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Old 20.07.2007, 19:33
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

New set of questions...
Why the elevators are so tiny even in new/big buildings? Is this an effort to make the elevators cozy or more claustrophobic?

And why people do not wait for those inside of buses/trams/trains/elevators to get out first so that they can easily can get in?

Maybe these are not Swiss, being new in Geneva , that is what I have observed so far.
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Old 20.07.2007, 19:56
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New set of questions...
Why the elevators are so tiny even in new/big buildings? Is this an effort to make the elevators cozy or more claustrophobic?

And why people do not wait for those inside of buses/trams/trains/elevators to get out first so that they can easily can get in?

Maybe these are not Swiss, being new in Geneva , that is what I have observed so far.
Hmmm..you got me there. Schindler elevators, being Swiss-made (well, except the parts made in China, of course) would be really quite expensive. So making huge elevators would be even more expensive..? I'm really not quite sure. I've never noticed that Swiss elevators were smaller than those in other countries...except that Japanese elevators are even smaller, so maybe don't come here!

As for people pushing in...again, I can't say that that is a Swiss-specific thing. I've experienced that more so in Sydney and Japan, so again: I don't think it's a Swiss thing per se.

Sorry for being so vague
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Old 20.07.2007, 20:47
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Never been in Japan... I want to but now you brought up the issue about tiny elevators. It is a concern ...

I did not suggested the pushing in people is Swiss spesific. I guess it is not something you would expect in Geneva... You know, people are very polite, civilized, and kind in general so it is a surprising behavior in some ways. You do see it in other places like again Japan.

Maybe I should not go to Japan
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Old 20.07.2007, 20:51
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Hey I just noticed. We have like 7 hrs difference between here and Japan... It must be past midnite over there. What the hell you are doing? If you will be up this late on a Friday nite, you should either be out and having fun or at home having fun... Not sit in front of the computer and answer our weird questions. I can see the sentiment for your nation but still... Or do go to bed and get some rest... Surely there will be more questions waiting for you here
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Old 21.07.2007, 08:24
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Excellent point~alas, I'm working on Saturdays and it's one of my busiest days. Luckily, I don't start until 11am, so I've been turning into a somewhat nocturnal critter who stays u and sleeps late. Not terribly healthy, I guess, but I like it this way.

As for the weird questions: It's really interesting for me to see what bugs people. Part of my job is cultural facilitating (I'm an English teacher). I'm also a (comparative) religious studies major and am interested what makes people 'tick' in general, be it culturally, spiritually or any other way, really. I'm probably going to start a thread about faiths and beliefs soon, once my uni work picks up again and I'll need a worthy cause to procrastinate.

In the meantime, ask away! And do come to Japan. It's a lovely country with great people, even if the former strong beliefs (Shinto and Buddhism) have been replaced with hardcore consumerism.
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Old 21.07.2007, 16:47
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Well as long as you are happy about staying up and answering questionson the other side of the hemisphere.

As for going to Japan... Well I hope to go and visit the place at some point in life.

And today when I was doing house hunting in Geneva... I realized one more thing and made a note to self that I should ask you.

Why there are no buzzers outside the buildings? If you have invited people to your place, how the hell people will let you know that they had arrived and waiting for you to give them the code so that they can freaking get in? So if you expect people you wait by window or what? What the hell is this? What Swiss is against the buzzers outside the buildings? Is there a certain rule about how to ring a bell? Or the swiss knew ages ago that people will have mobile phones to call each other outside of the buildings anyway?
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Old 21.07.2007, 19:07
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Nini perhaps you have overlooked the doorbells. I have never lived or visited anyone here without having had the pleasure of pressing a button to herald my arrival.
Or maybe all the Swiss are psychic
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Nini perhaps you have overlooked the doorbells. I have never lived or visited anyone here without having had the pleasure of pressing a button to herald my arrival.
Or maybe all the Swiss are psychic
No, I think Nini is right...often at the front door to the building you´re greeted with the mailboxes but no doorbell/buzzer. I´m guessing this is why the Swiss also put which floor they live on on their mailboxes (apart from helping the postman) so at least you know which floor to go to and then you can poke about searching for whoever. What happens here when at 8pm the front door to your building is locked. How do your guests get in? In all other places I´ve lived (outside CH) there was always a buzzer at the front door of the building as well as one at the door of each apartment.
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Old 23.07.2007, 15:01
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

I do not think the issue is not about if they are hospitable people or not. I do not go around the people's places and see if they let me in. But from the practical point of view. How come there are no doorbells outside of the buildings?
Maybe they are pyschic.... huu Spooky!
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Old 23.07.2007, 15:02
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Thanks Nathu! I've renamed the thread
Actually you've just changed the title of the post, you would've to go to the first post to change the thread title if this is even possible for normal users.

In my case it really was a tooth fairy (and the size of the present depended on the daily price the fairy could sell the milk tooth at in the commodity market )

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As my deputy (you don't mind being called deputy, do you Nathu? ) has duly noted, it might just be instinct/reflex. It's usually frigging cold in this country and the guy who leaves the door open in winter gets yelled at, so we just tend to close it whenever. It's in our genes.
Accepted as long as it's limited to this thread Good explanation by the way...

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New set of questions...
Why the elevators are so tiny even in new/big buildings? Is this an effort to make the elevators cozy or more claustrophobic?
I have a friend who works in the elevator business and will ask him about his opinion at the next opportunity. Anyway in the end, they build what the customers order. And some aren't well-advised, it happens.

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And why people do not wait for those inside of buses/trams/trains/elevators to get out first so that they can easily can get in?
This rarely happens to me. But sometimes passengers don't go away from the doors in crowded trams etc. when there are many people who want to board. That bothers me more often.

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Why there are no buzzers outside the buildings? If you have invited people to your place, how the hell people will let you know that they had arrived and waiting for you to give them the code so that they can freaking get in? So if you expect people you wait by window or what? What the hell is this? What Swiss is against the buzzers outside the buildings? Is there a certain rule about how to ring a bell? Or the swiss knew ages ago that people will have mobile phones to call each other outside of the buildings anyway?
First, the people inside knew you were there because you arrived punctually, didn't you? Second, I've never seen a door without a door bell here. Alp huts and farmhouses might have a normal bell or a windchime instead of a door bell and if not, a good old-fashioned knock on the door is in order.
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Old 23.07.2007, 15:10
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Well maybe it is a Geneva thing then. Because here most buildings have a code pad outside. No intercom either. You have to give people your code so that they can get in. If you are invited you should have the code to get in. Otherwise you will be out. Really weird system.
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Old 27.07.2007, 14:01
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Our building also has no buzzers except by the doors to each apartment. At about 9pm the front door gets locked, and you have to keep an eye on the street below to see when someone shows up. Otherwise, hopefully they have a cell phone to call you from outside the front door. It's a crazy system!
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Old 27.07.2007, 14:42
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Well maybe it is a Geneva thing then. Because here most buildings have a code pad outside. No intercom either. You have to give people your code so that they can get in. If you are invited you should have the code to get in. Otherwise you will be out. Really weird system.
I've never been told the code for my system.
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

sorry to change the thread but can I ask Swiss guy what historical event has caused the Swiss not to accept the shower cubicle and power shower combo so happily adopted by so many other countries (and by shower cubicle I dont mean a shower over a bath). The only reason I ask is because we looked at trillions of apartments when we moved here and did not see one real shower cubicle. Thanks.
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sorry to change the thread but can I ask Swiss guy what historical event has caused the Swiss not to accept the shower cubicle and power shower combo so happily adopted by so many other countries.
The standard swiss shower does work better than whatever fancy stuff has been invented in the last year... so we won't change that too soon, we're happy with that; same question arises to me when I'm in other countries and wondering why they just don't use the standard shower... (btw.: Austria has pretty much the same system).
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Old 29.07.2007, 21:40
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sorry to change the thread but can I ask Swiss guy what historical event has caused the Swiss not to accept the shower cubicle and power shower combo so happily adopted by so many other countries (and by shower cubicle I dont mean a shower over a bath). The only reason I ask is because we looked at trillions of apartments when we moved here and did not see one real shower cubicle. Thanks.
I am not sure if shower cubicle is all that welcomed idea. I do not if we are talking about the same little cabins with shower head... I personally find them claustrophobic. I mean we take shower to clean up but also should there be a relaxing factor. I think at work we have enough of being cubicle so why should we go back home and be in a cubicle?? What is wrong with bath tubs with shower? Unless you are talking about the fancy huge shower cabins with heated floors and waterfall like shower heads that cost hmmm chunks and chunks of money. You know the type of showers you see on Pantene hair shampoo commercials??
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Old 30.07.2007, 09:41
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

I was fascinated once seeing a shower here which looked like it was modeled after a no-touch car wash. Those must be nice. Expensive, for sure.
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sorry to change the thread but can I ask Swiss guy what historical event has caused the Swiss not to accept the shower cubicle and power shower combo so happily adopted by so many other countries (and by shower cubicle I dont mean a shower over a bath). The only reason I ask is because we looked at trillions of apartments when we moved here and did not see one real shower cubicle. Thanks.
I don't know what you're on about... Our flat has a bath tub shower and a cubicle shower option... Not a big flash car wash type jobbie either. Just a plain, tiled 1200 x 1200 or so basin, with curtain.

The previous 30m2 rabbit hutch we lived in also had a shower cubical. Is it perhaps a regional thing?
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

I don't get this obsession with shower cubicles. I always thought these were used in bathrooms with no room to cut down on space usage.

I remember them from tiny overpriced city flats in the UK, I'd turn down a flat with one of these and no bath.
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sorry to change the thread but can I ask Swiss guy what historical event has caused the Swiss not to accept the shower cubicle and power shower combo so happily adopted by so many other countries (and by shower cubicle I dont mean a shower over a bath). The only reason I ask is because we looked at trillions of apartments when we moved here and did not see one real shower cubicle. Thanks.
As a Swiss, I would say, I prefer to shower in a bath with more space available and not be in a cubicle. If you have one bath tub, why using more space for another shower? Also I had much more pressure in Switzerland than I have now in London with my "wonderful" power shower...
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