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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

Glamor? Who needs it? The definition should be "are you more content with what you have?"

It's a fact that with a fairly small population, standing out from the crowd is easier in Switzerland, especially if you have a talent that others need.

I don't judge by what people have or who they claim to be. Glamor is totally irrelevant. Maybe it's my generation, but warmth, compassion and a true loving selfless heart would win this dude.
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Old 03.11.2011, 16:10
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Glamor? Who needs it? The definition should be "are you more content with what you have?"

It's a fact that with a fairly small population, standing out from the crowd is easier in Switzerland, especially if you have a talent that others need.

I don't judge by what people have or who they claim to be. Glamor is totally irrelevant. Maybe it's my generation, but warmth, compassion and a true loving selfless heart would win this dude.
maybe best not to get hung up on the word. you can replace it with 'fun' if that helps.
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Old 03.11.2011, 16:53
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

I have been here for some time now and the glamour I felt has worn off a little. Nevertheless, I felt my life did get more glamorous upon moving here, and I think about it fondly.

Switzerland gave me some opportunities that the UK didnt, and shortly after moving here I was working for a cool company and spending time training on the stock exchange floors in Chicago... like in trading places. While I didnt really know my ar$e from my elbow, it was glamourous!

And living in a city where I can jump in the lake in the summer and snowboard in the winter, to this day feels glamourous to me, and I think that I get more satisfaction from that than from what anyone else thinks of it or not.

Mind you, its hard to afford a glamourous home in this country, and this brings one down the proverbial peg or two.
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

where the hell is KFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????? ?????????????
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where the hell is KFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????? ?????????????
Aah, looks like the ZUrich group have a new person to bring on the KFC runs.
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

This thread made me think of the song, "Where Do You Go To My Lovely."
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:24
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

UK: once all bills paid including hefty mortgage but doing a job I loved = £50 left in my bank for the month (about 70chf on today's conversion rate)
Glamour rating 0, comfort with managing daily life/being near family = 10 (I value the family time so much).

CH: once all bills paid (as from recently) 50chf.
Glamour rating 0, but I now have a beautiful daughter thanks to coming here and family life is amazing. Just wish my folks and sister could be here. Then, hands down CH wins. Since recent change in circumstances, sadly my vote is UK.

So to sum up, I have never had "glamour" but do not desire it or miss it. Just want to be around those I love and keep my head above water financially.

EDIT: oh, and I hate my job here at the moment
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:28
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maybe best not to get hung up on the word. you can replace it with 'fun' if that helps.

fun=glamour? I thought you are a man?
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:34
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

Actually, I'm so used to life here I've become quite jaded about it, a point driven the other day while returning from a weekend of motorcycling in Emilia-Romagna and Toscana, visiting friends with centuries old massive villas with antique motorcycles in the hallways, and as soon as I hit the Milano bypass I felt like I was home (though I still had an hour to ride to actually get there)!

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The bottom line for me is that I don’t care very much for glamour.
Nor do the Swiss.

Glamour is for the tourists.

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Old 03.11.2011, 18:55
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Nor do the Swiss.

Glamour is for the tourists.

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Well, that's not exactly true. Have you been to Geneva*? There are some pretty glamorous Swiss there.

*Other places as well, but Geneva is a good example, Gstaad another.
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Definitely less glamorous for me. In London it was always about keeping up with the latest trend, after work dinners, and drinks.

Here in CH its about keeping warm on hikes and occasionally going out for Sunday dinner, which looks like something you can make at home but costs 50chf. No job means limited glamour.
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

I'm amazed and impressed that you all had such glamorous lives before you came here.

It would be even more awesome if it weren't for several statements to the effect that hanging out in London bars is somehow equated to a glamorous lifestyle....
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Many of your stories mention your lives were glamorous in your former countries, or not in Switzerland. And then upon arriving in Switzerland, your life became familiar, nonexotic or plain-Jane. But it is also a matter of age, isn't it. Don't you think that leading your bizarro, outlandish and glamorous life when 20-30 yrs old is fun and OK but would be evolving to boring stiff and futile when approaching 35-40? I think there is this time-in-life factor.

I also think it is a matter of social circles. When leaving your country for CH, the social circle is broken and by the time you could reconstruct one over here, you're thinking about kids and the house.

I had some glamorous life in an international context, which was not in my home country nor in Switzerland, and was fairly happy when it was over turning 30...

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No! Some of us didn't start the "bizarre, outlandish and glamorous life" life till we were older than that - sort of after we could stop thinking about the kids and the house.
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

Not at all the case for me - I could be glamorous and spend time in great company do some fantastic things and I had kids - in fact I had a baby during this 'glamorous' time (and the maternity clothes were lovely). Living here has made me feel older and duller and dowdy. You can never be over dressed in Paris but I'd say that it's hard to be under dressed in Basel!
Of course, it's not just about external appearance and shopping - I just find it all a bit dull here, very nice n all, but a bit dull.

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Many of your stories mention your lives were glamorous in your former countries, or not in Switzerland. And then upon arriving in Switzerland, your life became familiar, nonexotic or plain-Jane. But it is also a matter of age, isn't it. Don't you think that leading your bizarro, outlandish and glamorous life when 20-30 yrs old is fun and OK but would be evolving to boring stiff and futile when approaching 35-40? I think there is this time-in-life factor.

I also think it is a matter of social circles. When leaving your country for CH, the social circle is broken and by the time you could reconstruct one over here, you're thinking about kids and the house.

I had some glamorous life in an international context, which was not in my home country nor in Switzerland, and was fairly happy when it was over turning 30...

And then there is our age. When young, we wanted to 'get the kick' out of something. Now we just want to relax.
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Aah, looks like the ZUrich group have a new person to bring on the KFC runs.
Only if he brings the dog.
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Re: How has your life become more or less glamourous since moving to Switzerland

yep, same experiences here. last summer i was asked by my friends back in germany if we wanna go to MELT! festival. my mates last year had a trailer and i said, if we can have the trailer, ill join. now said trailer wasnt available and the lads wanted to rent one. the price was 150 euro for the weekend p.P. and i said "no". the reaction i got was: "matey, do you wanna end up as the richest man on the cemetry?" wtf? the whole trip including flights, train ticket, food on the festival ground and tickets was somewhat 600euro for 3 bands i wanted to see. this is very squandering cash. no matter if i could afford it, its silly money. that really bugged me to be looked at like im lorenzo de medici as i live in switzerland.

and yes, thats maybe a bit of glam that dont have to think if i can spend but if i want to spend 600 euros.

so far my career got a boost i think i couldnt have made in germany, in all aspects. things i have learned, roles i had, responsibility and all that.

besides i cling onto what krlock said. all these little things in switzerland that make such a big, big difference in comparison to any other place i have been yet. i love it, moving here was the best thing i have ever done and my life became more "glamourous" than before.
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