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Swiss-Australian, moving back to Switzerland... So many questions!

Hi all

I have been living in Australia for over 5 years, I absoluetly adore this country. I want to move back to Switzerland for one or two years, to spend some time with my family.

I do not want to lose my English skills! Is it hard to find a job in Admin/Accounts where I could use my English skills? In the region of Bern...?

How about the social life? I can see there might be quite a lot of English speaking people in Switzerland?

Any Aussies over there, and if so, are there any social clubs?

I feel like I am a stranger in my own country now... Would love to mingle with Aussies over there.

Thank you for your help

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hard to loose your english skills in zurich.... i have trouble practicing my bad german
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Any Aussies over there, and if so, are there any social clubs?
I'm a Sandgroper living in Nyon in Vaud - there's a few of us in this area. In fact if you log onto glocals.com/geneva, you'll find there's an Aussies in Geneva group. Not sure about Bern, but you know we Aussies - we're everywhere.

Hope to have you back in Switzerland soon!
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Hi all

I have been living in Australia for over 5 years, I absoluetly adore this country. I want to move back to Switzerland for one or two years, to spend some time with my family.

I do not want to lose my English skills! Is it hard to find a job in Admin/Accounts where I could use my English skills? In the region of Bern...?

How about the social life? I can see there might be quite a lot of English speaking people in Switzerland?

Any Aussies over there, and if so, are there any social clubs?

I feel like I am a stranger in my own country now... Would love to mingle with Aussies over there.

Thank you for your help

Cheers,
Karin
Sounds as if you have been in Australia and out of Switzerland for quite some time ! Nowadays, if in urban places throughout Switzerland, places like St. Gallen, Kreuzlingen, Schaffhausen, Winterthur, Zürich, Zug, Luzern, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Lugano you have more than enough possibilities to use English. If you of course go to places like Olten and Sachseln and Gettnau, the picture may be a bit of a difference
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I'm a Sandgroper living in Nyon in Vaud - there's a few of us in this area. In fact if you log onto glocals.com/geneva, you'll find there's an Aussies in Geneva group. Not sure about Bern, but you know we Aussies - we're everywhere.

Hope to have you back in Switzerland soon!

I should be back at the beginning of 2012
But I have to say, I will come back with mixed feelings. I am so Aussie now
Having said that, it does not need to be forever, maybe for a year or two, I just miss my family a lot... I can always come back down under.

Well I hope to meet you, my mum lives in Fribourg! Not far away (everything is just "down the road" now, since I drive 500 km a day in Australia, sometimes...)

Thanks for your info.

Cheers....
Karin

PS. Sunny, 32 degrees in Darwin (well, not in the office, lol)
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Sounds as if you have been in Australia and out of Switzerland for quite some time ! Nowadays, if in urban places throughout Switzerland, places like St. Gallen, Kreuzlingen, Schaffhausen, Winterthur, Zürich, Zug, Luzern, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Lugano you have more than enough possibilities to use English. If you of course go to places like Olten and Sachseln and Gettnau, the picture may be a bit of a difference
Thanks, mate

Well, I don't see myself living in the small town in Fribourg anymore, where I grew up (800 residents)

I will make sure I will find some "international vibe..."
Thanks for your info, I guess I should be fine, in the end, I just need to make the effort myself to speak English, socialise, find a job where i can use my language skills...
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I should be back at the beginning of 2012
But I have to say, I will come back with mixed feelings. I am so Aussie now


PS. Sunny, 32 degrees in Darwin (well, not in the office, lol)
Hi Karen,

Yep, sometimes there's more Aussies here than flies on shit !!!

Not only is it great that you'll be coming back, but it will be awesome for us Aussies to get a Swiss's point of perspective now that you understand both countries

If you are coming back in Early 2012, make an effort to drop into the "Oliver Twist" pub in Niederdorf Zurich.
It's run by an Aussie, and he puts on a good bash for Australia Day (January 26th.... but you know that).

Most Aussies and....yep Kiwi's, all tend to look out for each other here so don't be shy.

I love Darwin by the way. I have a few mates who live there, and I showed them around Zurich last Summer - they loved it.

If there's anything else you need help with, shoot me a PM and if I can help you I will.

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Re: Swiss-Australian, moving back to Switzerland... So many questions!

Thanks, Bill. Australia Day is very important to me

I will certainly drop in if I am already in Switzerland by then! Otherwise I am sure there will be other opportunities later on.

I am soooo glad to see there are lots of Aussies and Kiwis in Switzerland!! I used to live in Sydney, I have gained my Permanent Residency down there (what a challenge, but I got there!!).... I just recently moved up here and I absolutely enjoy Darwin! Beautiful town. I admire Australia for its nationalparks and rich, raw beauty, Australia is my passion.

In the last five years I have gained so many nice friends, my best friend is a Kiwi and I have lots of Aussie mates. I have never mingled with European people much as I just wanted to settle in and get to know this "lucky country".

I frequently visit my family, but each time I arrive in ZRH I feel like a total stranger. I usually settle in again but I have changed and I am glad so see I will be able to speak "Aussie" every now and then, and share the experience. After all I am really interested in getting to know how you cope with the Swiss lifestyle, I know it is different. And I won't be offended if you disagree with certain viewpoints, habits or other typical Swiss things, ha ha

I will keep myself informed here on the forum. Talk again soon.

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Thanks, mate

Well, I don't see myself living in the small town in Fribourg anymore, where I grew up (800 residents)

I will make sure I will find some "international vibe..."
Thanks for your info, I guess I should be fine, in the end, I just need to make the effort myself to speak English, socialise, find a job where i can use my language skills...
Fribourg's not so bad, really. But probably not somewhere you'd want to live to meet English speakers, especially Aussies.
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Welcome to the forum. I'll be down for a beer if you're in Zurich at anytime. Hit us up.

I'm from Perth but formerly lived in the North-west, so Darwin wouldnt be much of a difference
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I grew up in the German part of Fribourg, my family still live there. It is a nice town and I like the historical part of it I was born in Murten, love it there, especially the lake.

It is always different, moving back after a long time, so I would not mind moving to Bern, Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva... Something different! Distance is no issue anymore, I realise how small Switzerland is, compared to Australia.
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Welcome to the forum. I'll be down for a beer if you're in Zurich at anytime. Hit us up.

I'm from Perth but formerly lived in the North-west, so Darwin wouldnt be much of a difference
That sounds like a good plan!
I have a few family members near Zurich, I am sure I will be over there sometime.

Perth is nice, I went there two years ago, travelled up to Monkey Mia and back. Amazing!
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Murten's a great little town, we often head there for the lake or the pool. Good Fasnacht too
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The "Fasnacht" is funny, isn't it. I used to go every year.... Probably all a little weird, if someone's new to it. But fun.

In summer it is nice to travel around the Murtensee, stop somewhere for an ice cream, go up to the Mont Vully... Yes, that is nice, and something I would like to enjoy again, for some time at least.
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... make an effort to drop into the "Oliver Twist" pub in Niederdorf Zurich.
It's run by an Aussie, and he puts on a good bash for Australia Day (January 26th.... but you know that).
Thanks for the tip...
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Re: Swiss-Australian, moving back to Switzerland... So many questions!

Thank you, everybody, for your kind assistance.

I shall see you sometime soon in Switzerland!

For now I enjoy the Top End of Australia (well, as much as I can... End of Financial Year, stressful at work...)

And I am more than happy to help, so if you want to know something about Switzerland or Australia, just email me
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For now I enjoy the Top End of Australia (well, as much as I can... End of Financial Year, stressful at work...)
......... work would be even harder in Darwin if Beer was a form of currency


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Ha Ha Ha..... Jimmy !!! WTF is with the "Scumbag" Paul Keating Avatar?
I laughed when I saw that too - it's classic; and something that only other Aussies would understand!

If you want to go real Aussie though, you really should go with this bloke:


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I laughed when I saw that too - it's classic; and something that only other Aussies would understand!

If you want to go real Aussie though, you really should go with this bloke:



Ahhh come on !!!!

Didn't you see my Avatar........ classic vintage Bobby Hawke !!!

That was from when Australia won the America's cup and our "Prime Minister" (AKA Oxford Yard Glass drinking champion of the Universe) was SO HAMMERED DRUNK he declared a public holiday for all Australians !!!

...meh, he did some political stuff too, but that was his day in the sun if you ask me.
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