Friday, June 17, 2016

Meow: Internship in Switzerland #10

Good, first week in der Schweiz passed and I successfully survived. Here I add a list of things I found interesting during this week:
  • Low-floor bus with hydraulic "kneeling" device, which can be used when the bus is not in motion, tilting it or lowering it at the front axle even further, often down to normal curb height. When the bus stops at a bus stop, it "kneels" down so that people can get off more easily. If you've never seen it before (like me :)), you can watch this video
Edit: Some of you kindly noticed that this sort of buses drives also in several cities in Slovakia. I can't disagree. I've just never noticed that they used this device or, perhaps I was just in a wrong bus :) The thing I wanted to point out in this article was that such a small city like Thun has only this kind of buses whereas bigger cities in Slovakia use different types of vehicles and only few of them are able to kneel. And even if you noticed this feature (or bug xD) maybe you didn't know how it's called, so I'm just sharing a little (and for some of you also interesting) note about that.

Kneeling device is also used in buses in Thun
  • Watching Kika (German TV channel for children) can teach you a lot, not only German. The German is kept clear and simple and there are some programs discussing a wide range of topics such as....
Watch Kika to learn more about Islam
  • Swiss think that Baťa (Bata Shoe Organization) is originally a Swiss brand. Actually Bata has been established in 1894 in Zlin (then it was Austro-Hungarian Empire, today belongs to Czech Republic) by Tomáš Baťa. It expanded to Poland, England, Austria, Latvia and many more countries and currently headquarters in Lausanne (near Geneva) in Switzerland.
Bata store in Thun
  • Houses. They almost look like those in Cicmany :) 
A cute wooden house
  • A cat never says thanks but when is something wrong it tells you immediately (long miiiaaaauuu).
We are watching ...
Be careful...
  • Boiled eggs. Colorful boiled eggs. For those who didn't get it - in Slovakia you can't buy boiled eggs and painting eggs is just a part of Easter tradition. Such eggs aren't for eating though.
Swiss have Easter every day :P