Friday, 11 April 2014

A visit to a beautiful cafe full of treats - and not a member of staff in sight!

We found a gorgeous little cafe on the edge of our village which is full of scrumptious things such as cake, ice cream, fizzy juice, tea, etc but amazingly it is un-manned. You just pick what you desire and there are cups, glasses, cutlery and anything else you may need - pop your money in the slot and take a spot on one of the lovely little benches outside and enjoy!

And this had me quizzing big time. As an English girl so used to everything being locked and bolted down incase of theft or vandalism back home, I find this staggering. So what is it that is just so different about the psyche of the Swiss and the British? From what I can see the babies are all brought up roughly the same - some breastfeeding going on but mainly bottle-feeding, and plenty of dummies (the latter did actually surprise me) The people are very similar in many ways - they like a drink (and many more smoke!)

But then I began thinking about bigger issues. People seem better looked after here. Everyone is paid a very good wage, no matter what the vocation. And the way we have been treated as immigrants has been incredible. Very friendly people - and the local Gemeinde has provided incredible financial assistance with a language school for our eldest.

And then there's the school thing, which varies hugely - the school day begins at 8.15am. Children don't start school here until 7 years of age, and then only do two afternoons a week. At 5 they begin Kindergarten (mainly just mornings) and are responsible for getting themselves there and back. And then, the biggest thing that sticks out for me - every child shakes hands with their teachers and says 'Good morning Frau Whatever 'when they enter the cloakroom and the same happens again 'Adieu Frau Whatever' when they leave for home. Teaching contact (teachers are scared to touch children in the UK) and above all - RESPECT for each other.

I may be scratching the surface of why you can have an unmanned cafe in Switzerland (a preposterious idea in the UK) but I hope it will all be revealed as our life pans out in this wonderful country.


  1. That is just so peculiar!I am used to that when it comes to the little farmer's shops, but a whole café? How cool. The decor is adorable, too!

  2. Isn't it just? It's our fave little place to go and chill at the moment. As you say, the decor is wonderful, there are so many little details and touches to make you feel welcome.