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Re: The sport of staring.....

We were in rural Italy last week and went to the local Fete- we were the only foreigners, and guess what = they stared and stared as soon as we opened our mouths. And this week-end we went to a local school Fete just over the border in (rural) France. Only foreigners again, and again, we were stared at profusely. We didn't mind- as we realise it is quite normal. People in Yorkshire, Devon and other parts of rural UK also stared whenever we went with my parents or other visitors from Europe. It's normal when people are not used to meeting foreigners- here in rural CH- or wherever! This is defo not just a Swiss thing.
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Old 14.06.2011, 18:06
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We were in rural Italy last week and went to the local Fete- we were the only foreigners, and guess what = they stared and stared as soon as we opened our mouths. And this week-end we went to a local school Fete just over the border in (rural) France. Only foreigners again, and again, we were stared at profusely. We didn't mind- as we realise it is quite normal. People in Yorkshire, Devon and other parts of rural UK also stared whenever we went with my parents or other visitors from Europe. It's normal when people are not used to meeting foreigners- here in rural CH- or wherever! This is defo not just a Swiss thing.

Whereas the Cornish will grin at you till you hand over your cash.
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Old 14.06.2011, 18:16
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Re: The sport of staring.....

LOL no- we stayed in a little place called Grumbla years back with my (Swiss) parents, and guess what - they just ..... stared and the kids called my dad 'father Christmas' - lol.
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Old 14.06.2011, 18:24
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Re: The sport of staring.....

People stare here too. The difference is when you look at them, they look away.

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Old 14.06.2011, 18:26
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Re: The sport of staring.....

My attempt at trying to stare more in order to integrate into Swiss culture was thwarted as I was told off by a woman




...maybe I should practice this Swiss custom in another place besides the sauna
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Old 14.06.2011, 18:54
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...maybe I should practice this Swiss custom in another place besides the sauna
Methinks you have to work on your peripheral vision.
Lucky for "us", that women are reportedly better at this than men...

(men apparently have better "depth-of-field" vision - those hunters -ugg ugg!)
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Old 14.06.2011, 19:14
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Whereas the Cornish will grin at you till you hand over your cash.
And then what happens?
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Methinks you have to work on your peripheral vision.
Lucky for "us", that women are reportedly better at this than men...

(men apparently have better "depth-of-field" vision - those hunters -ugg ugg!)
My friend (female) was amazed that peripheral vision even exists.. seriously! Now she's constantly testing me, showing her tongue when I'm next to her to test me, or similarly silly things.. only to realize that others are staring at her a moment later.
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Old 15.06.2011, 10:11
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My friend (female) was amazed that peripheral vision even exists.. seriously! Now she's constantly testing me, showing her tongue when I'm next to her to test me, or similarly silly things.. only to realize that others are staring at her a moment later.
Atleast she is just showing her tongue...

Imagine the stares if it was something else!
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I feel it's only staring when the other person is aware you're looking at him/her and looks back. Otherwise, it's just people-watching. But then again I'm Swiss..
Ha! Now I know the difference!
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Old 21.06.2011, 23:20
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Ha! Now I know the difference!
What would the boulevard cafés be for if there was no "people watching going on
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Old 28.06.2011, 09:42
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Re: The sport of staring.....

So today I am wearing a little cleveage cause it is so damn hot, get on the tram and this guys keeps staring, my face, my boob, my face, my ... and so on and so forth...I try to ignore him but it is so annoying...so I look up at him and say in a loud voice "staring is not polite", he got off the tram...I am not "feeling the love" for CH lately...bah
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Old 28.06.2011, 09:50
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So today I am wearing a little cleveage cause it is so damn hot, get on the tram and this guys keeps staring, my face, my boob, my face, my ... and so on and so forth...I try to ignore him but it is so annoying...so I look up at him and say in a loud voice "staring is not polite", he got off the tram...I am not "feeling the love" for CH lately...bah
I don't think that is exclusively a Swiss thing. Most chaps will chance a peek at a lovely lady first thing in the morning.
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I don't think that is exclusively a Swiss thing. Most chaps will chance a peek at a lovely lady first thing in the morning.
LOL OK fair enough...I am still mad at CH...long story
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I thought it was just me. I have actually adopted the sidewalk strategy of not making any eye contact at all, and even looking away. Perversely, this seems to bring about fewer collisions than normal attentive behavior. Wish it worked with riding my bike downtown. That has felt like one big game of Frogger for five years.
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I'm having a bit of an issue at work, there's an entire group of people who stare at me (they're always in the coffee shop, I'm at a loss to know when they get their work done). I've spoken to one of them briefly once about 6 months ago on something work related.

I'm not amazingly good looking, or amazingly ugly. I'm on the large side compared to the swiss, but full on staring day in day out by the entire group seems a little excessive for it to just be that.

A friend (also from the UK) noticed it and commented when she visited the office (on a work trip). I go out of my way not not to make eye contact, and I try to change the times I go for coffee. To be honest its really starting to get to me.

Its pointless really guessing why (and I'm highly unlikely to ask them or take any kind of action) but I was wondering if anyone else has the same experience at their work???
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Old 11.04.2012, 14:58
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Its pointless really guessing why (and I'm highly unlikely to ask them or take any kind of action) but I was wondering if anyone else has the same experience at their work???
Not really helpful, but maybe you should start to hand out autograph cards to your.. fans. This way there's no need for them to wait for you in the cafeteria every day
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I'm having a bit of an issue at work, there's an entire group of people who stare at me (they're always in the coffee shop, I'm at a loss to know when they get their work done). I've spoken to one of them briefly once about 6 months ago on something work related.

I'm not amazingly good looking, or amazingly ugly. I'm on the large side compared to the swiss, but full on staring day in day out by the entire group seems a little excessive for it to just be that.

A friend (also from the UK) noticed it and commented when she visited the office (on a work trip). I go out of my way not not to make eye contact, and I try to change the times I go for coffee. To be honest its really starting to get to me.

Its pointless really guessing why (and I'm highly unlikely to ask them or take any kind of action) but I was wondering if anyone else has the same experience at their work???
Why? I would certainly want to know and I would ask.
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Old 11.04.2012, 15:02
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Not really helpful, but maybe you should start to hand out signed pictures to your.. fans. This way there's no need for them to wait for you in the cafeteria every day
Haha could be a good plan.
I've been toying with the idea of winking at them and licking my lips or drawing a moustach on my finger ala Amy Farrah Fowler in the big bang theory and flashing it at them.

So far I've chickened out.

So I take it this is not normal swiss work behaviour?

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Why? I would certainly want to know and I would ask.
Mainly because I'm a wuss! Walking up to 6 or so people and asking wtf at work is a little intimidating. I figured to try and ignore it. I just wondered if it was a culture thing so I could stop worrying. Seems not though.
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Old 11.04.2012, 15:07
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I'm having a bit of an issue at work, there's an entire group of people who stare at me
Stare back, and then grin.

Watch and learn .


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