I am here for almost 4 months already. I have been moving a lot for the last few years, but then it was easier to settle in as I could speak the language, here it is a bit different I have to start from 0. This time it was harder to leave friend behind in UK. But I hope I will make new ones here .
Hi and welcome to Neuchatel/Cortaillod. Plenty of young ex-pats around - so they should be here to welcome you soon. Where are you from btw?
If I can be of any help, do ask, but I am the local 'Granny' and live in the mountains above you. I do intensive French courses if that can ever be of any help to you. (French native speaker but UK trained).
I am from Latvia, but left it like 7 years ago.
I will keep in mind the French course. In which mountains do you live?
We went for a walk in the mountains, it was so nice. I definitely enjoy the nature and weather here . I think it was the first week when I moved and it was raining all the time, I thought no way I brought UK weather here
I live in the Jura mountains, above the village of Fleurier, quite near the French border. Do look out for events as we organise walks, BBQs, dinners, etc, regularly. If you ever fancy a visit- you are most welcome. Do you drive? Otherwise train to Fleurier and we can meet for coffee, lunch or a walk - or even a visit to France. Do you ever have time during the week, or just at week-ends?
I dont drive myself... Where do I look out for upcoming events? For the moment we are going for short walk as I have 5 year old daughter who is not used to walking that much...but I hope she will get used to it.
There aren't any specific events for Neuchatel at the moment but keep an eye out as there will be some coming up once the weather gets better.
I don't know Cortaiilod very well so not sure if there's anyahere we could meet for a coffee there. Would you be able to maybe get the bus into Neuchatel or even Boudry and we could perhaps meet there one day?
You will really enjoy the Summer, as lots of Cafés open all along the lake, from Robinson in Colombier, to the Buvette of the Plage in Cortaillod, and then after the lovely walk along the Pointe du Grain (with its lovely, but stony beach- plastic shoes recommended) the 'Trinquette' by Bevaix port. Last year we organised a few lovely picinics at the lovely beach in Auvernier- with mums, babies, toddlers, children, aunties and grannies! And a few walk up in the dales and mountains around. A bit quieter with events in Winter though.
and how is cortaillod? we recently looked at an apartment there but didn't have a chance to see the town much. welcome and once it gets warmer there'll be lot's to do, though if you are a snow bunny surely you can get busy before then!
I love the small villages on the lake, they always bring me calm and peace. Shame about the folk down there though... Their bitter faces were stuck when the wind blew, and you'd better move out their way or they'd tread on you with bound feet in high stilettos with their rats in bags and fake smiles.
Obviously not including the lovely EF bunch en bas
Hehe it was meant to taken with a pinch of salt but still, I'm not lying about the rats in bags, it's the fashion down there (in town, not especially Cortaillod) to be honest I'd rather be down there next to lake than anywhere else in summer!
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