Flush in Switzerland


...I have come to demand the regularity of Swiss society, like the schedule with exact departure times at every tram and bus stop in this city. During normal hours I can expect a tram every seven minutes. And I expect it to be exactly on time, as it almost always is. The problem with such precision is that any variation, any deviation and, like the locals, I get annoyed.

But it is the incongruities, the contradictions of this country that interest me most. Although there are all these rules that seem somewhat strict to a Canadian (and silly to a Canadian who's lived in Turkey), the Swiss are flexible in so many other ways.

For instance, you can walk around with a beer anytime you want here. And loads of people smoke everywhere. And I don't mean just cigarettes...