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What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

Can we, as a 4 person family survive on CHF 100k in Switzerland?

I have no friends in this new country, and cant get a job because I cant speak the language.*

I'm bored....

This weeks German/French/Italian reading material can be on those families who survive on less than CHF60k.

Here is an opportunity to use your "free" time, meet some locals.
TischleinDeckDich
Obviously you have to have a certain amount of "get up and go" to do this type of work

And another opportunity.

Does anyone else have any other ideas of what "I" should do, when the kids are at school, and I don't have to be back for the cleaner?
I don't want to set up my own business - we're only here for a short time.

* to be taken with a grain of salt the size of a small Eiger
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Re: What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

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and cant get a job because I cant speak the language.
it hasn't stopped half the people I work with..
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it hasn't stopped half the people I work with..
read the small-print, mate
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read the small-print, mate
I did.
Half the people I work with do speak (some) German but unless you work with them on a daily basis you have no idea what they're talking about. It's sort of a blend of Italian, Spanish, Serbish, Albanish and Portuguese all loosely held together with German.
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Re: What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

My situation is similar to yours, except I don't even have kids.

What I have been doing and am still doing is...

1. Cook or bake something of my country and take it to my neighbours. They love it and I can fulfil my cravings.
And then, they help me with the letters in German and invite me to coffee, lunch or family day out.

2. Borrow my neighbour's dog for a couple of hours and go out for a walk.

3. Go to the gym.

4. Learn German (although I am extremely slow with this.)

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Can we, as a 4 person family survive on CHF 100k in Switzerland?

Does anyone else have any other ideas of what "I" should do, when the kids are at school, and I don't have to be back for the cleaner?
Get rid of the cleaner, you will keep more of your 100k and not be as bored.
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Get rid of the cleaner, you will keep more of your 100k and not be as bored.
Of course that is always an option...

However, the cleaner also works as the childcare specialist, cook, nurse, referee, teacher, taxi driver and is currently unpaid- so is no cost at all, except for food and lodgings..
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Of course that is always an option...

However, the cleaner also works as the childcare specialist, cook, nurse, referee, teacher, taxi driver and is currently unpaid- so is no cost at all, except for food and lodgings..
Poor guy...
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Re: What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

What sort of person is this "friend" of yours, like an introvert or extrovert etc? For us introverts there's a huge number of possibilities, especially outdoors stuff like walking. I wasn't particularly into outdoors stuff but Switzerland quickly corrects any couch potato tendencies.

There are a lot of social things here too, although mostly in evenings. Meeting expats/auslanders is pretty easy if you have the balls to go be sociable at events. and English forum is a good place to start. But if you are an extrovert, um, maybe try to be more introverted???


Caveat. I'm not in your situation, just trying to be helpful
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Re: What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

Rangatiranui,

Seriously, I am envious!

The kid is at school for only 4 short mornings a week (1st year kindergarten) - which means I only really get time to walk the dog, and learn some French (plus do the various domestic duties).

So there ain't much free time left to fill, before it's back to kiddo again.....
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You've answered your own question on line two. It will also allow you to make friends and all the rest will fall into place. Viel Glueck
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Re: What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

Can I please borrow your cleaner? S/he sounds fantastic. Mine is rubbish, she hates all housework except cooking and laundry, and spends all her time browsing EF.
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Re: What to do with my "free" time now that my spouse works and I know no-one?

Hmmm....it does not have to be easy for some stay at home partners in a new country if their personality does not relly help with "get up and go". We are all different. While I did "get up and go" extremely, I know plenty who were paralized. Who are we to say who's free time is worthy and who's not ...no matter what their budget is or what SUV they drive.

We all have answers, especially having the luxury of looking back.
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How much do you pay her per hour?
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The idea wasn't that this tread become another naval gazing operation, more to give people in this situation some ideas, where there are people that are in need of their help. Just 2 hours a week can change someone's life.
(Again inspired by an article in Mondays Migros paper- Families where every penny counts. Even in Switzerland. These guys are from my village.


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Can I please borrow your cleaner? S/he sounds fantastic. Mine is rubbish, she hates all housework except cooking and laundry, and spends all her time browsing EF.
So does mine Not EF.. but certainly not doing what she should be doing..
We should fire them(!) but slaves have to be sold

Another reminder, those that are going to a restaurant for lunch on the 16th October, this is World Food Day, and many Restaurants are donating part of their proceeds to Terre Des Hommes. Thats these guys...
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Prostitution (it's legal here)!

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St2Lemans - this is a bit of an obsession isn't it?
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