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Your British guide to Switzerland: an audio podcast for Brits living in Switzerland and Swiss interested in Britain. Everything you need to know about finding a job in Switzerland, how to find an apartment in Bern, Geneva or how to find friends.

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How to make friends in Switzerland
<p>Making the move to Switzerland is the first big step for expats: starting a social life is one of the next, and it can be just as difficult. The Swiss are not known to be very open at first - luckily there are some simple steps you can take that will make your life in Switzerland easier, and hopefully better.</p> <p>In this episode we talk about my first steps trying to make friends and get to know people in Switzerland as an expat, and I'll give you some tips and ideas from my own experience. We also talk about some prejudices expats have about Switzerland and give you the Swiss perspective: What do the Swiss think about expats, what do the Swiss think if you don't speak their language and how can you respond if the Swiss are rude?</p> <p>We really hope this episode will make your life in Switzerland as an English speaker a bit easier and give you the courage to get out there and start making this country your home!<br /> <br /> <strong>Notes on this episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Celebrating the 20th episode of 'Swiss and Chips': thank you for listening! <strong>If you like the show, please support us and leave a <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/swiss-and-chips/id1381241950?l=en"> review on iTunes</a>.</strong></li> <li>German C1 exam: I took the test: here's how it was, and I explain how a language tandem works.</li> <li>How I made friends in Switzerland, and what it was like when I first moved here.</li> <li>Make friends with a Swiss: some tips from a Swiss perspective.</li> </ul>
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Swiss German words that don't translate into English: part two
<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In German and Swiss German there are some words that we don't have an equivalent for in English. We think you'll find some of them quite useful! As there are so many words that are hard to translate, we split the show into two episodes: this is part two of the Swiss German/ high German challenge. How many of the words do you know?</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Did you know: we discuss all our episodes and many other topics in our Facebook group '<a href= "http://facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>'.<em><br /> <br /></em> <strong>Notes on this episode of the podcast:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Zugzwang</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Innerer Schweinehund</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Hundsverlocheti</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Bürogummi</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Verschlimmbessern</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Kummerspeck</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Bünzli</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Tüpflischiiser</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Sturmfrei</span></p>
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Swiss German words that don't translate into English
<div translate="" data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Today"> <p>Today's episode is a direct challenge for you! We talk about Swiss German words, Swiss slang and German words that are hard to translate into English.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode:</strong></p> <div translate="" data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"h2",[[0,[],0,"Show notes: Swiss German words that don"> <p>Input from our listeners in our Facebook Group:</p> <p>Susy: Schadenfreude</p> <p>Seamus: Bitsly</p> <p>Katharina: Fremdschämen</p> <p>Susy's second word: Längizit</p> <p><strong>Some others:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fernweh</li> <li>Feierabend</li> <li>Muskelkater</li> <li>Zugzwang</li> <li>Innerer Schweinehund</li> <li>Hundsverlocheti</li> <li>Ohrwurm</li> <li>Bürogummi</li> <li>Verschlimmbessern</li> <li>Kummerspeck</li> <li>Bünzli</li> <li>Tüpflischiiser</li> <li>Sturmfrei</li> </ul> </div> </div>
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What to do on a Sunday in Switzerland?
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\"All\" shops are closed on a Sunday in Switzerland! Well, maybe not all, but many at least. Luckily Switzerland offers many other exciting things for expats and tourists to do on a Sunday. We recorded this episode on the top of the Gurten, a"> <div> <p>"All" shops are closed on a Sunday in Switzerland! Well, maybe not all, but many at least. Luckily Switzerland offers many other exciting things for expats and tourists to do on a Sunday. We recorded this episode on the top of the Gurten, a 'must see' in Bern - on a Sunday. Tune in and get some inspiration and ideas about what you can do, and what the Swiss do, on a Sunday.</p> </div> </div>
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How to find an apartment in Switzerland as an expat
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","http://facebook.com/groups/swissandchips"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"It"> <div> <p>It's not easy to find the perfect place to live and it's even more difficult if you move to a different country. In this episode we answer the all-important questions for English speakers moving to Switzerland, who are looking for the perfect apartment. Should you rent or buy? How much will it cost? Where to find an apartment in Switzerland as an expat, and which documents will you need before you can secure a lease on a new place. After this episode you'll know where and how to start looking and be prepared for when you find the place you could start to call home, whether it's in Geneva, Zurich or Bern - or somewhere in between.</p> <p>If you still have specific questions or need help finding an apartment in Switzerland, we would love to discuss it with you in our Facebook group '<a href= "http://facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>'.</p> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1748073228574902/"]],["a",["href","https://www.wgzimmer.ch/wgzimmer.html?wc_country=ch"]],["a",["href","https://hoodmaps.com/zurich"]]],"sections":[[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Notes on this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland: How to find an apartment as an expat"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"This is where it all began for this episode: in our Facebook group, "],[0,[0],1,"Kate from Moscow"],[0,[],0," asked: \"How to find an apartment to rent in Switzerland?\""]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"General things to know about finding a place to live in Switzerland, should you rent or buy, is it difficult to find a place, what possibilities you have as an expat when you move to Switzerland and what are the prices you can expect?"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"How do you find the perfect area to move to? "]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"A flat-share is called a WG in German, short for "],[0,[1],1,"Wohngemeinschaft"]],[[0,[],0,"For a bit of fun and to get the feel of a place, check out this "],[0,[2],1,"hipster map"]]]]]}"> <div> <h3>Notes on this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland: How to find an apartment as an expat</h3> <p>This is where it all began for this episode: in our Facebook group, <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1748073228574902/"> Kate from Moscow </a>asked: "How to find an apartment to rent in Switzerland?"</p> <p>General things to know about finding a place to live in Switzerland, should you rent or buy, is it difficult to find a place, what possibilities you have as an expat when you move to Switzerland and what are the prices you can expect?</p> <p>How do you find the perfect area to move to?</p> <ul> <li>A flat-share is called a WG in German, short for <a href= "https://www.wgzimmer.ch/wgzimmer.html?wc_country=ch">Wohngemeinschaft</a></li> <li>For a bit of fun and to get the feel of a place, check out this <a href="https://hoodmaps.com/zurich">hipster map</a></li> </ul> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.englishforum.ch/property-wanted/8619-list-sites-searching-apartments-housing-serviced-apartments.html"]],["a",["href","http://www.expatarrivals.com/europe/switzerland/relocation-companies-switzerland"]],["a",["href","https://www.ums.ch/welcome/"]],["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1748073228574902/"]],["a",["href","https://www.tierpark-bern.ch/index-en.php?frameset=1"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"But seriously, start your search for your dream apartment in Switzerland with these useful links:"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"\tList of websites in the "],[0,[0],1,"Englishforum"]],[[0,[],0,"\t"],[0,[1],1,"Relocation services"]],[[0,[],0,"\t"],[0,[2],1,"Temporary stay"],[0,[],0," in furnished apartments"]]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Once you"> <div> <p>But seriously, start your search for your dream apartment in Switzerland with these useful links:</p> <ul> <li>List of websites in the <a href= "https://www.englishforum.ch/property-wanted/8619-list-sites-searching-apartments-housing-serviced-apartments.html"> Englishforum</a></li> <li><a href= "http://www.expatarrivals.com/europe/switzerland/relocation-companies-switzerland"> Relocation services</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ums.ch/welcome/">Temporary stay</a> in furnished apartments</li> </ul> <p>Once you've found a Swiss apartment you like: these are your next steps, from the first contact to signing the contract</p> <ul> <li>Ask for a visit, your first contact</li> <li>The actual visit, what to expect, do's and don't's: What you shouldn't forget to ask while you're there</li> <li>The application: required papers and special documents for expats</li> <li>You will need an 'Auszug aus dem Betreibungsregister' (statement from the debt register)</li> </ul> <p>Here you'll find related <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1748073228574902/"> questions</a> in our Facebook group.</p> <ul> <li>Linda: "You need to register yourself in the community that you reside in"</li> <li>Marco: "with no permit B it's almost impossible"</li> <li>Daniel: "We bought a place easily enough, if you have the deposit ready, just talk to your bank manager, and they're sure to get your finance approved. Our purchase was a very quick and painless experience!"</li> </ul> <p>And, we made a little surprise for you - a visit to the <a href= "https://www.tierpark-bern.ch/index-en.php?frameset=1">Dählhölzli</a> zoo and animal park in Bern!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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Going to school in Switzerland: for kids and adults
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[["soft-return","",{}],["soft-return","",{}]],"cards":[["hr",{}]],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Children in Switzerland walk to school alone. They go home at lunch time and there is no security at the school. A typical Swiss school day also contains some surprises compared to other countries and can be quite a revelation for expats new to Switzerland. In this episode, you"> <div> <p>Children in Switzerland walk to school alone. They go home at lunch time and there is no security at the school. A typical Swiss school day also contains some surprises compared to other countries and can be quite a revelation for expats new to Switzerland. In this episode, you'll get two different perspectives: what surprises expats in Switzerland about the schools and what a typical Swiss school day looks like (from someone who's actually been to one)! Plus, we discuss German language exams, and take a trip to a traditional Swiss sports festival.</p> <p>Don't forget to join our Facebook group 'Switzerland for English speakers' to talk to other people who have moved to Switzerland, are planning to move here, or simply just love the country!</p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</h3> <ul> <li>The school run - Swiss style - and other surprising aspects of Swiss school routines</li> <li>The expat and Swiss perspective</li> <li>Reasons behind these differences</li> <li>Extra: A visit to the Eidgenössisches Hornussenfest (Federal Hornussen Festival) 2018</li> </ul> </div> </div>
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How to find a job in Switzerland
<p>It's one of the big questions you'll be asking yourself before you move to Switzerland: how can I find a job there? Once you arrive in Switzerland it might not prove as easy as you'd hoped to find a job as an expat either. However, if you know where to look for a job and what you must include in an application, it will be much easier.</p> <p>Where should you look to find a job in Switzerland as a foreigner, how can you make the most of your skills as an expat and what do you need to know before writing your cover letter to a potential employer? If you're looking for advice from someone who's already been through this, head over to our Facebook group '<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/">Switzerland for English speakers</a>'.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</strong></p> <ul> <li>Where to look for a job</li> <li>What to do if you're applying from abroad</li> <li>What to include in your application</li> <li>Overcoming your weak spots: the language (s), knowledge of the country, uncertainty over long-term plans, unfamiliar qualifications</li> <li>Make the most of your strengths: a fresh perspective, knowledge of a specific culture or market that isn't Swiss, different language skills</li> <li>Q & A from our Facebook group '[Switzerland for English speakers.]</li> </ul>
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What's the weather like in Switzerland?
<p>A heatwave has been hitting Europe and while Switzerland’s not part of the EU, it’s still part of Europe! To cool down on these baking hot days, Swiss, tourists and expats alike flock to the country’s lakes, rivers and pools whenever they can.</p> <p>So is it better to experience summer or winter in Switzerland? In this episode we try to explain Swiss weather and when the best time to visit Switzerland is.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li>When is the best time to visit Switzerland, as far as the weather is concerned? </li> <li>An audio message from a listener</li> <li>Special parts of the Swiss weather forecast</li> <li>General climate in Switzerland</li> <li>Weather Apps</li> </ul>
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Ten Swiss German phrases you need to know
<p>There are many word or phrases in Swiss German that expats in Switzerland or tourists in the country will start to hear. The dialect varies from place to place in German-speaking Switzerland - so prepare to be surprised!<br /> <br /> There also aren't as many grammatical rules as there are in high German, which sounds great in theory, but makes learning Swiss German quite difficult for expats in Switzerland.<br /> But don't let this discourage you if you're thinking of moving here or coming to work here as an expat. You can move to Switzerland without knowing any Swiss German or even German at all and will still be able to communicate, get around without any huge problems, enjoy the Swiss lifestyle or simply start your new life abroad.</p> <p>To give you a glimpse into Swiss culture, here are a few words and phrases that you will soon hear as an expat in Switzerland or while here on holiday. We talk about where you will hear them and what they mean.</p> <p>We hope you enjoy the show! If you want to hear more or have any comments, let us know on our website or join the discussion in our Facebook Group ‘Switzerland for English speakers‘.</p> <p>The Swiss German phrases we talk about in this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland:</p> <p>- Grüessäch, tschou<br /> - Adjeu, tschüss, uf Widerluegä<br /> - Merci vielmal<br /> - Exgüsee<br /> - Heiter z Zedeli wöuä / Seckli wöuä?<br /> - Gäbig<br /> - Velo<br /> - Z‘nüüni and z‘vieri<br /> - Koleeg or Koleegin<br /> - Stangä</p>
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Wild swimming in Switzerland
<p>Summer has started in Switzerland and with temperatures rising above 30°C, all over the country people are jumping into rivers and lakes to cool down. One more reason why Switzerland is a great place to live as an expat, right? With crystal clear water coming from the Swiss mountains there are many beautiful places to go for a dip, even in the big cities. In this episode we talk about what it's like to go wild swimming in Switzerland as an expat, how to find the best spots and how to stay safe. If you've just moved to Switzerland as an expat, or you're coming here on holiday, it's best to know a little bit about what's involved before jumping into the next river.</p> <p>Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group, Switzerland for English Speakers, where you can find answers to your questions, and swap ideas and advice with other Swiss and expats and even influence our show!</p> <p>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</p> <p>- What is wild swimming and what's special about wild swimming in Switzerland<br /> A. "Badis": supervised swimming areas in naturally occuring water, with facilities<br /> B. Wild-ish swimming: no lifeguards, but some facilities such as steps into the water<br /> C. Completely wild swimming: for example in a mountain lake or stream</p> <p>- Where to go and what to take</p> <p>- The best pools, rivers and lakes for swimming in Switzerland</p> <p>- Think about safety<br /> <br /> - Safe swimming courses for expats</p> <p>- Useful apps</p> <p> </p>
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How to learn Swiss German (or maybe not)
<p>For the first time on our show, we're answering questions from our listeners in the Facebook group "Switzerland for English speakers". If you'd like to join in the discussion, network with other English speakers interested in Switzerland and share your experiences, please feel free to join the group and say 'hello'!</p> <p>This episode is all English speaking expats in Switzerland need to know about Swiss German and high German. What is Swiss German? Do you need to learn it? And if so, where can you learn it and how. We look at the pros and cons compared to learning high German, and hear how it sounds.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</strong></p> <p>- What is Swiss German and what is the difference to high German?<br /> - Can you move to Switzerland without knowing any Swiss German?<br /> - Once in Switzerland, what should you learn and what are the pros and cons of Swiss German vs. high German?<br /> - What is the best way to learn (Swiss) German?<br /> - We answer questions from our Facebook group</p>
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Getting to know the Swiss over dinner: do's and don'ts
<p>You've found your way to Switzerland and started setting up a life here. Now it's time to try and get to know the locals, and what better way to do it than over some food? But where to begin? And how to go about it without committing any major faux-pas? There are some simple (unspoken) rules that will enable you to hit the spot. In this episode, we answer the most important questions and give you a glimpse into the Swiss way of thinking, so there will be no big surprises coming your way after the first course.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of 'Your British Guide to Switzerland'</strong></p> <p>- First things first: How do you get invited to a Swiss person's home?<br /> - When should you arrive? What is considered too early, or too late?<br /> - What should you bring with you?<br /> - How do you say hello: hugs, kisses, a firm handshake?<br /> - What is the normal procedure after you get there?<br /> - What can you expect in terms of food?<br /> - How long should you stay?<br /> - Which topics of conversation should you avoid?<br /> - How can you follow up afterwards?</p>
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An utterly delightful royal wedding special
<p>What drives someone who's not particularly interested in the monarchy to watch a full royal wedding? We found out this weekend as we switched our TV over to the BBC and soaked up the atmosphere in Windsor for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, all from the safety of a Swiss chalet in the Bernese Alps.</p> <div class="gh-markdown-editor-preview-content"> <h2 id="notesonthisepisodeofyourbritishguidetoswitzerlandpodcast"> Notes on this episode of your 'British guide to Switzerland' podcast</h2> <p>Who pays for a royal wedding? BBC's 'Reality Check' does a nice job of trying to <a href= "http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44154438">break down the figures</a>, albeit it without too much information at their disposal.</p> <p>And while we're on the topic... how does <a href= "http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-40425569/reality-check-what-does-the-queen-cost-us">the Queen</a> afford all those new dresses?</p> <p>Not everybody loves the Royal Family, and not everybody wanted to watch the wedding. Campaign group Republic <a href= "https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/20/royal-wedding-prince-harry-meghan-markle">launched a petition</a> in advance of the big day to try and stop taxpayers' money being spent on the event. It had 32,000 signatures.</p> <p>And something we didn't hear mentioned during the festivities, but which was covered in the UK press beforehand, was how the homeless were having their property, including sleeping bags, <a href= "http://time.com/5279252/windsor-homeless-royal-wedding/">put into storage</a> before the wedding, while royalists camped out on the streets overnight to secure a spot to watch the day's events.</p> </div>
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Full steam ahead! Buying Swiss train tickets
<p>There a number of different types of tickets and railcards you can buy to travel around Switzerland whether you have just moved here, or you're only visiting. We run through the discounts available, where and how to buy tickets and how much you can expect it all to set you back.</p> <ul> <li>The 'GA' - an annual pass for whole country: worth it if you‘re commuting or travelling a lot. CHF3860 per year / CHF340 in monthly installments.</li> <li>The 'Halb Tax' - the half-fare card: enables you to buy tickets for half price. A one-off payment of CHF185 / CHF165 if you automatically renew.</li> <li>You can buy weekly and monthly passes for specific routes, prices vary.</li> <li>The Swiss Federal Railways, SBB, has an app where you can buy all train tickets. Also available in English.</li> <li>Local transport companies have their own apps where you can find more options than in the SBB app for cheaper tickets for a specific route.</li> <li>There are ticket machines at railway stations and most bus or tram stops.</li> <li>Travel at a specific date and time and book in advance: you can get a cheaper 'saver' ticket for the train. Otherwise, the train ticket costs the same all the time, whether you buy your ticket weeks in advance or five minutes before you leave.</li> <li>For visitors to Switzerland, it can be good value for money to buy an Interrail pass: CHF326 for 3 days travel in Switzerland within one month.</li> <li>There are also a few varieties of the Swiss Travel Pass which although slightly cheaper, has to be used on consecutive days. Costs CHF225 for 3 days, for example. Includes free entry to many museums.</li> <li>All of the above prices are second class. </li> </ul>
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A typical Swiss picnic
<p>The food people pack for a picnic would be similar all over Europe, right? Well, as it turns out, a Swiss picnic contains some very typical items, and they're quite different to what would be found in a British picnic basket.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brits in a Swiss newspaper (for all the wrong reasons)</li> <li>Renewing a British passport when you live in Switzerland</li> <li>A typical Swiss picnic: what you need to pack</li> <li>A visit to 'Schwarzwasserbrücke'</li> </ul>
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Swiss and Chips: Over the border
<p>We are in Italy for the week: first at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and then Rome. In this episode we talk about why it's different to travel from Switzerland to neighbouring countries, than it is from England.</p> <p>Notes on this episode</p> <p>* What is it like to have Paris and Rome on your doorstep?<br /> * How often do Swiss travel and how easy is it to cross the border?<br /> * Is there a difference in the way Swiss and Brits travel?<br /> * What is 'shopping tourism' and why is it a big issue in Switzerland?</p>
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The flight factor: flying in and out of Switzerland
<p>Although Switzerland isn't a big country, it still has a number of airports and each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. Looking for the perfect flight home can be like searching for the holy grail at first, but if you know some basics, it becomes pretty straightforward.</p> <div class="gh-markdown-editor-preview-content"> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <p>How can you find your perfect flight home? It's all about a combination of the below factors:</p> <ul> <li>Price</li> <li>Flight time</li> <li>Airlines</li> <li>Airport location and connections</li> </ul> <p>What marks the different Swiss airports apart? We discuss the pros and cons of flying from Basel, Bern, Geneva or Zurich.</p> <p>And don't forget, these are the basics of finding a cheap flight:</p> <ul> <li>Book early</li> <li>Compare flights using sites such as <a href= "http://skyscanner.com/">Skyscanner</a> and have a look on the airlines' own websites too</li> <li>Only take hand luggage</li> <li>If you can, don't fly out Friday evening and return Sunday evening</li> </ul> </div>
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What do the Swiss think about British people
<p>Most Swiss have an opinion about everything and everyone. And that includes the English. Although the first image that springs to mind when thinking of the English might be one of Brits abroad: the red faced, football shirt-wearing, beer can-waving lad that's a familiar sight in warmer countries during the summer months; on second thought, the English also have a reputation for being polite, respectful or even admirable.</p> <div class="gh-markdown-editor-preview-content"> <p>In this episode we talk about some of the most commonly-held prejudices some Swiss have about the Brits and Jo has the chance to defend British culture.</p> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <p>Let's do this the Swiss way, by starting a critical conversation with some compliments and positive points:</p> <ul> <li>Gentlemen and traditionalists</li> <li>The Queen and James Bond</li> <li>the British accent</li> </ul> <p>Although the Swiss are generally respectful about the Brits, not all thoughts are positive:</p> <ul> <li>British food</li> <li>British weather</li> <li>Red skin</li> <li>The Brits and alcohol</li> </ul> </div>
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Food: eat your way happy!
<p>Chunky chips or skinny fries? And is there a place in any ham sandwich for a slice of gherkin and a bit of hard-boiled egg? There are some big differences between Swiss and British food, and the expectations on both sides. Jo and Simon talk about what they love and hate in both country's cuisines.</p> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://swissandchips.com/contact-swiss-and-chips/">We want to hear from you, so get in touch!</a> Become part of the show or simply ask us a question.</li> </ul> <p>Send a message on WhatsApp:<br /> The best way to receive our podcast and get in touch is via WhatsApp. Save our phone number in your contacts, then send a message with your name, to:<br /> <a href="tel:+41%2078%20915%2039%2059">+41 78 915 39 59</a></p> <ul> <li>Simon's first experience with Fish and Chips. Chips vs. skinny fries: the big cultural difference.</li> <li><a href= "https://www.nordsee.com/de/ueber-uns/unternehmensgeschichte/">Nordsee</a> from Nordsee.</li> <li>The perfect sandwich from M&S vs. Swiss sandwiches with gherkin, tomato and egg.</li> <li>The full English breakfast and Swiss breakfast with <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muesli">Birchermüsli</a>.</li> <li>Jo's three favourite Swiss meals.</li> <li>Chocolate in all varieties, eg. <a href= "http://www.leoshop.ch/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=462"> 5er + s'Weggli</a></li> </ul>
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Swiss surprises - expectations versus reality
<p>The first show is about Swiss surprises: expectations versus reality.</p> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <ul> <li>All about the Swiss and Chips podcast, why we're making a podcast in the first place and what can you expect.</li> <li><a href="https://swissandchips.com/contact-swiss-and-chips/">We want to hear from you, so get in touch!</a> Become part of the show or simply ask us a question.</li> </ul> <p>Send a message on WhatsApp:<br /> The best way to receive our podcast and get in touch is via WhatsApp. Save our phone number in your contacts, then send a message, with your name, to:<br /> +41 78 915 39 59</p> <ul> <li>Jo talks about how she moved from England to Switzerland.</li> <li>Jo's expectations of Switzerland and the (surprising) reality.</li> <li>We discuss snow, toothpaste and obviously chocolate.</li> <li>How to get a bank account in Switzerland.</li> <li>Switzerland's four national languages.</li> <li>Cash vs. card payment.</li> <li>Children and how they get to school.</li> <li>The 'bad' experiences when Jo first arrived in Switzerland.</li> <li>Swiss timing: How late is 'late' in Switzerland.</li> </ul>
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