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It REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

I had such a positive day as my first full day in Switzerland I just wanted to share...

We only moved to CH at the weekend and after reading lots on EF I was fully prepared for lots of dramas with Gemeinde and driving license etc but my husband didn't go to work yesterday morning to get things sorted and OMG I am SO glad he did.

We did the key handover with the landlord at 9am, then we went to the Gemeinde at about 10.00 and filled in the paperwork to register showing them my medical plan acceptance letter and giving them marriage cert and my birth cert. We went to get an eye test for the driving license.
I took the driving licence papers back at 2pm and the woman in the Gemeinde said she would organize that for me (!). She gave us an official letter saying that we had registered in case we need to show it to anyone. And then gave me lots of info about very cheap internet etc that the 'town' provides.... along with all the lists about the rubbish/recycling collection.

I know this doesn't help if you don't know anyone and I can only imagine how hard it would all be without my husband as even the guy doing the eye test hardly spoke English, but I strongly suggest to anyone who can find ANYONE Swiss to help them to do it. (maybe an HR person from the office who only works 50% would help in exchange for a dinner out)

My husband went to work today so I'm sure everything will look very different this evening as after breakfast I am off to try to get a mobile phone !!
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Re: I REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

It does make things much easier It's quite an adjustment living in a new country anyway and not being able to communicate with people can be extremely frustrating. The first time I went to the grocery store by myself I felt like I had accomplished something huge lol.

Good luck with the cell phone! If you want you can do everything online with whatever cell company you want to go with which is how I got my current phone.
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It does make things much easier It's quite an adjustment living in a new country anyway and not being able to communicate with people can be extremely frustrating. The first time I went to the grocery store by myself I felt like I had accomplished something huge lol.

Good luck with the cell phone! If you want you can do everything online with whatever cell company you want to go with which is how I got my current phone.
I think I am going to try to do it face to face - probably at the orange shop as I want an iPhone and I want it in my little hands NOW !!

I'm off to investigate Coop/Migros/Denner selections today too.... and I am sure it will be an accomplishment to buy something !! Its the small things that can make or break a day and generally go un-appreciated by the other half who went to the comfort of the office for the day !!

I remember when we had only lived in Hong Kong for a short time I went back to the UK leaving my husband to fend for himself, when I came back he had a new respect for me as he'd had to 'cope' with the supermarket himself (admittedly it was always full of domestic helpers chatting enjoying the air con).. we went together so I could show him how it is done and he was almost in awe of me as I walked in and the check out girls were all smiles and giggles as I practiced my appalling cantonese on them. I went everyday after my morning walk and was usually in a great mood after the exercise and was all smiles and it cheered up both mine and their day. Win-win.
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Re: I REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

i managed to do this on my own with very little german and it wasn't bad.

the driving test was particularly entertaining since the doctor spoke no german and we were almost playing a mime game (i had to do an extended test because i wanted to drive trucks).
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Re: I REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

To be fair, most of my Swiss colleagues did not know much about everything...

For example they were even surprised about how difficult it was to find a rental and how expensive it become. They knew remotely that they were flat shortages but it became more significant the pasts 2-3 years. Also due to the local rules about "rent increasing" and everything they still had their own rent for years and were not aware how much it has increased.

That was similar for many thing (contracts, import, etc).

So I would say more that it really helps to have someone migrant help you, such as some people of this forum (not all as some can't even read a contract and only expect spoon feeding).

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To be fair, most of my Swiss colleagues did not know much about everything...

For example they were even surprised about how difficult it was to find a rental and how expensive it become. They knew remotely that they were flat shortages but it became more significant the pasts 2-3 years. Also due to the local rules about "rent increasing" and everything they still had their own rent for years and were not aware how much it has increased.

That was similar for many thing (contracts, import, etc).

So I would say more that it really helps to have someone migrant help you, such as some people of this forum (not all as some can't even read a contract and only expect spoon feeding).

actually, i have to agree with you. EF veterans, having been switzerlanded several times probably know the ins and outs of various topics which can catch out new arrivals...
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Re: I REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

I have just good expiriences
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Re: I REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

Most arrivals go just like you described. You don't read about them because, well, everything went well so there is nothing to complain about our ask about.

Certainly having a Swiss around can help with the language if you don't speak it, but it's not required.

Welcome! I'm glad you got all that out of the way.
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Re: It REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

Having someone who knows the ropes always helps no matter what country/region etc you move to.

But don't get complacent, also, when you start to do things on your own - for example internet or mobile phones..., always get them to repeat back what you have asked for. We've had several occasions where in order to get a sale, they pretend to understand English only to find that they didn't (albeit better than our French back then) and they've order you completely the wrong item / package etc.

But, enjoy your stay
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Re: It REALLY helps to have a Swiss help you !!

welcome to switzerland!

i suspect that bad experience get spoken out more frequently than good experiences. in this way it is cool to see that somebody posts their positive experience among that many negative criticism. thank you
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I had such a positive day as my first full day in Switzerland I just wanted to share...

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I'm a husband. I thought that is what we are there for????
He's living in the same house isn't he?
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To be fair, most of my Swiss colleagues did not know much about everything...

For example they were even surprised about how difficult it was to find a rental and how expensive it become. They knew remotely that they were flat shortages but it became more significant the pasts 2-3 years. Also due to the local rules about "rent increasing" and everything they still had their own rent for years and were not aware how much it has increased.

That was similar for many thing (contracts, import, etc).

So I would say more that it really helps to have someone migrant help you, such as some people of this forum (not all as some can't even read a contract and only expect spoon feeding).

That's very true. When my OH asks me stuff about anything involving him getting information, I first need to find out myself. Just because I'm swiss doesn't mean I know.
But then it also depends on how ignorant someone is and if he really wants to help. There were only a few things I didn't know at all, most of the time I'm just not sure and need to find out.
I do get mad on a regular base if I have to make a phone call or similar because of language issues which could be solved by learning it, but in the end I still do it.
It must be crap living in a place you like but are isolated...
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