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So I looked around the social events section, but it seems Bern is pretty dead. I gather around mostly with my Erasmus group from the Uni every Thursday but on other days I'm usually wandering the streets solo. Any other english speaking guys around here have the same problem? Know of a good coffee shop to meet new friends? I've never been so bored in my life lately...

Maybe I need to see about transferring to Zurich for school...

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Re: Been bored in Bern...

Lead from the front and arrange something yourself! Think of an event, call the venue and arrange a table or two, post it on the calendar and see who RSVPs. If nothing comes of it, repost it for another time or place. Continue until you can truly say you have been bored but are no longer. At least for a few hours...
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Re: Being bored in Bern...

It really depends what you want to do in Bern, no it is not the rocking city and I am sure a lot of Zurich people will be happy to see that. I used to organise get togethers in Bern but I live to far away now to be of any use. So why don't you give it a shot?

Looking at the Bierhübeli newsletters which I still get, you might want to try that out. I'll be in Bern in a couple weeks time, so we could try to get something organised, a meet up in Bern or something.

Otherwise, contact swisscc. Graham usually knows what is going on.
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Re: Being bored in Bern...

Try the English Speaking Club (/Bar) of Bern on a Friday night. Just rock up, make a few introductions and you're off.

Alternatively there are social drinks organised on here for Bern every few Fridays, they are also good.
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Its Crazy Mondays in Fribourg...folks go to bars and clubs on monday instead of the weekends in fribourg.

It starts this monday and then every monday until june.
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Re: Being bored in Bern...

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Its Crazy Mondays in Fribourg...folks go to bars and clubs on monday instead of the weekends in fribourg.

It starts this monday and then every monday until june.
Yeah mondays can be very cool in fribourg, cheap and a real students night out. Tuesdays, XXème has beers for 2 quid a pop (4 for a pint) as well which is cool but generally not quite as busy as mondays. All in all, plenty to do and only 25 minutes or so by train from Bern

If you are ever out this way then feel free to give me a shout and we'll grab a few beers or whatever.
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Re: Being bored in Bern...

I noticed Bern seems a bit dead, too. Just like Neuchâtel was... and now we've started meeting up. So as Uncle Max says, take the first steps yourself! Bern isn't far from me, if I'm free and there's something going on, I'd like to join in.
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Its Crazy Mondays in Fribourg...folks go to bars and clubs on monday instead of the weekends in fribourg.

It starts this monday and then every monday until june.


hey,
just random question, but do you know if there is any english speaking bars/ clubs in fribourg?
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Re: Being bored in Bern...

For the bored in Bern.. we are meeting up for Fasnacht tomorrow night. Check out the Social calendar, all details are there.
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Last Tuesday nobody turned up,

http://www.englishforum.ch/social-ev...rry-house.html

Y'all have no-one to blame!
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So I looked around the social events section, but it seems Bern is pretty dead. I gather around mostly with my Erasmus group from the Uni every Thursday but on other days I'm usually wandering the streets solo. Any other english speaking guys around here have the same problem? Know of a good coffee shop to meet new friends? I've never been so bored in my life lately...

Maybe I need to see about transferring to Zurich for school...
Mate,
Firstly, well done for at least looking in the social section.

Secondly, you are not "Robinson Crusoe" when it comes to wandering into a new city and feeling all alone.

What I'd suggest you do is post something yourself in the Social Events section and see what sort of interest you gather.

You'd be surprised who else maybe looking there and is equally as interested to join you.

If there are no events, just plan a weekly catch up and drink at a pretty decent pub somewhere. Perhaps only one or two people join at the start, but as the banter grows, so will the crowd...... what I'm trying to say is "create your own social world, don't give up" (ex-pats are great at randomly inviting themselves to anything).

Check out the "Un-official Thursday night drinks at the Viadukt" thread that is held in Zurich (and of course you are by all means welcome to join if you are in town).

I guess you have that crap magazine "the Blick am abend" in your town, so read up the section on what's going on in your area, and keep posting things.

People may just be in Bern for the night and looking for something to do.


Good luck chief....... keep ya chin up...... and if you're in Zurich you know you're always welcome the EF crowd here.
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HA HA HA....... I just checked your profile...... YOU'RE SWISS !!!!

Come on mate! you should DEFINITELY start a few events yourself.

Try wandering around a new city when you don't speak the language or be able to read anything !!!!

With a Swiss hosting a social event, you'll be the King:
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Post something mate...... you'll pull chicks for sure
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Last Tuesday nobody turned up,

http://www.englishforum.ch/social-ev...rry-house.html

Y'all have no-one to blame!
Unfortunately this happens a lot in Bern. I used to organise events regularly for the Bern crowd but it was always a toss up if anyone would come. Usually if I had only 1 person sign up and it was an event that required a crowd, I'd just cancel it. Sorry you were let down like that. I don't live in Bern anymore, even though I love curry, I don't think you needed me sleeping on your sofa afterwards!
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hey,
just random question, but do you know if there is any english speaking bars/ clubs in fribourg?
The irish pub in Fribourg (they also do the crazy Monday party) attracts quite a few English speakers. Any decent sport on tv and you will hear them hollering
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Unfortunately this happens a lot in Bern. I used to organise events regularly for the Bern crowd but it was always a toss up if anyone would come.
Well done for at least starting an event.

I dare say that this thread will begin to draw some attention from Bern and it's surroundings.


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Here,
I've fixed a direct link to your BERN social event.

You all only have yourselves to blame now........ so sign up, rock up, and Get into it !!!
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Re: Being bored in Bern...

Over the years on EF it seems Zurich is the busiest city in terms of social events, yet I know for sure there are many people in Bern and Geneva - and Buon Giorno Ticino - who somehow don't seem interested in arranging activities. While Zurich is of course the larger of the hubs, Bernese and especially Romandie folk seem less inclined to arrange stuff themselves. I doubt the demographics are any different. Maybe they're just spoilt? Bern and Geneva are clearly very happening towns whereas us poor Eastern folk have to play with hoops and bits of string for fun...
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From previous experience it seems that the Bern crowd just doesn't see the city as fun when in fact there is a lot to do. But they just kind of sit around with their heads in their hands, whinging about how bored they are. I mean, I don't even live in Bern anymore but I find things to there and for the 14 years I lived in the city, I was never bored. Bern has a lot to offer but people have to be willing to look around a little, it's not a city that serves itself up on a plate. And it doesn't help that a lot of people from other cities in Switzerland constantly harp on about how boring Bern is - especially those who have never even been there.
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Stauffacher English Bookshop has a monthly book group (first Wednesday of each month at 7pm). It's free and has a mixed crowd of expats and Swiss. Usually a good discussion and a wide variety of books.

More info on the Stauffacher website
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This Thursday is St. Patrick's and Paddy Reillys has a live band (Skinny Machines, indy rock/pop from UK) and probably cheap Guiness and silly hats. I'll be there and have FRiday off . If it's anything like last year, it'll be packed.
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