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Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hi everyone

Not really looking for anything here....just wanted to say hi and see if there are any English speaking people around Zug/Baar to meet up with or get info about the area. Ill be moving there in July and hope to work/live in Switzerland for a long long time.

I like to ski and play hockey (Canadian stereotype) as well as hiking/camping. Any info on what to do and where to do it would be much appreciated!

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Ryan
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Welcome Ryan.
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Welcome to Zug. You will find there are a lot of expats in the area. And the manager of the (in)famous Pickwick pub next to the train station in Zug is Canadian, too btw.
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Right on! Ill drop by for a pint when I get there

Hi Sorbeit

Where are you from originally?

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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

welcome Ryan!!
I'm also quite new in Zug
I'm sure that you'll like it and July is the perfect time to hike!

Let us know when you are here and we could organize day trip on the mountains!

See ya
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hey Ryan - Welcome, and congratulations on landing a gig in Switzerland - it is a truly amazing place. I've been here with my family for almost 2 years, and we'll be going home to Canada soon (sad face), but here are a few interesting things we've discovered:
1. Grocery store hours might be more restricted than you are used to - regular stores are not open on Sundays, so try scoping out train station grocery stores or gas station grocery stores to get you through in a pinch.
2. Scooters, scooters, everywhere - from just barely walking kids to adults, everyone seems to get around on scooters - at the school by where we work they have scooter racks instead of bike racks - very interesting!
3. Food prices - prepare yourself, and do your best not to convert back to CAD, because if you do, you'll quickly figure out that lunch for 3 at McDonald's goes for about $50 Canadian (ouch!).
4. I'd highly recommend that you try out a thermal spa while you're here - there is an excellent one fairly close to you at Rigi Kaltbad. I appreciate that it's not a typically Canadian thing to do, but they are really, really awesome.
5. I don't know how much you plan to travel around, but we bought AG passes for the Swiss train system - this is a go anywhere pass on public transportation. For example - from Rigi Kaltbad, we took the tram down to Weggis, a bus down to the lake, a boat to Lucerne, and then the train to Lausanne - all on the same pass, and with only a few minutes wait at each stop.
6. In case it wasn't clear from the above note, the public transportation system here is beyond amazing.
7. Tipping - not really a thing here, check with your new local friends, but while 10-20% is typical back home, that is way too much here - because the servers actually make a living wage (hence the food prices).
8. I would highly recommend that you try raclette and rosti - these are two foods that we completely fell in love with.
9. Drink local wine - it is cheap and amazing.
10. If you're not already fluent in the local language, make a serious effort to sort this out. We often find cases where we can get by with English, but you won't be able to rely on it - and being fluent will make your life so much easier.
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Hi Annalisa!

I will let you know when I arrive. Ill be looking to get out of my apartment and start exploring. Take it easy on me the first day trip...i dont have my Swiss legs yet! lol

Thanks for the message!

Hi Sqmanis

Thank you very much for your message....great to have first hand knowledge from somebody living there. Im a little worried about the price of everything in Switzerland....it will take some time to get use to it and learn where and when i should be going out. I really dont have much knowledge of the area other than what i can find online. It will be an adventure!

Where are you moving back to in Canada? Your lucky to have skipped the winter here this year....way to cold for my liking! And I lived in Moscow Russia for 3 years! So cold.

Thanks again!

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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

We're from Edmonton originally (so I definitely understand proper cold weather), but moved here from Halifax (can't tell you how thankful I am that we missed their winter this year!). We found the winters here much milder than back home, but so long as there was plenty of snow up on the hill, we were happy. Our next stop is Vancouver, never lived there, but that's never stopped us before!

Ideally you'll be making more money by working here, which should help with the sticker shock. For us dinners out were the most outrageous expense, but really it's pretty much everything. You'll get used to it, though. And as a Canadian, if you're ever struggling with prices, I'd recommend a bottle or two of local wine - as without taxes, they just seem so cheap
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Your not doing too bad moving to Vancouver! I was there for only 3 days and fell in love with the city. Too expensive for a teachers salary though....yes Switzerland is more expensive (by a little) but I will be making a bit more.

Ya ive checked out restaurants and cant believe the prices!!!! Unreal...Ill have to limit my nights out to once a month i guess. Is alcohol expensive in bars too? Ill check out the local wine for sure......

When are you leaving for Canada? do you have any thing to sell or get rid of? (bike, kitchen stuff, furniture..etc)
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Ha! I think Vancouver is too expensive on any kind of salary :P You pretty much have to be some kind of crazy international arms-dealer tycoon to buy anything there now - I think average house price is 1.2m - egad! We'll rent for awhile, and see how it goes.

We're moving out at the end of May, so unfortunately it looks like we won't overlap, but the good news is that English Forum is a great source for moving sales, so with some luck you should be able to find most of what you need right here!

As for drinks out at the bar, prices seem fairly reasonable, especially after the first 3
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hello Ryan

this is a pretty international town in comparison to the size of it.
you will be able to even get some gym session in English at the Migros Fitness and soon a new gym called indigo fitness.ch will be in English also.
there is a network named zug4you

http://www.zug4you.ch/home.html

if you need anything specific, please ask and will try to help

good luck
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Thanks Joseph!

Ill take a look at the site and sign up.

Cheers
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hi Ryan,

Fellow Canadian living in Baar, from Ottawa. It'd be great to grab a beer when you arrive.

Best, Kyle
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hi Kyle

Ill be up for a pint when I arrive! Great to know your from Ottawa...I grew up in Pembroke. Big game tonight!

Go Sens GO!!!!!
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hi Ryan,

Welcome to the forum. We're quite new here too, from Vancouver with the family. We're now in Zurich but will be moving to Zug next week. Happy to meet up for coffee anytime.

I do recommend taking German lessons. I find that it helps a lot to understand, even though I can't speak for nuts. I always try my damnest with my German, and I can tell they appreciate that I'm trying.

Avoid comparing costs, just learn to adapt. Buy your meat when they are on sale, etc. I love the transportation system here. It is so punctual and organized so that you always have time before your next transfer. People may not be as friendly as Canadians but don't stop yourself from making the first move - you are Canadian after all.

This forum is amazing. People here are helpful.

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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Baar is great, we have been here 4 months now. I am from the UK and my wife is from the USA but moved from Denmark (confused). And we are loving it here. Zug is close and Baar has almost all you need and want!
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hi Ryan,

I hope you will love the Zug area. The hills and water hopefully will make you feel all the more at home. We are a Vancouver couple with two young kids. Avid hikers too. If you need some hiking suggestions or some company while hiking, need some tips about just about anything (living in Switzerland-related) or just fancy a beer or coffee cause you are feeling homesick, please contact us!

Good luck!
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Re: Canadian moving to Zug/Baar area

Hi Tracy and McPoyle

Thanks for the reply and the opportunity to meet with you and see the local area. Id like to do some hiking and biking (once i buy one) and enjoy everything i can before my work schedule really takes off.

Its been a long cold winter in Canada and will be motivated to get outside and have some fun.
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