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Hello from Oz via London- coming to Zürich in April with 3 kids!!

Hi there
I'm a mother of three (6, 4, 18months) moving across with my husband's work at the end of April. We've decided to live "somewhere" on the Gold Coast as we have been recommended the local schools with good integration programs.

Speaking very little high German and no Swiss German, I'd like to get a virtual network started that perhaps I can call on once we arrive. We'll be coming via Australia so if I can bribe any Aussies with care packs from home: Vegemite, Tim Tams, Lucas Paw Paw.... Please go ahead and get in touch!
Hoping to meet some nice mums with kids who have made the transition to local school from Non-German speaking families. Also very keen to meet some warm Swiss families. 😊

A couple of questions in planning our move:
Thoughts on Zollikon vs Kusnacht vs Meilen vs Mannedorf (budget aside, what are the differences between towns?)

Do kids do organized afterschool activities such as swimming lessons, gymnastics etc? How are the fees?

Are there affordable places to buy furniture that is not ikea? Somewhere like Voga.com for replica classics? If I buy from Germany or France how much tax will I be subject to?

Can you please provide an estimated monthly personal expenditure for transport into HB, mobile phone with unlimited data, eating casual lunch (eg pret)?

Finally, anyone know of short term furnished accomodation for a family of 4/5 on the Gold Coast?

Thanks in advance and looking forward to meeting you!
Justine
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Re: Hello from Oz via London- coming to Zürich in April with 3 kids!!

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Speaking very little high German and no Swiss German, I'd like to get a virtual network started that perhaps I can call on once we arrive.
Join Duolingo now and set yourself a low target to start with. If you can squeeze in 15mins of this a day, you'll be surprised at the difference it will make to you when you arrive. Even just doing the shopping will be much easier for you.

https://en.duolingo.com/

For Swiss German, try reading this...

http://www.eldrid.ch/swgerman.htm

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A couple of questions in planning our move:
Thoughts on Zollikon vs Kusnacht vs Meilen vs Mannedorf (budget aside, what are the differences between towns?)
Tax wise, Kusnacht is a good bet. Commute wise, it depends on what your husband will accept as reasonable. Check the trains on the S6, S16 and S7 routes.

http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/trainsearch.exe/en

I love Kusnacht because it has a proper village centre, swimming pool, ice rink, and the people are really friendly, particularly at the Gemeinde (council offices). Erlenbach is just down the road too. I would consider Meilen, but the Mannendorf commute might be a bit too far. Depends on your husband.

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Are there affordable places to buy furniture that is not ikea? Somewhere like Voga.com for replica classics? If I buy from Germany or France how much tax will I be subject to?
I bought our furniture from the Brocki (second hand shop), Conforama and 3 pieces from Ikea.


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Finally, anyone know of short term furnished accomodation for a family of 4/5 on the Gold Coast?
Define short term?
You need to be looking at Homegate and Comparis to get a feel of what's in the area. Just cut and paste the ads into Google Translate and remember that 2 rooms, is usually one living room and one bedroom. Kitchen and bathroom aren't included in that figure, so if you need three bedrooms, you need to look at apartments which say they have 4 rooms +.

Good luck!
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