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Let's Start at the Beginning- Europe

 I figure that the most important thing you do in life is to experience it and a big part of that is travel.  Europe was my first trip abroad, and it gave me an excitement for learning about the world that I would have never gained from books, and I ... read more

Jessica Michael

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Interlaken, Switzerland

  Interlaken translates to in-between lakes. It's in the German speaking part of Switzerland, but everyone there is tri-lingual (French and English being the other two). We met a guy named Ian on the train through Germany who was from D.C. Small world. He is studying in Friedburg, Germany ... read more

Matthew Delman

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Escalators, doggy hitching posts, and doors that close really, really fast.

Lausanne, Switzerland. End of day 3. (I think) Before I left the US for this study abroad trip, everyone told me the days would go by really fast- and I assumed they were correct. Time flies when you’re having fun right? Wrong. At least not this time. Things might ... read more

Paula  Harman

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No peanut butter, cheddar cheese, or deli meat!

Grocery shopping in Switzerland is definitely a task. First of all- the prices are outrageous. I bought a small package of taco seasoning (yes, the Swiss have Mexican food!!) today for chf1.80! In American dollars that’s almost the same- almost $2.00 for a package of taco seasoning ... read more

Paula  Harman

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A Merry Christmas Journey

Greetings     It’s been a month now since I left and I have put in a ridiculous amount of miles, pages read, people met, experiences gained and all the rest of that jazz. But more seriously I have had the trip of a lifetime and I have spent a lot ... read more

Andrew Uden

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Section 1: Visa trouble.

So, as it turns out, I will not be going to Geneva on September 10, the date my plane ticket says. The reason? Switzerland is so amazing that I might try to stay there forever. [According to the Swiss authorities.] So I only get 90 days. (If I'd had ... read more

Amy T

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Ermatingen Locals

  Some new friends in Ermatingen, Switzerland.   read more

Alison .Ciarleglio

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Auf Wiedersehen

Ade. Auf Wiedersehen. Tschüss. Au revoir. Ciao. My time as a Glimpse Correspondent is coming to a close, but my time in Switzerland is not. I just celebrated my three-year anniversary here on June 19. To keep up with my adventures in Switzerland from this point on, feel free ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Becoming Swiss

Dealing with four official languages in Switzerland is one thing. Dealing with body language and mannerisms is quite another. After living in Switzerland for three years, I now react differently to situations than I used to when I lived in the U.S. For example, I used to stand back ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Construction. Cranes. This calls for a party.

There's no doubt about it. The Swiss love construction projects. They are written about in newspapers. Cranes are decorated at Christmastime. And construction schedules are posted on billboards, which the Swiss people read as if they were god's gift to entertainment. Maybe the Swiss just have so much ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Sales in Switzerland

The Swiss are some of the least price-sensitive people you'll ever meet. $5 for a glass of water? $20 for a movie ticket? $50 for a t-shirt? They don't blink an eye. Needless to say, I don't go out much and try to limit my shopping to ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Swiss Transportation: Almost too good?

One of the things that happens after living in Switzerland for awhile is that you get used to its excellent public transportation system and start assuming neighboring countries like Italy and France will also have transportation options that can whisk you away in a timely fashion to a town in ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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How to Land an International Assignment

I get a lot of emails asking me the best way to find a job abroad. So I thought I'd discuss it here so anyone who is interested can benefit. In my experience, the best way to get an international assignment—especially if you’re a recent college graduate ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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The Smiling Swiss

The Swiss generally aren't outwardly friendly. If you saw them on the street, you'd think no one was nice. But first impressions aren't a true measure of Swiss friendliness. When you get to know people, they are some of the most loyal and pleasant people you'll ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Customer Service in Switzerland

Customer service in Switzerland is much different than customer service in the United States. In Switzerland, the customer is not always right. Here, customers are expected to be more responsible. For example, if you buy a shirt in the wrong size, the store isn't obligated to take it back ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Zurich's Fall From Grace

Well, Zurich, Switzerland has just fallen from grace. It is no longer #1 on the Mercer Scale of the city with the highest quality of life in the world. It is #2. How disappointing. All I can say is, it must have been the weather that caused Vienna to overtake ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Spat and Spew

Out of all the places in Switzerland, the first confirmed case of Swine Flu is in my little spa town of Baden. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to deter anyone from going about their usual habits of spewing germs every which way on public transportation.   Before I moved to Switzerland ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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The Price for Ice

I don't know about you, but I find almost SFr 10 ($8.60) a little pricey for a tiny container of ice cream, so I rarely purchase it in Switzerland. Now I know this country is one of the most expensive in the world. But what doesn't make ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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The Beggar of Baden

I live in a small Swiss town of about 16,000 residents. Granted, this is big enough that you’ll never recognize some people at all and others just by their dogs. But there are certain people you just get to know. It's probably no accident that these include ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Win a Vacuum Cleaner!

The Swiss love vacuum cleaners. Whenever there’s a competition, the prize always seems to be a vacuum cleaner. You have to give these contest-makers credit. They really know what gets people excited in Switzerland.   In this week’s Tages Anzeiger newspaper, for example, three lucky people will win a ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Hiking the Alps

One of the best things about Switzerland is that nature is waiting for you almost anywhere.   I didn’t believe it at first.   “Well, how far is this apartment to a hiking trail?” I’d ask my relocation agent as she showed me a place in Baden’s old town ... read more

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Don't Mess with the Bread

I ate dinner with a couple of Swiss friends last night. While Tom made the pasta, I cut some bread and also poured olive oil on a plate to dip the bread in.   “What’s that?” Hans asked, pointing at the plate of olive oil.   When I told him he ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Native American Flute Bands. Now in Switzerland.

As you travel through Switzerland, languages change, traditions change, and sometimes even holidays change. But the Native American Flute Band is always there, playing that music most of us neither love nor hate, but find mildly soothing for its constancy in a world of otherwise unknowns.   These guys get around ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Blame it on the Böögg

Sometimes I find myself apologizing for Switzerland’s weather. Visitors always want to know how the weather will be during the specific time they will be visiting. “June,” they prod me, “it must be nice in June.”   Sadly, my answer is usually the same.   “Sorry. But it will probably be ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Drunk Guy Roams Swiss Public Transport

Residents of New York City, Paris, and Rome, I apologize as this story may seem trivial, but for those of us in Switzerland, last night was really something to write home about. Because a loud, drunk guy was roaming public transport. Yep. My midnight train ride from Basel to Zurich ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Take Language. Mix Accordingly.

People in Switzerland have a strange relationship with language. Not only do they master many, they mix them together, constantly concocting new acceptable combinations of various languages with the main result being a very confused expat community. One simple example of this is the exchange of ‘thank you’ and ‘you ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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The Four Official Problems of Switzerland

For me, Switzerland has four official problems when it comes to trying to communicate. They are German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Coincidentally, they are the four official languages of Switzerland. Let’s start with problem one: German. I took German lessons for my first ... read more

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Swiss Party Pooper

My local paper announced on the front page that in seven days, Carnival is returning to Baden. “Are you ready for non-stop confetti, cacophony, and costumes?” asked the newspaper article. Actually, I’m not. That’s why I’m leaving the country. I learned the hard way back in 2007 ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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If this is the land of cheese, then where is all the cheddar?

I admit it. When I first moved to Switzerland in 2006, I had no idea that everything from my smile to my white socks would start to make me second-guess myself. Switzerland's a country in Western Europe. How different can it be from the United States? Let me count ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo

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Ich liebe Dich Switzerland

After a draining, overcrowded, eleven hour flight I was whisked away from the mayhem of Zurich and set on Höheweg Strasse in the charming town of Interlaken.  Sleeping for what felt like an eternity, I awoke to the vast panorama of the Swiss Alps and the exhilarating echo of ... read more

Kelly Saunders

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