Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old 13.05.2013, 16:10
Gastro Gnome's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,553
Groaned at 49 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 2,856 Times in 1,550 Posts
Gastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

It will be relative . . . if you come from somewhere renowned for fun, you may find Zürich a bit dull. If you come from somewhere quiet, Zürich may offer more.

I lived in London before I moved to Zürich. I still pop back for the occasional weekend. I have more fun in one of those than in approximately three months of living in Zürich.

I'm using my life in London as a comparison. That's the main reason. However, it's also because of the things I like doing. My big interests outside work are live music and dining. Zürich has a reasonable gig scene, but it's nothing compared to London - very expensive (typically CHF25+ vs GBP10 in London for a mid-range gig). And Zürich gets the bands the year after they hit the scene in the UK (it used to be two years, so things have improved). On the other hand we can see some very good bands in much smaller, more intimate venues.

For dining, I'm constantly disappointed by the expensive, lacklustre restaurants here. London throws up new, exciting places all the time and at many different price levels. There has been quite some momentum in the London food scene for the last ten years. On the other hand, if people ask me to recommend somewhere to eat here I always hesitate and if I do mention somewhere it's always with significant caveats. You'll hear the phrase, "good, for Zürich".

There are some things fairly unique to Zürich though. In the summer, the lake and the river come alive. The water is clean enough to swim in and when it's warm enough people enthusiastically plunge in.

And in the winter, you can easily go skiiing for the day with ease.

Finally, you can get away to other, more lively, cities with ease. Fun weekends in places like Milan or Strasbourg are an easy train ride away.
Reply With Quote
The following 10 users would like to thank Gastro Gnome for this useful post:
  #42  
Old 13.05.2013, 16:18
Phil_MCR's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 14,776
Groaned at 284 Times in 189 Posts
Thanked 18,665 Times in 7,843 Posts
Phil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
We are moving from St Albans (half hour outside London where my husband worked) which is an English market residential town of approx 200k people. I do find St Albans a bit too quite sometimes and yearn for my weekly trip to London but at the end of the day in London I yearn for my week in St. Albans.
St. Albans is also boring. So I guess you're not missing out from much (apart from easier access to London).
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank Phil_MCR for this useful post:
  #43  
Old 13.05.2013, 16:58
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bülach
Posts: 30
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
gfadel has become a little unpopulargfadel has become a little unpopular
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
I am Brazilian...
Hi,

I am Brazilian as well, and I can tell you that if you miss our culture, you will find plenty of activities here.

Of course it follows the usual Brazilian style when abroad (Axe/Funk/Samba parties), which me and my wife (also from Brazil) didn't like much at the begin (we are from Paraná, which does not exactly follows Rio/Bahia life style ), but lately there were several "nice" concerts in Zurich/Geneva/Lucern, from "sertanejo" to nice "MPB", like Marisa Monte, for example.

At the end it depends on what you like, but honestly it's been quite fun to attend to these parties, and get to know new people.

PM me if you would like more info about our community...

Cheers,

Gustavo
PS: I didn't read the whole post, so sorry if I missed something important...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank gfadel for this useful post:
  #44  
Old 13.05.2013, 17:22
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Zurich
Posts: 21
Groaned at 19 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 9 Times in 7 Posts
riricece is considered unworthyriricece is considered unworthyriricece is considered unworthy
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

well, I don't know what you consider boring or for that matter what you are interested in.
However, I partely grew up here, partely in the States and I've travelled quite a bit and I don't find Zurich boring at all. Nightlife wise, there is a lot going on, (I would say the most anywhere in Switzerland) if you know where to go that is right for your age group, however it's not like the partymile at the beach in barcelona, everything is just smaller, for me that does not make it boring. also a great thing here is, that Switzerland is tiny, and has a lot of beautiful nature and cultural things to see and to, which are all not too far away. also for people who don't have a car (for ex. a student like me) it's great, the public transport is so good, gives you a lot of independance, not like a lot of places in the US where you NEED a car.
The only downside I see, is that it could not be too easy to get to know people here, since most are not very open, it's not like in the US wehre you can just talk to strangers, at least not most.
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:12
Wollishofener's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Glattbrugg
Posts: 18,978
Groaned at 332 Times in 257 Posts
Thanked 11,715 Times in 6,858 Posts
Wollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
unfortunately, a 6-8 hour round trip will not really allow you to go to those places on a working day.

besides, the OP asked about zurich, the fact that everybody seems to point to the fact that you can escape the city/country relatively easily is telling!

the OP didn't ask "am i boring". of course how bored you are depends on you, and what one person considers a boring level, may be fine for another person.

though insofar as a city can be boring, i'd say, yes, of the major 'world' cities (london, ny, barcelona, hong kong) zurich falls into the boring camp. of course, some may be of the view that there 'is no such thing as a boring city'. in which case, your world view can't accommodate the question in the first place.
Zürich was established as a trading and traffic post. And it is the Zwingli-Stadt
and this pic here may give you a rough idea what that gentleman thought about entertainment and pleasure

Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank Wollishofener for this useful post:
  #46  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:17
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: ZH
Posts: 5,320
Groaned at 58 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 2,708 Times in 1,614 Posts
SOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
Zürich was established as a trading and traffic post. And it is the Zwingli-Stadt
and this pic here may give you a rough idea what that gentleman thought about entertainment and pleasure

Am I missing something?
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:19
Gastro Gnome's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,553
Groaned at 49 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 2,856 Times in 1,550 Posts
Gastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
Am I missing something?
The Swiss Reformation leaders (Zwingli, Calvin etc) weren't much fun. Similar to Puritans . . .
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:28
Wollishofener's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Glattbrugg
Posts: 18,978
Groaned at 332 Times in 257 Posts
Thanked 11,715 Times in 6,858 Posts
Wollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
i lived in london for many years and had little problems there.

i've been in zurich only 4 years, but in that time 2 of my friends have been killed. one as a result of a racially-aggravated beating.

while switzerland does have a low-crime rate, i do wonder how much of it is due to under-reporting both officially and also managing perception through non-reporting in the media.
In Zürich, even a cat killing a mouse is reported. And as already Margaret Christie remarked there also is crime in smaller places. Sure, crime is heavily reported in Zürich and Geneva and Basel but possibly a bit less in Bünzen and Brienz. For the simply reason that the media people reside in the relatively larger places and are not exactly thrilled about crime in places they hardly know. Racial crimes happen everywhere, so why not here ?
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:30
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Zürich
Posts: 711
Groaned at 12 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 428 Times in 246 Posts
Brooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputation
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
FTFY.

Tom
That's true. There is bottled water, and milk.

Dan
Reply With Quote
  #50  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:31
Gastro Gnome's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,553
Groaned at 49 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 2,856 Times in 1,550 Posts
Gastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
In Zürich, even a cat killing a mouse is reported. And as already Margaret Christie remarked there also is crime in smaller places. Sure, crime is heavily reported in Zürich and Geneva and Basel but possibly a bit less in Bünzen and Brienz. For the simply reason that the media people reside in the relatively larger places and are not exactly thrilled about crime in places they hardly know. Racial crimes happen everywhere, so why not here ?
I think Phil meant reported to police rather than reported in the media.

Where the media people live would have no effect on this.
Reply With Quote
  #51  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:33
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Zürich
Posts: 711
Groaned at 12 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 428 Times in 246 Posts
Brooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputation
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

OP,

Warning, answers given above like "life is what you make it" and "you need to make your own fun" are the kind of answers that are always given by people living in a place, that is very likely, boring. At least I suspect, for you, anyway.

Dan
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Brooks85 for this useful post:
  #52  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:35
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

How can a city of several hundred thousand people be boring?

Genuine question. I just don't get it.

I know Zurich isn't London or New York, but it's hardly boring, surely?
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank for this useful post:
  #53  
Old 13.05.2013, 18:56
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Zürich
Posts: 711
Groaned at 12 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 428 Times in 246 Posts
Brooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputation
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
How can a city of several hundred thousand people be boring?

Genuine question. I just don't get it.

I know Zurich isn't London or New York, but it's hardly boring, surely?
Well I guess that's obvious. But I was answering in terms of what most people expect from a city that size. To clarify, I would say that Zurich is not boring, but it's more boring than I expected.

Dan
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Brooks85 for this useful post:
  #54  
Old 13.05.2013, 19:02
Gastro Gnome's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,553
Groaned at 49 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 2,856 Times in 1,550 Posts
Gastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
How can a city of several hundred thousand people be boring?

Genuine question. I just don't get it.
"Location: Glarnerland"
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank Gastro Gnome for this useful post:
  #55  
Old 13.05.2013, 19:04
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
View Post
it's more boring than I expected.
How so?

I've lived in Manchester, Birmingham and Athens, so I'm no country bumpkin, but when I visit Zurich, I see bars and cafes full of people, busy restaurants, concert halls, theatres, people swimming in the river, drunken girls celebrating their hen nights, weirdoes roller blading down the street, bemused tourists, old ladies in fur coats, performance art, lake cruises, sports events, shops, nightclubs, kebab houses and sushi bars. Saturday night around Hardbrucke isn't much different from the Bigg Market in Newcastle.

The way some people on the forum write, you'd think it was Uttoxeter...
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank for this useful post:
  #56  
Old 13.05.2013, 19:06
Gastro Gnome's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,553
Groaned at 49 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 2,856 Times in 1,550 Posts
Gastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
kebab houses ... Uttoxeter...
Any of the kebab shops in Uttoxeter is probably better than any of the kebab shops in Zürich.
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 13.05.2013, 19:10
Gastro Gnome's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,553
Groaned at 49 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 2,856 Times in 1,550 Posts
Gastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond reputeGastro Gnome has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
Birmingham
It's true.

Zürich is more interesting than Birmingham.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Gastro Gnome for this useful post:
  #58  
Old 13.05.2013, 19:15
flow23's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,029
Groaned at 91 Times in 69 Posts
Thanked 1,777 Times in 963 Posts
flow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

still i dont get what you find boring/interesting?

fashion/blogging about fashion: have you googled that?
fashion/designer/young designer/labels zurich/switzerland?


Quote:
I generally like being around people (not in so much as in approaching strangers to chat) but I like the feeling of walking down a few (even if it is only a few) busy shopping streets on a weekend and feeling that there is people life around me. I am interested in fashion and would like to blog about Zurich fashion life/Zurich life if there are enough elements to work with.
have you ever been to a place/city where this wasnt the case, being around people?

what zurich is really lacking is space! everthing here is more or less set.
there is no (not much) deserted factory buildings where parties are held that spread by word on the street. and if there was one, it will be turned over soon in a)offices and b) flats. the clubscene is changing, a couple of clubs will close down or already did. you cant go into another "borough" like knightsbridge to eastend or brixton or clapham and find different people, styles, vibes.zurich is smaller, its quickly explored though there is quiet a lot of hidden gems that you will/can discover if you know your way around.

it is not boring per se, it has less variety compared to other cities. thats all. many claim that zurich is boring but if you dont know german, you miss a lot of flyers telling you of like seasonal bars, new openings, new this, new that... some people dont put that into the account. if i go to live in barcelona and i cant speak no spanish, for sure i miss out loads of cool stuff. all these facebook invites/pages, news will pass me by. important fact to make your life mor exciting so at least keep your eyes open and ears to the ground if you can.
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank flow23 for this useful post:
  #59  
Old 13.05.2013, 19:41
Tangerine's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Baden
Posts: 119
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 112 Times in 55 Posts
Tangerine is considered knowledgeableTangerine is considered knowledgeableTangerine is considered knowledgeable
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Quote:
drunken girls celebrating their hen nights,
I saw at least 4 groups of people celebrating bachelor and bachelorette parties in Bern and they looked like they were having so much fun that I wanted to joined them!

On Friday, the street were we were (have no idea the zone, to be honest!) was full of people (drunk), a drunk march asking for Gravitty Totall (still no idea what it meant) and dancing salsa until 5am.. Obviously, comparing that night out with a night out in Baden.. It was glory!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Tangerine for this useful post:
  #60  
Old 13.05.2013, 20:42
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Zug
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
burnbe has no particular reputation at present
Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Definitely not a big city as I think of them, but it's all about perspective...compared to Zug, well it's a bustling mega-tropolis.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank burnbe for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can anyone tell me if this sentence is correct? MKKara Language corner 11 30.11.2012 12:04
can anyone tell me what is this herb? 1snow Food and drink 8 14.08.2012 22:24
The abstract of Marriage is not the same as the truth. Phimphan Permits/visas/government 2 02.01.2012 08:50
Global Economic Crisis : Is he telling the truth ? TheWolverine Finance/banking/taxation 79 06.10.2011 15:45
Is my HR telling me the truth? diamondscan Permits/visas/government 3 06.10.2009 08:45


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:13.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0