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Old 31.07.2007, 20:03
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Man, I love this thread. End of the day, heck amount of meetings, but reading the posts really made me laugh. Thanks guys! You made my day... I just realized, is this sad? I should get out of the office.. geeez!

Swiss guy, yes you come to GVA and you will see the apartment buildings with no bells or buzzers. Actually I started to live in one myself. It will be interesting.

And it is true the proportions of space and utilization (for DaveA to check the wording ) are not necessarily hand in hand at least in GVA. I got lucky. I got all rooms, bathroom and kitchen decent size in my place. But you have to be patient and lucky to find what you want in GVA.
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Old 30.08.2007, 15:55
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Swiss guy, yes you come to GVA and you will see the apartment buildings with no bells or buzzers. Actually I started to live in one myself. It will be interesting.
a month later..

actually, i have no idea when i'll be in geneva next! i was planning on a tour de monde, with stops in thailand, the philippines, france, switzerland, australia and vietnam after i finish teaching here in november, but it's looking bad...no money for such an extravaganza.

i want to see such an apartment! can anyone post a photo here?
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Old 30.08.2007, 16:22
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Well I have not seen photos here other than the icons. Sorry about your work finishing in JP and sorry for not taking the world trip.

As for the seeing the apartments in GVA with no bell, I think I give you my address, you come and see what happens... And if the lighting is right you can take the picture of code pad yourself. I tell you it is a crazy system. Either you give the people your address and code number if you are to invite them over. And I found out that you show up at the exact time you supposed to, so that people wait by the window or door. They see you and come and let you in. But forget about stopping over at friends place unannounced or without cellphone. Talk about socializing. No wonder GVA is boring. They do not even want to hear doorbell...

But if you end up coming here do let me know, we get together for a drink. I may even invite you to my place for real

Another strange thing I have learned. There are buildings in GVA strictly managed. For example, you cannot flush toilet after 11.00 in some buildings. Not only that you cannot pee standing up after midnight because it may disturb people. 1- why the walls are so thin? 2- who and what kind of people get up and listen others' bowel movement in the middle of the night?
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Old 30.08.2007, 18:21
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Why is it when you work for a Swiss company in Switzerland surrounded by Swiss workers, whenever anything goes wrong everybody blames everyone else for the mistake? If you are a foreigner/newcomer you have not got a chance!
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Old 30.08.2007, 18:42
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It was you. A guy from your office just phoned and pointed out that his part of the project was completed on time and you were the cause of all the holdups, not to mention global warming , and depletion of the rain forests.

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Why is it when you work for a Swiss company in Switzerland surrounded by Swiss workers, whenever anything goes wrong everybody blames everyone else for the mistake? If you are a foreigner/newcomer you have not got a chance!
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Old 30.08.2007, 18:56
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No! No! It wasn't me! It was that new Brit -so -called expert- that they have brought in.
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Old 30.08.2007, 21:12
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Well I have not seen photos here other than the icons. Sorry about your work finishing in JP and sorry for not taking the world trip.
well, it's just gonna be an all-around-asia-and-australia trip, without europe...i'll suffer quietly

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No wonder GVA is boring. They do not even want to hear doorbell...

But if you end up coming here do let me know, we get together for a drink. I may even invite you to my place for real
wow, it really must be boring if you're already inviting random dudes over the internet. the picture of my loo really must have impressed some people around here

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Another strange thing I have learned. There are buildings in GVA strictly managed. For example, you cannot flush toilet after 11.00 in some buildings. Not only that you cannot pee standing up after midnight because it may disturb people. 1- why the walls are so thin? 2- who and what kind of people get up and listen others' bowel movement in the middle of the night?
hmm..all valid questions to which i do not know the answer.

meditate. ponder about the meaning of it all. maybe it'll come to you.

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Why is it when you work for a Swiss company in Switzerland surrounded by Swiss workers, whenever anything goes wrong everybody blames everyone else for the mistake? If you are a foreigner/newcomer you have not got a chance!
sorry to hear that! it's always the foreigner's fault, though, no matter where you are.

have you worked in other countries where that wasn't the case? i haven't. it's always easy to blame on other people, however similar they might be to 'us'. just do your best, work hard and make them realize you're worth their trust, as you would anywhere else.

ok, off to bed
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Dear Mr. Swiss,

The Limmat swim last week reminded me of this one:

Do you know of a case where someones heart stopped when they jumped into cold water without a shower?

I can understand showering before jumping into a public pool, despite the bleach, for hygienic reasons. But, a River? Sorry but I grew up swimming in the North Atlantic where, even in the summer, the temp is 16-17 C and not a shower to be found. I had never heard this one before I came here, but it seems to be quite ingrained.

Needless to say I survived the 21C Limmat without the shower.

Thanks
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Old 31.08.2007, 05:09
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

It is well and completely ingrained, about as much as 'don't take candy from a stranger'. There used to be ads on TV when I was a kid that warned of the dangers of Jumping in murky
  • unknown waters (might hit something..)
  • cold water after sunbathing, as there might might some kind of shock.
Those adds never explained what kind of shock it would be but somehow we all 'know' that we'd get a heart attack if we didn't take a shower beforehand. The Limmat is probably one of Switzerland's warmest rivers...go just a little up into the mountains and the water temperatures never go above 20˚C. Maybe that's why...

As for known cases of heat attacks...can't help you there, mate, sorry
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Old 31.08.2007, 12:17
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well, it's just gonna be an all-around-asia-and-australia trip, without europe...i'll suffer quietly
Well have a safe trip.

As for invitation, well as I said I will give you the address, when you come over, you just ring the bell upon arrival.

GVA can be boring but I think with all these issues I can meditate, I will not have time to be bored. If something goes wrong, it will be all your fault.
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Old 31.08.2007, 17:22
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Well have a safe trip.
merci!

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woOt?
what did i do???
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Old 31.08.2007, 18:41
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Nothing... yet.... it was to reference to the Swiss blaming others... the earlier discussion/question...

By the way it seems like you can insert pictures but with url. not from file I guess. or at least put a link to a picture. Let me if I canwork it out. I will send you the picture of a outside apartment building with no doorbells, buzzers, etc. Since you are not coming to GVA we should provide you with most up to date info.

By the way, it is weekend again Friday nite, must be almost midnight there in JP. And once again you are in front of computer? Go to Roppongi or something...

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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Please help me how can i find a boy from switzerland if i know just his name.
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Old 04.09.2007, 20:48
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Please help me how can i find a boy from switzerland if i know just his name.
Find a boy?
Usually people travel further east where it's not illegal...
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Please help me how can i find a boy from switzerland if i know just his name.
His name wouldn't be Truthseeker would it?
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His name wouldn't be Truthseeker would it?
or Gumby ... does he come from Basel ?
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

what are you after? a phone number? try this site
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

As long as the Limmat is below 37°C there will be showers! I've searched for the swimming rules poster, do you remember it, Gautsch?
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

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Please help me how can i find a boy from switzerland if i know just his name.
It's not Hans is it? If so I think I know him...
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As long as the Limmat is below 37°C there will be showers! I've searched for the swimming rules poster, do you remember it, Gautsch?
The first one there clearly shows the sun: "Springe nie erhitzt ins Wasser! - Dein Körper braucht Anpasszeit" (Don't jump in the water when you are feeling hot - your body needs time to acclimatize).

I was definitely taught that in the UK, although it probably came from a school teacher during swimming lessons. I don't remember anything like that as a TV advert.

But showers weren't mentioned. The advice was to lower yourself into the water slowly.

It's to do with shock, as when sunbathing your body is trying to get rid of heat and all your pores are open. Jumping into cold water is asking your body to reverse that process much too quickly.

Same thing with alcohol (bottom left hand side of the above image), as that opens your pores too. This is why it isn't a good idea to drink alcohol when hiking up a mountain - you can quickly get exposure that way.
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