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You Know You've Been Living in Switzerland Too Long When ...

Someone sent me a link to a really funny post about living in Switzerland a while ago. I was doing some organizing in my inbox today and stumbled upon it again. It's really very entertaining so I thought I'd share it with everyone. Maybe you'll recognize yourself or someone you know in this list.

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You know you've been living in Switzerland too long when...

  • think it's economically wasteful to have more than one brand of a product in a store. 
  • think spontaneity is OK, as long as it's planned. 
  • think getting up early is good. 
  • get upset in the train when a foreign tourist opens the window causing a draft to go down your back. 
  • actually get interested in the local elections. 
  • know the words to the Swiss national anthem. 
  • expect the shop clerk to say goodbye after you purchase something. 
  • wait for the shop clerk to open the door to let you out of their shop. 
  • prefer to buy in small shops even though its more expensive. 
  • think joining clubs is an acceptable way of meeting people socially. 
  • start studying for a Nachdiplom. 
  • get annoyed when the car ahead of you doesn't turn off it's motor at a traffic light. 
  • look forward to Wildsaison. 
  •'re prepared to pay for a local dentist. 
  •'re not upset when a public holiday falls on a Sunday. 
  • try to defend cartel based economics to a visitor. 
  • think that plaid jackets with flowery ties don't look that bad. 
  • think it's fair that you can only wash clothes once a month. 
  • wonder why anyone would want to shop outside of working hours. 
  • buy Swiss. 
  • get concerned about all the foreigners moving into the country. 
  • don't mind spending all day in the restaurant at a ski resort, and wonder why all the foreigners insist on skiing when the conditions are less than optimal. 
  • know the difference between Cafe Traesch, and Cafe Lutz, and get upset when others don't know. 
  • become suspicious of people who think independently. 
  • decide on a vacation in the US, planning to buy a car and drive around for six months. 
  • can comment on the quality of english schools in southern England and California. 
  • consider taking a vacation to Florida, but then don't go, because it's too dangerous. 
  • think it's OK to drive slow on Sundays. 
  • pull out in front of another car, to reserve your place. 
  • reserve your table first, before getting food in a cafeteria. 
  • don't worry about your jacket being stolen in a restaurant. 
  • feel like you're broke if you have less that CHF 300 in your pocket. 
  • get upset when someone pays with a credit card, instead of paying cash. 
  • dress up to go grocery shopping. 
  • wear white socks with black shoes. 
  • feel embarrassed when your squash racket grip doesn't match your socks. 
  • wish the Swiss government would do something about their refugee policy. 
  • don't get upset about US politics, because after all they're American. 
  • hope Switzerland doesn't join the European community. 
  • consider food with garlic in it to be spicy. 
  • understand why Chinese food should cost more than normal food. 
  • get embarrassed when a visitor asks for a doggie bag in a restaurant. 
  • prefer Swiss wine. 
  • are willing to pay higher prices, because it ensures higher quality. 
  • wish that your town had expensive garbage bags too. 
  • consider target shooting a 'sport'. 
  • assume that all blacks are foreigners. 
  • assume that all asians are refugees. 
  • start judging restaurants and hotels, giving criticism when your expectations are not met. 
  • think it's OK for a Chinese restaurant to be run by a Swiss and staffed by Spaniards and Portugese. 
  • start referring to the French speaking Swiss as Welsh. 
  • start thinking, 'Why can't they just speak Schwiizerd├╝tsch?' 
  • don't mind waiting in restaurants. 
  • ...your German is better than the waiter's. 
  • insist on speaking German to people that are obviously English speakers. 
  • take a foreign language course, in German. 
  • have trouble finding English words. 
  • stop going out on Monday and Tuesday nights, because you have to work the next day, but always go out on Thursday nights. 
  • don't think it's funny when someone confuses Switzerland with Sweden
  • get upset when someone thinks Switzerland's forth language is English. 
  • know the difference between a Landessprache and an Amtsprache. 
  • stop liking peanut butter. 
  • start capitalizing Nouns, and joining Bigwords together. 
  • think that Generalversammulung is an important event. 
  • start preparing costumes for Fasnacht. 
  • join a Guggemusik band. 
  • think Thursday night shopping is really convenient. 
  • buy Swiss eye glasses. 
  • entertain in restaurants. 
  • decline an invitation because you have to clean your apartment. 
  • think it's normal for a family with kids to live in an apartment. 
  • don't take part in a sporting activity, because you're not dressed for it. 
  • consider it normal to make reservations to see a movie. 
  • are glad of the pause during a movie, so that you can smoke a cigarette and buy an ice cream. 
  • think that large American cars are 'cool'. 
  • think it's cool to drink expensive imported American beers. 
  • prefer fizzy mineral water to tap water. 
  • expect a slice of lemon in your coke. 
  • worry that you don't have the right sort of glasses for the drinks you are going to serve. 
  • throw a party and expect everyone to leave by 11:30 pm. 
  • clean up during parties. 
  • expect dinner guests to help with the washing up. 
  • think that air conditioning makes people sick. 
  • begin to understand the subtlety of the Swiss cuisine. 
  • appreciate the differences between the cantons. 
  • don't get mad, you just answer 'Bon appetite' when someone asks you what's English for 'En guete'. 
  • don't mind drinking Panache. 
  • feel really hungry if you don't start eating lunch by 12:00. 
  • start disliking fast-food. 
  • prefer plain chocolate to candy bars. 
  • have breakfast cereal for dinner. 
  • consider it healthy to eat lots of milk products and lean red meat. 
  • say Gr├╝ezi to everyone, and consider it impolite when they don't say it back
  • don't mind paying $12 for a paperback book. 
  • buy a new one instead of getting it repaired. 
  • realize the subversive implications of doing something 'just for fun'. 
  • think that 3% unemployment is high. 
  • think it was through their own efforts that Switzerland stayed out of world war two. 
  • think that milk and butter prices should be regulated. 
  • worry about the economic hardships that Swiss farmers face. 
  • consider getting goats and sheep to graze in your backyard. 
  • think that wood is 'heimelig'. 
  • start to think in kilometers. 
  • think that a pound is 500 grams and not 16 ounces. 
  • don't feel embarrassed when you order something non-alcoholic in a bar. 
  • only eat cheese fondue in winter. 
  • complain to your neighbor about the noise when he flushes his toilet after 10 pm. 
  • become interested in the myriad of insurance offerings. 
  • call the police when you see someone washing their car on a Sunday. 
  • start complaining about the breakdown of traditional Swiss values. 
  • think that Sunday should be a day of rest. 
  • take part in Jass tournaments. 
  • get interested in Schwingen
  • volunteer to help organize the Dorffest. 
  • buy a new TV because the old one doesn't match the new furniture. 
  • expect to be delayed by road works. 
  • aren't surprised when a perfectly good road is torn up and repaved. 
  • buy a new ski suit every year. 
  • feel comforted by public safety announcements. 
  • prefer hamburgers without the bun, and eat them with a knife and fork. 
  • think that only foreigners use catsup. 
  • expect bacon to have bits of bone in it. 
  • wonder why anyone would want such a big refrigerator. 
  • become concerned about the color of your neighbor's curtains. 
  • put 'Aromat' on all your food. 
  • start judging the quality of the whipped cream. 
  • think that Switzerland's conservation efforts make a difference. 
  • think it's OK to wear red Levis. 
  • refuse to leave messages on answering machines because it's too impersonal. 
  • start complaining about the difficulty of finding really good Bauernschnapps. 
  • expect beer prices to go up after midnight. 
  • worry about getting a cold when there's a draft. 
  • refuse to tell someone your salary. 
  • think that hard work is responsible for the stability of the Swiss franc. 
  • get insulted when reading this. 

Important Note: I did not make this list. I found it on a forum and slightly adapted it.

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