Guest Post by Deb from the blog Peterthals in Zurich
When we first arrived, our new Swiss German world was quite intimidating. New language, new rules, and even new signs. The signage used around Switzerland cracks me up. There was a lot of time and energy put into each of these signs. Making sure each picture perfectly illustrates its meaning. However, I don't think they were expecting my "fresh off the boat" American interpretations.
This one is my favorite:
Rule 1: Do not generate a smoky cloud over the person in front of you.
Rule 2: Always have money. Nothing here is cheap.
Rule 3: Do not start a band on the tram.
Rule 4: Avoid sawing off the seat next to you.
Rule 5: Do not use razor-bottomed shoes to saw the seat in front of you, either.
Caution: Children fleeing.
People and bikes may cross the bridge. No horses!
Beware: Hidden booby-trap ahead.
Dogs may not poop near Adliswil.
When all you have are pictures to go off of until you learn the language, my advice is to just be yourself. I think the Swiss expect us to make mistakes and look like silly Americans. It is just our nature. I wouldn't want to disappoint.
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