Thursday, May 15, 2014

Zurich Book Reading at Orell Füssli The Bookshop

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What should you know about Swiss life?
Oh, how about that sometimes something in Switzerland is actually free!
Shocking, yes, but come to the free reading event and you'll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy some cheese and chocolate (or more likely some pretzels and wine) for less than you'd spend for a packet of ketchup at the Swiss McDonald's.

The Frau will read from her new book, Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I'd Known
May 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Orell Füssli The Bookshop
Bahnhofstrasse 70
8001 Zurich
Hope to see you yodelers there!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Chantal,
I finished reading your book yesterday evening. It was really enjoyable and I am looking forward to new readings from you :-)
As a native Swiss, it was often enlightening to see another perspective, that, as someone living here for ever, didn't present itself that way (of corse). But I'm glad you made it this far. Even though if found some of your discovered Swiss habits really strange myself, it was still funny reading your conclusions and self reflections.

I for one part think that expats must overcome two problems (aside from the lingual obstacles, of corse):
1) They must assimilate the habits, a native learned during his whole life in a super short amount of time.
2) Swiss people tend to be very private and only open themselves to friends which makes it hard to become friends in the first place.

Regards, Patrick

Chantal said...

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for reading and for your observations. I totally agree with your summary of the problems expats must overcome. And I don't think expats can ever overcome things 100%, but they can try, and that's the most important thing: that people try–even if they don't always succeed.

Hattie said...

Wish I could be at the reading. I'm sure it will go well.
And that is a very nice picture of you. Not smiling!
Well, I do tease the Swiss a lot, but I had a lot of good years there!

Chantal said...

Thanks, Hattie. I didn't think about the smiling thing, but you're right...see how Swiss I've become!

Swiss Club Miami said...

Hi Chantal,

Love your essays, reminded me of some weird Swiss traits I had almost forgotten about. Or am I simply loosing some of my Swissness, which might be a good thing, due to the many years abroad?

Well, I'm sure my Swiss expat friends here are going to love your book too, so just shared it on our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/SwissClubMiami

Greetings from Miami
Karin

Chantal said...

Dear Karin,

So glad you enjoyed the read and please don't lose your Swissness! The big, wide world needs a bit more Swissness sometimes, despite the hardships it may bring to certain American expats. :-)

Thanks for sharing it with your Swiss club and enjoy sunny Miami. The Frau is jealous since Canton Aargau gets approximately two sunny days per year.

All the best from Baden. Love, The Frau

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