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Old 16.05.2014, 08:46
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To be perfectly honest I really don't see what's quite so difficult..... If you lot just spent a little more time simply looking around when doing your shopping you might find what you're looking for, without needing to ask.
And drinking straws, really, are they that important in your lives?
I did spend time looking around the big Migros in Metallica (or whatever that shopping centre is called, I keep thinking of Metallica ) they were not with the paper plates etc in the end I did ask and was told they do not sell them! I found these in the small coop in Zug train station, they have a small party bit at the back near the freezer and lo and behold!

They are a necessity in my life! See the British thread
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There's some cute paper ones on amazon...
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I did spend time looking around the big Migros in Metallica (or whatever that shopping centre is called, I keep thinking of Metallica ) they were not with the paper plates etc in the end I did ask and was told they do not sell them! I found these in the small coop in Zug train station, they have a small party bit at the back near the freezer and lo and behold!



They are a necessity in my life! See the British thread

Kudos to you for having the courage to ask. They probably just didn't understand you. You'll eventually give up and just ask in English. My German is quite good (B2 level) but even after quite some years in CH, I can't say the Swiss word for straw well enough to be understood. I've had days where no one understands me, for several questions. My wife tells me I'm speaking too much of a mix between high German and Swiss German. Oh joy....Willkommen in der Schweiz.

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Re: Drinking straws

Using drinking straws only leads to those silly looking pursed lips.
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Old 16.05.2014, 10:03
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I did spend time looking around the big Migros in Metallica (or whatever that shopping centre is called, I keep thinking of Metallica )
Metallica, love it. The story of the Metalli.

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Move the cart/ trolley then.
Seriously, it's all part of living abroad....and also part of the foreign shopping experience!
Come on. How should you know you have do move the cart when you do not know that it is behind the cart? For example, do you not in what weird section of Coop you will find cheese cloth (étamine)?

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The guy working there didn't know "Röhrli", so I asked for "Strohhalme", he understood that. :-)
Hope you gave him the full run down for not knowing Swiss German. Bloody foreigner.
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Old 16.05.2014, 10:23
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Kudos to you for having the courage to ask. They probably just didn't understand you. You'll eventually give up and just ask in English. My German is quite good (B2 level) but even after quite some years in CH, I can't say the Swiss word for straw well enough to be understood. I've had days where no one understands me, for several questions. My wife tells me I'm speaking too much of a mix between high German and Swiss German. Oh joy....Willkommen in der Schweiz.

Dan
It was on my second day, and I had no clue what the word for straws was, I'd expected to be able to find them beside the paper plates and party stuff so hadn't looked it up asked a man stacking bottles if he spoke English and he found a lady who did, although she didn't know the word straw. I picked up a packet of kids' orange cartons with straws in and pointed to the straws which are taped on and said "just these?" she found me some more packs of kids' juice cartons, so I apologised and showed her again and ran my finger up and down one of the straws. I saw her expression as she realised what I'd meant and straight away she told me the store didn't have any! I'd gone into coop armed with the words "röhrli" and "trinkhalme" from here but I didn't end up needing to ask as I found them straight away (y)

How is "röhrli" pronounced btw? Does it have 2 syllables or 3? My guess would be "ruurrlee"?! (I'll be moving again soon so may need to be ready with this question!)
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Move the cart/ trolley then.
Seriously, it's all part of living abroad....and also part of the foreign shopping experience!
Most things are there, just not necessarily in the spot you think they should be, and if you can't find them then you'd be surprised how easy it is to manage without.
Foreign shopping experience? That's too funny! I'm Swiss and have lived near that Coop nearly since my birth. I just never needed straws from there before. Besides, I don't see what the big deal is about asking them for help if I can't find something. Sure beats wandering around the store aimlessly...
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Metallica, love it. The story of the Metalli.


Come on. How should you know you have do move the cart when you do not know that it is behind the cart? For example, do you not in what weird section of Coop you will find cheese cloth (étamine)?

Hope you gave him the full run down for not knowing Swiss German. Bloody foreigner.
I often have to move trolleys that are blocking access to sections of shelving in shops...... the wretched things always know exactly when to park themselves in front of what I'm looking for!

Etamine (in my Migros anyway) is found in with the cleaning products. Although they also sell nicely finished squares in the baby care section.

@ Pixie B, I'm also a so-called Brit, I can't remember the last time I felt the need to use a straw.
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Old 16.05.2014, 10:45
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I can't wait for someone to ask where to find the thicker McD thick shake type straws.
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Old 19.05.2014, 09:16
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@ Pixie B, I'm also a so-called Brit, I can't remember the last time I felt the need to use a straw.
Sorry that's not what I meant! I'd posted on that thread about why I personally use straws... I'm kind of unusual for it and I have had the piss taken out of me but I don't care! I use them to drink coffee.... and I consider them to be one of my life essentials
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Old 19.05.2014, 10:29
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Sorry that's not what I meant! I'd posted on that thread about why I personally use straws... I'm kind of unusual for it and I have had the piss taken out of me but I don't care! I use them to drink coffee.... and I consider them to be one of my life essentials
If all else fails, check the section where the kids party supplies are - which is not necessarily in every Coop / Migros. There will be only a few straws (and expensive compared to a normal packet) but may be enough to tide you over until you can find a more appropriately sized pack.

I'd also hang onto ONE straw (maybe snag an extra one from McDonalds or Starbucks) to keep with you in case words fail, and ask "Ich suche vor erpeis wie das" (I'm looking for something like this, pronounced something like "sookh for erpeees vie daas", at least here in Basel )... sooo likely to be improper, but gets the message across.

Meanwhile, going back to the expensive party supplies stuff, my sis-in-law had some for nephew's birthday a few days ago, and they were made out of paper. Perhaps, despite the expense, if you can find paper ones they'd be better (less hot on the lips) for drinking coffee?
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I did spend time looking around the big Migros in Metallica (or whatever that shopping centre is called, I keep thinking of Metallica ) they were not with the paper plates etc in the end I did ask and was told they do not sell them! I found these in the small coop in Zug train station, they have a small party bit at the back near the freezer and lo and behold!

They are a necessity in my life! See the British thread


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Re: Drinking straws

Just to resurrect this thread, any tips on where one can find fat straws in Zurich? You know, like the ones you get with bubble tea?
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Just to resurrect this thread, any tips on where one can find fat straws in Zurich? You know, like the ones you get with bubble tea?
Perhaps at Franz Carl Weber - across from the main train station.
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