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Swiss and Chips - Your British guide to Switzerland
20 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Relocating to Switzerland: Part 2
What is it really like to move to Switzerland? In the second of two episodes looking back at when Jo first relocated from the UK, we delve into some of the unexpected sides to setting up a new life among the Swiss. In this episode we cover: Differences in lifestyle between England and Switzerland The surprises that come with renting a flat Working in Switzerland and finding a job Previous episodes we refer to in the show: How to find an apartment in Switzerland as an expat How to find a job in Switzerland as an expat
14 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
Relocating to Switzerland: A personal perspective
Jo moved to Switzerland just over a decade ago, so it seemed to be about time to talk about her experience, the highlights, and what she would do differently if she would do it all over again.
15 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
How to organise a Swiss (and British) passport for your newborn
6 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Becoming Swiss, part six: 'the interview'
It's the big moment in the Swiss citizenship process: finally you will meet someone face-to-face who will decide whether all the paperwork you have collected, all the forms you have filled out and all the studying you have done is enough to make you a viable candidate for becoming Swiss. My moment finally came when I was invited to the office that handles citizenship applications in Bern. I've read so many reports in the media about the difficult questions posed at these interviews and heard numerous horror stories about people being grilled on matters of Swiss society and history, or being asked highly personal questions. What actually happened was something quite different.
8 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Trip tip: An easy walk through the vineyards
11 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Becoming Swiss, part five: ‘One form to rule them all’
Once you have fulfilled all of the criteria to apply to become Swiss (take a look at our previous episodes in this mini-series if want to know more about this), you will be faced with filling out "the form". This is where you provide all of your personal details including your entire education history and certificates, Swiss employment history, references and more. In this episode, I explain exactly which documents I had to gather as part of the more than 50 pages I had to put together.
14 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
What to expect at a Swiss apéro
8 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Having a baby in Switzerland
19 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Weirdest thing you saw when you moved to Switzerland
Setting foot into another country can mean a significant change of your lifestyle and sometimes a culture shock. We asked in our Facebook group about your weirdest thing you’ve experienced when you moved to Switzerland and got loads of fun and interesting comments as well aas interesting discussions started. Thanks a lot for that! In this episode we talk about a few of them and Jo will tell you about her personal story when she moved to Switzerland.
14 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
How to celebrate Christmas as an expat in Switzerland
19 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Becoming Swiss, part four: The Swiss citizenship test
16 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Becoming Swiss, part three: 'Starting the Application Process'
19 minutes | May 18, 2020
What are we missing when trying to make Swiss friends?
Finding it difficult to make friends with the Swiss is a common complaint from expats in Switzerland. Do the Swiss really have such different ideas about friendship? What does it take to be able to read between the lines in a conversation with a Swiss person and are there any tips that can help you feel less isolated here? We share our insights on this contentious topic and give you an update on Jo's application to become Swiss. Looking to connect with other English speakers in Switzerland? Check out our Facebook group. Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland How to make friends in Switzerland
20 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Walk with us along Bern's Aare river
18 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Five ways to perfect your Swiss knowledge while staying at home
15 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
When to shake hands in Switzerland
Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: your British Guide to Switzerland What to do if you don’t know whether to shake hands or not? Hand shake or kiss on the cheek? When shaking hands is a must An optional hand-shaking moment When to avoid shaking hands 'Der Schweizer Knigge', a well-known guide to Swiss etiquette (book in German)
13 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
Should you join an English-speaking club in Switzerland?
Joining a club in Switzerland is a simple way to make new friends and connections. There are several English-speaking clubs in Bern and other Swiss cities, like the British Residents' Association of Switzerland, which we visited in October 2019. Should you sign yourself up to a club? Listen and find out! We always love to hear from you: Chat with us on Twitter @jofahy or @simonzryd or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to join our Facebook Group: Switzerland for English speakers. Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland The British Residents' Association of Switzerland
20 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
Unspoken Swiss rules
We love to hear from you! Chat with us on Twitter @jofahy or @simonzryd. It can feel like there are a lot of rules governing life in Switzerland. They‘re often written on signs in public places or in the building where you live or work. But what about those unspoken rules? The ones you don‘t know exist until a realisation slowly dawns on you that you‘ve been doing something differently to everyone else, and never known. Notes on this episode about unspoken Swiss rules How important are unspoken Swiss rules Where, when and how to greet people How to toast and other rules with alcohol Quiet times
19 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
How to hike to the top of a Swiss mountain
15 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
This is what it sounds like in Switzerland's capital city, Bern
Come on a walk through one of Bern's picturesque neighbourhoods, Kirchenfeld, and listen in to what the Swiss capital sounds like on an ordinary day. Starting off at the Tierpark (animal park), walking through Helvetiaplatz with many of the country's important museums, I'll talk you through what you will see and hear as you head up into the city centre, walking over a beautiful bridge and ending at one of the city's main attractions, the Zytglogge. Take in the sounds of Bern wherever you are in the world.
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