Switzerland is a very avant-garde land but in a lot of aspects very conservative too. For example, Swiss are technologically very advanced but it is mandatory to send some kind of documents -like CV or an application form for renting a flat- by postal mail.
Well, you can find it is the opposite just paying attention to a vending machine. Do you think Swiss people are serious and conservative? Take a look and judge it yourself…
The first thing that called my attention among all beverages and junk food inside a vending machine was this can of C ICE, “Swiss Cannabis Ice Tea”. I know that today is normal to find derivatives from cannabis but I didn’t expect to find something like that in Switzerland (remember, this conservative country…) Continue reading →
Let me share with all of you one of my best news ever since I came to Switzerland: we got a flat in Winterthur!!! It was a little bit hard but finally we get one 🙂
Before coming to Switzerland I looked for information about how to get a flat and after reading other’s experiences I quickly understood that it was not going to be a “walk in the park”. Everybody I asked told me the same thing: “getting a flat in Switzerland is very difficult so just do your homework and be patient”.
Now I can tell you. It is possible and not as hard as I though. That is the reason why I can share my experience with you step by step. I hope it is useful for you!
If you ask me what is the biggest curse that follows any emigrant I wouldn’t hesitate to answer: “the feeling of not being completely happy anywhere”. Because when you are an emigrant, you add all the good things that you discover in the foreign country to the sweet memories of your homeland, almost without thinking about it. And no matter where are you, always miss something from someplace else.
According to my personal experience, when I’m in Switzerland I miss Spain (and miss it so much!) and, when I go back to Spain, I miss ‘der Schweiz’. Miss it more than I expected. I hate to make a comparison between one and another country but I can’t help it. It is almost impossible. Instinctively, you look for the contrast, notice that “this thing doesn’t happens there” and miss people, places and in general, the way of living.
Of course, family and friends are on the top of the ranking. Food could hold the second place. I think it is a common feeling to all of us. Because of that, I will try to go further. Continue reading →
Expats arriving to Switzerland must to solve many doubts but nothing compares knowing how the Swiss health system works: understanding the schweizer Gesundheitssystem is a necessity and also a big challenge.
In our case, we decided to consult to an expert in health insurance who explained us all regarding the Swiss health system. Do you want to know what she explained us? Find out more!
First step: understand how the System works
In Switzerland, the Healthcare System is public but private… or vice versa: the State guarantee medical assistance to all people but private insurance companies (krankenkasse auf Deutsch) is the responsible of providing assistance. Or maybe I must say “commercializing” since everybody has to pay for it (at that point Healthcare System seems more private than public, right?). Continue reading →
Fresh news: the move is over! We are already living in Winterthur 🙂 Moving was a little hard but we finally finished… and we deserved to go out and celebrate it!
So last Saturday my husband and I decided to go out for a nice treat. We looked up in Lonely planet’s “Swiss guide” that my friends gave to me as a birthday present (thanks girls!) and we found the Gasthaus Rösslien (Steiggasse 1, almost in front of the Technikum in Winterthur), a small and cute restaurant where, as the guide say, “they cook the best ‘wiener schnitzel’ you can find in Winterthur”. It sounds good, don’t you think?
Sorry, maybe you are asking yourself what (the hell) is a ‘wiener schnitzel’? A ‘wiener schnitzel’ is an escalope (very thin breaded slice of veal fried in oil) and served with lemon and french fries. Simple but delicious!
We arrived to the Gasthaus Rössli and the first thing I thought was “this is such a charming place”. Small but warm and familiar. We didn’t had a reservation but we were lucky and got a table (but making a reservation is a good idea that I will remember next time). Continue reading →