Go ahead and see if he still talks to you after saying that Belgian chocolate tastes better than Swiss Schoggi. He will love something you had no idea about, and "meh" the thing that you always thought was great.
There are a number of peculiarities that I (as a non-native) have observed while living with a Swiss boyfriend:
Only a Swiss person stashes 14 kinds of cheese in the fridge.
I would not believe it if I did not see it with my own eyes. And do not even try to bother telling him you already have cheese at home when he wants to take another kind of Gruyère at the grocery store. It is just simply not the same.
He's not into small talk.
And it is great. If he says something, he really means it and you know he is not going to kill time with small chitchat, trying to impress you.
Going through reviews takes more time than actually watching the movie.
Making effective decisions takes time for a Swiss maximalist, and you just cannot spontaneously pick a movie to watch. He always makes sure not to waste time watching or purchasing something that would bring little value to him. A closet full of DVDs and no access to reviews would be among of his worst nightmares...
He's addicted to weird Swiss food.
Nothing else will delight him more in a moment of sugar craving as a pack of crunchy Maltesers. And Cola will never be a match to a bottle of sparkly Rivella. Sundays will never be proper Sundays without having at least a few slices of Zopf bread.
Every now and then, he has some strange first world problems.
You may hear things like "I accidentally spilled my Ovomaltine in my computer bag", "I can't decide on where to go on my next vacation", and "Why don’t they provide internet in the bunkers?" (as in "military bunkers")
Like many Swiss, he has a particular interest in visiting remote, truly off-the-beaten-path places rather than visiting famous tourist destinations.
You have a better chance of hearing Swiss German in some small Siberian town near Lake Baikal, rather than on Jungfraujoch.
Our common meals are very international.
Switzerland's central location and international mix of inhabitants have affected the way how the Swiss eat. The presence of French, Italian, Asian (and other) cuisines have provided a new challenge for me in the kitchen.
He's a natural at outdoor sports.
Only his Swiss colleagues can compete with him in thrilling downhill snowboard races in winter. And it seems like he has been trail hiking since he learned how to walk.
And he thinks it is completely normal for a country to have special food websites.
There is one for local potatoes, bread, meat and even eggs. The Swiss take pride in what they grow and produce. And who can blame them? Milk that comes from happy cows in this scenic landscape does have a touch of joyful taste to it.
Having to live with a Swiss man, some things might piss you off more than others. Take the lack of shelf space in the kitchen cupboard because of all the chocolate...
One thing is for sure, though - the more I fall in love with him, the more I fall #inlovewithswitzerland!
(Photographs copyright Kristine Strazdina, Dimitri Burkhard)
She is into travelling, photography, handicrafts and online marketing. She doesn't spend the weekends home, and she will never say "no" to an invitation to go hiking in the mountains.
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