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  • hey guys welcome back to how to switzerland it is  sarah here today and in today's video i'm going  

  • to be sharing with you some things i did not know  existed on this earth until i moved to switzerland

  • so i recently found a youtuber called stefan  tyrone i think is his name it's also the name  

  • of his channel and he's an american living in  sweden and he had a video like this and i thought  

  • that the video was so interesting and funny and  i thought i could definitely come up with some  

  • things that i also didn't know existed untilmoved to switzerland so let's keep this intro  

  • short i've got eight things to talk about let's  jump into it the first thing that i did not know  

  • existed was fast knocked and gooken music so fast  knocked is basically carnival carnival um here in  

  • switzerland so i had heard about carnival growing  up but i always thought it was something that  

  • only takes place in brazil and i thought  that it's like similar to mardi gras  

  • mardi gras where it's like a wild party and that's  honestly all i had ever thought about carnival  

  • carnival in my entire life and then i moved to  lucerne and in lucerne fastnacht is such a big  

  • thing so i honestly cannot really compare it to  anything in the united states some people try to  

  • compare it to halloween but i don't really think  that that's very accurate so fasnacht is basically  

  • a big party in lucerne it's this four day party  it's actually going on like right about now it's  

  • usually like in february march and it's outdoors  and there's all sorts of i don't know i'm not  

  • an expert in this because i'm honestly notbig fan of fossnock it's not really my thing  

  • but it's like there's um all sorts of parties in  the street and everywhere and in bars everything  

  • is decked out all colorful there's a lot of loud  music which is this um gookin music so they have  

  • like trombones and trumpets and drums and i'll  put in a little clip of this music right now

  • so yeah this is a genre of music that i didn't  even know existed but it is a big part of fosnox  

  • and just the whole culture around it so i'm  honestly not super educated as to the whole um  

  • story behind the party behind the event that you  see happening in the streets but i believe it has  

  • something to do with bad energy bad spirits and  winter and kind of getting those out of the town  

  • um to yeah something like that people that are  in these fossnot groups make these crazy outfits  

  • a lot of the times they make them like from  scratch by hand they make these crazy humongous  

  • masks and outfits and it is just a big thing that  i did not even know existed and i don't think it's  

  • just in switzerland i think it's also in parts of  austria parts of germany and i was actually just  

  • watching um john venus a youtuber who lives in  norway and he was saying that in norway they have  

  • fossnock right now so i don't really know where it  takes place but it's definitely a big thing here  

  • second thing that i didn't know existed  was panache so panache is a drink that  

  • is half beer and half sprite so you usually get  like a tall glass in switzerland it's usually  

  • like three deciliters and it's about half sprite  and half beer i just didn't know that people  

  • mix um beer with sprite i had never seen that in  the united states maybe it exists let me know i  

  • was uh i was 17 when i left the united states so  i don't really know if that is a thing that they  

  • sell in bars over there so definitely let me  know but panache is pretty popular here a lot  

  • of the times people just want to have um likedrink but maybe they're not in the mood to like  

  • get too much of a buzz so just get like a ponish  it's something nice that you can sip that doesn't  

  • have a ton of alcohol and i know in germany they  mix um sometimes beer with coke which they don't  

  • do in switzerland um but yeah here uh beer and  sprite very popular third thing i didn't know  

  • existed until i moved to switzerland was instant  coffee so if you don't know what instant coffee is  

  • it's basically you buy it in the grocery store and  it comes in these glass jars all sorts of brands  

  • make it like nespresso and there's all sorts of  different versions and all you do is get some hot  

  • water or some boiling water and you put it into  um you take a scoop of the coffee and you put it  

  • into the water and there's your coffee you don't  have to brew it or wait or anything it's just  

  • instant but that doesn't mean that that's what  swiss people normally drink i would say that swiss  

  • people generally drink very high quality coffee  a lot of people have nespresso machines at home  

  • that's very very popular here people drink express  espresso espresso it's not expresso it's espresso  

  • um so a lot of people drink espresso and other  high quality coffee but some people have like  

  • instant coffee and their cabinet um or a lot of  times you use it to make like alcoholic beverages  

  • like a coffee schnapps which you might find at  carnival um so yeah growing up i was only really  

  • ever familiar with like drip coffee uh also  when i worked in restaurants and just at my  

  • home with my parents that's all that i saw so  you have the machine and you put the grinds on  

  • top like a lot of coffee grinds and then it  pours through and you make your coffee like  

  • that and it takes a very long time um and my swiss  husband thinks that that coffee is like disgusting  

  • and watery and you don't find that in switzerland  maybe somebody has a drip coffee machine but i  

  • have never seen one so if you're from switzerland  let me know fourth thing i did not know existed  

  • was revela so rebella is i think like the  unofficial swiss national drink it is this  

  • kind of weird soft drink i'm not gonna lie i have  never tasted it so i cannot give my opinion on it  

  • and i'm actually vegan now so i cannot um drink  it or i choose not to drink it and you're probably  

  • like why can't you drink a soda if you're vegan  and it's actually because it's made with some  

  • sort of milk product so it's this soft drink made  with milk whey and there's all sorts of different  

  • flavors it comes in this dark brown bottle i'll  put in a picture here i know people really really  

  • like this drink i know my husband used to drink  a lot of it until we changed our diet um but yeah  

  • never had it it seems very strange to me a soft  drink made with any sort of milk byproduct kind  

  • of bizarre the fifth thing that i did not know  existed and i'm not gonna lie this one annoys me  

  • it annoys me a little bit it is a compulsory tv  and radio licensing fee i think in switzerland  

  • it's called the blog so we actually got this bill  a few weeks ago and i was really surprised and  

  • confused as to what it was so basically we are  required to pay 365 swiss francs per year they  

  • send the bill twice a year so they divide it in  half but we're required to pay this and every  

  • single household in switzerland is required to  pay this and they use this money to subsidize the  

  • swiss broadcasting corporation and as well as some  local regional tv and radio stations which i mean  

  • i just feel like this is very very outdated  i remember when we lived in germany we had  

  • the exact same thing and i i don't own a tvdon't own a radio i'm like most people my age  

  • where i watch everything online i don't watch  any swiss we don't watch any swiss news and i  

  • just find it kind of bizarre that we're required  to pay this and i was looking it up online if  

  • you can get out of it if you for example don't  have a television or you you know all sorts of  

  • ways like is there a way we can get out of  this because we don't consume tv or radio  

  • and there is not a way to get out of it and there  were a lot of other people on the internet i saw  

  • that also thought it was very outdated and needed  to go especially expats i think expats that move  

  • here are the ones most shocked and kind of annoyed  about that because it's like 400 a year that is a  

  • lot of money but of course i paid it there's no  way around it so just something to keep in mind  

  • because you will probably get a bill no matter  where you live you will get a bill um where you  

  • have to pay this they might call it differently  in different cantons or areas but yeah the sixth  

  • thing that i did not know existed was opero i had  never really heard of this concept or really part  

  • partaken i never really took part in an opero  until i moved to switzerland and swiss people  

  • love opero there is a big opero culture here so an  opero is basically a kind of casual but a little  

  • bit of formal social gathering where people say  i'll give you an example so and then a friend  

  • invites you uh to their house or a family member  invites you to their house when you go to their  

  • house you probably will have an opera i'm talking  of course like a little bit more formal like if  

  • you're going over for for a dinner party before  the dinner you will have an opera as part of the  

  • dinner party so basically people tend to stand  at an opero you stand at like i don't know high  

  • tables or like a like a i don't know people are  standing usually during an opera and you have like  

  • little finger foods this could be like um chips  or nuts or it could even be like some warm like  

  • uh things i don't know basically just finger foods  and typically there is prosecco or opera spritz  

  • or just these opero type of beverages a beer so  it's just kind of a way for everybody i suppose to  

  • mingle and talk so operos don't only happen at  somebody's house for example you could be at a  

  • work conference the whole day maybe you're  sitting through presentations and seminars  

  • a lot of the times at the end you're going to  have an opero so everybody kind of gets up and  

  • stands and mingles walks around has prosecco um  and the food is not really enough to replace a  

  • meal it's more just things to nibble on so for  me it was just kind of new because it is pretty  

  • formal coming from the united states if you go  to somebody's house you might more just kind of  

  • have a bowl of chips on the table and it's  more casual the host might say oh there's  

  • drinks in the fridge if you're thirsty of coursemean it varies depending on how you grew up where  

  • you grew up in the us and i guess all that kind  of stuff but for me the very formal like have a  

  • prozac go and cheers with everybody and stand and  and talk and nibble was a very new concept to me i  

  • i had never seen anything like this and now  i love opera i think opero is the best thing  

  • ever and i love that it's so popular here okay  number seven i'm just gonna call this a the food  

  • category some foods that i didn't know existed  first food i never saw until i moved here was  

  • paprika chips which probably sounds funny to you  if you live in europe because paprika chips are  

  • probably the most popular kind of chip i would go  as far to say in switzerland it's definitely the  

  • most popular kind of chip so i've seen i saw  these within i don't know the first few days  

  • when i arrived to switzerland and usually you have  like plain chips and paprika chips at like opera  

  • or whatever and i instantly as a person from the  united states thought that the orange chips would  

  • be like cheddar um or cheese flavored because  in the u.s we have a lot of chips that are like  

  • cheese flavored that's very popular um but thenbit into it and it wasn't the same flavor at all  

  • it was completely different and somebody told  me it's paprika and i was like what paprika  

  • i don't even think i've ever cooked with paprika  in the united states and now i am a huge paprika  

  • chip fan but i was just confused and surprised  when i first moved here never saw that before  

  • oh and over here they actually have paprika  pringles which are so so good another food  

  • i never saw before was alper macrone excuse  the pronunciation but this is like a mac and  

  • cheese pasta dish that you usually get like in the  mountains or in winter and it's pasta and it has  

  • potatoes in it and it's really creamy andneed to learn how to make a vegan version of  

  • this because i used to love this dish it was like  my favorite thing in winter of course i grew up  

  • eating mac and cheese but this is just ten times  better i also never heard of roshti or spotsley  

  • so roshti is like this kind of like a massive hash  brown it's like these shredded potatoes that you  

  • cook in oil and it's like this big potato hash  brown pancake love it one of my favorite things  

  • i'm such a potato person so i love roast teacook it all the time and the other thing it spotly  

  • are these little weird funky noodles i don't  even know how to describe them i'll just put in  

  • a picture last food i didn't know existed wereguess kind of like these cold cured dried meats so  

  • of course i had heard of salami growing up in the  u.s which is like a cured meat that you just slice  

  • and eat but over here i remember when i first  moved here and i saw people with like a big brick  

  • of bacon and they would just cut a [ __ ] like  a slice off and it looked like a slice of bacon  

  • and then they would just put it on like a piece of  bread and they would eat it and they wouldn't cook  

  • it and i was like why are people eating raw bacon  this is really really strange to me um so yeah i'm  

  • not exactly sure what that's called like i don't  know i know it's cured or dried or something like  

  • that but yeah i'll put in some pictures all right  number eight last things i did not know existed  

  • have to do with um going to school so the first  thing is that people in switzerland go home for  

  • lunch i don't know if this is pop if this is  a thing in every single school but my husband  

  • for sure uh said when he was growing up and still  to this day kids go home over lunch starting from  

  • a really young age and i asked him how long he was  going home for lunch and he said it can be up till  

  • age 16. and um i didn't know that that was a thing  to me it didn't really make sense because i'm like  

  • how does every single kid in school have somebody  to go home to over lunch aren't the parents  

  • working or whatever and matthias said basically in  his school almost everybody had like a mom at home  

  • so they would go home and have lunch and then  go back to school for the rest of the afternoon  

  • which i thought was super super strange how  i grew up we never were allowed to leave you  

  • know the school area until school hours without  notes of course and permission so i don't know  

  • how this works like till this day he said that  this is still how how kids kind of do schooling  

  • and it just seems kind of strange to me like  does everybody have a parent at home i don't  

  • know last thing that has to do with school is  kids walking alone to school so if you move to  

  • switzerland you will probably see a lot of very  young kids walking alone um at different times  

  • of the day you'll get to know the school hours  obviously but you'll see very young kids with  

  • like vests on they wear all the same vests likeyellow or orange vest with reflectors and a lot of  

  • the times of course it depends on where you are  in switzerland or where the kids live but they  

  • walk alone to school so matthias said starting  in kindergarten he would walk alone to school  

  • and that just blew my mind i feel like maybe in  the united states americans are a little bit more  

  • paranoid about their kids and they wouldn't just  let them out into the world alone at six years old  

  • um to walk to school but here it's still very very  um common and i really don't see this ever being a  

  • thing in the united states sending six-year-olds  off to school on their own and it just goes to  

  • show really how safe switzerland is and how safe  people feel here living here that they're actually  

  • completely comfortable sending their kids out you  know i was like how does that work did you get  

  • all dressed and your mom's just like bye i havenice day at school and you leave at six years old  

  • very strange to me but i think it's really really  cool that um there's still so much um trust and  

  • safety in this country and it's just a really  really good feeling all right guys that's it  

  • eight things eight things plus some bonus things  that i had no idea were a thing that i didn't  

  • know existed until i moved here if you're from  switzerland you're like sarah those are normal  

  • and they are if you're over here but i had just no  no idea at all and some of them i'm really living  

  • for it so thank you guys so much for the support  leave this video a thumbs up if you liked it  

  • if you like did it i can definitely do another  one of these videos because i had so many things  

  • i couldn't even cram them all into this  video but talk to you guys very soon bye

  • you

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