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Hello from Fribourg :)

Hey,

I am a 23 year old English language assistant here in Switzerland and I have been living in Fribourg since last August so I'm not entirely new but I am on here at least!

After the initial excitement of moving to a new country and seeing more cows in four months than in my life thus far has eventually died down, I am now starting to feel a bit lonely and bored and this is not helped by the seemingly never-ending freezing cold temperatures (will it ever be warm again?!).

I was therefore just wondering if there are any other English speakers around in Fribourg and if anyone has any suggestions for things to do during the evenings and weekends here?

Thank you so much for any help and ideas,

Lucy

p.s I don't ski/snow shoe/generally make contact with snow hence why I am perhaps so lonely and bored during the seemingly never-ending freezing cold temperatures as that seems to be the main activity of the Swiss.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Welcome to the forum, Fribourg, and Switzerland!
It was reasonably good weather today - sunshine n all.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Here are a couple:

http://www.fewgroup.org/home
http://kiwisinswitzerland.over-blog....S-6728748.html

There's also an English speaking group in Murten.

The pub up by the NH Hotel also gets quite a few English speaking bodies in there I believe.

Welcome to Fribourg. Like you I'm not a snow fan. I don't mind the occasional walk down a snow covered street, but I'm not into ski-ing, etc.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Hey there,

I've been here for roughly the same amount of time as you. I quite enjoy the snow activities but hate the freezing cold and snow in the city.

Anyway, if drinking a beer is more up your street then feel free to get in touch and i'd be happy to meet up.

There's always people who dislike the snow activities, but theres plenty of other things to do too.

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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Take a look at www.expats-Fribourg.ch they are quite active.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Holy cow...!!!
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

A belated welcome to Fribourg, and a fresh welcome to EF. There's not much happening in the way of EF events in FR, but the Bern (and surroundings) crowd meet monthly for a meal. There is one next Tuesday and there will be a couple of Fribourgeois there, I believe .
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Hi Lucy I am also 23, I am studying English Literature at Fribourg and find it a little lonely with all the French speakers around and not speaking French.

I don't ski either, but if you would like to do something else I would be happy

I hope you enjoy the day

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Hey,

I am a 23 year old English language assistant here in Switzerland and I have been living in Fribourg since last August so I'm not entirely new but I am on here at least!

After the initial excitement of moving to a new country and seeing more cows in four months than in my life thus far has eventually died down, I am now starting to feel a bit lonely and bored and this is not helped by the seemingly never-ending freezing cold temperatures (will it ever be warm again?!).

I was therefore just wondering if there are any other English speakers around in Fribourg and if anyone has any suggestions for things to do during the evenings and weekends here?

Thank you so much for any help and ideas,

Lucy

p.s I don't ski/snow shoe/generally make contact with snow hence why I am perhaps so lonely and bored during the seemingly never-ending freezing cold temperatures as that seems to be the main activity of the Swiss.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

hey!
i'm a 22 year old aupair, and i live in Marsens (close to Bulle)
i've been here since august and i'm always looking for things to fill my free time with. (and i don't ski or snowshoe either so the winter is quite boring)
if you ever want to meet, let me know!
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Take a look at www.expats-Fribourg.ch they are quite active.

..except the latest newsletter is from 2011.
Can't say I've ever heard of this organisation before, and I've been in Fribourg since 1995.
My wife has been to several FEW group events though and met some really nice people.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

It is run and organised by the Fribourg Development agency, its still active.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Hello Lucy and everyone else too!

I am very freshly arrived - on Monday - in Fribourg, and this is my first post. If it's not too forward of me, I'd like to suggest that we do a meetup this weekend, on Saturday 9th. How about a coffee and walk?

Oh, and secondly (and the primary reason I came here) has anyone got any hot tips about finding an apartment? I'm looking for between 2 up to 3.5 either in the centre or pretty nearby (Schoenberg, for example). I'm currently trawling through agency lists, but an insider hint would be much, much better My budget is flexible, but probably up to 1600 CHF including costs...

@Lucy, I shall PM you to propose a suggested meeting on Saturday and if this works we can let everyone else know.

Anyone else interested? I guess we'd meet somewhere in town (I hear there is a good ice cream place, which is maybe not ideal for people seeking solace from snow, but I love ice cream... or failing that somewhere that does good cake

Peter
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Hello Lucy and everyone else too!

I am very freshly arrived - on Monday - in Fribourg, and this is my first post. If it's not too forward of me, I'd like to suggest that we do a meetup this weekend, on Saturday 9th. How about a coffee and walk?

Oh, and secondly (and the primary reason I came here) has anyone got any hot tips about finding an apartment? I'm looking for between 2 up to 3.5 either in the centre or pretty nearby (Schoenberg, for example). I'm currently trawling through agency lists, but an insider hint would be much, much better My budget is flexible, but probably up to 1600 CHF including costs...

@Lucy, I shall PM you to propose a suggested meeting on Saturday and if this works we can let everyone else know.

Anyone else interested? I guess we'd meet somewhere in town (I hear there is a good ice cream place, which is maybe not ideal for people seeking solace from snow, but I love ice cream... or failing that somewhere that does good cake

Peter
Are you sure you want to be on the German speaking side of the city? Schoenberg and other districts that side speak mainly German while on the other (Cathedral) side of the city it's mainly French. Not that people don't swap languages when speaking, Fribourg is very bi-lingual, but if you're learning a language it might be better to be on the same side as it were.

Try:

www.homegate.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.immoscout24.ch
www.home.ch

Also there are quite a few estate agents in the city so do some window shopping when you're out and about.

Welcome to Fribourg.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Hello Medea!

Thanks for the quick reply. I really don't think that language plays much of a role in my decision, mostly because I speak both to a reasonable level. I need to do more work on my French relatively than German, but to be honest both will profit from some care and attention

I haven't been listening very closely - how would you say the Swiss dialect here rates on an understandibility scale? I have spent some time with people speaking schwäbisch, sächsisch and in Austria too, so Im a bit experienced with non standard German, but I guess that would be important to know. If its too difficult to understand Swiss German, then I would tend to stick to the French speaking side..
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Well, that's good as it'll give you more housing options.

I can't really say about the German side as I only speak very poor French, but I would guess that there isn't as much variation from normal German as in the purely German speaking parts of Switzerland. Hopefully someone from the German side of Fribourg may be better able to answer than I can though.

On the housing side it may come down to where you're working, simply for ease of commuting. If you can avoid being on the other side of the city from your workplace it'll make it easier to get to and from. Fribourg's small, but it still suffers from traffic jams.
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Well, that's good as it'll give you more housing options.

Are you sure you want to be on the German speaking side of the city? Schoenberg and other districts that side speak mainly German while on the other (Cathedral) side of the city it's mainly French. Not that people don't swap languages when speaking, Fribourg is very bi-lingual, but if you're learning a language it might be better to be on the same side as it were.
Lol, obviously you have never been to that part of Fribourg. Even though Schoenberg, Musy, Windig and Bourguillon (Bürgeln) are on the other side of La Sarine (Saane), they are still predominantly French-speaking. German speakers were the majority until ~1850s. Do not confuse Schoenberg with Klein Schönberg which is part of Gemeinde Düdingen (Guin) and German-speaking.

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On the housing side it may come down to where you're working, simply for ease of commuting. If you can avoid being on the other side of the city from your workplace it'll make it easier to get to and from. Fribourg's small, but it still suffers from traffic jams.
FYI, there is a new bridge (Pont de la Poya) being built which hopefully will alleviate Fribourg's congestion problems around Tilleul/Bourg.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Thanks both - whereever I live, I plan on commuting by bike rather than car or bus, so hopefully I can avoid any congestion concerns that way.

Interesting to hear how the linguistic / demographic map has changed historically, although I going to keep my mind open about which side of town I look on...
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Lol, obviously you have never been to that part of Fribourg. Even though Schoenberg, Musy, Windig and Bourguillon (Bürgeln) are on the other side of La Sarine (Saane), they are still predominantly French-speaking. German speakers were the majority until ~1850s. Do not confuse Schoenberg with Klein Schönberg which is part of Gemeinde Düdingen (Guin) and German-speaking.



FYI, there is a new bridge (Pont de la Poya) being built which hopefully will alleviate Fribourg's congestion problems around Tilleul/Bourg.
No, I don't go over that side of the city very often; only to drive through when we want to take a cross country route to Bern. I'm not confusing Schoenberg with Klein Schönberg, because I've never even heard of the latter place.

Yes, I've seen the bridge being built, but when is it going to be finished? Iirc it was delayed for a time because of financing problems. Not sure it's going to help much with the rush hour city centre traffic though. Still, we'll find out when it opens.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

You may also want to consider Fribourg's suburbs such as Granges-Paccot, Givisiez or Villars-sur-Glâne. All of them are much safer than Schoenberg and much closer to the A12 autoroute and shopping centers.
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Re: Hello from Fribourg :)

Also bear in mind that Schoenberg (700 m) is the highest part of the city. Train station / Georges-Python: 630 m, Auge: 550 m.
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