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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Züriberg is plastered with construction sites, whistling and at the top of their lungs rambling/ singing (?) workers.



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Zurich is one of the most sedate and serene cities I've ever known - if you know where to go.


Have a wander up the Zurichberg, where the zoo is, or down to the Englischviertelstrasse and all those streets round there which are named after Greek and Roman gods. Take a stroll round the back of the Niederdorf, past the city library, the hat shop and the comic book shop. Explore the Seefeld district, down by the lake, all the way down to Tiefenbrunnen. Get the bus to Zollikon, just a couple of minutes outside the city, but a world away. Go and see the sheep at Enge, look at the views from the top of the Uetliberg, amble round the university campus or take a swim at Werd.


None of these involve leaving the metropolis - but if you have a GA or cash for rail tickets, you can head on down to the Linthebene and walk for hours on the flat, surrounded by hills, meeting nobody but the occasional tractor driver or horse rider. Go and explore the Zurich Oberland. Enjoy the orchards near the lake at Staefa. Climb the Pfannenstiel. See the otters up the Sihltal.


There are a thousand things to do in and around Zurich if you have the imagination and the willingness to let your feet lead you. It's a gorgeous little town with all kinds of quiet and pleasant nooks to find, for those who are willing to look.


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living in Zuerich with no job and a wife who works???

I'll swap places with you tomorrow.
It's actually not that fun. I'm trying to change it.
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Hey there I'm in zurich
I'm having a hard time staying sane. We live in a loud building with screaming neighbours and construction noise and regardless, I'm not working. Soon I'll brrr in german classes again but for now I'm going a little crazy as you might imagine without much to do. I'm really looking for suggestions about filling my days because I really have far too much time and I find the density of the city kinds maddening in that is hard to get away from noise, especially construction noise.
Leave your house...take advantage of down time to do some walking and see somethings.
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the construction noise will end once the work is done, so what
It's been two years.
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open the front door. walk out. close door. walk somewhere quiet. lie down.
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Old 20.08.2015, 16:31
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Depending on where in Zurich you live/move around, I'd go to the Allmend park behind Sihlcity (look up Saalsporthalle on Google maps, and go south from there), and follow the paths next to the skatepark along the river Sihl. These paths will slowly take you to Adliswil along the Sihl, and with the exception of the traffic at the Uetliberg tunnel it will be very quiet and close to the city.

P.s. Zurich is the smallest city I ever lived in - I lived in Seoul for some time and THAT was intense. I never thought that living in a city with 24 million people would mean that you're basically never ever alone... coming back to Europe felt like the total outback in comparison!
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Depending on where in Zurich you live/move around, I'd go to the Allmend park behind Sihlcity (look up Saalsporthalle on Google maps, and go south from there), and follow the paths next to the skatepark along the river Sihl. These paths will slowly take you to Adliswil along the Sihl, and with the exception of the traffic at the Uetliberg tunnel it will be very quiet and close to the city.

P.s. Zurich is the smallest city I ever lived in - I lived in Seoul for some time and THAT was intense. I never thought that living in a city with 24 million people would mean that you're basically never ever alone... coming back to Europe felt like the total outback in comparison!
Yea I know I'm pretty sensitive, it's the density and the poor quality of the building too, which contributes.

We are looking for a new flat but in general I'm not looking forward to being unemployed and living through winters here. Hopefully I can find something to keep me busy (like, a job).
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It's been two years.
in 2 years in Zuerich I learned one language, learned another one enough to read and write it when I am forced to, joined 2 clubs, saw about 75% of Switzerland and most of central Europe, managed to watch every single college football and basketball game of my alma mater back in the US on ESPN and every football game of my favorite NFL team on NFL.com, etc., etc., etc. and I suspect I accomplished much less in 2 years than a ton of the other posters on EF, all of whom have somehow managed to survive.



Switzerland is a harsh mistress, you just have to get out and start doing something (just about anything), somewhere (just about anywhere), and see what clicks. check the city of Zuerich website for a list of clubs, buy a tall, cold Feldi and walk along the Limmat all afternoon, hike up the Uetliberg, go for a swim over at Enge, kick a soccer ball around with the refugees over by the Chinagarten, grab a bike and just start riding...I could go on all day.

it only gets better if you force it to. and, candidly, the country is often begging you to force it to.
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check the city of Zuerich website for a list of clubs
Where do I do that? I just see ads for "clubs" like nightclubs, when I google.
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Where do I do that? I just see ads for "clubs" like nightclubs, when I google.
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/sd/de/i...r/vereine.html

of course the site is in German, but if I recall I had to use Google Translate when we first moved to Zuerich and found a couple of basketball clubs. you can also search by area of the city, here is the example for all of the listed clubs in Enge:

http://www.enge.ch/organisationen/organisationen.php

bear in mind, some of the clubs will have your stereotypically close-minded Eidgenossen who only want blue-bloods and locals, but if you ask around you should eventually be able to find a club that you enjoy. and you might have to venture a little out of your comfort zone, e.g. I had never heard of unihockey until I moved to Europe but would have loved to have tried it with one of the unihockey clubs.

P.S. part of the upside of some of the clubs is that you will undoubtedly meet others who are looking for work and/or looking for somebody to do some work. the clubs are one of the key ways many Swiss, secondos and foreigners build their social network, and so there will be plenty of others in positions similar to your own.
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Old 20.08.2015, 18:21
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I bet you’re over by Triemli
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

CityTiger, what kinds of things were you doing in your spare time before you moved here? Perhaps some members here can point you to one or the other direction so you don't have to browse clubs online. You could also post on one of the other sub-forums here and try to find other expats near you who share similar interests. Could also enroll in a (German) language class.. kill two birds with one stone Hope you'll at least find something good to bridge the time till you find employment again. Good luck!

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It's actually not that fun. I'm trying to change it.

Is your wife quit her job ?
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Old 20.08.2015, 22:16
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in 2 years in Zuerich I learned one language, learned another one enough to read and write it when I am forced to, joined 2 clubs, saw about 75% of Switzerland and most of central Europe, managed to watch every single college football and basketball game of my alma mater back in the US on ESPN and every football game of my favorite NFL team on NFL.com, etc., etc., etc. and I suspect I accomplished much less in 2 years than a ton of the other posters on EF, all of whom have somehow managed to survive.



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CityTiger, what kinds of things were you doing in your spare time before you moved here? Perhaps some members here can point you to one or the other direction so you don't have to browse clubs online. You could also post on one of the other sub-forums here and try to find other expats near you who share similar interests. Could also enroll in a (German) language class.. kill two birds with one stone Hope you'll at least find something good to bridge the time till you find employment again. Good luck!
Yea I have a job coach now and that should help some. I see her again tomorrow.

I really love tyre arts so sometimes for example I go to the auction houses. I also have a museum card /pass so I'll try to use that more.

I really love the outside so the city isn't exactly perfect although there are some great places accessibly by train. I just have faaaar to much time on my hands.
Luzern just has so many places where you can hang out undisturbed and check out the scenery etc. I'm finding it difficult to match in zurich. You know cafes you can just chill in endlessly etc, it's a really different city.

Maybe I should pick up a habit or routine of cycling around the lake of something. Something really exhausting and time consuming.... I am very sad I left such a wonderful place and I don't like constantly comparing my new life to the old but I'm kind of miserable with the new digs. I know it's supposed to be the most liveable city but I'm finding it kinda aggressive and congested.
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Zürich is about 10-20 minutes (less, depending where you live) train ride in every direction from the countryside... which part of it can't you find?
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Zürich is about 10-20 minutes (less, depending where you live) train ride in every direction from the countryside... which part of it can't you find?
Or walk, bicycle, tram ...
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Yea I have a job coach now and that should help some. I see her again tomorrow.

I really love tyre arts so sometimes for example I go to the auction houses. I also have a museum card /pass so I'll try to use that more.

I really love the outside so the city isn't exactly perfect although there are some great places accessibly by train. I just have faaaar to much time on my hands.
Luzern just has so many places where you can hang out undisturbed and check out the scenery etc. I'm finding it difficult to match in zurich. You know cafes you can just chill in endlessly etc, it's a really different city.

Maybe I should pick up a habit or routine of cycling around the lake of something. Something really exhausting and time consuming.... I am very sad I left such a wonderful place and I don't like constantly comparing my new life to the old but I'm kind of miserable with the new digs. I know it's supposed to be the most liveable city but I'm finding it kinda aggressive and congested.
I do understand you. I love Luzern for the scenery too. Konsi-Park is one of my favourite spots. However, Zürich has also its nice places. One place I really like in Zürich is Lindenhof. Or walking along the Limmat or along the lake is nice too. How about having a cup of coffee at the restaurant 'Die Waid'? From there you have a nice view over Zürich specially on a nice day as it was today.

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Maybe I should pick up a habit or routine of cycling around the lake of something. Something really exhausting and time consuming.... I am very sad I left such a wonderful place and I don't like constantly comparing my new life to the old but I'm kind of miserable with the new digs. I know it's supposed to be the most liveable city but I'm finding it kinda aggressive and congested.

I recommend gardening. It can be really exhausting and time consuming.
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I recommend gardening. It can be really exhausting and time consuming.
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