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Aug 22nd, 2007, 02:56 AM
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StCirq, There is nothing wrong with cricket or riding clubs. Nothing wrong with green jello. And curries can be good, man. I for one like it (and you need to be more specific.... a "curry" is a herb plant, nothing more... say Chicken Vindaloo or whatever ). And one doesn't have to be fat and lazy to like the above You seem biased against fat people. Not all fat people are lazy, and not all lazy people are fat. By the way, I am a man who is not british, loves cricket, doesn't care much for riding clubs, loves Indian food, doesn't care for jello, and am most definitely neither fat nor lazy I do have several close british friends who don't fit your description.

Greuzi, I think what you are experiencing is something non-white folks have for a long time. Not being liked simply because of your origin is a damper but I think if you reach out, people will be plesantly surprised and you may change their mind to a point where they look at every American twice. Of course, you can do it only up to a point (there will be, Jay_G articulated, idiots).

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Aug 22nd, 2007, 03:15 AM
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>fly too many flags etc.

That last canīt be from a Swiss, right?
An American ex-colleague (in Switzerland) remarked that the flag-flying vigor in Switzerland would put any American conservative to shame
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 03:21 AM
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Gosh, No, I have never been confused with being Swiss!! And I did oppose a local school putting a giant (american, I live in Midwest) flag in my backyard because the thing just kept making a lot of flapping noise in wind
 
Aug 22nd, 2007, 03:26 AM
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logos/gruezi - I wonder how long you can keep the thread going...
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 04:48 AM
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Well, I'm not gruezi , but he/she has a few points wouth discussing (Even if it's in the lounge )
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:33 AM
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logos

Now why do you suppose gruezi was excommunicated? Was (s)he found to be an alterego?
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:40 AM
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I suppose this is one of those threads where I will be blamed for being rude to a new poster. Come on now, is there anyone here who believed this was a true and sincere post from a new poster here? I don't expect you to answer that. If I had thought so, I'd be too embarrassed to admit it too.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:54 AM
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I agree with what GSteed said... also it takes time to fit in, years not weeks or months.

I've moved around a lot and the only generalisation I've stuck with is that people are similar all over the world but to learn that you have to live with them and learn the lingo and the customs.

Keep a positive attitude and don't expect too much too soon.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:57 AM
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Click he(r) name above... hmmmm
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:58 AM
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It sounds like a troll to me but if you respond politely as if they were for real then I assume they don't get much out of it...?

Welcome gruezi... do tell us all about Switzerland. Where are you living?
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:59 AM
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ahh no other posts..

gruezi, who else are you?
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 08:10 AM
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I would imagine the most disappointing experience for a troll would be no responses, but he/she has gotten over 50, as always happens.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 08:23 AM
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He/she needs some sleep after all, so just be patient ;-)
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 11:11 AM
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Thanks logos and those of you who sent supportive replys... just want to clarify a few things. I really am new to this board and any other... I never had time to do something like this before as I had a job and family and not much free time.

I have lots of time now here in beautiful Switzerland as I am not able to speak Swiss German and so am not able to work in my profession.

We will be here for about 2.5 years in total with my husband's job. Although I love to travel I never did well on long flights so this is my chance to really see Europe as all is literally at my doorstep. As an old friend said, "you're getting the chance to have a grand adventure when most of your friends are done having them..."

I feel really fortunate and plan to see and do as much as I can while I'm here. I purposely chose a village and school for my kids that wouldn't be too American so that we could have an international experience. As I shared, this has been interesting and sometimes not in a positive way. For the most part, we are beyond that, and too busy enjoying our time here to "worry" about it. Just thought others might have had similar experiences - I know lots of ex-pat Americans here who have...

My post was in response to a number of comments on another thread entitled "what questions don't you answer..." As I said, I'm new to this form of "communication" and mis-posted. Thanks for helping me figure out how to do it correctly and for your patience with my "newbiness."

Yes, I found a few comments rude... Guess I'm not someone who feels free to be nasty to people even if I don't agree with them. Were those comments somehow deleted by an editor? They don't show up on my thread anymore - thankfully, because they were a turnoff.

Anyway, I find this forum otherwise interesting and informative - especially for my purposes which is to learn as much about the places I'll be visiting so that our travels can be meaningful and fun.

So far, my family has spent time in Vienna and Salzburg and done some skiing in Switzerland as well as some trips to Lausanne, Lucerne, Basel and Bern (we live in Zurich). My eldest daughter and I have been to Venice - perfect weather - perfect trip with a 16-year-old art and history buff. I traveled alone to Amsterdam - absolutely loved it and hope to bring my girls there too. It rained everyday and I still had a fantastic time. The girls and I spent 8 days in Rome in June - saw some amazing things and again the history buff was in heaven. To satisfy the non-history buff we head to Santorini for sun and sea in October - and maybe a little history too

In September my husband and I will celebrate our 20th and his 50th on the Amalfi Coast in Ravello.

Next year we hope to see: Prague, Budapest, Istanbul and then in the summer head to St. Petersburg and the Nordics.

I have mostly enjoyed the opportunity to see amazing works of art here. My non-family travels have been focused on visiting art collections and this is really a relatively new passion for me. I can't get enought of it. I am currently really fascinated by mosaics (Venice and Rome fed this fascination) and am thinking of studying more about this in Ravenna, Italy.

OK, that's my story and I'm standing by it! Please let me know if you have any suggestions on any of the travels we plan to do. Your experiences would be helpful. Hope to be able to help some other European/Switzerland travelers in the year ahead.

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Aug 22nd, 2007, 11:44 AM
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Forgot to mention, I have not idea what a troll is (except the kind that live under bridges)...

and yes, I am studying German and hope to become fluent...
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 12:18 PM
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So many comedians. Looks like the joke was on you.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 12:35 PM
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gruezi - you just missed logos. He is in Germany and, besides keeping the same hours as you, he has similar interests (and one might say opinions LOL).
Maybe you should arrange a GTG. What do you think?
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 12:47 PM
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If you care to join it would a great day, I think. We can abuse eachother in some public place and have great fun Do you know that the Swiss are evil too. Not everyone, but quite a few.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 01:18 PM
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Logos - where are you in Germany?
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 01:20 PM
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My German teacher really made me laugh one day when she said the Germans are guilty of being more Swiss than the Swiss
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