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Re: Areas to Avoid in Zurich (when looking for place to live)

When I lived in Oerlikon briefly i used to be amazed seeing kindergarten kids of about 4 - 5 years old walking home on their own, this would never happen in the UK, i was actually shocked seeing it at first and thought maybe they're lost!! then I realised we were in Switzerland
I had the same reaction the first time I saw that. I am trying to prepare myself mentally for that, because my maternal instincts have been programmed by life in the US and the UK never to let my child out of my sight and certainly not at such a young age. My husband explained that it's almost frowned upon for a parent to walk their child to school because it's viewed as teaching the child independence and self-reliance.
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