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I just relocated to Zurich from New Zealand last week for work - its such a beautiful country!

Any advice on settling in?
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Welcome!

Advice? Yes. Learn German. Learn German. Learn German.
Find the rules of the shared laundry, if you have one downstairs in your building, and make sure you stick to them meticulously. This, and not making a noise after 22h (or in some buildings 21h) is the key to peace with your neighbours. Learn German.
Get yourself a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland". Learn German.
Buy a month or year-card for the public transport, and ride up and down all the tram and bus lines, end-to-end, jumping off whenever you see something that takes your interest. If you do this over a few weekends, it will help a lot with orienting yourself in the city. Learn German.
Practice speaking German to someone on your way to work, at lunchtime, on your way home, every day without fail.
Read the City of Zurich's website... a lot of helpful Information there, parts of which are even in English: https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/portal/...n_zuerich.html. Learn German.
Any questions about life in Switzerland, try www.ch.ch, quite a lot of which has been translated into English. To be able to read the other parts, learn German. Oh, did I mention that before, perhaps?
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Appreciate it! Learning German is a priority
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Re: Kiwi girl moved to Zurich

Welcome to Ch from another Kiwi. Doropfiz gives good info. And learning German is top of the list, #2 for me is be curious about and enjoy the town/country.
I've met many native English-speaking folks who have lived in Continental Europe and have not learned the language of the country they live in - sometimes even after (in 2 situations) 18 years! I don't know if you know more than English, maybe you do. But getting to know a country means knowing the language - and my experience is that local people appreciate your attempts to learn and don't expect perfection. One hint from me - join the library. Kids books are helpful. They also have language courses with CDs/DVDs.

For your info - there is a Cafe NZ at Langstrasse 120- http://www.cafe-nz.ch. I've not been there yet.

Have fun discovering your new home
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I just relocated to Zurich from New Zealand last week for work - its such a beautiful country!

Any advice on settling in?
Welcome. Yes. Try to stay away from English speaking people until you get a good grasp of the local language. Otherwise, there is a good chqnce you may never learn it. Don't get bored. Watch out for prices. Don't be afraid to ask how much things are, lest you get Switzerlanded. Would you like more advice?
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Thanks for your suggestions and advice - using the kids section of the library to help with learning German is a great idea.
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Where's the library? 😉
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And if you get bored tomorrow night, either go down to the Oliver Twist, or to the International Bier Bar.

http://www.pickwick.ch/oliver-twist-pub-zuerich/

http://www.theinternational.ch/#about

Or if you like to run and drink, go to the Hash

http://www.meetup.com/The-Zurich-Has...nts/221592972/
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Always appreciate bar/pub recommendations!
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Welcome. Yes. Try to stay away from English speaking people until you get a good grasp of the local language. Otherwise, there is a good chqnce you may never learn it.
Excellent advice! To be deviated from, in my opinion, only if you get lonely, such that you feel you'll starve... and if you've exhausted all possibilities to try to make contact with locals who do not speak English. No need to suffer loneliness, endlessly, but yes, do try to avoid falling into the expat trap which, for many people, can inhibit their local integration.
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Hi

I just relocated to Zurich from New Zealand last week for work - its such a beautiful country!

Any advice on settling in?
Not much advice, just get carried away by the happiness of the worlds happiest people. It literally is one giant bubble of happiness...

And prepare for total sexual satisfaction.
Because guess what? You came to the most sexually satisfied country in the world!

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Re: Kiwi girl moved to Zurich

learn German is high on the list.
if you wish to drive, make sure you do your conversion before a year is over otherwise you will have to re-do your drivers.
a monthly pass for public transport (depending on the zones you live in) is a good investment.
best of luck.
aside from the lack of humor and social interactions (you'll find the swiss are rather cold), this place is awesome.
4 months in my side and counting
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