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Moving from Vegas to Zurich

Hello to my fellow English speakers in Switzerland.
I am very excited to say I will be moving to CH (Zurich area) this summer. My husband (Swiss, but has not lived there in many years) is currently there looking for employment and a place to live. His family is overjoyed that he has finally decided to return home. I will be joining him once I have finalized all the sorting, packing, selling, etc. that comes with moving. The hardest part will be finding a new and wonderful home for my 2 beagle babies. Sadly, they are too old for this move, and used to having a yard to play in. I don't think they would adjust well to apartment life.
I am an elementary teacher, so I will be looking for work in international or bilingual schools (or anywhere I can find it). My husband is a music teacher- Uni, HS, MS, and Elementary. He specializes in Jazz guitar, but is flexible. He also composes and performs, plus gives private lessons.
I have dabbled in learning German/Swiss German for several years, but will now have to get serious about it.
After 17 years in Las Vegas, I look forward to cooler temperatures (though I hear that is not the case this week), green mountains, and beautiful lakes. Being raised in Seattle and England, I am sure it will feel somewhat like home, climate wise, anyway. I have had about enough of this desert!
Thank you for all the wonderful information I have gathered from your forum over the last several years. It has definitely helped me make this transition. Here's to new adventures and I hope we get to meet some of you in the near future!
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Re: Moving from Vegas to Zurich

Great introduction. Good luck with the sorting and packing, and finding jobs in CH. Sorry to hear you have to rehome your pups.

Hopefully we have more of this lovely weather when you arrive. I'm from the west coast too, and Zurich weather feels like home climate wise.
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Welcome and enjoy.
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Duolingo will help your dabbling auf Deutsch; get it for your smartphone and play with it, fairly addictive, and then once you have wireless at your new flat, you can use it to supplement lessons.

Good luck, enjoy. I wonder if you will perhaps have an easier time finding steady work here.
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Re: Moving from Vegas to Zurich

My husband grew up in and around the Seattle area and he often comments on how much it reminds him of here. And yes, it can still get quite hot here though and I for one miss the air conditioning more than anything! Of course I'm also sure you already know that life here is a bit slower than Las Vegas! I'm sure you will love it - we've been here a year and can't imagine going back to the States.
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After 17 years in Las Vegas, I look forward to cooler temperatures (though I hear that is not the case this week), green mountains, and beautiful lakes.
The Wikipedia reference-linkGreen Mountains are in Vermont, not in Switzerland Here we have rock and ice rather than vegetation up high. Of course, if you like green, there are lots of meadows with wild flowers.
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Great introduction. Good luck with the sorting and packing, and finding jobs in CH. Sorry to hear you have to rehome your pups.

Hopefully we have more of this lovely weather when you arrive. I'm from the west coast too, and Zurich weather feels like home climate wise.
Thank you, Amazonna, I'm hoping for cooler weather . I'm used to 40+ temp in the summer here, but that is only livable with a/c and ceiling fans in most rooms. I'm looking forward to enjoying the outdoors again in the summer and not risk heat stroke!

Retired - so true. I meant the lower foothills at least. Everything in Las Vegas is brown and orange, even the lower elevations. I love the snow capped mountains, and can't wait to see them every day, but my eyes are craving some green.

Bear badger- I'm sure there will be days I will miss my a/c, too. As for the slower pace, that is more my style, anyway. I never got used to the flash and lights here.
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What a pity that you don't bring your puppies with you since I think Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world for dogs. You can almost bring them anywhere. My dog loved it here. He was 11 when we moved over here.
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Welcome, SeaGal
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Welcome to EF and to Zurich! Just returned from a 10 week stay in the states and so happy to see the mountains, sunshine and green, green grass upon my return! You'll love it here!
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Hello to my fellow English speakers in Switzerland.
I am very excited to say I will be moving to CH (Zurich area) this summer. My husband (Swiss, but has not lived there in many years) is currently there looking for employment and a place to live. His family is overjoyed that he has finally decided to return home. I will be joining him once I have finalized all the sorting, packing, selling, etc. that comes with moving. The hardest part will be finding a new and wonderful home for my 2 beagle babies. Sadly, they are too old for this move, and used to having a yard to play in. I don't think they would adjust well to apartment life.
I am an elementary teacher, so I will be looking for work in international or bilingual schools (or anywhere I can find it). My husband is a music teacher- Uni, HS, MS, and Elementary. He specializes in Jazz guitar, but is flexible. He also composes and performs, plus gives private lessons.
I have dabbled in learning German/Swiss German for several years, but will now have to get serious about it.
After 17 years in Las Vegas, I look forward to cooler temperatures (though I hear that is not the case this week), green mountains, and beautiful lakes. Being raised in Seattle and England, I am sure it will feel somewhat like home, climate wise, anyway. I have had about enough of this desert!
Thank you for all the wonderful information I have gathered from your forum over the last several years. It has definitely helped me make this transition. Here's to new adventures and I hope we get to meet some of you in the near future!
SeaGal

Nice introduction, and I am sure that you will like it here. But a bit sad about your dogs. Dogs are bound to the persons. And may be able to adjust. There are lots of parks and city forests here, so that they may like it all nevertheless
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The hardest part will be finding a new and wonderful home for my 2 beagle babies. Sadly, they are too old for this move, and used to having a yard to play in. I don't think they would adjust well to apartment life.
How can they be "babies" but too old for the move? How old are they?

A client of mine just traveled home with 2 older dogs, 12 and 13. If the dogs are healthy, they can travel. A younger dog may have health issues which might impact air travel. So it is not really about age but about the dog's health.

As for apartment life vs. a house, this is a big adjustment for a dog but why not look for a ground floor apartment with a small garden? Or something with a nice terrace?

It is sad that your dogs will not get to spend their senior years with their family. I don't know about the US but here it is very difficult to rehome older dogs and particularly keep them together.

I tried to help find a new home for two Bernese mountain dogs, siblings, about 5 years old. I could not find a way to keep them together.
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"How can they be "babies" but too old for the move? How old are they?"
Mrs. Doolittle,
Thank you for you concern for my dogs. I can tell you are a dog lover. My "babies" as I call them, are actually 12 years old. My boy has a heart condition and has had a small stroke that makes we not want to risk the stress of plane travel and I couldn't separate him from his sister. Plus, they are beagles, and have all the traits they were bred for. They sometimes bay and howl when left alone, which I don't image would be good for neighbor relations. I am praying a family friend will be able to take them both. He was there the night they were born and have a strong attachment to them. I know they would be loved and cared for. As I write this, my boy is sitting by my side getting a good back scratch and I can barely see the screen through my tears. I know though that leaving them here is the best for them. I will just have to live with that.
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I know though that leaving them here is the best for them. I will just have to live with that.
Clearly a carefully thought out decision.

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Re: Moving from Vegas to Zurich

I also moved from Las Vegas (Spring Mountain and Torry Pines) to Zurich about a year ago and had to leave my 2 dogs behind. It was not easy for me to leave them and knowing that they are now on a farm with other dogs and other animals makes me sleep better at night no joke 😇

My wife is Swiss is I just got done renewing my ausweis B.

Needed a change after 8 years of Vegas and I'd be lying if I said i don't like slapping out that jacket and winter clothes shopping. But I'd also be lying if I said I don't miss Vegas
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