I hate it how 90% of the blogs written by English-speaking expats living and working in Switzerland make Switzerland sound like some crazy, backwards land that is only good for a laugh.
Entries consist of photos of mountains taken while hiking/skiing, laughing about “crazy” Swiss customs, and whining about how much stuff costs here. It’s like these people don’t even enjoy living here and are just keeping a journal about their “extended vacation.”
Also, it seems like none of these people ever bother to learn any German. I’ve read more than a few blog posts that are really just gripes about not being able to read signs or talk to their neighbours (usually even though the author has lived in Switzerland for several years).
My workplace had an incorrect phone number for me in their computer system. They’ve been trying to get a hold of me for a week to tell me that the class that I am supposed to begin teaching tomorrow, which I was all ready to do, has been cancelled.
I guess the bright side is that since I called today I won’t show up there tomorrow looking like an idiot to teach a nonexistant class.
But, you know, I was kinda looking forward to it. This isn’t doing much to help my already terrible mood.
I hadn’t understood how days could be both long and short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names. Only ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’ still had any meaning for me.
Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.
1. I understand any dialect of Swiss German better than I understand Germans speaking High German. Yet, I don’t speak Swiss German very well.
2. None of my closest friends in life have ever been girls. I get along the best with guys and usually prefer their company.
3. I have always been fascinated with ancient Egypt and its mythology, since I was a little child. My dream vacation would be to visit Egypt and explore all of the pyramids and ancient ruins.
4. If I leave the house without earrings on, I feel naked.
5. I don’t usually like sad songs. I’m always listening to music to cheer me up.
6. I love reptiles… my favourite animal being turtles. If I could have a room in my house full of terrariums with lizards, turtles, snakes, etc. I totally would.
7. I am ridiculously shy and awkward around strangers. It is a million times worse if I have to speak German to them. Even ordering at McDonald’s is a bit of an ordeal for me.
8. Whenever people ask me my hometown, I don’t have an answer for them. I grew up in so many different places that none of them really feel like “home.” Also, even though I’m not a citizen, I feel really American sometimes (lived there for 8 years, after all).
9. I’m a little bit obesessed with making sure that my hair is really shiny, clean, and healthy. I have a special regimen for it.
10. Procrastination is a huge vice of mine and something that I never seem to be able to overcome.
11. I can’t dance at ALL, but I do it anyway. I kind of like it if people laugh. :)
12. Making people happy is my absolute favourite thing to do. Making someone feel good and smile is like winning the lottery. Bonus points if they’re my friend/family.
13. One of my biggest regrets is not using my French while I lived in the U.S. and forgetting it all as a result. I used to be fluent in that language. Now it’s lost.
14. I am a huge animal lover, and my dream as a child was to become a veterinarian. Then I found out that vets also have to put the animals to sleep, and I knew I could never deal with that.
15. I want to be in a music video someday.
16. I love to sing, but I’m terrified to do it in front of other people, no matter who it is.
I’m tagging (hope none of you have already done this):
Sometimes I wish I lived a little further on the outskirts of the city, instead of in the middle, so that I could see the stars at night. My dad taught me the constellations, and I used to look for them in the sky to help me fall alseep. Even when it’s not cloudy, I can’t do that here because of all the light pollution — right now the sky looks like a faint, pinkish-orange haze. No stars in sight.