Although in comparison with our compatriots living here for many years, we are still newcomers in Switzerland, and despite (or perhaps because of) this fact, there are some things that we are still astonished by.
Today I bring you a list of what surprised us in the first days, weeks and months of living here. In my following posts, you fill find essays/columns on each point, in which I´ll be more detailed in these funny facts (better say oddities :)), so stay tuned!
So before moving here no one told us that in Switzerland:
Things and objects are only borrowed.
2. It is a state of mind to be courteous
But underneath all this courtesy you hardly distinguish, what people really think.
Even when washing your laundry.
And no one wonder about it.
5. On Sundays, shops are closed
In some cases even on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Honestly, have you ever heard of schwingen or hornussen before moving to Switzerland?
7. Price of services are incredibly high
And if only of services! Food prices seem to me as a robbery in broad daylight. Oh, wait, there are no robberies in Switzerland (almost).
8. People are crazy about recycling
Although even the capsules from Nespresso are recycled here, this activity has its own rules (“what else”?).
9. Public transport works incredibly well
Well, I admit, that we learned this fact about Switzerland in geography lessons.
10. Church bells ring every quarter hour
Even at night. So you must select the location where you want to live very carefully.
So what do you think of my list? As I wrote in my post “Living abroad: 4 realities to know
“, we came here with enthusiasm and a positive attitude and we fell in love with Switzerland. And I must say that even with all its oddities 🙂
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