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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:

    Police: 117
    Ambulance: 144
    Fire: 118
    Poison: 145
    Road emergency: 140
    Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
    Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
    Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
    Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415

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    Mountain passes and tunnels information

    by ealgisi Written Jun 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: It is always better to be informed about road conditions.
    So for this reason here's a website that wil tell you every Swiss tunnel and mountain pass status, open or closed.

    http://www.tcs.ch/main/it/home/verkehrsinfo/paesse_tunnels.html

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    Few words in Italian

    by ealgisi Written Jun 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Switzerland.

    Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
    May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
    Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
    What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
    Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
    bread - pane
    butter - burro
    cheese - formaggio
    coffee - caffè
    cream - panna (montata)
    ice cream - gelato
    lemon - limone
    milk - latte
    mineral water - acqua minerale
    mustard - senape
    pepper - pepe
    salad - insalata
    salt - sale
    sugar - zucchero
    tea - tè
    yes/no - si/ no
    please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
    good morning - Buongiorno
    good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
    good evening - Buona sera
    good night - Buona notte
    good-bye - Arrivederci
    excuse me - mi scusi
    you're welcome - prego
    how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
    yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
    day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
    left / right - sinistra/ destra
    up / down - su/ giù
    good / bad - buono/ cattivo
    big / small - grande/ piccolo
    cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
    hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
    open / closed - aperto / chiuso
    free/ occupied - libero / occupato
    early / late - presto/ tardi
    Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
    I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
    Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
    Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
    Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
    What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
    I don't understand. - Non capisco.
    How much is that? - Quanto costa?
    Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
    Monday - lunedì
    Tuesday - martedì
    Wednesday - mercoledì
    Thursday - giovedì
    Friday - venerdì
    Saturday - sabato
    Sunday - domenica

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    home sweet home

    by call_me_rhia Written May 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Locarno - or to be more precise its suburb of Muralto - has been my adoptive home for the past few years. I came here for work - and ended up falling in love: within a few years I decided to stop commuting and started looking for a nest. It's a small town and yet it's very much alive: there's festivals and concerts - and quite some tourists (ok fewer and fewer every year) in the summer months - so we get to see a bit of the world.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is possibly connected with the year 2003: they are filming a major Bollywood blockbuster in and around town, so it's full of really friendly Indian people - it's quite a change from the usual tourist crowd we get. Fingers crossed that the film will be a huge success - we surely need to boost our tourist economy... and we're quite ready to open the door to India

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  • Weather forecast: Heavy Rain and Sunshine :)

    by sabsi Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Piazza in Locarno

    Fondest memory: We woke up in our flat at Thuner See and it was raining heavily. We decided to go to Ticino because we thought it might not rain there.

    Well we went on a three hour drive, passed a few mountain passes in the pouring rain and thunderstorms, went through the Gotthard tunnel and expected to come out and the rain had stopped....only to come out of the tunnel and it was the same weather - getting even worse.

    When we arrived in Locarno the streets were flooded and we could hardly drive. We went into the carpark and thought we never want to go out here again - came outside ... and it stopped!! Within 5 minutes it was really warm and sunny - and on the radio we heard later that in Locarno there was more rain in 10 mts that day than normally in all August.

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    This is Switzerland?

    by Rhondaj Written Oct 2, 2004

    Fondest memory: The swiss cross on the top of this building reminds me that we are still in Switzerland. Locarno 'feels' like Italy.

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    Colors

    by Rhondaj Written Oct 2, 2004

    Fondest memory: The cool pastel colors of the buildings in the old town make one feel cool and refreshed themselves even on a hot summer's day.

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