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Old 07.10.2012, 16:45
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Re: Everything just works in CH

I think how you define "things" is pretty key. Mechanically things work great. Environmentally things work great. Socially...well, no, not so great in my experience.

That said, nowhere is perfect.
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Old 07.10.2012, 21:24
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Trams connect smaller stations, they get you to your final destination. For longer sections there exists other means of transport... for instance, why doing Wollishofen-HB by tram when it takes only 10min by train.
Because there is no train between TramendstationWollishofen and HB. First to commute to Wollishofen-train-station and then wait for a connection takes a quarter-hour. This is not unique but a problem of many train station. The Wollishofen train station is where the centre of the quarter was in about 1870, roughly 140 years ago



this photo-shot gives a view onto the old centre of the quarter, while the train station is far to the right and the modern past-1940 centre to the left

reminds me of our neighbour since 1950

who knew/knows everything about us but never complained and never talked about us anywhere , Erika Ritter, the dream of a nice neighbour. The lady, born in 1928, nicely enough is still alive and still going strong !
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Re: Everything just works in CH

I have a love-hate relationship with Switzerland, but this is one of the things I love.

The public transport here is absolutely amazing. Trains leave right on the minute every time.

In Australia trains and buses are just about always late, and sometimes don't even turn up. Forget about connecting services, chances are one of them will be late and it never works out. Also once you get outside the capital cities, public transport is pretty much non-existent.

I really love the fact that you can survive here without a car. In Australia a car is a necessity.
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Old 12.10.2012, 22:40
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I have a love-hate relationship with Switzerland, but this is one of the things I love.

The public transport here is absolutely amazing. Trains leave right on the minute every time.

In Australia trains and buses are just about always late, and sometimes don't even turn up. Forget about connecting services, chances are one of them will be late and it never works out. Also once you get outside the capital cities, public transport is pretty much non-existent.

I really love the fact that you can survive here without a car. In Australia a car is a necessity.
In case of Australia, I think that the distances are even enormous in the Adelaide-to-Brisbane "channel" and may be underestimated by European specialits or new immigrants. I still only too well remember my first visit to the USA when I chronically underestimated the distances and most of all in Texas very often was in constant delay (but no problem in NY/NJ and in CHicago, where I was punctual all the time). I also well remember my talk with my "chief-doctor" Dr.med.Eiken, some two weeks after cancer surgery. He asked me about my holiday plans, and then advised how to do my driving in France and how to overcome my predicament. I had a schedule of Zürich-Paris-Dinard-Jersey-Bournemouth-London-Dover-Ostend-Zürich and after having crossed France when over in Britain felt that England was a country with short distances.

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I have a love-hate relationship with Switzerland,

You too ay mate...
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Re: Everything just works in CH

OK, so Switzerland and I have a bit of an up-and-down relationship over the years, but tonight I have to say I'm very impressed.

The power suddenly went out in the whole neighborhood and well beyond, as far as one could see.

It's Sunday evening, we are shrouded in 30+cm of heavy snow and it's still coming down, the roads are treacherously icy here in the boondocks...

... and the power was back on within 45 minutes.

That is seriously impressive. Kudos to the Schwyzer electric works, and whoever had emergency duty tonight.
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I think Sauron has specially trained orcs dedicated to keeping things running in Schwyz.
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Old 28.10.2012, 22:22
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Re: Everything just works in CH

Some things work and some things do not, same as anywhere in the world. I lived in Dornach and trains into Basel were often late but having said that I have no problems with the publc errr public transport in Basel.... Excellent but a shoout for London as I was there recently and the public transport was brilliant!
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