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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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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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