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  • hey guys welcome back to how to switzerland sarah  here today for another video and in today's video  

  • we are filming part two to reacting to your  assumptions about living in switzerland

  • so if you haven't seen part one i will link  it right here and in the description box down  

  • below basically we took to the community tab on  youtube to ask you your assumptions about living  

  • in switzerland and we are going to address more of  them today i got so many i had to make two videos  

  • because some of them are really really interesting  that being said let's jump into it and i'm not  

  • petting the couch my dog is here i can't help but  it'd be so soft okay first assumption is americans  

  • are not well received i'm an american living  in switzerland so i can give my opinion on this  

  • but i'm a u.s american obviously american could  mean north america south america central america  

  • americans come in all shapes and sizes um but  will you be not well received if you're from  

  • the americas america no i don't think  that they are going to judge you on that  

  • at all not at all but if you act in a way that  might be kind of more typical american maybe  

  • stereotypical but you know what i mean being  overly friendly being smiley hugging people  

  • um talking in public loud on your cell phone or  something you know stuff that you see people do  

  • um which is all fine whatever but those kinds of  things in switzerland will not be well received  

  • so they do not take very well to being overly  friendly to being loud you know and i can say this  

  • okay don't take offense to this i talk too loud  for switzerland like most of the time for me i  

  • feel like it's a normal level um but my husband's  always like tone it down a little bit you know so  

  • they just have a different perception of like what  is an inside voice maybe but anyways let's move on  

  • next assumption is that everyone who is there  wants to be there and never wants to leave  

  • this is totally false totally false i actually  know a lot of swiss people that talk about leaving  

  • they think switzerland is boring and they'd  rather um live in the u.s for example i guess that  

  • comes up a lot because i'm from the u.s a lot of  people think it's more exciting and more whatever  

  • there's always people that want to live somewhere  else they want to experience something new and i  

  • find that actually swiss people are very keen  on learning about new cultures a lot of swiss  

  • people like to do do uh world trips when they're  young uh they like to travel way more than people  

  • that i knew growing up in the u.s it's very very  common here to travel a lot and see the world  

  • but that means that a lot of them will say  i saw the world i traveled switzerland is  

  • the best place and i want to be here you will  definitely find people that think like that  

  • but there's a lot of people that are like hey you  know i'd like to live in new york i'd like to live  

  • in la i'd like to see how it is in florida or you  know maybe they move to another european country  

  • so definitely not everybody wants to be here  even though it is great in a lot of ways  

  • there's people looking for something something  different it depends what you're looking for oh  

  • this one is really interesting and that is that  you miss the ocean if you live in switzerland  

  • so it's kind of funny to me because i am such  a water person i i love water i always need to  

  • be near water i want to go in the water in summer  i'm huge into like swimming and just like relaxing  

  • by water it's like one of my favorite things  to do and i suppose if you look at switzerland  

  • switzerland switzerland how many times  can i say switzerland um if you look at  

  • switzerland on a map you probably go oh my  gosh how can you live there it's landlocked  

  • it's tiny you're in the middle of all these  countries and um you probably missed the ocean

  • but i don't i find that most swiss cities are  built around lakes and you really i mean we can  

  • see water from our balcony we have like a little  beach right in front of our house so i'm just not  

  • ever missing water because i always have access  to it um which is amazing although switzerland  

  • is landlocked it's uh there's a there's water  that you can swim in everywhere which i really  

  • really like because when we lived in new york  you're right on the coast right there's lots of  

  • water there but you couldn't swim in any of it  because it was all disease infested or whatever  

  • most of it um so i don't miss it at all and it's  not that far if you want to go to the ocean ocean  

  • i like fresh water though so i really like having  a swimmable lakes close by next assumption is that  

  • it can be confusing to navigate for an american  who doesn't know the local language love your  

  • channel i'm from wisconsin too hello wisconsin  um i do not think this is true i do not think  

  • switzerland is confusing to navigate um and it  says like if you don't know the language because  

  • so many people here speak really good english  and they're usually very keen on speaking english  

  • sometimes i'm trying to speak german or i'm  speaking with somebody in german and they can  

  • hear that i'm american and they'll switch to  english like they'll just want to speak in english  

  • that happens quite a lot especially if you'retourist and you come here and you try to speak  

  • german or french or something if they can pick up  that you're from the u.s they'll probably switch  

  • automatically which kind of makes it hard to learn  the language but that's a whole other thing um  

  • but no i don't find it difficult to navigate  everything here is like also in english so  

  • if something is listed in german or french  there's probably english on there somewhere  

  • if you're on a website or if you're you know  trying to get around you'll be able to find stuff  

  • in english and if not people will be more  than happy to help you swiss people are  

  • very very used to tourists and foreigners so i  i think it's pretty easy to get around i always  

  • recommend people that want to come to europe  for the first time to come to switzerland  

  • it's a great country for like europe beginners  right because it's very very easy to get around  

  • and compared to neighboring countries for example  next assumption is that you question whether the  

  • price of living in switzerland is worth it i do  not question this in fact i think with complete  

  • confidence that the cost of living in switzerland  is a million percent worth it living here i have  

  • so much peace of mind so much calm i just feel  like everything works my life is a lot less  

  • stressful in switzerland um because everything  works it's nice to go somewhere and know the train  

  • will be there when it's supposed to or if there's  an issue you will know in advance and that things  

  • operate on a certain level of trust in this  country and i just really really like that um  

  • and it's not the kind of place where you have  to worry that you're gonna get really taken  

  • advantage of or things like that so i think a lot  of the things in switzerland just make it worth it  

  • and i don't question whether it is worth  it because one i know how to do it cheap  

  • and um two i just i do think it's worth it the  things that are more expensive on the micro level  

  • it pays off because in the macro your your life  can be a lot easier and smoother here so i think  

  • it's worth it next assumption is that swiss feel  embarrassed to talk in another language i would  

  • have to say i'm not swiss but in my experience  dealing with swiss people this is pretty much  

  • not true i guess it depends which language if  matthias has to switch to german i wouldn't say  

  • he's embarrassed but he's like maybe a little bit  um uncomfortable because he knows he has like a  

  • heavy swiss accent and stuff like that butfind swiss people particularly love to speak  

  • english even when you don't want them to they  will switch to english and they really like to  

  • to speak languages i think they're proud that they  can speak different languages which is awesome  

  • i think it's really cool that swiss people are  usually pretty bilingual you know when i met  

  • matthias he already spoke english german swiss  german and and basic french and that's like super  

  • impressive to me so i think the language thing  in switzerland is something that most of them  

  • are are pretty proud of and they like to um to  speak different languages depending i find that  

  • swiss german people might not like to speak french  for example they might feel embarrassed to speak  

  • french they'd probably rather speak english  in my experience um it depends if you're swiss  

  • let me know in the comments down below are you  embarrassed to switch languages and are there  

  • certain ones um that you prefer to speak next  assumption is that travelers have assumptions  

  • that switzerland may not be internet convenient do  swiss cafes restaurants and shops have free wi-fi  

  • if not do visitors tend to find starbucks  or mcdonald's how would you suggest visitors  

  • solve their internet issues great question  this assumption i'm going to say is more or  

  • less true we live in zurich and i do find that  it can be challenging to find like public wi-fi  

  • um it's very switzerland is behind in this sense  compared to a lot of european countries that there  

  • is no wi-fi on like trains or trams or public  transportation like a lot of our neighboring  

  • countries do have for some reason they don't have  that which is strange to me because switzerland  

  • is so small you feel like they could deck it  out with internet no problem i don't know the  

  • whole story behind it but yeah and also you'll  see in a lot of cafes and restaurants here they  

  • have no wi-fi available or you have to like ask  somebody and like they have to go find the past

hey guys welcome back to how to switzerland sarah  here today for another video and in today's video  

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