Jul 23, 2008

You know you've been in Geneva too long when...

  • You notice how dirty French cars are;
  • You live alone in a studio and have a cleaning lady;
  • You don't think it unusual that you have never met a Swiss who does hard manual labour like road-digging;
  • You don't question why it takes 12-18 months and costs more than a million francs to build a modest residential house;
  • You think Swiss advertising is dynamic, clever and subtle.
  • You think it's economically wasteful to have more than one brand of a product in a store;
  • You try to defend cartel based economics to a visitor;
  • You think it's fair that you can only wash clothes once a month;
  • You wonder why anyone would want to shop outside of working hours;
  • You understand why Chinese food should cost more than normal food;
  • You think it's OK for a Chinese restaurant to be run by a Swiss and staffed by Spaniards and Portuguese;
  • You think Thursday night shopping is really convenient;
  • You think it's cool to drink expensive imported American beers;
  • You prefer fizzy mineral water to tap water;
  • You don't mind paying SFr.20 for a paperback book;
  • You become interested in the myriad of insurance offerings.

1 comment:

cosimo said...

You do not think that 7 CHF for a not-so-good ice cream is outrageously super incredibly expensive and you do not argue with the bouncer at Migros who will not let you in at 7:00:01 pm.