An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

Coming Home for Lunch at Noon

Remember the old days, when you would come home for lunch during the day and enjoy a hot warm meal? Well, those days aren’t over. At least in Switzerland they’re not. It’s…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

Supposedly America has bad customer service, but this all comes down to who you are and the situation you’re in. Germans are known for their very bad customer service, but in my opinion it’s been a good experience…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

Happy Cows Come from…Switzerland

As a true Californian, I always believed happy cows came from California. It’s a land with sunshine and open green fields (okay, not always). I have changed my mind though. Happy cows come from…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

Raclette

Raclette is basically the sister of fondue. It involves melted creamy cheese, except the process for eating it is different. It’s also a thing done across Europe, not just in Switzerland. What makes it a bit more…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

Soccer, or as they say, Futball.

I always knew that the Europeans were really big into what the Americans call “Soccer,” However, I didn’t know specifically how hardcore their fans were, especially the Germans. Stop a guy on…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

Cigarette machines

I had heard Europeans liked to smoke, this opinion or fact, whatever you may call it, was underrated. The Germans in particular love to smoke cigarettes. It’s not uncommon to be standing outside at 7am at…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

All bathrooms are not alike. For example, you’ll notice a few peculiar things about German bathrooms.

Klo Brush

When you use the toilet, look down and see if you find a toilet brush sitting next to it. 9/10…

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

There is a certain smell in the air in Switzerland. It’s not the cows (which you’ll smell half the time). It’s not the cheese. It’s marijuana. One of the biggest surprises for me after moving here is that marijuana is legal and commonly used. It came as a big surprise because Switzerland is a rather conservative country. You’ll see marijuana shops selling it and if anything they advertise it and don’t hide the fact that there is marijuana inside.

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.

House Shoes

When you enter someone’s house the first rule is: Take off your shoes. The second rule: Put on your “House shoes” or “House slippers.” These are basically comfy slippers, like you would wear if your feet…

Natasha Ferrari

Native Californian traveling Europe and discovering all it has to offer.

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