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Flying Doctors of Switzerland

April 27, 2012, 1 Comment

It’s the best deal in Switzerland: 30 francs a year for medical air rescue anywhere in the world.

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The land of the scarlet slippers

April 3, 2012, 8 Comments

Red shoes. It’s amazing how two innocent little words in one book can unexpectedly provoke so much heated debate.

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A year of festivals in Switzerland

February 28, 2012, 11 Comments

The Basler Fasnacht, or Carnival, is one of the biggest festivals in the Swiss calendar, and it’s a pretty full calendar!

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Black and white humour in Switzerland

February 9, 2012, 1 Comment

It’s a funny, silent, black-and-white film that’s delighting audiences in Switzerland. No, I’m not talking about The Artist

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How the Swiss sell their eggs

November 22, 2011, 18 Comments

Eggs. Such an everyday item that it’s easy to overlook them as something of cultural significance. Eggs are eggs, aren’t they? 

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Teaching the Swiss to stand on the right

October 9, 2011, 14 Comments

The Swiss are usually very good at following instructions. This is a country where control and conform can feel like national verbs

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Ten essential facts about Bern

September 14, 2011, 9 Comments

The New York Times recently had a great little article about 36 hours in Bern, with 12 things to see and do in...

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Graffiti: the Swiss disease?

September 8, 2011, 23 Comments

This morning I opened the bedroom shutters and, as always, had to look at FUCK NAZIS in big letters on the house opposite.

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Switzerland’s trains at half the cost

August 26, 2011, 4 Comments

Swiss transport is certainly excellent but it’s also not exactly cheap. All that punctuality, comfort and cleanliness comes at a cost

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Where’s the cheapest place to live in Switzerland?

May 29, 2011, 16 Comments

There’s nothing the Swiss love more that compiling and tabulating statistics, especially when they are about Switzerland.

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