Many years ago there was a time when I lived New York and Europe. In London it was just impossible to find Kneipp shower gels. So of course my regular commute was often filled these and other Kneipp products.
And so as Christmas in Warsaw beckons I postulated what I might need to bring from London to Switzerland in order to get it to Warsaw for christmas. And the answer today is not a lot! Since 2000 the expansion in retail in Poland has meant that most things are now available and at retail and sensible prices. Even Marks and Spencer Food has opened up. So that yearly Christmas Pudding, the bargain Champagne and Biscuit selection has already been bought, and it's waiting for us in Warsaw already.
In comparison the retail expansion in Switzeralnd, what retail expansion? I have noticed in Lausanne we now have 2 Starbucks coffee houses, up from the big zero, believe me this is a big deal. But aside from that there is not much to report.
So in the future we'll be importing clothes, Lady Grey tea, Vitamins, Car parts, magazines, Electronics and Computer goods, Basically nearly everything except Gruyere cheese but only to Switzerland. After hundreds of years being ahead, Switzerland has been overtaken by Poland in just 7 years. I wonder how far they will be ahead in the next 7?