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(some idiot says) Fed up with commuting? Just move next to your workplace!

As seen here: http://politblog.24heures.ch/blog/index.php/3910/liebe-pendler-bitte-zugeln/?lang=fr

Wow that was so simple, I just need to swap flats with someone in the town I work in! How could I have not thought of that before? </sarcasm>

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Re: (some idiot says) Fed up with commuting? Just move next to your workplace!

i think it makes sense to move somewhere nearer to your job but if it's off the main drag it's perhaps not the wisest move in this day and age when longterm employment with firms is more uncertain.

My husband and I live relatively close to our offices in Zurich and it beats the commute I used to do but if my company goes belly up I feel I would find a job more easily in Zurich than if I were in somewhere smaller and more rural.

I find the tendency here not to commute so much as those living in other major cities around the world - I used to commute 50 mins when I worked in the UK and people living and working in London think nothing of an hour or more sat on a train.

PS - you might want to push your article through Google Translate and paste the salient parts; this being an English Forum, and all that. Not everyone's got to grips of the local lingo...
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Re: (some idiot says) Fed up with commuting? Just move next to your workplace!

The tone of the blog seems to be quite condescending. As a result, any part of it that could be considered interesting is lost.
Commuting (car, train) can be exhausting, even more so if you have to air travel for your work as well. Add in family life with kids and the distances can really flatten you.

But not everybody has a choice.

The text doesn't really address the constraints we have when we work/commute/travel today.

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Re: (some idiot says) Fed up with commuting? Just move next to your workplace!

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As seen here: http://politblog.24heures.ch/blog/index.php/3910/liebe-pendler-bitte-zugeln/?lang=fr

Wow that was so simple, I just need to swap flats with someone in the town I work in! How could I have not thought of that before? </sarcasm>

Some idiots, to not say tw**s need a thumping bit of RealLife(tm) slapped on them.
Sorry for the obvious question but why you are not moving out as suggested? have you tried that obvious solution to move next to your workplace?
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Sorry just kidding
Yeah forget that article, it's crap. It seems to be written by a stupid pre-student thinking he knows everything and express it arrogantly.
It's actually from a "reporter" so he might even be paid for writing that crap!


Maybe we should suggest him that instead of having a flat really next to his work, he should get a real job...
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Old 17.07.2011, 12:38
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Re: (some idiot says) Fed up with commuting? Just move next to your workplace!

I think it is not so simple.

When we first came to Switzerland in 2001, I had a contract in Basel and with extensions I was at the same client until the end of 2004; in which time we had grown to like the place, had made a lot of friends etc etc. My next gig was a permie job with the previous client but in Zürich Altstetten - which was about 1hr45 to 2hrs commute door-to-door.

Of course any sane person would have moved right away to somewhere in Zürich, but Mrs Nickatbasel had a well-paying job in Basel; we were trying for a baby and we had built up a relationship with the staff at the local maternity hospital which we did not want to give up; I am in a Fasnacht clique which has a tendency to make you a bit anti-Zürich. Plus I assumed I would eventually find a job in Basel if I waited long enough.

So we had our baby, and gradually the novelty of travelling with a 1st class GA wore off over time. It was after Fasnacht 2010 that I came to the conclusion that Fasnacht is 3 days in the year and I can stay with a friend for the duration if we move to Zürich. So finally we bit the bullet and started homegate-ing for a place near work.

We were lucky in that we found an apartment we wanted within 5 mins of my work (no mean feat if I read the posts on here about looking for digs in ZH). The rent is a bit more than we paid in Basel, but then Krankenkasse (health ins.) and taxes are lower. We had to take the hit of Mrs Nickatbasel giving up her Basel job - so financially we are a little worse off, but the upside is I have my sanity back.

But it was a big step to finally decide to move to ZH - just because of having already made a life in Basel. I am sure we should have moved sooner - had I been single probably this would have been the case. Where I work, some teams have been moved to new offices which are quite a long way geographically from the old ones. But if you have kids settled in a school, a partner with a good job, family and friends and you have lived somewhere a long time, it isn't so easy to make that decision.

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Re: (some idiot says) Fed up with commuting? Just move next to your workplace!

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My husband and I live relatively close to our offices in Zurich and it beats the commute I used to do but if my company goes belly up I feel I would find a job more easily in Zurich than if I were in somewhere smaller and more rural.
but then you could just get your job in zurich and then move to zurich.
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