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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
I'm being a Saas-Fee for a week in Aug. Looking to relax, scenery, hike etc.- couple with a 4 month baby. We would like to limit our long trips. What are "musts" when visiting Switzerland? It's not something we can count on doing again, yet we don't want to run around like crazy. Thank you.

http://www.saas-fee.ch/en/familienausfluege/

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/saas-fee-hiking-with-baby.cfm

May 21, 2017, 06:04:34 PM
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Re: South Africa Master Thread
JNB-NYC RT Direct on SAA
and NYC- JNB RT on Expedia.nz for NZ$600+ ($440 USD)
dates in  Nov- April including Pesach!

Thanks Dawie, I booked a few weekend trips from Johannesburg to NY for myself. Hope, I will be able to manage such a long flight in economy though.

July 11, 2017, 04:34:35 AM
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
How far is it from the airport to shuls in Zurich, and what's the best way to get there?

How far - It's 13 minutes by train, and then another 3-4 minute by foot.
Take the S2 train from the airport in the direction of Ziegelbrücke, that runs every 30 minutes.
There are other trains one can take as well, but with S2, you do not have to change trains.
Get off at the 3rd stop, Zürich Wiedikon, and then it's a short walk to Erikastrasse 8. https://tinyurl.com/y929cb6e
 

July 19, 2017, 01:15:11 AM
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Maybe someone with knowledge can help me.

I bought a ticket (I can still cancel) for the return from Zurich to NY with the 10 am flight on a Sunday.
My problem now is, how can I get from Saas Fee on time for this flight? Motzei Shabbos is very late and the earliest bus from Saas Fee to Visp to take the train is 6 am. That train only arrives at the airport 45 minutes before the flight.

The alternative later flights are hundreds of dollars more per ticket. My wife wouldn't hear about a connection with a baby.

Is there a way to take a taxi for a normal price? Complicating everything is that only electric cars are allowed in the town.

Anybody can help a fellow DDF'er?
I can cancel the ticket until tomorrow.

Thanks!!

Only alternative I can forsee is that if you can arrange a taxi / private transfer from the Saas Fee car park to Visp early in the morning. From Visp, there is a direct train at 05:54 hr, arriving at the ZRH airport at 08:16 hr.  Otherwise, there is direct 11:45 hr flight from Geneva to New York.

July 25, 2017, 03:46:46 AM
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Thanks!

And do the electric taxis work in the middle of the night?

Saas Fee Night Taxi +41 27 958 77 00 ( 22:00 to 7:00 )

July 25, 2017, 06:34:19 AM
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
The U.S. is better run in every way, including the use of measuring units that are suited to everyday life instead of suited to science labs.

Fahrenheit is based on the temperatures relevant in everyday life. Temperatures outside range typically from about 0 to 100.   The units are small enough that there is no meaningful difference in half-units, but not so small that they don't convey a meaningful difference.

Compare to Celsius where outside temperatures range from like negative 10 to 40, and the units are so large that a difference of 5 units is the difference between needing a jacket or being too hot.

I been to over 50 countries -- traveled extensively due to work assignments all over the world. You got to be joking: "The U.S. is better run in every way" -- It's not!

Just look at the public transportation system lags behind many Western Countries.  Switzerland has magnificent public transportation that everybody uses, even the very wealthy. I just heard that New York finally has mobile phone coverage in the underground subway, while third world cities like Cairo have mobile coverage in their underground since 2002.  Look at the incarnation rate per capita in the US for 2013, 693 per 100,000, in Switzerland, it was 84. in Switzerland, the health care system is better, see: https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2011/04/29/why-switzerland-has-the-worlds-best-health-care-system/ 

Tuition fees for top universities in Switzerland are about $600 per semester. In Switzerland, one can get around by foot or bicycle, in the US, in most places being without a car, is like being in prison, and people waste hours each day sitting in traffic.  In Switzerland, you have a better chance of your kids growing up without having to visit a rehab clinic or undertake some form of psychological care, you don't see homeless people, Swiss employers offer 4-7 weeks vacation each year, Swiss drivers license do not expire, Work to live mentality, not the other way around in the US. US tax code is 74,608 pages/ 4 million words.  Switzerland has very low low-income taxes (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_in_Switzerland)

And Fahrenheit the units are so small, that it's not always relevant. The weather in the US is reported the low 70s or the high 60s. Can you differentiate how it feels when it's between 64 degrees and 67 degrees?

Celsius has two numbers that are easy to remember (0,100) tied directly to things we can observe. Having a decimal scale of exactly 100, makes it easier to figure out the difference between 0 and 10 (1 tenth closer to boiling), or -5 and 0 (freezing cold to freezing point), while the Fahrenheit scale uses two arbitrary numbers (32 and 212), making it much harder to figure out how much colder than freezing is it, or even the halfway point between freezing and boiling. Plus, Celsius has the advantage of universal usage, pretty much every place on earth other than the US uses Celsius. Reporting temperature in Fahrenheit is just confusing as hell and makes absolutely no sense to the 7.2 billion people out of 7.5 billion out there.

August 12, 2017, 04:22:20 PM
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Another day in Saas-Fee. Just amazing. Hiked in the snow at 11,500 feet on the Allalin today.

How about we make a permanent community in Saas-Fee, I don't want to spend my life living in the city.

August 16, 2017, 12:29:23 PM
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Yeah, but cost of living here is insane. The prices are crazy.

Not if you are earning a salary in Switzerland, and paying income taxes as low as 1% on a 6 figure salary.

August 16, 2017, 01:14:53 PM
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Re: HOT!!!! AC ERROR FARES!! I booked two tickets - EWR - Beijing, and YYZ to TLV - with both itineraries in December.
August 27, 2017, 12:05:37 PM
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