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Sep 23, 2009 - England, everyday life    5 Comments

Haircut is Like a Box of Chocolate!

haircutA hair cut is like a box of chocolate you never know what you are going to get.

As it turns out getting a haircut in the United States is way easier than in Switzerland! I remember the days where I could ask someone spontaneously if she/he has time to drive me to “Sport Clip” where I could get a haircut in ten minutes for about $ 17.-. I was happy with the result and everybody liked my haircut. (At least I thought so, don’t tell me if not…)

Now in Switzerland a different situation! For a “cheap” haircut I had to catch the train to Basel which is about 30min ride. Then I went into the barber shop and waited for about 10-20 minutes till it was my turn. A book helps you to pick a nice haircut if you want to. This time I didn’t use the book, because I learnt in the USA that you don’t use a book to let the lady know what your hair should look like at the end, especially when you are a guy. I think that was my mistake, simply because the hairdresser obviously didn’t understand what I meant. The result was NOT really satisfying. I think it is more the late 50s style, then what I had in mind. But this is not the whole story. After wards I had to pay of course, Fr. 32.50 for the actual haircut AND Fr. 3.- for the “spiking glue” that she had put in my hair. So not for a whole box only for the little amount that she had put in my hair! All in all that makes about $ 32.- for a CHEAP haircut.

Welcome to Switzerland my dad told me when I got home and told him the story. My opinion: this is crazy and I miss the United States where you have nice moms and dads who drive you for an easy and cheap haircut to Sport Clips!

Sep 17, 2009 - England, everyday life    7 Comments

USA vs. Switzerland Part I

Andy Roddick (USA) vs. Roger Federer (Switzerland)Now that I am back in Switzerland the differences between the United States and Switzerland are very obvious to me. That’s why I thought I am going to list some of them for you guys who asked me some question about Switzerland.





1. When you meet someone Swiss people shake first and or if it is a girl kiss her three times on her cheek.
2. When someone ask you “how are you” you really tell him how you feel.
3. When meeting a new person a Swiss doesn’t ask private questions and is very passive in a conversation till he figures out that he can trust the other.
4. Questions like “what’s happening?” or “what’s up” don’t exist in Switzerland. (That’s why I tried to really answer those at the beginning of my year in the US)
5. In Swiss German their is a polite form which is used for adults and teachers. (This form exists in many languages and represents Mister or Misses)
6. Teachers don’t often talk about something else then the school stuff with their students.


7. Cars are way smaller in Switzerland
8. On every street corner you can sightsee the car “Smart”, and no this doesn’t mean Swiss people are very smart.
9. A straight street is so rare like a farm in downtown Chicago. Every street has some kind of curve or turn.
10. When you speed you don’t get pulled over. Photo camera’s take a picture and send you a fee home.
11. The speed limit on highways (Autobahn) is 75 miles per hour in the whole country.
12. Getting the driver license costs around $ 4000.-. This includes everything what you need to learn how to drive a car.
13. While learning how to drive you have to put a little blue square sign with a white L on it on the back, so everybody can see that you’re learning how to drive and laugh at you. (Yes the “L” stands for “learning”)
14. No driving under 18.
15. Teenager get around with public transportation like train, trams, and buses.
16. The public transportation network is huge and goes to every little town.
17. Buses and trains are never late. If the train is only one minute to late every body gets nervous and angry because they have to wait.
18. Trains are comfortable in Switzerland.
19. There are so many tunnels in Switzerland like wholes in a Swiss cheese.
20. My mom never gives me a ride to school.
21. Stick shift cars are the norm
22. When you drive over the speed limit the police won’t hunt you down. They will take a picture of your your license plate and send you a penalty home. The mean thing about it, they camera’s are set up almost everywhere and they don’t need a human to figure out when to take a picture.
23. Crossroads are often regulated my street circles.
24. The trains look like from the future. Seriously
25. A family has on average one car.

These are just some difference between US and Switzerland. More will coming up soon! So look forward to part two of the differences between the United States and Switzerland.

If you don’t understand something, please ask! And let me know which one is the weirdest one for you. For me it is probably nr. 4.

Sep 14, 2009 - England, everyday life    2 Comments

The Swiss Weekend

Today I am going to tell you how my weekend normally looks like. So here we go:


My weekend starts already at 11.50 am! (Chicago time at 4.50 am!!!) Yeah when you go to school or start working on friday I have already reached the weekend. Friday afternoon I have my afternoon off but about my week schedule another time. Anyway, on a friday afternoon I usually do as much homework as I can. Now you might think what a nerd! But nerd isn’t the right word. The right word would be smart then this way I really don’t have to think about anything that consists school and homework on my weekend!

Friday night I have basketball practice till 8.30 pm and till I get home it’s already about 9.30. Normally I am to lazy to go out on fridays (only if there is something really amazing or a friend’s birthday). When I get home from hard practice I throw a pizza in the oven and watch TV. Well lets just say I get ready for saturday.

SaturdayMe and my brother at the club I sleep in. Sometimes till noon, sometimes longer. It all depends what my duties are on schedule. Every saturday my parents also abuse me to clean the bathroom and vacuum clean the stairs. I know isn’t that crazy? The really put me to work so I can live for free in their house. After finishing my duty I check in with my friends or like yesterday with my brother. Hanging out with friends, go to the moving theater, party or just  go out is the usual stuff I am doing on a saturday night. As I said, last night I went out with my brother. We went clubbing which is a common saturday night activity of a young Swiss in my age. “A2″ was the name of the club. The music was loud, the club stuffed with about 300 crazy people and two difference dance floors were lightened with blue, green, red, yellow lasers. After having tons of fun I got home at 2 am. My brother stayed till 4 am which is normal for him :P .

Sunday is really relaxing again. I am not doing a lot. Just enjoying the day of rest, hanging with my family or really good friends are the manner. Sometimes we visit our relatives or go swimming or watch Formula 1. In the evening I go to my church. The church I am going to is in the near by city Basel. I am taking the train and then a European like tram. I usually get back at about 10 am. And are ready for the next week.

Finally I have to say that every weekend actually is really different but if I don’t have something special going on, which I have a lot, my weekend looks like that.

If you have any questions about it I am glad to answer them!