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Old 17.06.2011, 20:58
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Re: How do you combat the loneliness?

There are lots of definitions of loneliness - we've not been here long in Geneva, I don't speak French (am attempting to learn, but I'm usless, I'll get there in 10 years or so!).

Anyway, wife speaks perfect French so is always comfortable, kids don't speak any French yet, apart from bonjour, salut etc.., you've just got to get out and do - I can't afford to let my children know that on each lunch time trip to Migros or Coop or the cafe I'm completly dreading getting something wrong - but the one thing which keeps me going is knowing Geneva is not Paris!

I once was in a place in paris and the chap behind the counter didn't understand what I was saying, well he did but pretended he didn't and told me to 'f off back to where I came from' - I've never had this experience here.

Sure I miss all the stuff from back home its natural, and more so when you are well out of your comfort zone - but people are people sit back, have a glass of wine/beer/tea/coffee/ whatever and think how lucky you really are - safeish country, polite ish country, low crime ish country, I could continue....

Just my two penneths worth!
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Re: How do you combat the loneliness?

I agree, having a bad experience with language can make it difficult to keep putting yourself out there. I was very timid when I first arrived after all the eye-rolling and impatient sighs when we were trying to sort out our apartment rental contract.

I hadn't imagined what it would be like as a parent, to be putting on the brave face for your kids. I admire that, courgage in the face of incertainty. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Re: How do you combat the loneliness?

Let it be, Let it be, Let it be, Let it be

I understand how it feels in a foreign land with a big language barrier. Specially its diffuclt here due to closed swiss society.

You can get a Tandem Partner to learn either French or German. As I see, you are already learning French, you can look up for somebody who wants to learn English over
here :

You might as well try to learn bit a german. In EF, we have many such events from learning German, to wall climbing, dinner/drinks etc.

Also, organising Cycle tour is lot of fun & refreshing here..specially roads running parallel to Rhein on the way to Lorrach or Rhein Felden.

Hope it helps!

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