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Pros and Cons of Switzerland

12 Aug

We are going to Denmark this weekend and I am very excited. It’s been a  very long time for us since we’ve left Switzerland. Two months!  We usually leave once a month. Switzerland is really a great place to visit but after four years, I don’t think it’s a great place to live if you’re coming from the US.  If you were raised in Russia, I think it would be great. But I wasn’t raised in Russia.

Here are some advantages of living in Switzerland:

  • It has one of the highest standards of living in the world
  • It is extremely safe
  • It is extremely clean
  • It is breathtakingly beautiful
  • Christian has a great job, therefore, we are extremely lucky that we do not have to worry about money
  • Everywhere we travel, is cheaper than Switzerland!  And we are at such a great location to travel the world.
  • There is hardly any fast food. It is hard not to be healthy in Switzerland.
  • Christian gets many weeks off for vacation each year
There are also some cons:
  • People are rude
  • People do not laugh out loud or smile in public
  • People follow ALL the rules too closely and are too quick to point out the ones you may not be following. Such as yelling at you as they drive by in their car for walking on the grass on a public road instead of the icy sidewalk.
  • There are too many unnecessary rules.  Such as; do not flush the toilet past 10pm,  You can not mow your lawn, vacuum or do laundry (including hanging clothes to dry), wash your car or recycle on a Sunday,  A man can not pee standing up after 10pm
  • The weather is atrocious!  Too much rain and too cloudy.  There are approximately 2-3 weeks a year where I am not cold.
  • The weather really does bring you down.
  • I can’t find anything I want! from cooking ingredients, to fabric to furniture. Their style is from the 1990s.
  • Everything I buy is 2-3x more expensive than in the States and not often at the same quality
  • The stores are not open past 6pm or on Sunday
  • The restaurants are extremely expensive and the food is not good! No flavor and low quality ingredients. As a foodie, this really makes me sad.
  • The parking places are too small 😦  When  my pregnant tummy grows bigger, I will not be able to get in and out of the car in any parking lot, including our own garage.
  • They are shockingly racist
  • You make friends only to have them move away after one year, thus a never ending circle of trying to make new friends.
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After four years, the cons eat away at you more and more and considerably outweigh the pros. By roughly 6 tons. I am so excited to go to Denmark today where we will be surrounded by friends and family who smile and laugh.
Even though I would much rather be living in another country (USA), I am happy with my life. I have a perfect husband (don’t let that go to your head :P) and I do an abundant amount of traveling each year and that is all I’ve ever really wanted to do.

I am 19 weeks pregnant today. I still get extremely tired and I’m beginning to doubt that will ever go away. I am pretty active with hiking on the mountain, prenatal yoga and doing a prenatal toning/aerobic dvd. I think my arms and legs will me more toned than before I got pregnant, but yesterday as I was walking back up the mountain to come home my leg muscles were overly fatigued and my arm was tired from carrying my purse. What?!?!!! That NEVER happens to me. I guess I really do have take everything slower.

A new blog.

1 Aug

I’ve been reading some specific blogs for a while now. Mostly food blogs and more recently pregnancy blogs. I never thought I’d make my own because I don’t like drawing attention to myself.  I was thinking today how much I love my sister Sherri’s blog, http://sherrilee.wordpress.com/, because I feel like I am aware of what is going on in her life.  And as I am living so far away, that’s really important.

So this blog is for my family to keep track of the member living across the Atlantic.

Here I am today at 17 weeks pregnant. I am wearing a poofy skirt. But if you were to see me in person, there is no bumpage going on.

Sorry about the classy ‘mirror self-portrait,’ Christian is at work. It is the Swiss National Day today, Swiss Independence Day, yet he still chooses to work. What an over-achiever!   I’m not really certain of how the Swiss celebrate this day.  Some people go to a local farm for brunch.  I’ve heard maybe two firecrackers today which made me reach the conclusion that they do not really like blowing-up their money.  I predict there will be a small firework show tonight. Other than that, I guess the Swiss do what they do every other weekend, when it’s not raining: Grill cervelat.

They cut the ends so they will know when it is fully cooked. How efficient!