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39 posts, 11:59 today
Is Switzerland for real-cow horns vote!…
I love the sight of Swiss cows and appreciate their horns but horns pose a danger to both people and other animals. I really need to talk to some Swiss farmers first before I make a decision. Avocados, palm oil and other mass-produced…
Started by: omtatsat · 19.Oct.2018 · Swiss politics/news
7 posts, 11:54 today
Long term parking Basel airport
Another vote for F4 - your car stays under cover and clean. Worth the extra €10 that it costs for a four day stay (vs. F6). I've noticed that there are *lots* of Swiss cars in F4 most days. They've also worked out that it's a much…
Started by: Vido · 8.Oct.2018 · Transportation/driving
1 post, 11:52 today
Rob Spence, the Australian/Swiss comedian
Started by: olygirl · 21.Oct.2018 · Travel/day trips/free time
4 posts, 11:50 today
Electric car owners, what are…
Started by: Pather · 21.Oct.2018 · Transportation/driving
82 posts, 11:20 today
Khashoggi in Saudi Embassy.
In the same vein, the Onion news organisation has a assisted the Saudis by floating a cover story for the "Embassy Incident" which has both the virtue of being credible and of forming a solid basis for satisfying the demands for a…
Started by: omtatsat · 12.Oct.2018 · International affairs/politics
56 posts, 11:19 today
Will Trump get reelected
From "the onion": <<“That’s probably for the best. A fully informed electorate is bound to be biased.”>> Correct me if I'm wrong, I got the impression that the US has the biggest, constant tv news-service (while we here still…
Started by: robBob · 13.Oct.2018 · International affairs/politics
19 posts, 11:16 today
Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres
Well, considering 90% of the plates in the parking lot are Swiss, I'm in good company. Bear in mind that many people go shopping in Germany also. Killing two birds with one stone can make good sense. Naturally, if you live further away…
Started by: Neil MacLeod · 17.Oct.2018 · Transportation/driving
21 posts, 10:58 today
Decathlon Store!
Just noticed last weekend that there's another new Decathlon in Collombey, VS (just outside Monthey). I had been aware that one of the pre-existing Athleticums at Conthey was going to change to Decathlon, but didn't realise we were getting…
Started by: Spinal · 22.Sep.2017 · Daily life
97 posts, 10:53 today
New iPhones
All the phones you mention are very poor value. You could spend less and get better phones like the Huawei mate 20 pro, google pixel 3 or the OnePlus. Ni need to compromise by getting an iPhone. Choose well Martin
Started by: omtatsat · 16.Sep.2018 · TV/internet/telephone
19 posts, 10:31 today
PhD in Zurich from Canada
Hi Pather, We actually have been living off of 100 chf/week. It is not "realistic". It is real and fact. The ~450 in health insurance only for my wife is with a nice/premium with 300chf franchise. I don't want to cheap out on her…
Started by: SJLPHI · 16.May.2018 · Introductions
13 posts, 10:08 today
Military Megastore Niederwangen
https://www.armyliqshop... There is also this place which sells genuine Swiss army surplus articles. They also organize an annual auction of surplus army vehicles which, I am given to understand, is quite an event.
Started by: Medea Fleecestealer · 20.Oct.2018 · Other/general
1 post, 09:47 today
Used practice violin?
Started by: SJLPHI · 21.Oct.2018 · Items wanted
85 posts, 09:02 today
Leaving to live in the EU & cashing in a…
I used Pictet in Geneva, not quite the lowest tax canton, however they had the best customer services in whatever language you wanted. Very uncomplicated come payout as they accepted my leaving certificate stating I was single with no…
Started by: fatmanfilms · 5.Jun.2015 · Finance/banking/taxation
11 posts, 08:36 today
Children’s education subsidized by employer
The cost of a private school with aftercare would be around 30 000 CHF per year. The public school aftercare is more affordable and the quality of care generally high. I think for the decision for a private vs public school how long you…
Started by: Jackberg · 30.Sep.2018 · Education
10 posts, 08:35 today
Shopping at Foxtown is it worth it ?
Have you tried online outlets? I get daily emails from: www.zalando-lounge.ch www.my-store.ch There are often really good deals. I just bought a CHF400 Barbour jacket for CHF155 and they recently had a special deal on swimming trunks…
Started by: andreacardona · 20.Oct.2018 · Other/general
21 posts, 07:34 today
Is there a market for junior developers?
If anybody is interested, for a family of five, the poverty line as defined by cantonal social help of Zurich is about CHF 5850 /month net, CHF 70'200 net / year. If you earn less you can apply for social…
Started by: Jerome Baldino · 3.Oct.2018 · Employment
70 posts, 06:10 today
Are Native Swiss Rude or Friendly In Your…
I think you have pros and cons with any nationality and living environment. Again, it depends on whether or not you live in the city or a small local town. If you make the effort to integrate etc., people tend to be more willing to be open…
Started by: Dark Phoenix · 6.Sep.2018 · Daily life
9 posts, 01:24 today
Whisky boats coming back?
Lmgtfy Whiskey Ship Zurich 2018 The whiskey ship Zurich takes place from Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1, 2018 . We have moved: THE WHISKEY SHIP IS NOW IN THE DRY DOCK, IN ALBISGÜTLI ZURICH !!! and not at the Bürkliplatz…
Started by: taliskerme · 19.Oct.2018 · Daily life
54 posts, 01:14 today
Basel with 2 dogs
I know someone who lives in Riehen, they own their home (duplex), I don’t know what renting is like there but it is a lovely place, quiet and lots of green spaces and easy access countryside, quick commute to Basel city.
Started by: candicehal · 17.Oct.2018 · Pet corner
4 posts, 00:59 today
Looking for cat sitter in Aarau (November 2018)
Started by: drcpt · 20.Oct.2018 · Pet corner
17 posts, 23:47 yesterday
Zuspa, Zurich
My experience is very different to yours. We try to go to the Züspa each year, and enjoy it. You easily get your entry price back on various freebies around the place, including tasting various foods and drinks, and there's heaps of…
Started by: mankav123 · 26.Sep.2010 · Travel/day trips/free time
28 posts, 23:10 yesterday
Private car sale - test drive
At the end of the day, the owner of the U plate is responsible for whatever happens so no, they are not keen you take a car out on U plates. U plates are really used for garages to move cars about without having to tax/insure/plate each…
Started by: eyebeebe · 19.Oct.2018 · Transportation/driving
40 posts, 21:28 yesterday
Heinz Baked Beans
I have not been through the full thread so apologies if it has already been covered. Aligro has three different options on the Heinz Baked Beans. A bit less expensive than Coop. Photos and prices below.
Started by: Mountain High · 17.Oct.2018 · Food and drink
44 posts, 20:38 yesterday
Postfinance done with free accounts
Btw. Anyone uses CA NextBank? They have a 'account pack' which is totally free if you account balance is >20 000 chf... With free Maestro card and free withdrawals in all Swiss ATMs. https://www.ca-nextbank... CA itself is a huge bank…
Started by: ivank · 13.Oct.2018 · Finance/banking/taxation
39 posts, 20:32 yesterday
Soy yoghurt & other lactose-free products?
An update for those who might be searching chocolate powder options for lactose intolerants. I tried the 1 tsp cocoa powder with 1 tsb raw sugar and it was not that bad. Then I also tried 1 Tbsp of Schokoladenpulver which contains…
Started by: Agra · 10.May.2014 · Food and drink
22 posts, 20:00 yesterday
Divorce
Yes, most marriages, when they dissolve, do so because of faults on both sides. Fortunately, the Swiss law and courts no longer places much emphasis on the fault or blame, except in cases of gross maltreatment. My sympathies go to…
Started by: Genealogy · 17.Oct.2018 · Family matters/health
4 posts, 19:20 yesterday
Cost of babysitter in Bern
Started by: berntime · 18.Oct.2018 · Other/general
14 posts, 17:22 yesterday
Finding a job in Zurich
Thanks for all the replies. I’m 23 and have done a bachelors in health science. I’d like to continue my education here and maybe study in a Fachhochschule for physiotherapy but I would need to learn German first. Seeing as though…
Started by: Omarelma · 18.Oct.2018 · Employment
8 posts, 17:17 yesterday
How is it possible?
Sadly, this system is practiced efficiently, with malice aforethought, and is not rare. A social worker working in Zurich told me the staff are offered proper jobs and fly here (or in Europe also arrive overland) on a real or fake…
Started by: CodeDesign · 19.Oct.2018 · Other/general
20 posts, 17:10 yesterday
Little bugs - what are they?
once I had an infestation of small hardy bugs, they came from a pillow filled with seeds, it was in a random closet since years but one day it woke up for some reason. That's just to say, expect the unexpected.
Started by: Dimpt · 7.Oct.2018 · Daily life
1 post, 17:09 yesterday
Wanted, Bicycle Workshop Stand in the ZH Area
Started by: swissrob · 20.Oct.2018 · Items wanted
12 posts, 17:04 yesterday
Junior Automation Engineer salary
75k is normal for a first engineering job in certain fields, including yours I think. You're also not anywhere near Zürich. Other things in engineering pay more like 80-85k starting. You aren't a grossly underpaid foreigner for sure…
Started by: loukaskom · 19.Oct.2018 · Employment
87 posts, 16:27 yesterday
Caught driving without a license - question
In their defense, I was insured the entire time I lived in Switzerland with AXA and had nothing but good experiences with them. I think you've got a bad case handler, but I wouldn't give up on the whole company because of this. AXA have…
Started by: bigblue2 · 18.Oct.2018 · Transportation/driving
12 posts, 15:09 yesterday
Contractor salary issue (is it a fraud)
I do... but then I work from home, so I don't infect my colleagues. However, recently I became a 50% employee, and when I was ill with a gum infection earlier this year, it was kind of nice that I still got my salary. :D
Started by: tch · 19.Oct.2018 · Employment
56 posts, 13:03 yesterday
SVP self-determination initiative
The last sentence Mr. Rösti said in the Arena was: "We want to implement the \"Masseneinwanderungsini... and the \"Ausschaffungsinitiativ... Which makes "d'SVP töibelet" cross a Swiss mind. Töibele is not translatable. It's…
Started by: omtatsat · 12.Oct.2018 · Swiss politics/news
26 posts, 12:04 yesterday
Apricot seeds - deadly poison or healthy?
:D That was exactly my point. although they contain some poisons aren't going to make you drop dead after eating a bit of them. And I'be heard (but can't confirm) that eating small amongst builds immunity. So I'm building my defenses…
Started by: NotAllThere · 18.Oct.2018 · Food and drink
11 posts, 11:49 yesterday
Gravel bikes
I bought a gravel end of April and just love it, found some nice rides near to me in Bülach, mixture of gravel and some road, flat and hilly. Around the airport is nice easy one. Would be interested to hear of other routes or even a…
Started by: Jamboree · 18.Mar.2018 · Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness
34 posts, 11:35 yesterday
Please Help (Rx Pain Med Question/Advice)
The ‘system’, as it is, is probably one of the best in the world in that effective and complete health care is affordable to all and an excellent level of care isn’t out of anyone’s reach. Nobody walks away with a…
Started by: GoHawks · 18.Oct.2018 · Family matters/health
11 posts, 10:13 yesterday
Niederhasli - how is it?
Old post, but a related topic for us, since my fam with my OH and 2 kids 3.5 & 5 are considering moving there, as we have found a nice house we can afford and live in. The location of the house is conveniently close to the lake and the…
Started by: Nukles85 · 10.Nov.2015 · Housing in general
22 posts, 08:57 yesterday
Drink with cheese fondue?
Swiss people would drink Kirsh with fondue, its a cherry liquor. They actually put the bread in the Kirsh before dipping in it in the fondue ... I tried but could not handle it through the entire fondue, had to to back to wine and water
Started by: jaguarj · 20.Jan.2018 · Food and drink
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