“I prefer to eat grass instead of garbage. Thank you”.
This road sign in Switzerland is there to let know drivers that even an apparently harmless action like throwing objects out of the window – like aluminum cans or food wraps – can do harm to cows, resulting even in death.
You can see cows on the road side everywhere in Switzerland.
An aspect of expat life I never really thought about before switching countries is firearms control.
One reason for that is the fact that I was moving to a country which has never been at war in the last two-hundred years, plus it is well-known for its neutrality, it almost never experienced political unrest, and has a low crime rate.
However, I soon learnt that those factors don’t necessarily mean strict gun control.
This is what I saw when I boarded a tram downtown on a Saturday morning.
Just an ordinary Saturday morning
Friends of mine confirmed that it’s nothing unusual. However, I was shocked.
The recent incident involving Ms. Winfrey in Switzerland is, in my humble opinion, a striking case of a person who reads a situation from behind the lenses of her home culture, while she is 6,000 miles from home, in a place inhabited by people with a very different culture.
I live in a country which features one of the most direct democracies in the world. I don’t know about you, but for me democracy is important, being it closely related to freedom, and the less it is delegated, the better.
As soon as I moved to Switzerland I was surprised to see long aluminum poles planted on grassy grounds arranged so that their bases formed a rectangle. “It’s for a new building,” I was told, “to give neighbors time to decide whether they like it to be built there or not.” That’s right, the poles represented cornerstones and height of a soon-to-be-built building, according to design plan. The neighbors had veto power on it.
However, in Switzerland ordinary people are much more involved in decisions than just vetoing buildings.
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