Saturday, April 7, 2007

A few observations

Here are a few observations I've had in our first month in Switzerland

*A deposit (1 or 2 Francs) is required to use shopping carts.
*Coins are an important part of the currency system. I believe the following coins are available: .05, .10, .20, .50, 1, 2 and 5 CHF. The smallest bill I have seen is 10 CHF
*You must provide your own bag or purchase a bag at the grocery store
*Stores provide wrapping paper and supplies for free.
*Most items in the store are store branded
*No fire alarms in buildings
*No apartment numbers on the apartment doors
*Cannot mail letters from the apartment. There are mailboxes in various locations or we can go to the post office.
*Cannot recycle metal or plastic in the apartment complex. There are recycle bins around town that must be used.
*The Lego and Playmobil selections are much better here.
*Roundabouts are not the root of all evil. In fact, they might even be better than stoplights.
*Philips seems to be much more popular here. Our TV, radio, and phone are all manufactured by Philips.
*Our apartment building's nuclear shelter seems like it would be very crowded if everyone was in there.

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