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Expat Voices: Daniel Eisenhut on living in Thalwil

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Daniel Eisenhut moved to Switzerland on 11.11 and immediately felt at home, though he misses hot days sometimes.

Name: Daniel Eisenhut
Nationality: Israeli
City of residence: Thalwil
Date of birth: 18/07/74
Occupation: Small business owner
Lived in Switzerland since: 11/11/97

What was your first impression of Switzerland?
When I stepped out of the train in St Gallen it was 11.11pm on 11 November and a
band started playing as it does at that time in some Catholic regions. I felt welcomed.  

What do you think of the food?
It’s heavy and fits the rough turf of 100 years ago, but there’s nothing like a good fondue with friends in cold evenings. 

What do you think of the shopping in Switzerland?

I’m not much of a shopper; I guess it’s ok.

What do you appreciate about living in Switzerland?

Public transportation, clean politics, tax system, nature, people, the four languages and the many dialects, that it’s not in the EU and doesn’t have the euro, greeting strangers on a hike, modesty.    

What do you find most frustrating about living in Switzerland?

The news here is pretty much one-sided.  

What puzzles you about Switzerland and what do you miss since you’ve moved here?

  • Puzzles me: the sentence “my English is not very good” from a person who took the English proficiency test last week.
  • I miss: 40 degrees Celsius in the shade once in while.

How does the quality of life in Switzerland compare to the quality of life in other countries that you’ve lived in?
You can’t compare. Let’s take vegetables, for example: buy the highest quality in Germany and you’ll get third quality at best in Switzerland.    

If you could change anything about Switzerland, what would it be?

There’s always something to clean…

What advice would you give to a newcomer?

Don’t brag, learn and do and don’t make hell in heaven.

Would you like to add anything else?

- If you’re looking for contacts with the natives, go to painting course, join a kickboxing club or learn the salsa, any other way is promised to fail. The Swiss in general don’t go to bars to meet new people.
- If dating is a complicated thing where you come from, welcome to
complex-city. Take a course or become active in a pasttime; the Swiss like to communicate in a controlled environment.  
21 April 2009

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