We Made It To Switzerland!
After a 13 hour flight, a train ride, and a commute on a bus we finally made it to our new little home here in St. Gallen last Friday. We’re going to be here for the next three months (Click here to read the full story.) Switzerland is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen with it’s Mountains, green hills that are dusted with snow, and cute little Towns.
Overall it hasn’t been too hard of an adjustment moving. The people are very friendly and almost everyone speaks at least a little English. I think major jet lag is probably the hardest thing Chris and I have had to deal with so far. This 8 hour time change is killing us! Do any of you have any tips or remedies? That being said, I have noticed a few differences between living here and living in Utah.
Three Differences Between Living in Switzerland and the U.S.
Grocery shopping and commuting is a whole new experience. On Saturday we went grocery shopping, which was quite the adventure. All the grocery stores are super tiny compared to the ones back home. They package things differently and everything is in German. We did pretty well overall, with a few mistakes (we got margarine instead of butter, and plum paste instead of plum jam. eeek!) The food is also way more pricey than it is in the U.S.
We ended up buying our bus passes on Saturday as well since we don’t have a car here. It’s going to be hard learning to work with the bus and train schedule anytime I need to go to the store or into town.
Everything is old. Our apartment building is one of the newer buildings in town and it’s still 120 years old. All the towns have beautiful churches and quaint little buildings. On Sunday we took the tram to Appenzell. It’s a small town nestled in the Alps about 7 miles away from St. Gallen. There were people selling roasted nuts on the cobbled streets, cute little shops, and a really pretty church. You could tell the town was full of history and it was so fun just walking around.
Things shut down after 8:00 pm. In the U.S. you can go to Walmart at any time and any day of the year. You can buy a cheeseburger from Mcdonalds at 2:00 am. It seems like people in the back home like doing things at night too; like going to dinner or the movies. It’s a whole different story over here. Most of the shops have store hours from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm. Some gas stations and bars are open later than that, but for the most part, everything shuts down after 8:00 pm. A lot of places are closed on Sundays and have shorter Saturday hours. I might be wrong, but it seems like most people here in St. Gallen just go home at night, rather than going out on the town.
We’ve only been here since Friday, but I already love it and I can’t wait to see more of Switzerland and Europe.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you have a great Monday and a wonderful week.