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Keeping sane in zurich?

Hey there I'm in zurich
I'm having a hard time staying sane. We live in a loud building with screaming neighbours and construction noise and regardless, I'm not working. Soon I'll brrr in german classes again but for now I'm going a little crazy as you might imagine without much to do. I'm really looking for suggestions about filling my days because I really have far too much time and I find the density of the city kinds maddening in that is hard to get away from noise, especially construction noise.
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Buy earplugs
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Old 19.08.2015, 23:31
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Buy earplugs
Yea I've done that, the construction noise is deep bass body shaking drilling etc.
The other issue is just having too much time. Previously I lived in luzern and I took for granted how easy it was to get out in nature, laterally in a few minutes. Now I really feel kinda crazy in the city with its density.
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Old 19.08.2015, 23:33
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Come back to Luzern.
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Come back to Luzern.
I've actually rented a rather dodgy room here /there to get away but the wife isn't happy as her new job, which she loves, is in zurich and she definitely doesn't want to commute.

Eventually I'll have to give up the room I suppose.

Keep the suggestions coming.....
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Wow, it's really not that difficult to find. Here a couple of tips:

https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/parks-green-spaces
Zurich - nice walking areas
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Learn to yodel. And remember: practice, practice, practice. Preferably indoors.
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Maybe head out for some day hikes? On the weekdays the trails should be generally quiet.
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Old 20.08.2015, 00:21
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Oliver Twist pub ?
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Oliver Twist pub ?
Yea im a little worried about developing a drinking habit in this circumstance....
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Buy a bicycle and cycle into the country side. It's a beautiful country, and you don't need to stay cooped up in Zurich. Or replace bicycle with SBB and travel around.

Maybe try to find some beauty in the built up areas, grab a beer and book and apple and head to the Lindenhof for a nice view, cold pint and some good reading.
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

VOLUNTEERING!
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Hey there I'm in zurich
I'm having a hard time staying sane. We live in a loud building with screaming neighbours and construction noise and regardless, I'm not working. Soon I'll brrr in german classes again but for now I'm going a little crazy as you might imagine without much to do. I'm really looking for suggestions about filling my days because I really have far too much time and I find the density of the city kinds maddening in that is hard to get away from noise, especially construction noise.
What do you mean by 'screaming neighbours' ?
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Hey there I'm in zurich
I'm having a hard time staying sane. We live in a loud building with screaming neighbours and construction noise and regardless, I'm not working. Soon I'll brrr in german classes again but for now I'm going a little crazy as you might imagine without much to do. I'm really looking for suggestions about filling my days because I really have far too much time and I find the density of the city kinds maddening in that is hard to get away from noise, especially construction noise.

the construction noise will end once the work is done, so what
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Old 20.08.2015, 10:07
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Come back to Luzern.

are all the neighbours in Luzern calm ?
is there no construction in Luzern ?


my Proposition to the OP is to buy a bicycle and make trips
- around the lake
- to Schaffhausen
- to Zug
- to Luzern
- to the airport
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Old 20.08.2015, 10:27
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Zurich is one of the most sedate and serene cities I've ever known - if you know where to go.


Have a wander up the Zurichberg, where the zoo is, or down to the Englischviertelstrasse and all those streets round there which are named after Greek and Roman gods. Take a stroll round the back of the Niederdorf, past the city library, the hat shop and the comic book shop. Explore the Seefeld district, down by the lake, all the way down to Tiefenbrunnen. Get the bus to Zollikon, just a couple of minutes outside the city, but a world away. Go and see the sheep at Enge, look at the views from the top of the Uetliberg, amble round the university campus or take a swim at Werd.


None of these involve leaving the metropolis - but if you have a GA or cash for rail tickets, you can head on down to the Linthebene and walk for hours on the flat, surrounded by hills, meeting nobody but the occasional tractor driver or horse rider. Go and explore the Zurich Oberland. Enjoy the orchards near the lake at Staefa. Climb the Pfannenstiel. See the otters up the Sihltal.


There are a thousand things to do in and around Zurich if you have the imagination and the willingness to let your feet lead you. It's a gorgeous little town with all kinds of quiet and pleasant nooks to find, for those who are willing to look.


Good luck!
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DB, why is your travel guide coming out? I'll be the first one in the queue!
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living in Zuerich with no job and a wife who works???

I'll swap places with you tomorrow.
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Re: Keeping sane in zurich?

Try here http://www.nachbarschaftshilfe.ch/na...-quartier.html
or ask at your next Gemeinschaftszentrum if they're looking for someone to help http://www.gz-zh.ch/
or here http://www.caritas-zuerich.ch/p53001006.html
or here https://www.srk-zuerich.ch/srk/Ich-m...fw_gesucht.php
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What do you mean by 'screaming neighbours' ?
We're talking hours or top of the lung mental illness screaming. The Verwaltung (sp?) is trying to get rid of them but I guess it's not easy.
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