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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

Oh there are quite a few here and there

Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it.

For country music, why not look up "line dancing" there are quite a few clubs that get together. Country music, and big 10 gallon cowboy hats are quite the thing
Seriously though, I've heard they're good fun.
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

Actually i love this song. All time classic :-)

@ Sky: Thanks, i know some... But mostly Swiss People, thats good also, but i already know so many swiss... Want to get in touch with some US people...

Thanks guys :-)
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

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I'm sorry, but I genuinely do not understand the point you are trying to make here.
You clearly stated that one should only comment on politics in a country when you have the right to vote in that country.

The point I am making is that I do not agree with your statement & I feel empowered to comment on politics in any country whether or not I have the right to vote in that country

Is this clear now or should I try to explain in words that have not more than 2 syllables?
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(I know that there are Americans here in Switzerland that escaped from the US because they hate it, so i need to make sure that i don't want to meet these kind of people).
I know, really I do, that you mean well. But asking for Americans to bask in one shade of Americanism will likely not work-out as you intend...especially with the folks on this forum. You used trigger words like "redneck" and "neocon" which will often provoke a rabid response either for or against the lifestyle/belief system, hence the accusation of you perhaps being a troll.

There are various American clubs in Switzerland, political associations, or perhaps the universities or university exchange programs have groups you could attend. Or maybe you could create your own meet at a bar (advertised on this site), and see if anyone shows up.

Good luck, and remember: America is more diverse and complicated than inadequate news reports portray.
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

waiiiiiit a minute.....
Many of us didn't come to Switzerland because we didn't like it someplace else. Many came as expats, or children of expats, or because they had an opportunity to explore, travel, discover the world and they they simply fell in love with the country.

It is completely possible to love both.
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Is this clear now or should I try to explain in words that have not more than 2 syllables?
Actually, it isn't very clear at all. I don't see how your argument has any relevance whatsoever to the point I made to the OP who wishes to meet (and presumably befriend) Americans in Zurich.

But so be it. You have your views on this matter, and I have mine. The OP can make his own mind up.
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Just took the chance to get to know some american people through this forum, 'cause its kinda hard to filter them out in bars and other locations here in Switzerland :-)
I find it quite easy to spot them...maybe you should hang out with more Americans.
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

You want to find a redneck American in Switzerland?! Dude, good luck because all the f--king rednecks I grew up with are right about where I left them...How/why in the world would a genuine redneck find themselves here? A genuine redneck representing that oh so charming slice of America you seek to connect with is likely going to be pissed off with Europe and isn't about to get on an airplane to f--king mingle with you stuck up...

You'd love my hometown.

Well, anyhow, you get the point. Good luck to you!
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

I cannot spot any redneck except those burnt from sun who didn't use sunscreen properly. What is redneck anyway???

Americans in Switzerland are like any other members of society, they attend exchange student programs, hide in offices and participate in the corporate meetings. They are also audible enough to spot the distinct accent.

Mind you, they are difficult to spot on weekends after sunrise because come weekend they flock at the airports to pay visits to other usually neighbouring countries in effort to spend their time on sightseeing voyages.

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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

About that Redneck thang... If I've learned anything having married into a dyed-in-the-wool Redneck family, it's that:

If you were born to it, you may use the term with pride.

Coming from anyone else... them's fightin' words.



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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

I think you have been around here long enough to know that DB hardly has a negative attitude. In fact, he seems to come to the defense of many cultures/individuals that care to express unpopular opinions.

And the OP is just looking to meet some like minded people, who happen to be American. Why would that even warrant a response from you if you have nothing to contribute to the discussion of what the OP is asking for?

Do you not see a bit of irony in your own statement?

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oh dear, what a very negative attitude.
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Funny :-)

The only thing i want is to meet american people here in Switzerland and after only 15 minutes i have to defense myself against political statements and actions... WTF? :-)

1. I understand the term "redneck" as it is today, of course not with ANY! racist background. Just more tradtional in a sense of traditions and values, patriotic, sometimes maybe a bit backwoods.... But all in normal doses. Im not a dirty, toothless guy hanging in the woods... I just love country-music, waving US-Flags, i appreciate the work the US Army does (of course most of you don't i got that, but everyone has his own opinion!).

2. What is sooo wrong when i just want to know people that think kind of the way i do? I also now democrats, i know swiss left wing politicians and right wing politicians... so what? Everybody has his own opinion, and in Switzerland it doesn't matter that much anyway, because in the end we meet each other always in the middle...

3. I don't want to end this thread up as a political discussion. The goal was very unpolitical, just to meet Americans that also love Country-Music and America. (I know that there are Americans here in Switzerland that escaped from the US because they hate it, so i need to make sure that i don't want to meet these kind of people).

Thanks...
You're probably not going to find many redneck types in Switzerland. My parents were both from the south and from where they came from could have been rednecks, but weren't. Although my father is quite comfortable around them

I'm not sure you quite understand what a redneck really is, in the way the term is used in the States. It isn't exactly flattering. And, unfortunately, the stereotypical redneck doesn't really travel very much, much less live outside of the US.

You'll also find that the majority (but certainly not all!) Americans living overseas are not typical Americans, and probably don't fit your ideal, or hold conservative political views.

Be warned, a very large portion of the country can't stand country music (although a good Johnny Cash or Patsy Cline song is always worth a listen)

Take a look around and see if anyone is having a 4th of July party from EF. That would give you a chance to meet some Americans celebrating the most American of holidays (aside from Thanksgiving, of course).
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You'll also find that the majority (but certainly not all!) Americans living overseas are not typical Americans, and probably don't fit your ideal, or hold conservative political views.
... and those that do might not be so keen on sharing them with a foreigner, no matter how enthusiastic he might seem.

I'm a conservative Englishman, but you will never see me waving the Union Flag in public, nor will you ever see me humouring a foreigner who thinks the Conservative Party are the bees' knees. That's my business - and the business of my compatriots - and no concern of any foreigner, no matter how enthusiastic.

I should imagine many conservative Americans - redneck or not - feel the same way.

In the words of a very wise man I met in the Conservative Club and the Liberal Club of Sileby, Leicestershire: "There ain't no politics in drinkin'".

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... and those that do might not be so keen on sharing them with a foreigner, no matter how enthusiastic he might seem.

I'm a conservative Englishman, but you will never see me waving the Union Flag in public, nor will you ever see me humouring a foreigner who thinks the Conservative Party are the bees' knees. That's my business - and the business of my compatriots - and no concern of any foreigner, no matter how enthusiastic.

I should imagine many conservative Americans - redneck or not - feel the same way.

In the words of a very wise man I met in the Conservative Club and the Liberal Club of Sileby, Leicestershire: "There ain't no politics in drinkin'".

Hey, it is the business of us foreigners living where the Union flag is the country's flag

Actually, I would say many Americans - redneck or not- feel the say way, regardless of their politics.
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

my fiance is half American from cali and spend her teen years there. I spend my uni years there (5) in MN.

we are thinking about moving back just because of the american spirit which you only get to experience once you lived there.

guess we live a bit far away for you tho
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

I'm a little sceptical that anyone who is really so enthusiastic about another culture truly understands it. It's like the Europeans who go on holiday to Africa when all most of them want is to come to Europe. The grass is always greener.
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I'm a little sceptical that anyone who is really so enthusiastic about another culture truly understands it. It's like the Europeans who go on holiday to Africa when all most of them want is to come to Europe. The grass is always greener.
I can kind of get it when it comes to the US. American culture is all over TV, films, McDonalds, etc. It becomes larger than itself, larger than life really. And what's out there is, of course, not realistic.
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I'm a little sceptical that anyone who is really so enthusiastic about another culture truly understands it.
So very, very true.

I remember when I first returned to England from Greece as a full-on, dyed-in-the-wool philhellene. I'd spent three years living, drinking, breathing Greek culture, and I knew all there was to know about Greeks - and, more importantly, Turks.

Of course, most of it was bollocks. What did I know? I'd spent three years hanging round Greek nationalists who'd found a ready and eager audience for their bizarre historical theories and conspiratorial whispers. They were top blokes - they were my friends, after all - but that didn't mean that what they said was actually true.

Several years of reading - wide reading, from a variety of sources, Greek, Turkish, British, Armenian and Albanian (to name but a few) alike - put me right, but if you'd spoken to me in 1996, I'd have come across as a sparkly-eyed, terribly-naive advocate of the re-establishment of the Byzantine Empire.

Oh! The folly of youth!

Beware of taking on the politics of the people you love: you are at great risk of becoming, to put it bluntly, a useful idiot.

It isn't your business. It isn't your place. Eat up, sup up and shut up - and keep your ears and your heart open.

You'll be amazed to see where you end up.
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I can kind of get it when it comes to the US. American culture is all over TV, films, McDonalds, etc. It becomes larger than itself, larger than life really. And what's out there is, of course, not realistic.
Exactly. I'm pretty confident the folks in tin shacks, starving in Appalachia would rather be pretty much anywhere else but there. Going on holiday somewhere, even regularly, isn't the same as getting up in the morning, going to work in the local economy, sending your kids to local schools etc. Line dancing is great, but it ain't Texas (somebody from Houston said that to me once, I thought it was cool)
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Re: Where are the Americans in Switzerland?

I have to say, I don't get the EF mentality sometimes. Most of the responses here are telling the OP he is wrong or questioning why he would want to meet a certain type of person.

Whether asking about brown sugar, free beer, or where to meet a certain type of person... more than half of the responses to simple questions seem to focus on why the OP would ever want what he/she wants...

Seems there is an active brigade of posters, with their fingers hovering over their keyboards, who can't wait to assail the latest newby...

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PS - Once a year, I make my plea to back off on newbies and help lead them to the "promised land" of EF enlightenment... that place where you wake up one day and understand ALL of the unspoken rules of the EF. And especially, how to not let that group of frequent posters intimidate you with their "oh so witty" banter...

Oh well, since I no longer live in Der Schweiz, I guess I shouldn't let it bother me anymore. I will just fade away slowly and let things evolve as they will.
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