Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01.06.2015, 11:23
PaddyG's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pensier, Fribourg
Posts: 8,296
Groaned at 107 Times in 91 Posts
Thanked 14,218 Times in 5,024 Posts
PaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond repute
20 years today

I am officially in this beautiful country. It hasn't always been easy, but I've achieved so much more than I think I ever would done had I remained in the UK. I've made many friends, both Swiss and otherwise, marveled at the spectacular scenery; riled against at Swiss bureaucratic intransigence; watched my girls grow up perfectly bilingual; improved my language skills to the extent I can actually understand my wife speaking to officialdom in French and can easily pick up around 70% of Swiss German that I hear; grown to love ice hockey, skiing, biking and hiking; learnt to appreciate melted cheese and bread as a dietary staple; become a proud Fribourgeois; become a "Herr Doktor"; learnt how to deride and belittle ignorant newcomers on internet forums, and many, many more things. I should also thank the folks on EF; it truly is a great source of information for the newly Swissed.
__________________
Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an 'orrible c**t... me - Bricktop
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01.06.2015, 11:24
roegner's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,059
Groaned at 88 Times in 66 Posts
Thanked 3,087 Times in 1,582 Posts
roegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Congratulations!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01.06.2015, 11:28
TiMow's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fribourg
Posts: 9,310
Groaned at 292 Times in 196 Posts
Thanked 12,189 Times in 5,300 Posts
TiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

..... and there was me thinking this was going to be about Sgt. Pepper.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01.06.2015, 11:40
Chemmie's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,722
Groaned at 27 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 4,237 Times in 1,924 Posts
Chemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Congrats! Success story.

I would be very happy and proud to say the same thing, Still 14 years to catch up--have only completed a few of the points on your accomplishment list (albeit the easy ones).
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01.06.2015, 11:55
VFR on top's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 724
Groaned at 19 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 1,533 Times in 552 Posts
VFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

You do realize you are setting the bar rather high for the rest of us?


Congrats!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank VFR on top for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 01.06.2015, 12:18
sva's Avatar
sva sva is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Villars sur Glâne
Posts: 560
Groaned at 20 Times in 13 Posts
Thanked 385 Times in 193 Posts
sva has a reputation beyond reputesva has a reputation beyond reputesva has a reputation beyond reputesva has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Quote:
View Post
.... learnt how to deride and belittle ignorant newcomers on internet forums, .....
And here I was, thinking it came naturally to all of us

Congrats.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01.06.2015, 12:42
Phos's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: ZRH
Posts: 7,177
Groaned at 462 Times in 350 Posts
Thanked 9,364 Times in 4,926 Posts
Phos has a reputation beyond reputePhos has a reputation beyond reputePhos has a reputation beyond reputePhos has a reputation beyond reputePhos has a reputation beyond reputePhos has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

It sounds like I'm on track, but in a different sequence. Hope yodelling is not on the itinerary. Here's one for you. Brits will never get over the Beatles anyway.

it was 20 years ago today...

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01.06.2015, 12:43
newtoswitz's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Rapperswil
Posts: 1,158
Groaned at 15 Times in 13 Posts
Thanked 1,310 Times in 596 Posts
newtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Congratulations - a very impressive list of achievements.

Is there anything left to do??
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01.06.2015, 13:34
Sbrinz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Murten - Morat
Posts: 10,971
Groaned at 542 Times in 342 Posts
Thanked 10,578 Times in 5,410 Posts
Sbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Quote:
View Post
Is there anything left to do??
I don't think he has argued with the neighbours yet...

Congratulations Paddy, the worst is probably behind you now.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01.06.2015, 13:37
PaddyG's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pensier, Fribourg
Posts: 8,296
Groaned at 107 Times in 91 Posts
Thanked 14,218 Times in 5,024 Posts
PaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Quote:
View Post
I don't think he has argued with the neighbours yet...

Congratulations Paddy, the worst is probably behind you now.
No, we did that once about 16 years ago...
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01.06.2015, 23:10
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Geneva
Posts: 1,975
Groaned at 18 Times in 17 Posts
Thanked 1,978 Times in 805 Posts
McTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Quote:
View Post
It sounds like I'm on track, but in a different sequence. Hope yodelling is not on the itinerary. Here's one for you. Brits will never get over the Beatles anyway.

it was 20 years ago today...



What's wrong with yodelling????????????
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank McTAVGE for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 01.06.2015, 23:11
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Geneva
Posts: 1,975
Groaned at 18 Times in 17 Posts
Thanked 1,978 Times in 805 Posts
McTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

Quote:
View Post
No, we did that once about 16 years ago...


I don't seem to find the details of the venue and time for the giant anniversary cake!


Congratulations, felicitations, ich gratuliere!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02.06.2015, 00:35
moggy's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Thurgau (& London, UK)
Posts: 1,488
Groaned at 10 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 768 Times in 511 Posts
moggy has a reputation beyond reputemoggy has a reputation beyond reputemoggy has a reputation beyond reputemoggy has a reputation beyond repute
Re: 20 years today

PaddyG, thanks for sharing.

IMO, you made the right decision 20 years to bring up your daughters in Switzerland as opposed UK.

It is a great country for family, children.

I remember a thread once where a mother was reprimanded by the teacher for taking their 5 year old child to school as the child would not have independence.

My siblings in SE England spent so much of their time as Taxi drivers for their children, as worried about safety for their children. It is kind of cool, how not only the police are keeping a quiet look out for the safety of children, but also the local citizen, albeit, the old woman/man behind a curtain.

Although so much costs X amounts of money, there are facilities for families on lower income to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland, like free barbeque areas and much more, shops that sell discount clothing for children, unless those more well off want the Now FASHION.

Variuos outdoor & indoor sports are encouraged – far better life than alcohol or drugs or sitting hours in front of computer segrated for hours.

Then there is the magic of more than one language, although other language or two might be studied in UK schools, I am ashamed how little encouragement is given to using those.

Almost to finish I am a bit of fan sometimes to some of your posts with humour.

As a London lass my first visit to Switzerland was later in life & I have little idea how the late teenagers or early twenties what social life outside of sports or local communities, i.e. boy meets girls or the like. They do have the added advantage of the language.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank moggy for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
20 years, really?




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hairstylist Basel 20 years experience barryinc Commercial 217 01.12.2016 12:58
housecleaning today (20.11.14) or friday (20.12.14) ZH rüschlikon bengal gal Jobs offered 1 20.11.2014 00:36
Hairstylist Basel 20 years experience barryinc Commercial 8 04.10.2011 10:25
In IT for 20 years nickatbasel General off-topic 26 19.05.2011 20:08
20 Years Switzerland NC1234 Introductions 7 20.03.2008 13:21


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 13:45.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0