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Author: Maria de Conceicao

Hello Spring and En Guete… Asparagus!

When you move to a new country there is a lot of getting used to, besides a new culture or language… the food! My first two years in Switzerland were the exploratory food phase. I’m not a fussy eater, I’m a foodie and I love to delve into something new from every culture. And so I tried every Swiss dish there was and enjoyed it. Moved onto other European plates…  enjoyed it too. Soon the honeymoon phase with European food, was over when I started singing the expat blues. I wanted my South Indian food fix ever so often! But, I...

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How to say Hello in Switzerland

There are four official languages in Switzerland, so you can say hello in German, French, Italian and Romansh (also called or Raetoromanisch). It is considered polite when you look into someone’s eyes and wish them with a smile. In German: Say “Grüezi” to greet one person, or “Grüezi Mitenand” to greet two or more people. In French: “Bonjour” In Italian: “Buongiorno” during the day and “Buonasera” in the evening In Romansh: “Bun di” for good morning. Pronounced as “boon dee” “Buna saira” for good afternoon or good evening. Pronounced as “boon-a serra”....

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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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117 - Police emergency call

118 - Fire Station

140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

147 - Children emergency call

163 - Road condition