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Old 12.06.2010, 14:19
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I have heard frii from people that come from Graubünden too.
I've heard that too from people from the areas where the Walsers used to settle. E.g Prättigau-Klosters-Davos, Safiental or Vals.
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A stupid question again...what are the rules regarding hats.
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Rules for hats are, you must tip them to girls and take them off for ladies. And the correct hat to wear, if you want to be really Swiss, is a Dan Post 10X beaver. If you've got Justin lizard ropers boots, then you don't have to take them off when you go to bed. Especially if you're sleeping with a lady.

Other than that, you should do just fine

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Fussy git

I always walk road side of my wife - about as old fashioned as you get
I do the same with my kids

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I've found Zurich people to be lot more friendly and polite than ...London...not a surprise. People say Guten Morgen to me in the street here in Wiedikon and that hasn't happened since I lived in the north of England.

It's a strict rule of English lift usage that you do not acknowledge other people in any way whatsoever.
Not if they're english, anyway.

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Yes, say hello if you make it in as it's customary to hit the door close button immediately upon entering. If you hold the doors (on a lift that is) for someone, you will get an astonished yet grateful look- similar to the bewilderment one sees when tipping 10% or more in a restaurant.
Or even 100%
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ha ha - that's funny. (Every time I see your name I see Matron for some reason )
I see Marlon
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Old 12.06.2010, 14:31
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By who, if I may ask? Some judgemental schweizer maybe?
By a majority of Zürchers. And the Canton of Zurich accounts for more than 16% of CH population. And the Canton of Graubünden has about as many inhabitants as the Kreis II of the City of Zürich.

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And dont you think the bündner dialect for the rest of the sentence might be a bit of a give away? Do you know Prättigau at all?
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I know Graubünden with its German and Romansh dialects well enough. Plus the Italian valleys of Bregaglia, Poschiavo and Mesolcina. I have often been on skiing holidays in Flims and once in Davos. And then again in military service in the Engiadina and near Davos.
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Prättigau ? Yes, the valley up to Davos via Klosters. To me a classical "Durchgangsland" "Been there" ? I mean except from being pax on the Rhätische Bahn ? If you accept Klosters as part of the Prättigau, yes. We, in about 71 or 72 were on skiing holidays in a place from Davos upwards (only to be reached by skis) and our chief-organiser (a tremendous football coach I knew from earlier) got us invited to a major party in Klosters and organized with the "Bergbahnen" that a special operation for us was put ahead nicely after midnight. It indeed was a tremendous party. Also some English girls there were quite nice !
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Re: Customary manners in CH

Last night my swiss mate, after walking around in thongs (ok, flip-flops then) all day, for some bizarre reason decided to stand bare-foot on my newly aquired white cube stool. Just don't do that.

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Old 12.06.2010, 15:17
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Last night my swiss mate, after walking around in thongs (ok, flip-flops then) all day, for some bizzare reason decided to stand bare-foot on my newly aquired white cube stool.
Marking his territory?
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It was a she, and she just stood on it til I asked her why she was doing that. She started to mumble something about not having dirty feet, but stopped herself when she looked down and saw the state of them.
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Last night my swiss mate, after walking around in thongs (ok, flip-flops then) all day, for some bizzare reason decided to stand bare-foot on my newly aquired white cube stool. Just don't do that.
at least, you two are NOT teetotallers ?!
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Re: Customary manners in CH

Actually dude, we are both teetotalers. Alkohol is not your friend. Is that three times in one thread!?!

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at least, you two are NOT teetotallers ?!
Well she drinks rarely and me hardly ever... there's more than one way to skin a cat up.
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Actually dude, we are both teetotalers. Alkohol is not your friend. Is that three times in one thread!?!



Well she drinks rarely and me hardly ever... there's more than one way to skin a cat up.
The better for you ! Shows that you had a REALLY good time. And wishing up some "traces" therefore is nothing if it was the result of a really good time where you were !

Ehhm, it is 2 to 4 times in the thread depending on statistics
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There was no fun being had.There are no excuses, even drug related, for standing on someones white furniture. If there are any traces she can clean them!
Is this helping you Mr Macon?
I'm sure that all your errors are intentional, and that we are being tested somehow.
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The better for you ! Shows that you had a REALLY good time. And wishing up some "traces" therefore is nothing if it was the result of a really good time where you were !

Ehhm, it is 2 to 4 times in the thread depending on statistics
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Re: Customary manners in CH

It can bea little risky to greet in german specially if there is an senior swiss lady around. You might get dragged into a full length conversation in german and end up appearing either stupid or rude..
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There was no fun being had.There are no excuses, even drug related, for standing on someones white furniture. If there are any traces she can clean them!
Is this helping you Mr Macon?
I'm sure that all your errors are intentional, and that we are being tested somehow.
Well, I am absolutely against people standing on any furniture. Not least as furniture can be heavily damaged by such behaviour. But, WHY then did the "culprit" do it ?
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You might get dragged into a full length conversation in german and end up appearing either stupid or rude..
What's wrong with appearing to be a local?
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I don't know why, I walked from the kitchen to the lounge and there she was. As she was up there she asked what was in them. She's most times quite normal, normally.
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Well, I am absolutely against people standing on any furniture. Not least as furniture can be heavily damaged by such behaviour. But, WHY then did the "culprit" do it ?
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I don't know why, I walked from the kitchen to the lounge and there she was.
Do you have a problem with mice? Does your friend have a very poor short term memory?
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No, the snake I keep in the loungeroom would sort out any mice.
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No, the snake I keep in the loungeroom would sort out any mice.
Oh yes, I forgot about him...

Is your friend afraid of him? Does she, for some reason, have occasional lapses of short term memory?
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Welllllllll, she may be a bit afraid of him, which is ridiculous as he's an angel of a snake - and she likes orange, but she still shoulda cleaned her feet, bloody hippies!
Does it help your gag more if I say she does have memory problems...?
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Bumping this up for any newcomers to EF.
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That's weird. Being polite and know some Swiss German words makes Swiss people happy-
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