10 Things I’ve Learned About Switzerland

10 Things I’ve Learned About Switzerland
10 Things I’ve Learned About Switzerland

Today marks my one week anniversary of arriving in Switzerland. (In case you didn’t know, I bought a one way ticket and will be here until the end of November!) In honor of this mini-anniversary, I will share 10 things I’ve learned since being here.

1. Not only do lights turn yellow to indicate they will soon turn red, they also do before the light is going to turn green!

2. In general, the country is quite safe and trustworthy – many people I met didn’t worry about leaving their garages or homes unlocked.

3. At many gas stations, you pump and then pay!

4. In the smaller villages, there are self-serve stores! I was shocked to walk into many little stores and only see a place to put the money that you owed for the items that you were taking.

5. Traffic violations are incredibly serious here – think getting a speeding ticket for going just 5 kph over and getting your license taken for a month when speeding 20 over.

6. In a lot of bathrooms, there are two separate buttons for flushing (depending on the deed)!

7. Traffic lights are not located on the opposite side of the road.

8. The Swiss really appreciate their quiet time. It’s banned to do loud work after 7 pm and on Sundays.

9. Everything closes early…very early. Shops start closing as early as 6 pm in little towns and you can forget running errands on Sunday. The weekend streets are bare by midnight, even in some of the more popular destinations.

10. A lot of cars take diesel and not gasoline. (I had to find this one out the hard way…)

 

Off on my adventure!

Off on my adventure!

Hello, Switzerland.

Hello, Switzerland.

Near to Lausanne.

The perks of living in the countryside.

The perks of living in the countryside.

The beauty of Lake Geneva.

The beauty of Lake Geneva.

 

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  1. Although some of the things you mentioned are also found in North America, you’ll soon (if not already) learn the meaning of having things “in Ordnung”. Some feel that the rules and regulations are too “strict” in Switzerland, but I might just be sold on the tradeoffs to cheese, chocolate, and mountains. I might eventually warm up to yodeling, but that’s for a different day. I’ll definitely be curious to see if you’ll continue creating similar lists after you’ve spent 3 months (a season), 6 months, or a year. :)

  2. A lot of that sounds similar to Germany #1 lights are like that in Germany also. #2 I don’t know about leaving doors and homes unlocked (I’ve never asked if people do hah) but Germany is pretty safe also. #3 I haven’t been to too many gas stations here but the ones I have are like that. #4 I have never seen a self serve store. That’s pretty cool (and goes to being trusting). #5 Wow remind me not to speed in Switzerland, although 20 over is pretty high…I have heard of people getting tickets for a few ki over in Germany too but (knock on wood) I haven’t had it happen personally. #6 yep that’s here too. You don’t need as much water to flush some stuff, so it makes sense. #8 We have something similar here too. 10p-6am Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday you can’t have loud noises (stereos, lawnmowers, etc) and loud machinery is also banned 7a-1pm and 3pm to 6pm in addition to the regular quiet hours. #9 While everything doesn’t close super early in Germany, there are a lot of shops that close by 6 and there’s very little open on Sundays.

  3. It seems like you have already learned a lot about Switzerland!;) What are your plans afterwards? I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now. Always enjoy reading your posts. Hope you are having a good time! Alice

  4. Welcome back! I’ve been wondering when you’d post next – and it’s great to see that you’re still brightening the blogosphere with your smile!
    Did you get any food pictures? How was the food there? Anything interesting/exciting?

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