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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. The great Swiss outdoors definitely has appeal and hopefully we find that Zurich is a place that makes us feel "alive" (sorry! not really sure how to define what I mean by that).

Okay, OP. Based on the information you provided, especially this snippet above, I'm casting my prognosis:

YES! You will be bored. So plan on it, plan your way around it, in order to mitigate it, and make provisions for it in order to possibly turn it around.

My 2cent reasoning: Your interest in fashion tells me you have an appreciation for people, and appreciate beauty in others. You like expressions of talent and beauty. I gather you like to stay abreast of trends and the zeitgeist. You'd like to think you are hip, or at least keep in touch with the hip. You like to be where it is happening. Cultural relevance and being in touch with the times is important to you. You'd like to participate in the unfolding of history and events. This is all great, except the big problem is, Zurich is not really where it is happening.

There are plenty of cool, hip people in Zurich. There are many talented stylists, models and photographers here. But the fashion industry in Switzerland is a bit locked and staid, and harder than a nut to crack. The individuals I know working professionally in it complain about it. Most young talent are more likely to look outside of Switzerland; and travel to Paris, London, NYC or L.A. for inspiration and ideas.

My 2 cents. Good luck, and hope that I am wrong!
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

[QUOTE=Phos;1875042]There is a large Brazilian community here. Personally, I tend to avoid my compatroits, or any specific set of similar types of people, as it tends to promote ghettoization, and can be suffocating.

Interesting, thanks for that, I'll likely drop you a PM when I get set-up in Zurich.
I'm probably more European (Scottish dad and German grandparents) than Brazilian now though as it has been quite a few years since I lived in Brazil!
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I think Phil meant reported to police rather than reported in the media.

Where the media people live would have no effect on this.
The media gets most of the "crime-news" from the police-bulletins which are amazingly informative

Here the news of Zürich-Stadt
http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/pd/de/in...itteilung.html

and here the Kantonspolizei Zürich
http://www.kapo.zh.ch/internet/siche...teilungen.html

the media people simply look through THESE news and then go ahead

The two police corps are really doing a remarkable job.

For various reasons I do NOT believe that they keep news back. Even if they of course just as everybody enjoy moments of "Selbst-Beweihräucherung" !

And ehhhhm, btw., my reaction to the remark above about Zwingli was far too slow, but I went to school in ZH, and to me Messrs Zwingli and Alfred von Escher were and are "omnipotent" , admired and detested at the same time.

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Old 14.05.2013, 09:43
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That's true. There is bottled water, and milk.

Dan
And wine, cheese, petrol, electronics, luxury goods, all cheaper here than in neighboring countries.

Anyway, I find large cities to be boring. I always hated going to New York, even though it was 20-30 minutes away. Think I've gone there half a dozen times in my life. And I'd rather go to Zurich than Milano, despite it being 3x the distance (and my Italian is better than my German these days).

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There is a large Brazilian community here. Personally, I tend to avoid my compatroits, or any specific set of similar types of people, as it tends to promote ghettoization, and can be suffocating.

Interesting, thanks for that, I'll likely drop you a PM when I get set-up in Zurich.
I'm probably more European (Scottish dad and German grandparents) than Brazilian now though as it has been quite a few years since I lived in Brazil!
Thanks again for your response and to all those who have taken the time to reply.
Hi Elizabeth

I'm also brazilian and I understand when you say you avoid compatris. I'm in Bern for almost 3 years now and although some say it is even boring than Zurich, I love it! I come from Sao Paulo so you can imagine the big change for me. As you, I don't feel to much into that stereotyped brazilian culture. I love living in here mainly because of the nature and outdoor sports you can do here that we couldn't in Brazil or maybe even in England. Endless options for hiking, skiing in winter, lakes, mountaineering, culture and proximity to other countries.

My only complain here is with the lack of varied food both in supermarkets and in restaurants. Being half Spanish, every time I go to Madrid and wander around the tapas bar I realize what I'm missing.

Any way, hope settle well and enjoy life here

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Old 14.05.2013, 10:41
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

I think life is what you make of it, no matter where you are.

However, I do personally think that Zurich is more boring than many other major European cities that I've visited (e.g. Barcelona, London, Paris). Unless it's during the once-per-year Zurich Street Parade, the city can seem far from being... free-spirited (e.g. no street performers, open art markets, etc.). But that's just my personal experience. Hopefully you won't find it quite as boring as I do.
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And wine, cheese, petrol, electronics, luxury goods, all cheaper here than in neighboring countries.

Anyway, I find large cities to be boring. I always hated going to New York, even though it was 20-30 minutes away. Think I've gone there half a dozen times in my life. And I'd rather go to Zurich than Milano, despite it being 3x the distance (and my Italian is better than my German these days).

Tom
Yes I was surprised that petrol is cheaper here than in Germany but that probably comes down to taxes of course. However I have a diesel and it is cheaper outside of CH. It's the reverse of Switzerland (in Germany anyway), diesel is priced lower than petrol. Agree on electronics as well but those purchases aren't so frequent. But on many other things, it surprising how often the items price (number) is exactly 2x the price in Euros.

So I would amend my post to say "many things" (FTFY or FTFM? ).

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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Boring is very subjective. I guess it is pretty much what you make of it. It is not a big city which limits what the city has to offer. However, given the size, it has a lo to offer in terms of culture; concerts, art scene, alternative scenes. Of course it has a lot of "fine culture" to offer as well. I.e there is a underground scene as well as a posh life style whatever you desire. It is not NYC, London, Bangkok or Tokyo.
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Old 17.05.2013, 23:55
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Boring is very subjectige and if you are bored its probably a reflection that you dont know how to entertain yourself. Cities such as London can be just as boring as Zurich if you dont have a get up and do it mind set. I grew up where there were no pubs or lazy options to provide on tap entertainment and never felt bored even miles from nowhere
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I grew up where there were no pubs or lazy options to provide on tap entertainment and never felt bored even miles from nowhere
Indeed. A fellow can keep himself entertained for hours with a box of Kleenex and a good imagination.
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Hours? A whole box of Kleenex?
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

NO.

I work in Züri West and find it to be really alive creatively with loads of art galleries and studios, small fashion designers and boutiques and funky/hip bars to hang out in. The area around Langstrasse is teeming with small bars, it's like Soho (London) but safer. Two young girlfriends of mine visited me a week last Friday from Basel and we went bar hopping for a couple of hours in that area and they were amazed, Basel is just so dull compared to around there they said. Zurich is small - tiny compared to London - but look on that as a good thing, you can walk almost anywhere in the city within an hour.

Yes, drinking in bars can be expensive, so I drink less. But in the summer there are so many open places by the lake and river, grab some wine and bread and cheese and have a party with friends until late.

One other thing to bear in mind, when you move abroad, away from family, close friends and compatriots, you move away from your "safety zone" and work on nurturing friendships more. I have to say I have never had so many good, close friends in my life.... I'm guessing half of my 300 odd FB friends are in the Zurich area and I could go out every night with different (and different types of) people to different areas of the city..... there's not a day goes by where something isn't happening in town either within my group of friends, or with complete strangers. Don't believe the folk here who tell you the Swiss are cold and reserved. If you're open and friendly, you'll get the same back from most of them, certainly the Zurich ones anyway.

Finally, I used to live in a sleepy village not far from St Albans and I loved a night out in that "busy" town. Great pubs and some good restaurants. But I have to say I feel 10 times safer in the "dangerous" Langstrasser area at 2am on a Saturday than I ever did at kicking out time in St Albans.

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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Zurich is just quiet and different tnhan other big EU towns... but if you like everything organized, clean and simply then it's not boring, it's a great place to live. Moreover, there are so many options 'what to do' during the weekend taht for sure you will not get bored!
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Zurich is very beautiful, clean and nice.
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Yes, Zurich is boring, often beyond description. And for its people I would add medievally-minded, uncreative and lazy as fitting adjectives as well.

As other posters have noted, there are so many other cities in Europe you can escape to on weekends and holidays.

If my tone is not clear, I cannot stand this dreadful little village where mobile phone coverage is quite poor compared to the rest of the developed Western world and the emerging Asian economies. Really, the joke is on the Swiss who actually are so far behind they think they are ahead.

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Zurich must be nice in many ways - everyone is coming here - even those who don't like it otherwise.
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

I find the absence of a 24 hour culture to be a positive thing.

People shut up shop for a day and spend time with their families.

And there are still places open where you can buy a pint of milk etc.

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PS. A few years back we were in Laarndon for a weekend. On the Saturday we went to watch Richard III at the Globe and emerged at about 11pm gasping for a pint.

But of course the pubs had all stopped serving. At the time we were still living in Basel and I remember thinking that most bars in Basel would still be serving - and how boring London very quickly becomes.

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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Forget Zuerich go to Chicago

http://rollingout.com/criminal-behav...r-the-weekend/

Miami

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Miami-Florida.html
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...the emerging Asian economies...
those Asian economies will still be "emerging" 25 and then 50 years from now.
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