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The Price for Ice

April 23, 2009 @ 2:38 PM | Permalink
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 sense to me is that a dairy product should be so expensive. I mean, it's not like Switzerland's hurting for cows. Which leads me to only one conclusion: It must be the ice.
 
Ice. You know, ice? Thanks to my shoebox-sized freezer, I don't see much of it these days.
 
For our August 1st party (which is the Swiss version of July 4th) last year though, my husband made ice a priority. In fact, he spent almost as much on four tiny bags of ice (yes, you can find bags of ice at some beverage markets) as he did on the keg of beer.
 
"You spent SFr 40 ($34) on ice?!" I yelled.
 
But he had a point. Warm beer would suck and since the store isn't open on August 1st (naturally), we had to buy the keg at least 24 hours before the party. And it definitely wasn't going to fit in our Swiss-sized fridge.
 
So down in the basement went the ice and the keg.
 
"Sorry," I told a friend as I handed her a warm Coke, "we decided cold beer got priority for the party."
 
Sometimes, when living in Switzerland, you have to make choices. Like where to buy your ice cream, for example.
 
I, for instance, go to the country next door. Luckily Switzerland is fairly small, so lower prices aren't usually too far away. In Germany, example, Mövenpick, a Swiss ice cream, costs the equivalent of SFr 4,50 ($3.90). But in Switzerland, this same Swiss ice cream costs SFr 9,50 ($8.20). I don't pretend to understand any of this pricing madness, except to say that after seeing what a bag of ice costs in Switzerland, I can no longer blame it all on high maintenance Swiss cows. 

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