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Paradise ApparentlyIf you’ve recently arrived in Switzerland (or even if you have lived here for years), then you are probably still coming to terms with the many varied and sometimes frustrating differences that exist between here and your home country.  If this is the case, you may like to take a few tips from "Paradise (Apparently) – Welcome to Switzerland".

Written by Flo Regina, an Italian lawyer who arrived in the country 7 years ago, the book provides a light-hearted description of her experiences, when trying to start a new life here with her family.  Many readers will relate to some of her amusing anecdotes – including, for example, tales of her “extortionate” parking fines as she discovered that Switzerland took a somewhat stricter view on this issue than her native country – we are told that Fr. 2000.- was required to pay her fines in the first year alone!

Others will relate to her stories about mowing the grass on Sunday, or simply identify with her experiences relating to punctuality – a quality that apparently required a significant effort on her part to acquire as her children learnt to adapt more quickly to the new “rules” for living in Switzerland, i.e. you musn’t be late!

In highlighting the cultural differences between Switzerland and Italy, the book hopes to prepare its readers for what will undoubtedly be a different experience to living in their home country.  It concludes by providing a survival guide for foreigners arriving in Switzerland, and includes some basic rules for getting by, not the least of which is having a sense of humor!

Whilst some may consider the book to be slightly insulting to our Swiss hosts, the author is keen to emphasize that no offence is intended at all.  She just wants readers to be fully “prepared”, and to understand that they are not alone in thinking that the habits and customs typical of Switzerland are sometimes a little strange.  With a good positive attitude, and a few useful tips to guide you along your way – then you’ll have no problems at all!

For further information on the book, visit the website at www.paradiseapparently.com.