- Drinking in public places is allowed – and almost encouraged.
- Beers come in 0.5 liters (which is about 17 ounces) – quite big!
- They are pretty serious about their beers, to give a point of comparison someone told me that they didn't like Heineken because it tasted like water... They better not try a bud light!
- People from the other cantons say that natives from Zurich are a little stuck up.
- Swiss german (the language spoken here) is different in every canton, and it is only a spoken language. When they write, they write in 'high-german'
- Someone told me that the linguistic distance from Swiss German to high German is about the same as from Spanish to Portuguese – enough to identify them as related and catch a few words
- The swiss are not very fond of the germans, and eventhough they all speak 'high german' most don't like to.
- On the other hand, the germans make fun of them because of they way the speak – apparently they add 'diminutives' to all their words. Kind of like us ticos with the 'tico' diminutive.
- The Swiss flag is square – not rectangular.
- You can tell that they are really proud of their country, they have national and local flags everyone.
- Absolutely everything is closed on Sundays.
- Zurich is one of the birthplaces of the protestant religion. Most cantons in Switzerland are either protestant or catholic (stay tuned for an upcoming post on religion).
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Random things I've learned about Zurich/Switzerland so far
Posted by Carlos Andres Castro at 12:59 PM
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