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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.

May 21, 2017, 06:04:34 PM
Re: South Africa Master Thread
JNB-NYC RT Direct on SAA
and NYC- JNB RT on 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
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.

July 19, 2017, 01:15:11 AM
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.


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
Re: Switzerland Master Thread

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
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: 

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:

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
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
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
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
Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
Where did you take the test to return and how much was it?

$65 in Airport in Liberia --

You can also order Covid home test kits before you leave the US - it's $150 for a pack of 6 tests     - Do not open the kit - till you are ready to test. The US owned airlines accept it (except Spirit and Sun Country ) see: and google emed costa rica

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March 31, 2021, 05:11:31 PM
Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
Good to know, thanks

Furthermore, no need to take along meat with you -- they have local shechita here - went into a restaurant / store called "The Kosher Center" - and it tasted fresh and delicious.

They have a few page menu, and you can also buy raw meat. They have entire freezers filled with meat and chicken.  I asked the owner of the restaurant, from where the meat comes from, and he was very knowledgeable and explained to me that it's from local shechita.  They have a Satmar shochet that flies in from New York -- majority of the meat goes for export to the US - but he personally goes down to the shechita to select the supply for his store. 

The beef is labeled - Natural Beef - Minimally Processed, no Artificial Ingredients, No Preservatives.  - the price chart is on their website.

April 13, 2021, 10:19:33 PM
Re: Robo calls Move your number to an IVR system - so if it's a real person -- they would need to press a digit to be connected to you.
That's what I do. Also, get a number from a different calling area  / state where you do not have any contacts  - majority of junk calls come from the same area code as your number - so don't pick up that area code / or block it.

May 04, 2021, 09:34:59 PM
Re: Robo calls The solution is to keep phone on Do Not Disturb - and make an exception to allow phone calls from phone book contacts only.

Not to mention, I am fast asleep by 8pm, as I start my day at 4am. Anyways, why do we need to supply our phone number to any organization.
Lets put in the local police station of FBI office instead. Let them get the calls.

May 05, 2021, 12:15:26 PM
Re: Robo calls
What an אנשיקעניש. I probably blocked already 50+ phone numbers from him on my landline, but he always manages to get through with new numbers. And for cell phones if you block it'll spam your voicemail. He likely makes money from tmimesdiga bubbys who have enough time not to become intimidated.

The phone calls go through Voice Over IP systems, which one can easily setup - and it takes a second to change your caller ID to any number you wish. I once had somebody who never picked up my phone calls (because he owed me money), so I changed my caller id to his home number and called his cell phone number. He answered right away, thinking that it's his wife.

May 05, 2021, 12:24:42 PM
Re: Would this change the shidduch picture conversation? As the years go by, I keep on hearing more and more stories of people who I know first hand -- who went out prior and rejected or got rejected -- and then years later - they ended up revisiting it and ended up getting married. One instance, they first met 10 years prior. Now, there are so many singles that are already in the late 30s, and in their 40s - and it's sad shadchanim have to call up and tell the boy -- the girl has frozen her eggs.

I can't imagine that it's hashem's will that people get married so late -- but if there are so many older singles - it must be that people are rejecting their basherts.

Another problem is that dating process itself isn't natural -- one a date, one is being tested by the other person -- and when one is tested - one is not natural and one is not oneself.

And I think that applies as well to job interviews -- There are people who are never able to make a good impression on a job interview - but those people might be the absolute perfect fit for the job. 

May 06, 2021, 04:30:50 PM
Re: Would this change the shidduch picture conversation?
A no after 1 date can be hurtful for anyone. A girl whose looks are the reason many boys say no, will get a no after 1 date more often, and she's more likely to be hurt by it.

I got rejected plenty of times after 1st date. The paralyzing pain each time lasted more than half a year -- but that could be because every rejection triggers PTSD from child trauma. Plus, not to mention every time I get rejected - it takes my years till I would be willing to go out again, and then I get rejected again after the 1st date.

May 06, 2021, 04:34:04 PM
Re: Would this change the shidduch picture conversation?
Regarding going out a second time. This is something I vehemently disagree with. It is not offensive or rude to say no after one date. There is nothing wrong with the person I dated, he is just not for me. Why would I waste anyone's time?
Yes yes I know you know of your aunt's cousin's neighbor who said no and was forced to go out a second time and now they are married with 14 kids. I've heard all those stories. 

When one is in their thirties, had to fly in, and hasn't been on a date for 7 years -- It's quite painful. Not to mention, to add to the pain, the day before that date -- the person who swindled a large amount of money from me well over a decade ago - his daughter got engaged the night before.

I get rejected because I don't learn full time, as I had to go work to pay back what people stole from me and caused me to go into debt.  In 2013 - I was sent to a shadchan of a girls seminary - I met with her and she spoke with my references -- and the only thing she had to suggest was a divorced giores -- which is not the end of the world -- but the girl was black.

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