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Old 01.06.2015, 10:23
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20 years today

I am officially in this beautiful country. It hasn't always been easy, but I've achieved so much more than I think I ever would done had I remained in the UK. I've made many friends, both Swiss and otherwise, marveled at the spectacular scenery; riled against at Swiss bureaucratic intransigence; watched my girls grow up perfectly bilingual; improved my language skills to the extent I can actually understand my wife speaking to officialdom in French and can easily pick up around 70% of Swiss German that I hear; grown to love ice hockey, skiing, biking and hiking; learnt to appreciate melted cheese and bread as a dietary staple; become a proud Fribourgeois; become a "Herr Doktor"; learnt how to deride and belittle ignorant newcomers on internet forums, and many, many more things. I should also thank the folks on EF; it truly is a great source of information for the newly Swissed.
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Old 01.06.2015, 10:24
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Re: 20 years today

Congratulations!
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Old 01.06.2015, 10:28
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Re: 20 years today

..... and there was me thinking this was going to be about Sgt. Pepper.
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Old 01.06.2015, 10:40
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Re: 20 years today

Congrats! Success story.

I would be very happy and proud to say the same thing, Still 14 years to catch up--have only completed a few of the points on your accomplishment list (albeit the easy ones).
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Old 01.06.2015, 10:55
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You do realize you are setting the bar rather high for the rest of us?


Congrats!
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Old 01.06.2015, 11:18
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.... learnt how to deride and belittle ignorant newcomers on internet forums, .....
And here I was, thinking it came naturally to all of us

Congrats.
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Old 01.06.2015, 11:42
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Re: 20 years today

It sounds like I'm on track, but in a different sequence. Hope yodelling is not on the itinerary. Here's one for you. Brits will never get over the Beatles anyway.

it was 20 years ago today...

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Re: 20 years today

Congratulations - a very impressive list of achievements.

Is there anything left to do??
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Old 01.06.2015, 12:34
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Is there anything left to do??
I don't think he has argued with the neighbours yet...

Congratulations Paddy, the worst is probably behind you now.
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Old 01.06.2015, 12:37
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I don't think he has argued with the neighbours yet...

Congratulations Paddy, the worst is probably behind you now.
No, we did that once about 16 years ago...
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It sounds like I'm on track, but in a different sequence. Hope yodelling is not on the itinerary. Here's one for you. Brits will never get over the Beatles anyway.

it was 20 years ago today...



What's wrong with yodelling????????????
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No, we did that once about 16 years ago...


I don't seem to find the details of the venue and time for the giant anniversary cake!


Congratulations, felicitations, ich gratuliere!
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Re: 20 years today

PaddyG, thanks for sharing.

IMO, you made the right decision 20 years to bring up your daughters in Switzerland as opposed UK.

It is a great country for family, children.

I remember a thread once where a mother was reprimanded by the teacher for taking their 5 year old child to school as the child would not have independence.

My siblings in SE England spent so much of their time as Taxi drivers for their children, as worried about safety for their children. It is kind of cool, how not only the police are keeping a quiet look out for the safety of children, but also the local citizen, albeit, the old woman/man behind a curtain.

Although so much costs X amounts of money, there are facilities for families on lower income to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland, like free barbeque areas and much more, shops that sell discount clothing for children, unless those more well off want the Now FASHION.

Variuos outdoor & indoor sports are encouraged – far better life than alcohol or drugs or sitting hours in front of computer segrated for hours.

Then there is the magic of more than one language, although other language or two might be studied in UK schools, I am ashamed how little encouragement is given to using those.

Almost to finish I am a bit of fan sometimes to some of your posts with humour.

As a London lass my first visit to Switzerland was later in life & I have little idea how the late teenagers or early twenties what social life outside of sports or local communities, i.e. boy meets girls or the like. They do have the added advantage of the language.
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