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Near Bern since 1989, hi returned.

Are you coming to our dinner this January 17th? It's usually on the 2nd Tuesday, check out the Events, Social events.....
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Tell me about Bern!

I hear it is a city of many marvels.
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You're a country boy, it will take far to long to exude the richness of the capital.

In short, it's far better, and with much nicer people, than Zurich.
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Oh and one of the wonders of Bern we love to see, is the heavy traffic on Friday evening, leaving on the road towards Zurich.
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Are you coming to our dinner this January 17th? It's usually on the 2nd Tuesday, check out the Events, Social events.....
http://www.englishforum.ch/calendar....=2017-1-17&c=1
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Near Bern since 1989, hi returned.

Are you coming to our dinner this January 17th? It's usually on the 2nd Tuesday, check out the Events, Social events.....
Guess it depends on whether they're here for anything other than to buy/sell stuff.

http://www.englishforum.ch/trash-dup...ml#post2714815

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Dear OP: I am still thirsty for knowledge of this great metropolis which is called Bern.

There are nine areas of particular interest for me, each of which surely deserves a detailed post of its own:

1) The buildings: I hear that there are many fine buildings in the city of Bern, some of which amount to two or more storeys high. Are these rumours true?

2) The public transit vehicles: travellers have told tales of long carts which travel by the elemental power of the earth - without horses or oxen! Please to tell me more of this eerie means of transport.

3) The seat of the Federal Government: it is rare that a country boy such as I must have dealings with the mandarins and panjandrums of Bern, but it is well to know how to recognise one should I ever stumble upon it. Do they look like us? Do they think and feel like us?

4) The bear pit: I hear tell of a hole in the ground infested with many bears, all of which remain unshaven! Surely this must be a myth?

5) The river: I am led to believe that through the town runs a fine river, the far side of which may not be perceived without the aid of powerful lenses, greater, so it is said, than the broad and mighty Nile. Is it?

6) The sky: I have heard that the sky over Bern has special qualities, the details of which my informant was reluctant to share unless I let him forage for mushrooms in my garden, which I refused, thus condemning me to perpetual ignorance on this subject. Perhaps you can bring me enlightenment?

7) The mighty eagle: this was also mentioned by my aforementioned informant, with terror in his eyes. I understand not what his problem was.

8) The trails, man, the trails: see items 6 and 7.

9) The railway station: it is said that one may travel from the railway station to the furthest corners of the confederation all by wheels!—whiz! whiz! all by steam! Can you confirm this?

Please, OP, if you could find the time to address these 9 important questions, I am sure it would be worth your while.

Yours in anticipation,

DB
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There is the well known shop that sells woodworking power tools - Berner Sanders.
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Re: bern

I can at least provide some information about the Bear Pit in Bern which has, in the last years, undergone a remarkable but discrete transformation, shaped mainly by certain EU regulations governing the collection and disposal of bear cot from enclosures or cages which are open to the public on two or more consecutive Sundays in a month.
Switzerland is, of course, not in the EU but strives for compatibility with such regulations for reasons of market access etc.
Anyway, due to the onerous reporting requirements of the "Bear Cot rule", and in furtherance of a particular Swiss Arbeitslosenbeschäftigungsprogramm (job creation scheme) it was decided to relocate the bears to Bulgaria and replace them here with unemployed actors supplied with nylon bear costumes.
In order not to degrade the value of the Bear Pit as a tourist attraction, it was decided not to publish details of these changes too widely. However, this has lead to some strange sightings by tourists, including reports of bears being seen drinking from beer cans. Some photographs have even been produced to support this unusual behaviour.
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When we went to Bern earlier this week the bears were hibernating. So most definitely in their cots.

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I can at least provide some information about the Bear Pit in Bern which has, in the last years, undergone a remarkable but discrete transformation, shaped mainly by certain EU regulations governing the collection and disposal of bear cot from enclosures or cages which are open to the public on two or more consecutive Sundays in a month.
Switzerland is, of course, not in the EU but strives for compatibility with such regulations for reasons of market access etc.
Anyway, due to the onerous reporting requirements of the "Bear Cot rule", and in furtherance of a particular Swiss Arbeitslosenbeschäftigungsprogramm (job creation scheme) it was decided to relocate the bears to Bulgaria and replace them here with unemployed actors supplied with nylon bear costumes.
In order not to degrade the value of the Bear Pit as a tourist attraction, it was decided not to publish details of these changes too widely. However, this has lead to some strange sightings by tourists, including reports of bears being seen drinking from beer cans. Some photographs have even been produced to support this unusual behaviour.
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When we went to Bern earlier this week the bears were hibernating. So most definitely in their cots.
Ah yes. I used a family-friendly anglisisation of the German Kot. Thank you for pointing it out.
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Dear OP: I am still thirsty for knowledge of this great metropolis which is called Bern.

There are nine areas of particular interest for me, each of which surely deserves a detailed post of its own:

1) The buildings: I hear that there are many fine buildings in the city of Bern, some of which amount to two or more storeys high. Are these rumours true?

2) The public transit vehicles: travellers have told tales of long carts which travel by the elemental power of the earth - without horses or oxen! Please to tell me more of this eerie means of transport.

3) The seat of the Federal Government: it is rare that a country boy such as I must have dealings with the mandarins and panjandrums of Bern, but it is well to know how to recognise one should I ever stumble upon it. Do they look like us? Do they think and feel like us?

4) The bear pit: I hear tell of a hole in the ground infested with many bears, all of which remain unshaven! Surely this must be a myth?

5) The river: I am led to believe that through the town runs a fine river, the far side of which may not be perceived without the aid of powerful lenses, greater, so it is said, than the broad and mighty Nile. Is it?

6) The sky: I have heard that the sky over Bern has special qualities, the details of which my informant was reluctant to share unless I let him forage for mushrooms in my garden, which I refused, thus condemning me to perpetual ignorance on this subject. Perhaps you can bring me enlightenment?

7) The mighty eagle: this was also mentioned by my aforementioned informant, with terror in his eyes. I understand not what his problem was.

8) The trails, man, the trails: see items 6 and 7.

9) The railway station: it is said that one may travel from the railway station to the furthest corners of the confederation all by wheels!—whiz! whiz! all by steam! Can you confirm this?

Please, OP, if you could find the time to address these 9 important questions, I am sure it would be worth your while.

Yours in anticipation,

DB
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When we went to Bern earlier this week the bears were hibernating. So most definitely in their cots.
I last went to Bern in April and got to the bears just as a primary school trip arrived. The bears put on quite a pronographic performance which flustered the teachers.
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Hello everyone,

I am new to Bern. Could anyone suggest any German classes for beginners?

Thanks
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So many questions...
1) yes... mostly true. But there are so tall ones, both offices and residential.
2) dunno
3) dunno
4) the bears are awesome. and they improved their pit/
5) the river is a central part of Bern. rumor has it... it eats foreigners.
6) !
7) !
8) great nature trials
9) steam?!?


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Dear OP: I am still thirsty for knowledge of this great metropolis which is called Bern.

There are nine areas of particular interest for me, each of which surely deserves a detailed post of its own:

1) The buildings: I hear that there are many fine buildings in the city of Bern, some of which amount to two or more storeys high. Are these rumours true?

2) The public transit vehicles: travellers have told tales of long carts which travel by the elemental power of the earth - without horses or oxen! Please to tell me more of this eerie means of transport.

3) The seat of the Federal Government: it is rare that a country boy such as I must have dealings with the mandarins and panjandrums of Bern, but it is well to know how to recognise one should I ever stumble upon it. Do they look like us? Do they think and feel like us?

4) The bear pit: I hear tell of a hole in the ground infested with many bears, all of which remain unshaven! Surely this must be a myth?

5) The river: I am led to believe that through the town runs a fine river, the far side of which may not be perceived without the aid of powerful lenses, greater, so it is said, than the broad and mighty Nile. Is it?

6) The sky: I have heard that the sky over Bern has special qualities, the details of which my informant was reluctant to share unless I let him forage for mushrooms in my garden, which I refused, thus condemning me to perpetual ignorance on this subject. Perhaps you can bring me enlightenment?

7) The mighty eagle: this was also mentioned by my aforementioned informant, with terror in his eyes. I understand not what his problem was.

8) The trails, man, the trails: see items 6 and 7.

9) The railway station: it is said that one may travel from the railway station to the furthest corners of the confederation all by wheels!—whiz! whiz! all by steam! Can you confirm this?

Please, OP, if you could find the time to address these 9 important questions, I am sure it would be worth your while.

Yours in anticipation,

DB
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simuyamkono, "GL," the location of Dougal's Breakfast (a.k.a. DB) stands for the Canton of Glarus, where to this day dinner usually consists of roadkill.

You might want to ask him if it is true that Glarus celebrated "250 Years of Human Bipedalism in All Our Valleys" just a few years ago.
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