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Switzerland: It's Different! [Jan. 18th, 2008|12:48 am]
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New place! I went somewhere I've never been before!

Like every other place I ever go to, I was filled with preconceptions about Switzerland. Many of these were correct - there were watch stores, banks, and multitools everywhere - but I expected it to be just like Germany or any other part of Europe. And it's not! It's different!

The money is different! It reminds me of old Deutschmarks and Belgian francs.(And of a statue I saw in Munich.)

The light switches are different! Square buttons you push!

A donkey with a pencil on its head and a drum, inexplicably used to display diamonds.

But, like in Germany, you can get pretzels bigger than your head. (Head shown for scale.)

The Swiss might be deceptively goofy.

They're definitely well dressed. I like these slippers. (I'd have to get both pairs, though. I couldn't wear matching slippers.)


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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-17 10:15 pm (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: bonjovigrrrl
2008-01-17 09:08 pm (UTC)
I was in Switzerland once, a lifetime go. Lucerne in 1989. LOVED it. The most beautiful place I have ever been. I definitely want to go back again some day.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-17 10:14 pm (UTC)
That tiny corner of Zurich I saw was sure pretty.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2008-01-17 09:27 pm (UTC)
the sammiches under the 'pretzels that take over the world' look yummeh.

whaaa, no beer pics....boooo BOOO I SAY!

ps: i read that dubai flooded, what the deuce! O_o
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-17 10:07 pm (UTC)
It rained for several days, so there were pools of water all around, especially on the roads. "Flooded" was a word that got thrown around a lot, but which may have been an exaggeration! For Dubai, though, it was kind of a lot of rain.

(dubaiwalla, can you spot the Deathspire?)
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2008-01-17 10:31 pm (UTC)

Yes, that's pretty much the only 'skill' I have.

It's three buildings to the right of the big road sign.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-18 06:59 pm (UTC)

Right, that is all you are good for.

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-18 07:01 pm (UTC)
p.s. Some people were drinking Swiss beer, but I drank Prosecco. It looked like this.

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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2008-01-18 07:07 pm (UTC)
ok that's just rad, i <3 the glassware!
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[User Picture]From: amalie_
2008-01-17 09:48 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-17 10:08 pm (UTC)
I loved it!
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[User Picture]From: s1m0n
2008-01-18 09:57 am (UTC)
The donkey is kind of cute in a scary sort of way.
I would want one at home but I'm afraid of what it
would say to me at night.

The money is fun!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-01-18 06:58 pm (UTC)
Another window of the same store had some kind of clown or something with a bone through its lip. And a trombone. Scary.
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