swiss precision

Although Germany and Switzerland don’t create the immediate impression of being two completely different cultures, don’t ever make the mistake to lump the two countries together. You would not only annoy every Swiss person in the world by that, no, you would also do Switzerland wrong (or Germany, depending on the point of view), and you wouldn’t want neither the one nor the other. There are many small but significant differences concerning almost all parts of life. Language, food, history, landscape, work, communication, daily life, politics, just to name a few of them. So every now and then when I stumble across them, I will try to write down some differences.

Regarding the one today, stumbling can almost be taken literally: once a month on a Saturday the used paper is being collected by the garbage disposal. So once a month, you will find meticulously piled and tied paper packs in front of the buildings. I am always in awe regarding the tidiness of these piles and I haven’t figured out how it can be done with such a precision. Always feeling slightly bad when I add mine, I used to put the paper outside when it was dark… By now, I developed a trick how to make my pile look a bit more neat, but with a trained eye you might still be able to tell which one is ours.


About erdhummel

Familial entropy - that's an insight into our current life which has been fundamentally changed last summer when our daughter was born. Having studied in Cottbus, Germany, and worked/studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, we momentarily live in a small town in Switzerland where Karsten is trying to save the environment and Freddie is trying to save our sanity. Since there is not much time for elaborate, long emails while doing that, we thought a blog might be a good option to smuggle ourselves into the lifes of our friends.
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2 Responses to swiss precision

  1. Eingehirner says:

    This is just so familiar 🙂 We tend to do the same… if we don’t decide to bring it to the recycling site, that is. Spares us the shame of being recognized as Germans by the way of packing the paper 😉 You still have to pack them but nobody can see it was yours…

    Swiss people also seem to have nothing but newspapers. No envelopes, no slightly-off-size advertisements, nothing that could disturb the mathematical harmony of a tightly packed block of exactly uniform newpaper sheets.

    • erdhummel says:

      That’s it – the stuff apart from the newspapers. I always try to hide all the envelopes and receipts inside the pile! Or I put all the small papers in one big envelope and wrap a newspaper around it. 🙂

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