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Hey, i hope you wrote that sentence just for kidding or to be ironic. I'm in process to transfer me to Switzerland and you scared me :-P (also i LOVE red meat).

I think that possibility to feed yourself in a complete and healthy manner is the base of living, just 1 or 2 step up surviving.

If someone take decision to emigrate in another country i guess he/she is willing to do it because his/her living standard will improve a lot. Being in a condition of buy iron pill because you will not be able to buy enough red meat do not represent, in my humble opinion, an improvement on own quality of life (excepting if you are coming from some 4th world country).
No he didn't. Just had a team barbeque at shores of Lac leman, and one of things that got grilled was marinated lamb steak from Coop. Price on package was 57 CHF/kg. Quality is good, but prices are not adequate. Or vice versa - for the price, quality is not good enough...
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Old 14.09.2011, 15:13
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If someone take decision to emigrate in another country i guess he/she is willing to do it because his/her living standard will improve a lot. Being in a condition of buy iron pill because you will not be able to buy enough red meat do not represent, in my humble opinion, an improvement on own quality of life (excepting if you are coming from some 4th world country).
I come from a country where for the most part we eat our cows, instead of using them to produce cheese. And I wasn't kidding. I only buy meat when it is on sale. I've been here for 8 months and I still can't accept the prices of meat based on value for money.

I also now eat a lot of cheese.
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Old 14.09.2011, 15:16
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If I could travel back in time, I would tell myself the following:
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- beware of Swiss mobile phone contracts. Most require you to leave the country or die to cancel. Sunrise demand both...
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I come from a country where for the most part we eat our cows, instead of using them to produce cheese. And I wasn't kidding. I only buy meat when it is on sale. I've been here for 8 months and I still can't accept the prices of meat based on value for money.

I also now eat a lot of cheese.
I already know about high cost of meat but saying that you cannot afford something and saying that you don't agree to buy something that in your opinione is overpriced are 2 different things.
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I already know about high cost of meat but saying that you cannot afford something and saying that you don't agree to buy something that in your opinione is overpriced are 2 different things.
That's fair, I can agree with that. There will always be a choice, in this case, the more meat I eat, the sooner I will have to go home. Right now I am choosing to stay longer (take iron pills) and enjoy the cheese.
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I think you missed the obvious. Take back this weeks lottery numbers and put a ticket on.
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Old 14.09.2011, 15:48
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Re: Things I wish I had known before moving here

- The dollar will lose half it's value against the Swiss Franc
- Buy gold
- Waste no time on Swiss women
- Shop in Germany
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:21
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Adding my 2 rappen:

- Ausweis for trailing spouse may take a while (my case 11 weeks)
Somewhat similar situation.
- Try not to change cantons once you get here. My case: Lots and lots and lots of paperwork and needed 3 months.

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- Your country's plug-to-Swiss plug converters are essential (assuming same voltage)
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Somewhat similar situation.
- Try not to change cantons once you get here. My case: Lots and lots and lots of paperwork and needed 3 months.

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- Your country's plug-to-Swiss plug converters are essential (assuming same voltage)
Na. Can get a Swiss plug for 1CHF from Migros. Just change them over.
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:46
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Re: Things I wish I had known before moving here

I would also add

- London prices become cheap
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:47
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you were right to be suscipious (sic) at the interview
That right there is spot on.

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Even though croissants every day for breakfast may seem fun at first, within 2 months you'll be so sick of them you'll never want to see another one again.
If things at home are really good (good life, good career, etc), then don't come to Switzerland, because it won't be better.
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:58
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i like! mine:
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- recycling are good for your pocket, but cool it, you can't get caught for cans in your zurisack!
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I wouldn't be too sure - I've know people who've received fines for that, so somebody somewhere must have gone through the bag
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I wished I'd known that our UK pension would be halved and more within 2 years of arrival due to exchange rate. But no regrets.

Must say the price of meat did make my eyes water for some time- and even more now if I allow myself to 'translate' into £ at current exchange rate- but actually I am sure that eating a lot less meat than previously is actually much better for us Loads of fruit and veg- plenty of raspberries in the garden at the mo. Just love to try all sorts of new ways to cook veg in season- many much cheaper than in the UK (chard, fennel, chicory in winter, etc)- and fruit, plums are a-plenty now. The key is to learn to adapt to local and seasonal foods.
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Old 14.09.2011, 17:06
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i like! mine:
- many of your very old friends will suddenly remember you and come for a visit in the swissôtel - say NO, guests are expensive even if you're home sick!
GOOD ADVICE!! (too late for me)

We have been here less than a year and have had my niece for one week, now my parents are coming for 3 weeks, my niece is coming back for one week, friends of friends that i have never met in person are coming for a long weekend. We have a one bed flat and had to buy a sofa bed - now we need an extra wardrobe. We of course will travel around with them so lots of train tickets, car hire, eating out ...............
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Why put up with this- in the end it will make you resentful and might spoil your relationship. When we decided to come and live here, we told all our friends and family they'd all be welcome and we would love to see them- but made a joke about our '1-2-3- rule - they all accepted this without question and it works great. We always cook for them for the first day, then we go out the next (Dutch or take turns) then THEY COOK the next day, and repeat for as long as necessary. They always pay for petrol as we take them all over CH to visit- we've never had to ask I am happy to say they always offer. We have hosted a couple of younger friends who we know have financial problems and refused - and they actually did more cooking with simple ingredients. Don't let people use you as a cheap hotel - much better in the long run for all.
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When you have been here for about 20 or so years you will - to your great surprise - discover the Swiss were right, and you were wrong!
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When you have been here for about 20 or so years you will - to your great surprise - discover the Swiss were right, and you were wrong!
You have been assimilated into The Borg.
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I wish I’d known that Swiss bed design requires a crude square headboard… I would have brought a nice bed with a headboard in a streamlined shape from home.
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Re: Things I wish I had known before moving here

- Beer costs 7 CHF.
- Disco Dancing 25 CHF.
- getting a job is easier than getting an apartment.
- easier to talk to cows than swiss girls.
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