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Author: Manasa Mukka

Renting Accommodation

Whether you are new to the country, or planning a move, searching for a rental place of residence can be daunting. Manasa Mukka shares some tips and tricks to find your dream accommodation. Switzerland is a small country with only a small amount of land available for accommodation. Around 65% of the population lives in rented homes – and preferably in cities. Hence, the real estate market is in high demand and the prices are steep. Homes in Switzerland are smaller and expensive. Most apartments have a sizable cellar for storage. Houses are more common outside of cities, in...

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Dress up your string lights this Diwali!

String lights are part of most of our festive decorations. Make them look more colourful and unique with some super easy DIYs that you can create with things lying around at home. Here are three easy ways to add colour and design to your lights and make them all the more festive. Materials needed Ribbons – I used yellow and pink Scissors Craft glue for ribbons   Method Step 1: Take a thin ribbon and cut it into 6 strips of approximately 7 cm each. Step 2: Cut two more strips of 4 cm each and glue the long...

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Settling in Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! Here’s some basic information to help you settle into this country. Some procedures might appear daunting at first, but be assured that Switzerland is more organised, controlled and, most likely, faster than in your home country, no matter where you come from. Accommodation Switzerland is a small country; and for a few years now, there has been an acute shortage of apartments in the larger cities. The prices are high (over 20% of the average salary). In addition, there are criteria that qualify or disqualify you from being fit for a chosen apartment, which doesn’t make...

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Fun colourful Button Craft with kids

Bring out your old and new buttons and paints. An ideal DIY  to sit out and make in your garden or balcony with the bright spring sunshine loading you with Vitamin D!  Ideal for children above 4 years. I love saving buttons, broken and single earrings, bracelets, etc. They are so simple to reuse in kids’ crafts to create something unique. This simple DIY combines the two things kids love to do – painting and sticking. The result: A pretty wall-hanging for their room. Materials Needed 1 canvas board 4 Acrylic paints of your choice Brushes Palette for mixing...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #45:

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. Jacques saw a wine spill on a restaurant tablecloth and was inspired to create a cloth that would repel liquids instead of absorbing them. He created a film using cellulose that was transparent as well as water resistant. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.

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144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

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