While hanging out at the lake the other day, we reflect on our first year back in Switzerland. The result: a consolidated list of observations and, at the same time, a sequel to our series of definite ways to know if you are Swiss...
You know you're Swiss if:
You enjoy watching the cars pass by on the freeway.
You are fluent in at least three languages (and think it is completely normal).
You routinely have to explain that “Swiss” is not a language.
You get amused when you see Swiss German people being subtitled on German television.
You think it's normal to have six different public television channels in three different languages.
You can not only pronounce "Chuchichäschtli", but also know what it means! (That's if you're from the Swiss German part.)
You have ever been called "Swedish".
You have ever been asked - upon stating your nationality - whether you live in the mountains - and whether you can yodel!
You grew up believing all cows must wear bells (and still believe so).
You think showcasing your collection of garden gnomes is a way of making friends.
You never leave the house without an umbrella.
When asked to explain how certain things work in Switzerland, you commonly use the phrase "it differs from canton to canton…"
No matter how much of a "bad-ass" you think you are, you will still pick up your candy wrapper off the floor if an old lady asks you to!
You always bring some Aromat when traveling abroad!