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Old 09.09.2010, 15:40
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Re: Canada vs. Switzerland

Try Air Transat out of Basel, they only connect to Montreal currently, but the fares are low:

http://www.airtransat.ch/de/index.aspx
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We suprised ourselves, actually, with the result. Switzerland and N. California were in a dead heat, it turned out...with one show stopper...my wife's degree is not recognized in California, so her career would be essentially derailed....this showed up clearly in the point calculation, giving Switzerland a clear numerical edge over California!

We realised that although we could have bought a nice big house in California at the time, she would essentially sacrifice her career, sit at home, while I worked my ass off (with 2 wks vacation).

Our Decision: stay in Switzerland!!!
degree not recognized in California ?
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Right now air canada has return trips at 550 zurich-toronto plus tax
Really ? The website shows higher fares. Thanks though let me check again.
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Old 09.09.2010, 16:09
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Really ? The website shows higher fares. Thanks though let me check again.

after taxes and fees 825 was the end price.

yeah, i get their spam under Canadian rules where they don't quote the fees, I love how the swiss make sure they show all fees up front.

Still a pretty decent deal.
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Old 09.09.2010, 16:10
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Re: Canada vs. Switzerland

I've always used this site, the prices I've paid in the past have been around 300-400 GBP, But they only fly from UK airports. When I lived in Ireland this was my cheapest option, but maybe there are cheaper ones here on the mainland? 300GBP=500 chf (more or less).

the only catch is that they only fly once per week, per airport. So, for example, from Gatwick, they may fly out and return Wednesday, from Heathrow, it might be tuesdays, etc.
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I've always used this site, the prices I've paid in the past have been around 300-400 GBP, But they only fly from UK airports. When I lived in Ireland this was my cheapest option, but maybe there are cheaper ones here on the mainland? 300GBP=500 chf (more or less).

the only catch is that they only fly once per week, per airport. So, for example, from Gatwick, they may fly out and return Wednesday, from Heathrow, it might be tuesdays, etc.
thanks. looking to fly out of ZH or Geneva.
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after taxes and fees 825 was the end price.

yeah, i get their spam under Canadian rules where they don't quote the fees, I love how the swiss make sure they show all fees up front.

Still a pretty decent deal.
It is a very good deal but the cheapest I located was CHF 1030. Could you direct me to your info ?
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Old 09.09.2010, 16:25
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there is a reason for this : we don`t want anybody com over here and drink our beer
The strategy seems to be working - i've never once met anyone who wanted to drink canadian beer
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Old 09.09.2010, 16:28
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BA is very cheap. Especially if booked from a non-Swiss website such as expedia.
The nice thing about BA now is that European and Canadian flights use T5. The old days of taking a bus for ages is now over. I did a 1 hour transfer last week and actually made my flight (along with luggage).

Will keep BA option open for future flights.
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Re: Canada vs. Switzerland

Im from Canada and have lived in Switzerland for a few years now..the only major benefit over Switzerland is the quality of life.

i.e. similar salaries to Switzerland with price levels which are about half that of Switzerland.
  • Also if you are looking to buy a home, there is better quality homes to buy at a waaaaay cheeper price.
  • Free health care (although your taxes are higher for it) but that amounts to a huge savings.
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The nice thing about BA now is that European and Canadian flights use T5. The old days of taking a bus for ages is now over. I did a 1 hour transfer last week and actually made my flight (along with luggage).

Will keep BA option open for future flights.
Ya, but you have to connect in London with BA. Not direct.
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Old 09.09.2010, 17:22
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The strategy seems to be working - i've never once met anyone who wanted to drink canadian beer

Sigh...I miss Canadian beer.

2 more months!
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Old 09.09.2010, 17:34
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Ya, but you have to connect in London with BA. Not direct.
So? Doesn't mean it's longer. Depends on your destination. You said Canada, not a specific city. For Vancouver/Calgary, better to travel through London and over the pole than going through Toronto/Montreal.
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Re: Canada vs. Switzerland

I paid 1100 for xmas with BA.

And this even for a non-standard 2 city trip, using a different airline for the intermediate flight.

expedia.ca was my very good friend.
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So? Doesn't mean it's longer. Depends on your destination. You said Canada, not a specific city. For Vancouver/Calgary, better to travel through London and over the pole than going through Toronto/Montreal.
You are right for Western CA BA makes sense. For TO/Montreal maybe or maybe not but I did not want to connect through the London airports anyway. Messy.
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I paid 1100 for xmas with BA.

And this even for a non-standard 2 city trip, using a different airline for the intermediate flight.

expedia.ca was my very good friend.
that is a very good price for Xmas. I will try your good friend as well.
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Re: Canada vs. Switzerland

Before you consider buying a home in Vancouver do your research. Here is a good start to show you what your options are

Crack Shack or Mansion? http://www.crackshackormansion.com/


Make sure that both yours and your wife's credentials are accepted by the province you choose to settle in. I know many a Canadian who shakes their head at the thought of doctors driving taxi's but the reality is that there is no political will to change the system and over qualified immigrants are left to do just that, wash floors and drive taxi's. It's a real shame and the major reason we came to Switzerland as my husband is one of those over qualified immigrants. Here he can work with no problems.
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Here is another good link for real estate market research.

The Vancouver Condo Roller coaster ride.

http://vancouvercondo.info/coaster

On top of this watch out for leaky condos. It rains like hell in Vancouver and the building standards are rather shoddy.
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My choice would definitely be - Canada.
First off:no language barrier.
Then:different (better) life style. People seem more open to other nationalities, things are more laid back and you get to actually enjoy life while working and earning more and having more options as well.
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My choice would definitely be - Canada.
First off:no language barrier.
Then:different (better) life style. People seem more open to other nationalities, things are more laid back and you get to actually enjoy life while working and earning more and having more options as well.
great reasons !
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