Tucked in the center of Europe, the small country of Switzerland is a planet of its own. And just like any other planet, it has its own culture and set of rules.
Expats arriving here from another continent must feel especially mesmerized. Yet, from the moment you leave a note on your neighbor's door asking them to keep it down after 10 PM, you realize that you are becoming Swiss...
From food to sports, here are 15 unmistakable signs that you're becoming Swiss:
You get irritated when you go abroad and find that stores do not carry at least 10 different kinds of Swiss chocolate and 15 kinds of Swiss cheese.
You know what "Röschti" is (and have crossed the "Röschtigrabe" at some point).
You were legally allowed to drink beer and wine at the age of sixteen.
And you order beer because it is cheaper than anything else - even water!
At the restaurant, you feel cheated if they serve your beverage with ice. There are no free refills in Switzerland!
Obviously, you prefer "Elmer Citro" from "Sprite".
You're the proud owner of a Soda Club machine.
You have ever prepared a dish based on a Betty Bossi recipe.
You pick up a liter of fresh milk every other day.
You compulsively buy ice-cream during the break at the movie theater. (Yes, movies break straight down the middle in Switzerland.)
You are not surprised when the grocery clerk greets you by name.
You work out on the Vita Parcours outdoor gym in your local forest.
During school, you attended state-funded ski camps every winter.
You have ever worn a pair of these: