Sunday, October 27, 2013

working in Switzerland

 You will probably find easily a job in Switzerland, faster than you ever thought, and better paid than you ever expected, however not everything is as perfect as you planned.

The life in the land with one of the worlds highest GDPs isn’t bad at all, with a minimum full time salary (living alone), I can still save a little and have travelled more than I had ever. Plus, pretty picture perfect Switzerland will offer beautiful lakes to go swim in summer and the coolest view ever from the top of mountains to go ski in winter.

 There is a price to pay. Some things to consider:

 1. The panorama is very Swiss and true of everything good you heard of; however the population is a wide range of different cultures.

 2. If you a foreigner- Finding an apartment is hard and takes time. Consider a month or two. They will ask for you migration papers, papers of the time you left your country and when you got to Switzerland, working contract, etc..

 3. If you are a Swiss citizen- things might get easier, but it’s still hard and time consuming. Swiss people trust more to live amongst their own.

4. Swiss hate germans and germans think swiss people are “cute“. And if you think they are the same, think again.

 5. Switzerland has a population of 7 million 997, including 1’864’699 immigrants. That’s a lot.

 6. 10’000-25’000 is the number of Asylum seekers that Switzerland hosts per year. Mostly from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sri Lanka according to KKF OCA.

7. People aren’t really racist, they have come a long way to acceptance in the idea that Switzerland is the best (most wanted) solution for a lot of people and they understand that, you will rarely see different races in a gathering.

 8. There is, of course, corruption, but you will not see it everyday. (or it is very well hidden) People still get freaked out about stuff like a cell phone robbery or the fact that your bike is gone. Even though on buses and trams they seldom check for tickets, they will get one. And if the mineral water is outside the store, a Swiss person will always carry it though the store and pay in the cashier for what he took. Morals are high and respectful at all times.

9. You will get well paid (minimum salary is CHF. 3400 – 3500 before taxes and insurance) and rewarded with at least 20 days paid vacation plus National Holidays.

 10. You will also spend A LOT. On health Insurance, transport, taxes, food and rent, the last two being the highest. 10. Most Swiss people start working between 7 and 8 am and go home between 4-5 or 6 max.

 11. You don’t have to dress a certain way, doctor’s work in crocs and technicians and young people in jeans. However, they will get mad if you misspelled or forgot a coma and your work isn’t pitch perfect. Switzerland is the land of precision, remember that.

 12. If someone is in a suit, chances are in banking, government or an international company with HQ here.

 13. Yes people are closed and cold. But they are also straightforward and will tell you if you are doing something wrong, shady or just fucked up.

 14. If you arrive late to work people will give you “the look” and you will never do it again, but the respect for illness and doctor appointments impressively well. (and do people take advantage of that) 

15. Swiss people are very hard working, (time to eat is half an hour) as soon as they leave the office their personal life begins and they disconnect. They work for their vacations and pension.

 16. People go to the grocery store 3 – 4 times a week, eat healthy and go to the gym, hiking or practice a kind of sport or hobby.

 17. Switzerland is not build for cars; gas is expensive, so is parking, insurance and maintenance and traffic can be crazy in cities, considering that it’s a very small country.

 18. yes, its true. You don’t have to prove your bank where your pay check comes from. The bank will only ask for you ID.

 19. Bread and cheese are essential in every Swiss household and the Bäckerei (Bakery) in the corner of the street is a gift from heaven. Each and everyone of them. In fact, when it’s your birthday you have to bring breakfast or a crossaint to everyone in the office.

21. In general, people are very outdoorsy. Swiss people travel a lot. They like to go hiking, swimming in lakes, running, and of course, skiing.

22. And before you realize you have never seen so many opportunities together in such a little piece of land. And Switzerland is starting to grow on you.

                                                                                              Maybe, just maybe, taking a risk is worth it.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall - Be a nice human-

be a nice human
As an ever-evolving student on life and relationships, here are a few things I have learned.

1. Invest in the people who invest in you. Choose wisely.

2. Don’t wait to tell people how you feel about them. Tell them now. And if you feel the same tomorrow, tell them tomorrow too.

3. In everything in life, all you have control over is how hard you tried and if you acted with grace and integrity. So take a risk, jump in with two feet, do whatever it takes to fight for what you want – so at the end, you know you tried your best. Conduct yourself with self-respect no matter how challenging the person or situation is – because the one thing nobody can ever take away from you is your dignity.

4. People become what you believe of them. See someone for the best of them, and they will rise up. See someone for the worst of them, and they will fall down to meet that expectation.

5. In love, there is a time to listen to your heart and a time to listen to your head. Be open to love, relish in the risk of it, but don’t be blind to the signs that tell you something is not fitting.

6. Any relationship – whether it be business, friendship, or romantic – that does not have an alignment of values has an inevitable expiry date.

7. Know when to walk away.  Know when to stay.

8. Spend more effort trying to get to the root of an issue, versus reacting to the symptoms. You will reach lasting results versus short-term Band-Aid effects.

9. Invalidating someone’s feelings because it’s not something that matters to you is belittling and dehumanizing. Allow people to feel. Encourage people to express. Embrace humaness. The uncomfortable conversations are the ones that build self-awareness and character.

10. If you approach with empathy and an intent to understand versus the need to prove wrong, you will always win.

11.  There is someone out there that will find you perfect just the way you are – your imperfections, wounds and quirks included. Work on yourself to be the best version of yourself you can be, keep an open heart and your intentions pure, and you will attract abundance and love.

12. “Be a nice human.” – Unknown.  Help, laugh, and don't be affraid. We all are.

13. When someone evokes negative emotions in you – before you assign blame, look inward. People can only trigger something that is already within you. The universe puts people in our path to test us, to trigger us, to give us opportunities to evolve past our old wounds, blockages and insecurities. If you can learn the lesson from these catalysts, you will evolve. Or, you can choose to keep repeating your karma.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The edge

She’s nervous
She doesn’t know what to do with this
Clumsy, as always.

He’s was probably thinking how wrong it could go
How good it would feel.
They are too close

A nervous look

A question 
A big sip whiskey

A Vals
A distant glance
A familiar grin
A gentle brush

   A filled drink
A smile
A strong hug
Lost deep eyes

A forbidden kiss
 A forbidden feeling
A perfect moment in chaos

A glass on the floor.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

maybe wonder is peace

Here is a heart

Pum., pum, PUM ¡PUM!
 Cuando estas en silencio es mucho más fácil escuchar tu corazón bombear sangre. Finalmente para eso es. Entonces, decir que quieres a alguien con todo tu corazón, puede resultar subjetivo… ¿no? Ya que la parte más importante de lo que te da vida puede ser muy diferente para las personas. Los pulmones, los músculos, el aire o la libertad en si.
 Entonces ¿por que no decimos eso? 
Soy de las que siente mucho y no lo sabe descifrar. Que no les cuesta decir las cosas pero que sí les pesan mucho las reacciones de la gente. De las que analiza cada persona, hasta tratar de averiguar como rayos llegó a esa conclusión. De las que prefiere estar en silencio primero.
 Cuando está uno en silencio escuchando el bombeo, la vida cambia poquito; solo por una fracción de minuto. 
 Tal vez es cuando te detienes a ver que hiciste con tus ideas y sueños que tenias hace no tanto tiempo.

...and don´t forget to wake up in time

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Tú no eres el único que miente para proteger a su familia.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Yo quiero viajar ∞

Para muchos un avión es un equivalente a conocer, abrirte, explorar y saborear nuevos rumbos. Para mí, viajar es sinónimo de familia.

Desde muy pequeña me acostumbré que un boleto de avión significaba ver esa parte de mi familia que extrañaba. Ese pequeño grupo de personas que ves tan poco y que en pocos días tienen el poder de darte sonrisas y las pilas que necesitabas para todo el año.

A veces viajar es un respiro (suspiro), salir de la rutina, conocer gente diferente y distintos modos de vida. De regalo uno siempre regresa, a) queriendo hacer un cambio en su vida  ó  b) queriendo y apreciando cada cosita de tu país más.

Sin embargo yo pasé esas experiencias hace muchos años, y ahora viajar para mí es algo viejo, con un nuevo enfoque. Subirse a un avión para mí es aclarar las idas, confirmar mis propósitos y metas. Es fortalecer lo que he perseguido tanto tiempo y cuando lo conseguí;  todo se volvió nublado. Para mí viajar es equivalente es la oportunidad de confirmar, amar y relajarme con la gente que quiero.

Aquel viaje que no ha dejado huella en tu corazón jamás fue un viaje.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The perks of living alone

1. Less food is always better, seems your wanting to feed the whole neighborhood. 
2. Take for granted that you bank account always has less than you think.
3. It's a fucking mystery where dust comes from. 
4. You'll clean forever and it wont ever be clean enough. 
5. You start cherishing you alone-time. 
6.  Laundry-Day: you will most definitely do it in the wrong cycle and there will be guaranteed a time your clothes will come out pink or light blue.
7. You shall have all super cards from all your frequent stores.
8. Reading the paper of the discounts is basic.
9. I think it’s the smell that makes it fell like home.

10.  Mostly, you can walk around naked all the time. No, but you can do anything you always wanted as a kid. I painted my door red for starters.