Continuing to publish personal experiences of Life Abroad, as I believe that they show the realities much better than the articles with “do’es and don’ts”. This time Gioia, an Italian from beautiful city Verona, whom I met while studying in UK (at that time I did not speak any Italian by the way), is sharing her insight on life in Switzerland and abroad in general, enjoy!
The idea of this mission came to me by accident, but as we know, nothing in this life is accidental. I was on a train from Italy to Lausanne, Switzerland, when after crossing Italian-Swiss border a ticket inspector came to me, asking for the ticket. I showed her my reservation confirmation in my phone. She said that this reservation is not valid and that I should have a paper ticket and that it is written in the conditions of the ticket. I started arguing that she just needs to check my reservation number (PNR) and that it is an electronic ticket and actually conditions claim that I do NOT need to get a paper ticket. Her answer was that it is true for Italian ticket inspectors, but not for Swiss ones, as Swiss system is different. In the end I had to buy another ticket, but I did not have to pay a fine.