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…)