I've moved recently with my wife to Lugano in the lovely Ticino canton (fall '09); but have been a reader of this forum since January '09 when I started thinking about making a move to Switzerland. I've profited greatly from the information that this community so readily shares and have enjoyed the "colorful" commentary, inevitable dustups, and drive-by ego-deflations that have ensued as well. In other words, I feel at home already.
I won't reveal much about my work or personal details so that others who may know me in Lugano won't (immediately anyway) recognize me.
My wife (who is also my best and most favorite friend in all the world) and I have been slowly improving our nascent italian (we have been frequent travellers to Italy over the years), even though we find the Ticino dialect impenetrable. We very much enjoy the people and lifestyle here -- especially the blue skies and mild climate. This afternoon we sat on our sunny balcony in robes for two hours enjoying the view of the palm tree ringed lake and the snowcapped mountains in the distance. What a country!!
(The wine helped too, of course.)
I have much to be grateful for; but I don't know why bad things happen to anyone much less good people; I have little knowledge of swiss-germanic neighbor customs; and have no idea where to find most British or American specialty food items. Barring these deficiencies I hope I might be able to make a contribution of some value from time to time, especially adding my voice to those of the relatively few other Tincino-based forum members who post here.
Thanks to all for this wonderful community. Hope to see you on the funway...