Interview from 10 years ago...

When Casey moved to Switzerland in 2008, the newspaper "Zürcher Landzeitung" made a very humorous interview with Casey.

Find a translation of the interview below.


“Snakes Rattle Their Teeth”

World traveler Casey Crosby moved a short time ago to Steinmaur (CH). There he puzzles about the danger of local wildlife and the secrets of Switzerland – not always very seriously.

Interview by Kathrin Morf

KM: Tell me about your first steps here in Switzerland.

CC: I had a box of expensive Belgian chocolate in my luggage. At the Swiss border, the drug-sniffing dog jumped like crazy on my bag and destroyed the beautiful box. Costume officers and guys with TV-cameras came onto the scene. I could not hold back laughing – it was absolutely true that in Switzerland everybody goes crazy about chocolate, even drug-sniffing dogs! The Swiss costume officers did not think that it was funny and thoroughly checked me after the incident.

KM: You moved to Switzerland because of love…

CC: When I saw Sonja the first time, I knew that she would be my wife. I was a private English teacher in Dublin. She paid 50 Euros for a lesson. After the lesson I told her that her tram stop was on my way home. I lived in the opposite direction and I even brought her to a stop further away so that I could spend more time with her.

KM: But after a month Sonja went back to Switzerland to finish her studies…

CC: For eight months, my telephone bill was higher than my rent. And my rent was very high. But then Sonja moved to Ireland, lived later with me in Poland and when she found a job in Switzerland, I followed her here. In three weeks though, I have to go back. I am a keyboardist and I have performances. I hope I can conclude all formalities first so that I can stay in Switzerland.

KM: Do you like it here?

CC: It is the most boring place I have ever been to – but at the same the most beautiful. Switzerland unifies all the best of the coolest countries in Europe. The panorama is so breathtakingly beautiful, that my brain has a hard time to process it. Also the food is fantastic, even better than in Italy. The ladies are charming and the men good looking. I used to live in big cities like Dublin, Moscow, New York or Milan but I love the silence and the nature with all the snakes and pumpkins…

KM: Did you just say snakes?

CC: When I went for a walk, I saw a picture of a snake. It looked like a rattle snake and the German name of the snake was “Ringelnater” which terribly sounds like a rattle snake to me. I read that there are no poisonous animals living here but I do not believe that anymore. I went home and since then I only wear long pants. And not a long time ago, I even saw a snake: I ran away – but only about 20 meters.

KM: What can Swiss people and Americans learn from each other?

CC: Americans are not as ignorant as they often are portrayed as. They could learn from the local people here to think a bit more before they speak and be a bit more discrete and held back. Some Swiss people could learn from Americans to be more open-minded. In general the Swiss are in a very sympathetic way introverted.

KM: What question about Switzerland is still unanswered for you?

CC: I want to know what the Swiss are hiding. Your tiny country is in the heart of Europe. Nobody knows much about you. You are not in the European Union but have a relatively big army that can be ready from one day to another. I am sure you Swiss are hiding something. I also want to know what is going on in Regensberg. The village is beautiful but you rarely see people, the kids stare weirdly and there are statues for some odd religious community. I guess something dark is going on there (laughs).

KM: How do you imagine your future?

CC: I want to marry Sonja, live and work in Switzerland, learn everything about the country and one day I hope that little Swiss kids will rollick around me – this is a good place to raise children.

Casey Crosby