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Maybe I only lived in NY / London, but I found Switzerland is boring...what do you say? when I was in London, many of my colleague warned me but now its too late!!
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There we go again, comparing apples and oranges.

Greater London, 7.8 million.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London

New York, 8.2 million http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/ny.../25census.html

Switzerland, 7.7 million (the whole country!) http://www.indexmundi.com/switzerlan...s_profile.html
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Is Switzerland boring?
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to say my boss that I wanted to go back to the city
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There we go again, comparing apples and oranges.

Greater London, 7.8 million.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London

New York, 8.2 million http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/ny.../25census.html

Switzerland, 7.7 million (the whole country!) http://www.indexmundi.com/switzerlan...s_profile.html
Basel, 170 thousand Yep, quite a bit smaller than the big cities you mention.

OP, your post is very general; what were your expectations?

Surely you did some research yourself about Basel and Switzerland as a whole, and possibly visited before coming here from a place like London or New York? You must have known that it would be a huge change?
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Maybe I only lived in NY / London, but I found Switzerland is boring...what do you say? when I was in London, many of my colleague warned me but now its too late!!
Life is what you make it, you get out as much as you put in.
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Maybe I only lived in NY / London, but I found Switzerland is boring...what do you say? when I was in London, many of my colleague warned me but now its too late!!
I find your post boring. Life is what you make it wherever you live...
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Maybe so...It would have been Absolutely Fabulous if I had not lived in such a big city....just not so exciting here I guess
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Maybe I only lived in NY / London, but I found Switzerland is boring...what do you say? when I was in London, many of my colleague warned me but now its too late!!
What do you mean with 'boring'? Is it too quiet, do you need more beggers, do you expect more drunken people at three in the morning trying to shag outside your window, do you want planes landing at all hours of the day.

Apologies, but one man's boring is another man's peace.

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to say my boss that I wanted to go back to the city
It's never too late until you are dead. And life is too short to waste being unhappy. Check your contract. Some give you one year to change your mind.

And yes, you are comparing apples to oranges. I've lived in big cities & I'll not do it again thank you. Everyone has to find the place that makes them happy.
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Maybe so...It would have been Absolutely Fabulous if I had not lived in such a big city....just not so exciting here I guess
For some of us, it might be Absolutely Fabulous (or at least not too bad) exactly because we have lived in big cities.

Among the places I have lived in, I lived in Mexico City. A city beautiful and dear to my heart in many ways, but I can assure you that living there cured me of all love of living in big cities, forever (and also changed my prior definition/perspective of what a "big city" is).
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Re: Switzerland

In terms of culture, nightlife, vibrant bar and restaurant scene then certainly the place has nothing on major cities such as the aforementioned New York and London. Also expression in the streets tends to be restrained and a lot of public behaviour is rather uniform and restrained - except during the 'official' periods of mayhem such as carnival. Even then it is all rather predictable.

One aspect of culture that does stand up here (especially if you catch the train for an hour into Zurich) is music (as long as you're not into classical music - then the choices are very limited beyond Opera). Many major international pop, rock and hiphop artists stop in Zurich/Geneva/Basel (in that order) whilst on tour to an extent that truly flatters the comparatively small population.

But I would not call the place boring - as long as you are willing to try exploring the place, enjoying the many areas of outstanding natural beauty then it is possible to spend a wonderful weekend, weather permitting, albeit just comprising of very different activities to those in the big cities.

A particularly good facet of life here is the ease of transportation to so many different countries and cultures - all within an hour or three depending on whether you fly/ride/rail/drive.

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If it is just night life you are comparing then agree.... Flip side is the outdoors / sports / quality of life etc are significantly better...
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Maybe I only lived in NY / London, but I found Switzerland is boring...what do you say? when I was in London, many of my colleague warned me but now its too late!!

Try not to go tooooooo near Perth then
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Maybe I only lived in NY / London, but I found Switzerland is boring...what do you say? when I was in London, many of my colleague warned me but now its too late!!
Yes it is definitely less lively than larger cities like NY or London. But there's always easyjet - so easy to go and have a cheap weekend back in the UK or anywhere in Europe and the salaries are generally better in Switzerland so you can afford to go and do things on the weekends.

If you are bored during the week - I know we don't go out like we used to in the UK - you can join a gym, take a class, or just chill. Joining the gym was what really saved us from going stir crazy. We mainly do classes in the evenings so that there is a social, group aspect as well. Also helped us to make friends - and work off all the chocolate, cheese and bread I am eating!!!
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Re: Switzerland

I personally think it's good to have different experiences in life. Embrace it and when you look back you'll have had a varied and interesting experience. I don't think Switzerland is boring, it's different from London, but don't hold that against it. Explore the parts that London / NY doesn't have (mountains, lakes, etc). I bet you will have a great time and may view things differently. Try paragliding off a mountain or downhill mountain biking. You won't be bored for long.....
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Re: Switzerland

I'm a native New Yorker, and I would echo some of the sentiments that others have expressed here.

Yes, it's different, but I wouldn't exactly call it boring. FWIW, I met people back in NY who told me they were bored. It can be as interesting as you make it. Sure, there are things to do here. While they may not be exactly the same as back in NY, it is possible to find ways around that or develop new interests. For instance, I used to take courses here and there and go to workshops back in NY. Some of those things aren't available here (or if they are, they're in German and I'm not fluent enough), BUT I have found online alternatives and attend workshops during my visits to NY.

Since moving here, I've become more active outdoors, doing hiking and Nordic walking. I go regularly to the mineral baths and believe in their healing, restorative properties. I've done a bit of train spotting. I enjoy exploring towns and villages, roaming through old cities, learning about the local history. Since we're in the middle of Europe, there are so many interesting places to explore within a short distance. As your profile says Basel, the beautiful wine country in Alsace is very close to where you are.

While I miss the energy and vibrancy of NYC (there really is no place like it), I do appreciate that things move a bit slower here, that it's cleaner and smaller and the quality of life is decent.

As the saying goes, "bloom where you're planted."
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It never too late! There are plenty of exciting jobs out there (Switzerland too!) Use the time to maybe find a new job or maybe a new city. Switzerland is a fantastic country. I've had my fair share of bad experiences here like everyone else on the forum, but don't let it put you off. It's not boring, it's just different in everyway.
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