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Old 02.10.2015, 18:17
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Who's been here longest?

After seeing RTN's post about his 10 years, I was just wondering which EF regular has been in Switzerland the longest (not including Swiss-born, obviously). I'm here just over 20 years, but I know there are quite a few who have been here considerably longer than that.
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Old 02.10.2015, 18:41
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Re: Who's been here longest?

I vote for Wolli.
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Old 02.10.2015, 18:41
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Re: Who's been here longest?

42 years.
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Old 02.10.2015, 18:43
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Re: Who's been here longest?

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I vote for Wolli.
He's Swiss born (isn't he?)

My money's on Longbyt or Busby.
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Old 02.10.2015, 18:45
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Re: Who's been here longest?

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42 years.
There's one I hadn't reckoned on ..... would have got long odds, too.
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Old 02.10.2015, 18:53
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Re: Who's been here longest?

Only 29 and change for me, though I first came here in '82 for a three months internship (paid), and still have friends and coworkers from that first trip.

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Re: Who's been here longest?

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He's Swiss born (isn't he?)

My money's on Longbyt or Busby.
I thought so to.


Sbrinz, St2lemans?


Edit: D'oh, too slow.
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Old 02.10.2015, 18:56
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Re: Who's been here longest?

44 years for me.
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Old 02.10.2015, 19:10
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Re: Who's been here longest?

Lived here for only 8 years, but visited hubby here every month for 7 years before that, and first came on holiday to Switzerland 44 years ago. Does that count? No, I guess not.
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Old 02.10.2015, 19:36
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Re: Who's been here longest?

Only just over 20 years. And I speak no local languages.

Do I win something?

And Tom....shhh
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:06
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Re: Who's been here longest?

I bet Oldhand's in the running.
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Re: Who's been here longest?

48 years (1967)
plus 2 years 1960-62.
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:22
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Re: Who's been here longest?

I'm not a resident and have only been visiting for amost 10 years but my Swiss connections go back to a Swiss family friend getting on for 60 years ago. Although she is no longer with us, I still visit her son when I am there
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Re: Who's been here longest?

Only 17 years for me as of the Wednesday just gone. Flew in from Manchester and stayed overnight in an hotel in Fribourg before taking possession of our rental property the next day. Had to rush out and buy some light bulbs so we could actually see things after dark and knowing that our furniture wouldn't be arriving that day we'd pack a blow up bed and some bedding as part of our luggage so we had something to sleep on apart from the floor.
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:27
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Re: Who's been here longest?

In August next year I'll be 10 years here. I guess that makes me a whippersnapper compared to most of you long term guys.
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Re: Who's been here longest?

September 16th 1980. Landed around 8pm at Geneva airport from Gatwick with two large suitcases, a pushchair and #1 son who was 11 monzths old at the time.

So a shade over 35 years, although I seem to be splitting my time between Switzerland, France and Denmark these days!
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:35
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Re: Who's been here longest?

44 years!
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:41
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Re: Who's been here longest?

There wasn't internet when i first came here.....

Telexes and sometimes faxes were how you communicated and a day trip to London with Swissair could cost over Chf 1'000.-- if bought at the last minute for weekday travel.

Over 30 years and less than 40 years
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:48
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Re: Who's been here longest?

32 years - still seems like yesterday that I went to my local library (U.K.) and looked up in every available (paperback) telephone book, potential Swiss companies which might speak English, after I completed a course for the unemployed in U.K. (1985 - TOPS) in computer programming.

Wrote to all of them (no standard email then), and got a paid interview (incl. flight and hotel in the Dolderberg) as a PC supporter at an American Bank. Times have changed a lot since then ...
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Old 02.10.2015, 20:55
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Re: Who's been here longest?

21 years; seems longer - does that count?
I was supposed to be here for 6 weeks.....

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