So the last 7 months have been a whirlwind… new country, new language courses, new husband (and only) and finally a new apartment!!!
And now another new city.
There is beauty in nature. I am not really the “Camping type” but I can really appreciate natural beauty!
My husband and I have made the move to Bern, Switzerland. The capitol of Switzerland and about an hour from the fast paced banking and fashion city of Zürich. Bern gets a bad reputation for being a bit boring but I am excited to learn about this new city. It has a village feel, by this I mean there is barely anything open on Sunday… similar to Zürich but even more so, also everyone has been much more friendly!
I love it here so far so here are a few photos, you can tell I am too excited for the warmer weather (after a rainy but warm winter)!
There’s obviously quite a few differences between living in the US and living here in Switzerland (for better and worse )and I will say the biggest differences are really just all of the small nuances you notice. I will say the Swiss are serious about paperwork.
Random Facts You Must Know about Bern, Switzerland
Facts about Bern, Swtizerland
- Bern is referred to as the Capital but technically Switzerland does not have a capital. Bern is the Federal City (Bundesstadt) and home of the parliament and federal buildings therefore it gains recognition as the Capital.
- There are 90 embassies in Bern so it is a bit like living back in Washington, DC.
- There is a TV tax here. You have to payover 250 CHF ($250) per year for owning devices that can show/ stream television. (I was shocked and a little annoyed by this one). They actually come to your house when you move in!
- There are bears in Bern. In the city you can go see the Bears… no photos because they’re hibernating right now but there is a story that the city founder said they would name the city after the first hunted animal and it was Bear therefore in German Bear is Bär and it became Bern.
- We pay 19.50 for 10 trash bags here, and they are the only trash bags we can use.
- It is against the law to vacuum on Sundays (or any loud housework).
- All of the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with lots of cultural and aesthetic enjoyment.
Beside the random and at time annoying facts, you should definitely make a trip to Bern if you have never been here, there is some serious beauty in this capital city. I can’t wait to explore more!
These photos are taken by the Aare, River which will be a definite hang out this summer!
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