and a nice lake, but that's about it
* Rules, rules, rules for everything and most people happily obeying
* Slow driving
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

The people here are reserved but polite.
I don't think they have a strong opinion about Greek people.
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Old 13.03.2009, 11:27
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

Reading all of these wonderful opinions and comparing them to what I would have written reminds me of the story of 5 blind men that are in a room with an elephant. Each touches and feels the elephant, and each comes out with a whole different story of what an elephant is.

Story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Men_and_an_Elephant

We all have our own backgrounds, experiences, standards, expectations, paradigms. We all live in different parts of Swissieland and work in different companies. And therefore we all experience different things. As long as we accept that diversity, we can share our opinions, but when we start to argue them, everything goes to hell in a handbasket.

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Reading all of these wonderful opinions and comparing them to what I would have written reminds me of the story of 5 blind men that are in a room with an elephant. Each touches and feels the elephant, and each comes out with a whole different story of what an elephant is.

Story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Men_and_an_Elephant

We all have our own backgrounds, experiences, standards, expectations, paradigms. We all live in different parts of Swissieland and work in different companies. And therefore we all experience different things. As long as we accept that diversity, we can share our opinions, but when we start to argue them, everything goes to hell in a handbasket.

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That's true...however some people don't even touch the elephant but speak a lot... this is what I don't like. Outside of Switzerland people say "The swiss are so cold, no communication...."
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Old 13.03.2009, 11:47
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UK clockwise, CH counter clockwise...
Errr.... UK clockwise, the rest of Europe counter clockwise
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Old 13.03.2009, 15:37
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That's true...however some people don't even touch the elephant but speak a lot... this is what I don't like. Outside of Switzerland people say "The swiss are so cold, no communication...."
swissky people don't comment here in switzerland about greeks there's not that many of them here thank god lol (only kidding)

but they're in general a quieter nicer politer country than england an ireland as for comapring to other countries i can't help you there
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

OK FINALLY!

As mentioned in my previous post I think Switzerland is great and I don't have many real negatives to say...

But I was in the cinema and just got reminded of something that irks me here!

THAT BLOODY INTERMISSION in the middle of the film!!!!! What the hell is that all about? hahahah....

How petty does this sound?
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I like, The very attractive young lady from opposite, that walks around her apartment, naked, with her lights on and curtains open, most nights of the week.
I don't like, My wife hitting me across the back of the head, every time she catches me looking out of the window.
I hate the creep opposite who keeps peering into my apartment when I get am getting changed. I love watching his partner whack him across the back of the head for it.
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Old 14.03.2009, 01:04
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

Love- Hiking up Swiss mountains alone. Sucking in fresh air especially when the Lyme trees are in blossom. Spontaneous yodellers. Bells -church, cows goats. Smell of carving turnips SBB excursions. strong coffee with foam on top. Down to earth farmers.
Hate - Swiss sense of humour- Beer swiggers linking arms to umpapa music- Being assessed by your dress- Being asked where you are from, staring, nose pickers. Being given a one hour tour of a one bedroom apartment. Leaving the labels on new cutlery or crockery. Saving bags from 'special shops' 'Showas'
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Old 14.03.2009, 01:09
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Being asked where you are from, staring, nose pickers. '
This is not always bad, sometimes it would be a kind of approach. F.e I have a friend from Turkey, first time I met him I asked where are you from? Just to be careful what you say and being curious abt him... it is a friendly comment. I know ppl are getting annoyed sometimes by this question but I have no problem...
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swissky people don't comment here in switzerland about greeks there's not that many of them here thank god lol (only kidding)

but they're in general a quieter nicer politer country than england an ireland as for comapring to other countries i can't help you there
Ok got the msg...I'll send ya a pv
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Old 14.03.2009, 02:05
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

There are birds though. We have you sussed.

Mr Scouser is living through the hazy period. So shall his years pass. Living in a totally Swiss environment gives you English with a funny accent. If your in for the long haul it cant do too much harm.

If you just want an adventure visit the complaints thread. "Us long be here shouldn't say much cos we've gone Swiss crazy "you wanna see me stretch over people at the milk counter"
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

Likes: The landscape, salary, demostration infront of the Bundeshaus & summer festivals

Dislike: The "so called" Swiss mentality, it's expensive to eat out, shopping ends at certain times and Oldhand.
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I hate the creep opposite who keeps peering into my apartment when I get am getting changed. I love watching his partner whack him across the back of the head for it.
Blimey, Brightonite must have really good eyesight then!!!
What's the distance from Fribourg to the good ol' US of A??
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Old 14.03.2009, 17:55
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

Well,
I love: public transport & having no car to maintain, the GREAT medical care, the clean cities, the lovely outdoors, being in the center of Europe (makes new travel destinations that much easier!), & lastly my lovely Swiss BF!

I dislike: being away from family and friends, away from the good American music scene (so have access to see/hear more non-radio station music), the isolation i sometimes feel here (whereas in the States, I am a much more outgoing individual )
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Blimey, Brightonite must have really good eyesight then!!!
What's the distance from Fribourg to the good ol' US of A??
That's funny did you really check on where I lived? If I did live opposite and paraded nude he would cover up his windows, pretty quickly. Warty witches have nothing on me!
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Re: Likes/Dislikes in Switzerland

Having moved here by choice, not assignment, I think it's one of the nicest places in the world, (with CONDE Nast Magazine, which evaluates such things) (whom the Swiss may well own!) - but two things irk me:

1) Despite the wealthiness, in a Coop or Migros, there is not facility to cut fresh bread for you. Every minor Albertsons, Ralphs in the US has this, everywhere, a huge internal bakery department.

This matters because: You can't freeze fresh bread whole and have it readily available. So, you leave it out. Since it tastes FANTASTIC, you are constantly going to be sampling your wholesome "nut bread loaf", which in the US you would not, as the slices are frozen in the fridge. Result:weightgain.

2) The lack of a garbage pail (kehricht) entitlement system for the poor hordes that are arriving in Switzerland. They have to pay the same as we do, in consequence, they deposit their bags rapidly at night somewhere, even in very nice neighborhoods. For the Swiss, the garbarge charges are trivial, for poor foreigners who live off purchased maize and flour (yep, that exists) this is very real money.

Delicately, the Swiss garbarge services attach neat pink lables to such illegally placed bags, and leave them. It can take a week for the off-site "Hauswart" of a given building to have them removed, in the meantime they develop holes, it rains into them, they fall, and it looks like a mess. The solution is to issue a specially encoded label-with-name/ID for third-world arrivals, so that they can dispose of their garbage normally.

My chief pleasure here: Going down a spring slope from Cassons (Flims) in blazing sunshine through untouched snow, with no other rider within a kilometer radius, birdcalls, plus occasional rises w.o. sharp bottoms. (Caution, Naraus->Cassons car may stop taking skiers/snowboarder at 2 pm due to avalch., warning, only yellow descents).
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Lack of anyone who has done anything really significant (no Mozart, Dali, Rembrandt, Picasso, etc...why has Switzerland not produced any world class artists?)
Obviously you've never seen an Albert Anker painting. World class and world fame are two different matters. How many chinese artists do you know?
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Re: Things that you like and dislike in Switzerland...

What I like most about Switzerland;
Just got a job in Zug!
Switzerland here I come.
What I dislike about Switzerland;
Not having any drinking buddies
If you know where 'reigrovy sady' is and gambrinus is your favourite beer, AND you have swiss equivalents- you are my new best freind
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