Annoying the Swiss

Zaide Williams

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I go to Switzerland rather frequently for work. Over the course of the last two years, I’ve deepened my understanding just a bit regarding the basic tenets of Swiss culture, and I can now say with confidence that I know exactly enough to have a mediocre chance of not standing out like a sore American thumb from Geneva to Zurich. I like the Swiss; I want never to annoy them with my cultural obtuseness. Therefore, as today’s creative outlet, I submit for your consideration my quick reference list of ten things to do or not do to ensure that you never annoy the Swiss as you travel in their beautiful patria:

1. Shhhhhh. Switzerland has rules–several of them–about noise. You can’t blast Megadeth at 2 AM and expect to get away with it. That goes for the general jaunt about town as well. Folks in Switzerland simply like peace and…

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