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Re: What makes you feel that you have settled in here?

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Settled in is a state of mind.
I couldn't agree more with this statement. In my case, I started to feel more settled when I realized that I could not replicate the exact same life I had where I was living previously (Northern California) here in Zurich, as it would have been impossible. Instead, I learned (I am still learning!) that I had to rebuild a community and a life here, while still pursuing things/interests that make me happy and give me purpose and motivation in life.
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Old 31.01.2011, 20:35
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Re: What makes you feel that you have settled in here?

When I get to Zürich airport and feel I'm home.
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Re: What makes you feel that you have settled in here?

Thats a very interesting thought, how to make yourself feel that one has settled down here.

I think all over the world , the feeling of being settled comes when you are attached to the land. Otherwise you are just feel flying all the time without any roots, no matter how integrated you are in the aspects of culture , language and outlook.

So the place where you come from originally, where your roots are cannot be compared to place anywhere in the world.

As you can never relate to the local fairs/exhibitions , local politics or the history of the swiss culture.

So one can always become integrated , but laying your roots in the swiss soil ( oops thats where all the complication starts ...)

But then we are all here in the golden cage, enjoying ourselves in the super high standard of living which Switzerland has to offer.

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Re: What makes you feel that you have settled in here?

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Thats a very interesting thought, how to make yourself feel that one has settled down here.

I think all over the world , the feeling of being settled comes when you are attached to the land. Otherwise you are just feel flying all the time without any roots, no matter how integrated you are in the aspects of culture , language and outlook.

So the place where you come from originally, where your roots are cannot be compared to place anywhere in the world.

As you can never relate to the local fairs/exhibitions , local politics or the history of the swiss culture.

So one can always become integrated , but laying your roots in the swiss soil ( oops thats where all the complication starts ...)

But then we are all here in the golden cage, enjoying ourselves in the super high standard of living which Switzerland has to offer.

Rest in Peace
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Why is that impossible? If you want to, you can learn about it, get involved, and eventually, you will relate, in your own way, with your own perspective- and allow yourself to root. It might not be easy, and being able to compare to your own background (s) - there is always a degree of detachment- but yes, you can. It's up to you to decide if you want to - the rest will come.

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I think all over the world , the feeling of being settled comes when you are attached to the land. Otherwise you are just feel flying all the time without any roots, no matter how integrated you are in the aspects of culture , language and outlook.
I am not so sure, though. I think it depends. I think I feel settled not in relation to land, but more relating to people that I might be close to. You either start your own traditions, or start relating to the ones from here. Some things we accept, some we bring with us. I think one can also feel settled when things start repeating in a cyclic way, so we know a bit already and we expect and can look forward. When all is brand new one does not often know what to make of it, it's just survival.
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