Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gruezi from Suisse!

My husband, one of my daughters, and I moved to Zug, Switzerland about two weeks ago for my husband's career. Our adjustments have been big (we really need to learn German!) and small (my daughter has to remember to order "Wasser, no gas" so she doesn't get sparkling water).

One adjustment that caught us off guard our first weekend was that businesses are closed on Sundays - grocery stores and restaurants included. We had only been in the country 36 hours and realized that we didn't have resources to eat. After raiding a vending machine (it wasn't pretty), we discovered that small shops and restaurants are actually open at train stations. It's nice to know there is a place to go if we find ourselves unprepared again...

Below is my haiku about a fellow traveler we "met" in the Zug train station:
(photo credit: Maureen)

8 comments:

  1. I've been wondering how this life change has gone. Glad to hear about your early days, wishing you the best of good times, Bridget! Love that "Sunday ritual"!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! So far so good here in Switzerland, but we REALLY need German. We're working on it... =)

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    2. Is it"Guten Tag?" Good luck on the language & all the other challenges. I know you'll have fun, too!

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    3. Yes, "Guten Tag" is good day in German and "Gruezi" is the formal/respectful greeting for Swiss Germans. Slight differences. Lots to learn here! =)

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  2. It's so great to hear from you! I've been wondering how things are going. Ah, this is just the kind of thing that happens in a new place. I love that you turned it into poetry.

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I've missed hearing from you and participating in the poetry community. The move was a BIG undertaking, but it feels good to be getting settled now. More to come... =)

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  3. I figure "Ich bin ein dumn Amerikaner. Ich spreche Deutsch nicht" will have me covered along with danke and bitte!

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    1. Thanks, Dave! You know about as much German as we do! People are very kind to help with language, but unfortunately they usually want to default to English, which isn't helpful when trying to learn German. Looking forward to your visit! =)

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