Sunday, December 18, 2005

How to be a snobby chick in Zürich

Some of my faithful readers might have noticed a faint mysogynistic undercurrent on this blog. Not so, I say. I just happen to live in a big city in a rich country, which brings out the best and worst in people. And what with everything in Switzerland being so close by, so it's nigh unpreventable that the rich and the poor congregate. For example on Zürich's main shopping/banking street, the Bahnhofstrasse. Here one can watch the mainly rich people go about their shopping business, and laugh about them. Here's some of my observations:

Facial expressions, or lack thereof
The most important part. As faithful reader of this here blog, you will know that Swiss people in general, especially in Zürich, just Do. Not. Smile. This is practised to perfection by snobby chicks doing their shopping in Zürich. Not only do they Not Smile, they add a well-trained scowl to their face.

You'd have thought that the female power-suit had died a well-deserved, slow death somewhere towards the end of the 80s, but it's back in somewhat updated form. As long as it's bulky enough to get the "I Am A Woman Get Out Of My Way You Bumbling Idiot" message across, you're golden.

One would have hoped that Ugg boots would have gone out of fashion two years ago, but no, they're back with a vengeance, and ug(g)lier than before. Every tassle one could imagine is now part of this particularly hideous member of the shoe family.

Eating whilst on-the-go
If you're female and don't have time for eating at a restaurant (which can happen, sometimes), most of the time you'll go for something that can be held in your hands. Duh. But here's something very specific to Zürich: Eating bread-stuffs (croissants, for example), you hold the bag of bread in one hand, and, making sure NO-ONE can see the bread inside said bread-bag, you tear off a piece and eat it. Mostly excercised by women teenage to mid-thirties. I suppose it's something that one grows out of.

So. I hope you enjoyed my observations. Welcome to Switzerland, enjoy our invisible bread, and don't forget the all-important scowl!


Anonymous lily said...

you secretly love it :X :] ;]

18 December, 2005 22:30  
Blogger Lily Slater said...

you should post more!

29 August, 2008 11:16  

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