...even if I don’t need anything
“The Swiss don’t like foreigners. They are not very open and it’s hard to get in contact with them.” I was warned before we emigrated to ‘die Schweiz’, but not afraid. Most of the people who warned me had never spent a lot of time in Switzerland. Additionally I am also used to hearing stereotypes. I am from Holland (“The Dutch are rude and too direct”) and I am married to an Englishman (“The English are always drunk”). We have moved internationally a bit already, so when we arrived in July 2014 with our two young kids in Basel I was expecting everything and nothing.
Open, funny, curious and proud
But wow: what a warm welcome from the locals. We had not experienced anything like this before. I find the Swiss funny, open and curious and proud of their country. Of course I put some effort into making contact with my neighbours and neighbourhood. However, if you try (and you don’t have to try that hard), you will surprised what you get back.