Tag Archives: Zurich

Loose firearms laws and gun circulation in the world: it’s not only the US

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

Just an ordinary Saturday morning

Friends of mine confirmed that it’s nothing unusual. However, I was shocked.

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Interpreting events overseas using one’s native culture

Oprah Winfrey luxury bag in Zurich

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.

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An example of direct democracy

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.

"Switzerland chooses"

“Switzerland chooses”

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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Driving in Switzerland: don’t deal with Swiss Police, they will deal with you

Adapting to drive in another country is not always easy.

One has to adapt to:

  • Different rules
  • Different signaling system
  • Different driving styles of the other drivers
  • Different police

Swiss Police

Different police

Imagine you are driving in northern Switzerland, where people pretend to speak German.

It’s after midnight, and I’m driving well below the speed limit, since I know there are many radars around.

Suddenly a car overtakes me, and – surprise – it is a police car.

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How to find Alitalia Flight 404 memorial

Present day.
I was going for I hike in a very good mood.
Now I’m sad.
What I’ve seen brought many memories back.

 

Twenty-three years ago.
I’m still in school.

46 people get up on an autumn’s morning. They have different lives, different nationalities and speak different languages. Some are men, some are women, some are rich while others are looking for a better life. Some are leaving their home, some are returning home. All different lives with only one thing in common: they’re all going to die soon, and they don’t know.

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