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21 August 2014

The National Smear Campaign

For some odd reason, every single time I meet a foreigner living in Switzerland, they start to bitch and whine about the unfriendliness of the Swiss people!

This special observation is particularly magnified in people from North and South Americas, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.. Hey, hold on... Who's left?!!

Even a Swiss friend who grew up in Brazil (and therefore has an accent), is complaining! 

Some weeks ago we had dinner with Argentinian friends and the lady told us horror stories about people treating her badly in shops. Mind you, the lady is filthy rich but doesn't like to look like it. 

A couple of days ago I was in a bootcamp training with 9 other ladies and our coach, all foreign, and there was a poster on the wall stating the 10 commandments of the gym- which I hadn't read in advance.So, while we were busy training, one lady shouted with a sarcastic tone: "Rule #2 must be for the Swiss!"

I tried to figure out what it would be..No Fondue while you do?Yodeling in the class is not permitted? Don't say Chuchichäschtli to pregnant women and children?

As the class finished, my curiosity led me to go check out the poster.

2- Smile and be nice and friendly to others.

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I drove back home thinking, I love Swiss people! Do I need to see a shrink now?!!


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