American perspective on the Swiss life.

Today we will be talking about one of the most famous people at IMI. He greets you with a wide smile every morning, checks your rooms, likes deducting PA marks and is an American football coach.  Did you guess who I’m talking about? You are totally right, it is Mr. Pinkston!


All of you know that Mr. Pinkston is a true American guy, who has been living in Switzerland for over 20 years! So, let’s try to find out what are the most attractive things about Switzerland in his opinion!



Tell us something about yourself?

I was born in Painseville Ohio, December 21st, 1967. I have a younger sister and my Father and Mother divorced when I was 9. I lived in 5 different states and 19 different towns while I was growing up. I joined the US Army when I was 17 and went to Fort Benning Georgia. Then went into the Reserves until I was 19 then I became a professional soldier stationed in Gelnhausen, Germany. I was there for almost 3 years. I got Married to Nadine in 1990. We have been Married now 26 Years and have been together for 30 years. We have two Daughters, Neomie 24 and Luana 21. I am very strong believer in Christ. I read my Bible and I pray multiple times every day. I have preached all over Switzerland and in the USA. I also like Sports, American Football and Self Defense. I love people and I love taking care of people. This is my Passion. My order of importance in life is God, Family, People, and work.


How many years ago did you move to Switzerland?

I have been living in Switzerland for over 27 years now. I have been living in Europe for over 30 years. Love it over here.


What is your favorite thing about the USA?

American Football and the openness of the People.


What is your favorite thing about Switzerland?

The safety and security you have here. The discipline of the nation.


What do you miss here the most?

I miss going to Football games in Stadiums.


How difficult did you find learning German?

German is a very difficult language. I did not go to school to learn it. I learned it because I had to. I still have challenges with proper grammar but I still have that with English also.


Which cuisine is better: Swiss or American?

Swiss Cuisine is Healthier and Very Good but American food is unhealthy and full of fat. It is harder to eat healthy in the States.


Any advice for the students coming to Switzerland from abroad? 

Yes, learn the culture of the Swiss. They are very proud people and they are very traditional in what they think and do. The Food is very good and learning the language is a big help in having a good time while living here. Take in the Beauty of the Nation. It is Awesome.

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