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Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

Have any of you overcome any apparently insurmountable obstacles during your time as a foreigner in Switzerland?

If so, please feel free to share them with us. I'm sure we could all do with some inspiration!
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Old 19.03.2011, 21:28
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Have any of you overcome any apparently insurmountable obstacles during your time as a foreigner in Switzerland?

If so, please feel free to share them with us. I'm sure we could all do with some inspiration!
After a apprenticeship in German bureaucracy, Danish laid back, Austrian boneheads and Mexican, oh what the heck, CH is a piece of cake.
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Old 19.03.2011, 21:51
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

Yes, folks, Dougal's Breakfast is the next Oprah. You heard it here first...

(oh well, better that than the next Jeremy Kyle, I suppose)


Well, I've learned to read and deal with my own mail in German. I remember the day when that seemed like a pretty insurmountable obstacle.

Do I get a car now?
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Old 19.03.2011, 21:55
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

Self-employment as a freelancer as a non-EU citizen? Yeah! It took a few months of phone calls and a few years of paperwork, but... Yeah!
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Old 19.03.2011, 22:20
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

No, none; so far, it's been remarkably smooth, even though I am a non-EU person. I'm happy to say that things work, and it's much easier being a working foreigner here than in some other corners of the globe.
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Old 19.03.2011, 22:29
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

Same for me, it has been an easy road. Not much of a language barrier, nor culture shock. I got the best health care ever and got rid of many unresolve health problems. Going around have been easy.

Maybe even too easy for what I was used to. I came from a country completely opposite in every single way of Switzerland and I guess this is what was the most difficult part for me, to ajust to an easier way of living. Really!
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Old 19.03.2011, 22:42
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

I gave birth here, wow, still pretty impressed about being able to give birth somewhere where I don't know pretty much anyone and where I don't speak the language. Moving from the end of the world into civilization. Getting child care, dealing with health system.

Finding an interesting job after 2 days of looking, and not speaking the lingo, and actually sticking around, even though it is really a difficult one. Getting more jobs. Publishing articles about local edu system and lecturing at conferences about this, yo, makes me feel like an expert though I am still far from one.

Finding cheap retailers, thrift stores, ways to save. Finding local friends. Contributing to the community. Supporting our family in multilingual efforts. Not becoming hater nor more local than locals. Still loving my old home.

I don't know what else... I like brag threads, mhahaha, we live such hectic life one never looks back, so this is nice.

Just need that band together again, find a proper symphonic choir and other stuff, mycological society, hiking. Refine my redneck French.
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Old 19.03.2011, 22:54
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:02
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(oh well, better that than the next Jeremy Kyle, I suppose)


Well, I've learned to read and deal with my own mail in German. I remember the day when that seemed like a pretty insurmountable obstacle.

Do I get a car now?
Fixed that for you
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:04
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

Well.. I got to the end of this thread..
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:05
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Same for me, it has been an easy road. Not much of a language barrier, nor culture shock. I got the best health care ever and got rid of many unresolve health problems. Going around have been easy.

Maybe even too easy for what I was used to. I came from a country completely opposite in every single way of Switzerland and I guess this is what was the most difficult part for me, to ajust to an easier way of living. Really!
Now you have me Floored But thats OK with me
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:10
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

I gave birth in Swiss German..
.... and it's my home
The Deutschschweizer didn't know what on earth a girlie from Romandie was doing there !
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:24
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

oh and my Züridütsch was terrible too.. I remember popping into the pharmacy with the telltale signs of morningsickness and instead of asking them for a pregnancy test, I asked them for a test on how to get pregnant
I made their day.. in laughter
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:27
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Today I removed the system tool virus from my computer .... if you knew just how pants I am at anything to do with computers, you would truly understand the extent of insurmountableness I just overcame
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Old 19.03.2011, 23:30
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Re: Insurmountable obstacles? I overcome them!

What? No mention of brown sugar, self-rasing flower or surviving on less than 120 k (or is it 135 k now)?
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...Do I get a car now?
It's Switzerland. You don't need one.

And there may be a Fragenzuschlag just for asking...

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Yes, folks, Dougal's Breakfast is the next Jerry Springer...
Fixed that for you
So when you next see him, grab a chair...

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Old 20.03.2011, 01:20
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Today I removed the system tool virus from my computer .... if you knew just how pants I am at anything to do with computers, you would truly understand the extent of insurmountableness I just overcame
Funny you say that... I just finished fixing my partners computer from a virus that I was responsible for.... not only is his OS windows 7 - which I don't know that well... but it's in French too... so 9 hours later - no virus, registry fixed, new antivirus installed ba-boom! Good as new and feeling pretty happy!
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Old 20.03.2011, 08:01
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Now you have me Floored But thats OK with me
Don't forget I came here from Istanbul not Canada. I left Canada 7 years ago already, if I was leaving Canada to come here, it would have been a piece of cake!


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What? No mention of brown sugar, self-rasing flower or surviving on less than 120 k (or is it 135 k now)?
135 k is the new 120 k.
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I came back here without a job or place to live on a tourist permit (non-EU) a few months after completing a degree in St. Gallen. I found a place to live (well, series of WGs), found a temporary low-paying job that got me an L permit, then found a permanent and much better paying position and settled in for the long haul.

I guess that's not very inspirationally written, but I haven't had my morning coffee yet.
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Old 20.03.2011, 08:34
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Well, when we've worked out how to get someone else to pay for a 7000chf tax bill for incorrectly calculated Quellensteuer, I'll add it to the thread
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