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  • word and you can tell it's not like a common  thing i don't know if i see that changing soon  

  • i think that a lot of the cafes it's you know  it's intentional they don't want everybody like  

  • on their phones and stuff like that but i guess  if you're traveling and you need to find wi-fi  

  • like you said starbucks and mcdonald's  do have wi-fi train stations have wi-fi  

  • um but some of the wi-fi is a pain in the  butt they make you like put in your phone  

  • number and then send you a text and if you don't  have a local phone number it won't work so i  

  • definitely think there are internet issues that  switzerland should work to solve for travelers  

  • for people that don't have swiss phone numbers and  yeah next assumption is everyone skis okay um you  

  • know i would say a lot of swiss people definitely  grow up skiing the way that americans grow up like  

  • riding a bike or playing baseball right  going to little league a lot of little swiss  

  • kids learn how to ski which is not the norm  in in the u.s maybe in some communities  

  • but not nationwide at all but swiss people here  yeah they start skiing when they're little a lot  

  • of them if you grow up in kind of a traditional  swiss household they tend to go to the mountains  

  • um for vacations and stuff like that i know  matthias grew up going to the mountains every  

  • winter and learning how to ski at a young age and  stuff like that but definitely not everybody okay  

  • like there are also swiss people that grew grow up  differently they grow up in cities and maybe their  

  • parents didn't you know prioritize that or be able  to afford it skiing is an expensive sport it's  

  • getting more and more expensive in switzerland so  i um i think maybe less people see now than they  

  • used to um but yeah it's it's a very popular like  ski racing here is like a popular sport like they  

  • know the professional ski racers and stuff like  that whereas in the us like ski racing is you know  

  • i don't think many americans could name like three  famous ski racers but if you would ask a swiss  

  • like who are some famous swiss ski racers they  would know them like nba stars or baseball stars  

  • so skiing is a big part of the culture for sure  but not everybody not everybody skis okay next  

  • assumption is that switzerland is not friendly  to kids especially in public spaces where they  

  • demand kids to be quiet now this is an interesting  assumption again we do not have kids so i cannot  

  • speak from the perspective of a parent but i find  that people here are pretty like free with their  

  • kids i see a lot of kids running around at the  beach you know kids running around naked it's very  

  • like it seems like the parenting style here islittle bit more relaxed than what i saw growing  

  • up in the u.s kids have a ton of freedom they take  the bus on their own they go to the city on their  

  • own but as far as like little kids are people  gonna tell you that they should be quiet honestly  

  • i have no idea um but i find that the parenting  style here does seem a little bit more hands-off  

  • than in the us where it's like this a lot of  people grow up with like helicopter moms and  

  • stuff i don't really see that going on here but as  far as little kids i feel like people are really i  

  • feel like it's a family-friendly place to live um  i don't know the next assumption is that swiss are  

  • snobbier than germans okay well this is funnyguess i can try to answer this because i lived in  

  • germany for six months in berlin and obviously  i've spent a lot of my life in switzerland  

  • this is a tough one i'm not that familiar with  german culture outside of berlin where we lived  

  • and if you compare people in berlin to people in  zurich for example i'm gonna say here that from my  

  • experience i think that the swiss in zurich are  a little bit friendlier than people in berlin  

  • like after we lived in berlin for a while and then  we came back here i i felt like wow people here  

  • are very friendly um in contrast but that was  berlin okay i think that berlin has a certain  

  • like attitude and whatever which is really cool  and stuff like i love berlin um but i think in  

  • comparison i thought i don't want to use the word  snobby um but i think that's the swiss maybe came  

  • off a little bit more friendly than the berliners  but i think germans as a whole i don't know  

  • that's a tough one i don't know i don't know  enough germans um to make a judgment on that  

  • this is an interesting assumption it is that  when two swiss people from different language  

  • areas meet they speak english super interesting  again language dynamic here is so interesting  

  • this could definitely be true if you have a swiss  italian who meets up with a swiss german they're  

  • probably going to speak english that is probably  true if you have a swiss french and a swiss german  

  • english french not sure but i think yeah a lot  of the times um that does happen a lot of the  

  • times english is used as a common language thatlot of people speak as a second language so they  

  • choose to speak that together i just asked mathias  and he confirmed if he would meet a swiss italian  

  • he would probably speak english if he would meet  a swiss friend she would probably speak english  

  • because he wouldn't expect either of them  to speak um swiss german maybe on the other  

  • end maybe they would hope that he would speak  french or italian but uh i'm not honestly sure  

  • next assumption is that swiss are highly educated  uh this is definitely true there's always reports  

  • coming out about like the you know highest  educated countries or the best education systems  

  • switzerland is usually in the top 10  sometimes in the top five depending on  

  • what list you're looking at but definitely swiss  people value education for sure it's a it's a  

  • highly educated country okay the next assumption  is that swiss people have no political views lol  

  • so obviously you're at you're you're assuming this  because switzerland is a neutral country um but  

  • this is an interesting question because definitely  swiss people have political opinions about  

  • u.s politics as a u.s american people try to bring  it up all the time um i think that swiss people  

  • don't tend to talk about politics or get  emotionally involved in their own politics  

  • the way americans do where it's highly emotional  um people are very very um divided opinionated  

  • you're not really gonna find that heredon't really think i've ever heard swiss  

  • people talk much about like their own political  system and climate they definitely vote a lot  

  • um so they have a big say you know in their  in the democracy here um but they don't really  

  • openly talk about it and get invested and get  in debates about it the way that americans do  

  • they certainly might talk about american politics  especially when there's an election or something  

  • like that but as far as like swiss politics  they're not emotionally involved most people are  

  • pretty level-headed practical and they do their  voting and and that's it it's not like this big  

  • emotional uh thing next assumption is that swiss  people love beer they certainly like beer there's  

  • a lot of really good swiss beer here it's very  common to drink you know beer but that being said  

  • they really like wine as well i find that people  here drink drink way more wine than in the u.s  

  • um it's very very popular switzerland makes a lot  of wine in different regions so there's a lot of  

  • swiss wine actually not very popular on a global  scale but in switzerland a lot of people drink  

  • swiss wine and um there's a big wine culture  as well they're definitely like beer like most  

  • places most countries um but i find that it's  you know it's kind of half half you know people  

  • like beer and they like wine it's not like a huge  beer you know country per se um but yeah i guess  

  • it depends who you're talking to but they're very  proud of their swiss beer and their swiss wine of  

  • course last question this is all i'm gonna be  able to answer i even did two parts so i hope i  

  • got to your assumption if you left one um this is  that swiss people or swiss police are very picky  

  • my car was stopped 15 minutes after the crossing  the border yes there was an issue with my mirror  

  • but that was ignored for days in france and italy  so the assumption that swiss police are very picky  

  • i mean i think swiss culture in general is quite  picky they expect things to be at a certain  

  • level and that everybody kind of abides bycertain standard they're like you know those  

  • rules are there for a reason and everybody is  held equally accountable it is kind of like that  

  • they're not going to be as much in allowing things  to be in the gray area so i know with the car  

  • thing i don't know exactly how it works but i'm  pretty sure like you cannot drive a beater here  

  • if you if your car gets damaged beyond a certain  point it's you're not allowed to drive it you  

  • know in the u.s you'll always see like rusted  out cars with dents and cracked windshields  

  • driving around and you know you can get away with  that for quite an extended period of time perhaps  

  • um but in switzerland yeah it's true if you  have like something wrong that is not allowed  

  • to be wrong you can definitely expect that  they're going to find you and tell you to fix  

  • it it's like most things in switzerland they  expect things to stay maintained and orderly  

  • so it doesn't surprise me at all that you  were driving around in france and italy  

  • and nobody stopped you and then you came  here and immediately um they found an issue  

  • because yeah they just want a certain standard and  they're going to enforce it but yeah i never owned  

  • a car in switzerland but if you just see what  kind of cars are on the road you're not going to  

  • see beaters or cars with like any damage on them  so i'm not exactly sure what the rules are but  

  • there's definitely a lot of them okay guys that  is it for today's video i hope you enjoyed me  

  • answering your assumptions to the best  of my ability if you like this video  

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    Yiu Fung Chow posted on 2021/10/28
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