Before we left I started writing things down about things I would miss. And on the flip side, things I wouldn’t miss. My hubby said “No one’s going to want to read that.” Which got me all self-conscious about what I should and shouldn’t be writing.
I still have that list and until just yesterday I hadn’t looked at it since well before we left. But having reflected on my list now, and after revisiting who the heck this website is for (it’s for me in case you were wondering) I decided even if people think it’s boring as hell, it’s something that I want to remember about our time there.
So here goes – let’s start with the negative and get it out of the way.
Things I WON’T miss:
- 96 stairs.
- Having to pay for laundry (and having nasty apartment dwellers to deal with).
- The itty bitty kitchen we had.
- Squeaky floors. I was almost off my rocker right before I left with all the squeaks that followed me around the apartment. Damn parkay! Coming home and everything was eerily quiet. Heaven.
- The sideways shower. So picture this: a regular shower in a bathtub scenario. Usually the shower head is at one end of the tub right? Well, our damn shower head was right in the middle so the water shot out onto the shower curtain. Serious.
- Our broken bed. It was an Ikea special I’m sure. I hated everything about it. Hard, flat, bent, squeaky, small – I could go on. We even ended up sleeping in the living room on the pull out bed for the last 2 months cuz the bed was sooooo horrible.
- The recycling area. What recycling area? I was so over joyed to get home to our custom holes in the walls.
- The stinky fridge – although the stink that came from the fridge came from the good cheap cheese so I actually kinda miss the stinky fridge.
- The lame knives. I was begging for my Tupperware knives the whole time I was gone. We even broke a knife they were so tragic.
- Smokers. They are E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. It sure smells a lot nicer here.
- The covers on toilet paper. Seriously, why do you need a little cover on a toilet paper roll? You have to lift it up to gain access to the toilet paper square more times than it not being able to have access. And really, if it’s there so it makes it easier to seperate the paper, can’t you just use your hand? Do Europeans that come here think that we are prehistoric cuz we don’t have little toilet paper covers? I don’t get it.
- Recycling plastic. As in, they don’t recycle plastic. It took me a while to not want to bring all the plastic home with me as they just throw it in the garbage and I don’t know if you use as much plastic as we do but we would have almost entire garbage bags full of plastic packaging.
- Bubbly water. These Swiss don’t drink tap water – it’s only bubbly water for them. So they use a lot of bottle water and spend a ton of $$ on water. From what I understand, bubbly water isn’t even good for you.
- Paying with cash. These people’s main currency is currency yet hardly any of them have heard of a credit or debit card. Maybe that’s a good thing actually.
Things I WILL miss:
- The stinky fridge. Or more accurately – the stinky cheese.
- The glorious view from our apartment. Oh man – I NEVER got sick of those mountains and that glorious lake. Tear.
- The heating system. Water radiators that heated up the whole apartment to a nice level, no burns, no dust, you could put your clothes on the to dry or warm up. You could put them on just a little bit or a lot. I liked them.
- The shitter – I mean toilet – in a completely separate room from everything else. It’s a small room mind you but then you don’t tie up one whole room while other people are needing it. Completely logical to me.
- The windows. Every house/apartment in Switzerland has windows that open from the side and from the top. Ingenious when you just want a little bit of fresh air but don’t want the toddler to escape.
- The sun. Where or where is the sun in this country!?!?!?
- The proximity to the city and shopping by foot.
- L’eglise de St. Martin.
- Walking to school in the mornings with the tweenager.
- Watching the sun rise over the mountains.
- The fountains.
- Not having EVER to tip.
- Pizza Taxi. I think I just might open a franchise.
- The food! Oh my gosh, I’m in love with eating with the seasons. Meals change depending upon what season you’re in. That doesn’t really happen here too much.
- Family and friends.
- The public transit. Trains are expensive but sure are a good way to go.
- The castles. Always a story to be had.
- The Migro.
- The walks along the lake.
- Fondue, raclette, and rosti.
- The outdoor markets.
- There’s always something happening for you to go and do within walking distance.
- Having dinners at the lake.
- The cheap cheap GOOD wine.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be able to go and visit this beautiful country for 5 months. The things that irked me are only things that don’t jive with me. None of it is a deal breaker of course. And given the opportunity – I would move back to that sun/snow filled country in a heart beat.