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ExpressK 28.09.2018 00:58

Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
Switzerland in my book is the best country in the world to live in, but doesn't it get boring if you live in Zurich? You probably earn a lot of money and can travel a lot, but what else do you do?

22 yards 28.09.2018 01:02

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by ExpressK (Post 2996414)
Switzerland in my book is the best country in the world to live in

You really need to get out more.

ExpressK 28.09.2018 01:08

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by 22 yards (Post 2996415)
You really need to get out more.

Switzerland is more than just Zurich yes, but now I asked about Zurich.

doropfiz 28.09.2018 01:37

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
There are many, many threads on this forum about living in Switzerland, and loads online about what to do in Zurich.

No, it's not Paris or New York, but it has excellent public transport, some cycle paths, good parks, a lake a river and a small mountain, an opera house, several large department stores, a few shopping malls, a dozen or more movie theatres and probably as many live theatres, concerts, bands, bars, cafés, good schools, two large universities and many colleges and night-schools, lots of places to dance, alternative cultural centres, and clubs and societies about just about any topic that interests you. Things work. Government departments, more or less, get on with providing the service they are supposed to provide, for the fee said, no corruption, at least not as far as the individual clients are concerned.

@ExpressK
You wrote in your other thread about considering coming to Switzerland to work. Since then, you seem to be trying to find reasons not to do so. I'd like to understand: what is your motivation, both for wanting to come to live here, and for being so sceptical (that's how your questions come across to me) about life here?

scipio 28.09.2018 06:53

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by ExpressK (Post 2996414)
Switzerland in my book is the best country in the world to live in, but doesn't it get boring if you live in Zurich? You probably earn a lot of money and can travel a lot, but what else do you do?

Only boring people get bored.

MsWorWoo 28.09.2018 07:47

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by Express (Post 2996414)
Switzerland in my book is the best country in the world to live in, but doesn't it get boring if you live in Zurich?

Nope, lots to do here, bars, restaurants, theater, opera, walking by the lake or countryside etc etc etc
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Originally Posted by ExpressK (Post 2996414)
You probably earn a lot of money

:rofl: :rofl:

nickatbasel 28.09.2018 08:14

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And when all else fails I turn to EF for entertainment

greenmount 28.09.2018 08:15

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by ExpressK (Post 2996414)
Switzerland in my book is the best country in the world to live in, but doesn't it get boring if you live in Zurich? You probably earn a lot of money and can travel a lot, but what else do you do?

Doesn't it get boring in Sweden if you only go to work, come from work, don't have any friends, don't go out, don't visit other parts of the country? Eh, same here. You make your own life pretty much everywhere.

And btw, you can buy cheap alcohol from different shops!!!!! Imagine that! If that won't make up your mind, I don't know what would.....Think of it, bye bye Systemet! Your life will not revolve around their opening hours anymore......eh?

starmir 28.09.2018 08:43

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Now that I live in the country side, I can tell you what I miss about Zurich:
good bars, quirky restaurants, cool neighbourhoods, even cooler lake, the possibility to walk up a "mountain" just by walking out of your flat (I mean the Uteliberg ;), the young foreigners scene, the cycling around, the trams, the river swims, the lost nights on Langstrasse, the calmness of city sunday, the alternative cinemas, the art scene... but I am happy too where I am now, I think I would be happy anywhere

Sandgrounder 28.09.2018 10:04

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Originally Posted by MsWorWoo (Post 2996425)
Nope, lots to do here, bars, restaurants, theater, opera, walking by the lake or countryside etc etc etc

I love Zurich - it's beautiful, safe, clean and not as sprawling and hectic as many global cities.

HOWEVER, a lot of the attractions; cinema, theatres, opera, museums are fine but not something you want to do every week (OK so some people do go to the cinema on a weekly basis, and there are always going to be exceptions).

The walks are indeed lovely and the scenery breathtaking if you get up high-ish and have good views BUT it's not really an option on a rainy, cold day.

Have to admit we scratch our heads sometimes wondering what to do on a rainy Sunday as a family. This summer has been super-lucky with the good weather so the lake has been the main draw.

To the OP - keep your ear to the ground because there are often special events going on (there's some gin thing on at the mo and there was a sushi event a few weeks ago, a couple of Street Food festivals have been on, as I recall off the top of my head) so clicking the "events near me" in Facebook for Zurich is a good idea.

Blueangel 28.09.2018 10:14

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Originally Posted by starmir (Post 2996441)
... but I am happy too where I am now, I think I would be happy anywhere

Happy people can be happy almost anywhere.

One of my OH's friends is a right miserable git. He's lived in several countries and was miserable again within 2yrs of living in each. In New Zealand, he said it was boring and the system was against him. :D

pilatus1 28.09.2018 10:15

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Is it just me, or do these completely inane threads recently (Are you happy in Zurich?, what do you hate about CH, etc.) seem like a lame attempt by the Local to increase post count, site traffic, etc..?

Samaire13 28.09.2018 10:19

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Originally Posted by scipio
Only boring people get bored.

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Originally Posted by Blueangel (Post 2996485)
Happy people can be happy almost anywhere.

This.



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Originally Posted by Blueangel (Post 2996485)
the system was against him. :D

Lol I'm sure it was :p

k_and_e 28.09.2018 10:19

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ExpressK (Post 2996414)
Switzerland in my book is the best country in the world to live in, but doesn't it get boring if you live in Zurich? You probably earn a lot of money and can travel a lot, but what else do you do?

I don't think it's boring at all. A typical week for me is like this and is really exciting:
Monday: buy a new Swiss watch
Tuesday: eat fondue
Wednesday: clean my cash money, sort it nicely and put it back in the safe (it is so much that I generally need a full day)
Thursday: visit the chocolate factory
Friday: clean the cars for the weekend
Saturday: visit Heidi Land
Sunday: go skiing

Samaire13 28.09.2018 10:21

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by k_and_e (Post 2996491)
I don't think it's boring at all. A typical week for me is like this and is really exciting:
Monday: buy a new Swiss watch
Tuesday: eat fondue
Wednesday: clean my cash money, sort it nicely and put it back in the safe (it is so much that I generally need a full day)
Thursday: visit the chocolate factory
Friday: clean the cars for the weekend
Saturday: visit Heidi Land
Sunday: go skiing

Where's the weekly yodel lesson and Schwinger training?

Chuff 28.09.2018 10:26

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Originally Posted by scipio (Post 2996424)
Only boring people get bored.

For the most part I find this to be true, barring some exceptions.

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Originally Posted by Samaire13 (Post 2996492)
Where's the weekly yodel lesson and Schwinger training?

People don't normally should loudly about going to schwinger clubs... :msnshock:

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Originally Posted by pilatus1 (Post 2996487)
Is it just me, or do these completely inane threads recently (Are you happy in Zurich?, what do you hate about CH, etc.) seem like a lame attempt by the Local to increase post count, site traffic, etc..?

Yeah it could well be, considering the OP is from Sweden...

thekman 28.09.2018 10:28

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I've been in Zurich for 4.5 years now and I can't say I'm bored yet...coming from London I guess that gives me a reasonable base for comparison. I'd also say my quality of life is higher than it's ever been - and I'm not talking about having cash, but more so the things I get to do and the time I have to do them in within a relatively stress free environment...small things like only being a stones throw away from a nice cafe, the lake etc.

I love the small-big-City feel, the small pockets you can find and the mix of people we now call friends from all corners of the earth as well as Switzerland.

The only thing I miss is some more food choices and how early the kitchens close! But I have to say the choice of places has increased and the quality has improved since when I first arrived...

We've considered moving to Zug at some point but I find the thought of leaving Zurich extremely difficult - meaning it's found a place in my heart.

Samaire13 28.09.2018 10:33

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Originally Posted by Chuff (Post 2996493)
People don't normally should loudly about going to schwinger clubs... :msnshock:

Not *that* Schwingen :D :p

xandeo 28.09.2018 11:03

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I lived in Seoul (24 million people in the metropolitan area, mind you) before moving to Stockholm in fall 2009.

Two weeks after arriving, I was fed up with the Swedes and set myself a target: OK, I'll stay here for the career but for a maximum of 3 years. I have never met more swallow, boring and back-stabbing people in my life, both privately and professionally. And yes, I have spent a considerable amount of time in NYC, London and Madrid as well.

I moved to Zurich in January 2012, exactly 2 years and 4 months after landing in Stockholm. I was so fed up with Sthlm and the locals that I basically left without looking back. Never again.

One week after arriving in ZRH, I decided this was it - I'm staying here forever.

Nowadays I have a Swiss wife and a kid, and we're building our future home.

Please don't come here unless you're not interested in leaving your attitude at home and trying to appreciate Zurich, the country or the people of Switzerland (foreigners and locals) for what it is/they are. We don't need people you, and you don't need us.

Remember: life is what you make of it, and not what others make of it for you.

Chuff 28.09.2018 11:23

Re: Are you happy living in Zurich?
 
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Originally Posted by xandeo (Post 2996520)
I lived in Seoul (24 million people in the metropolitan area, mind you) before moving to Stockholm in fall 2009.

Two weeks after arriving, I was fed up with the Swedes and set myself a target: OK, I'll stay here for the career but for a maximum of 3 years. I have never met more swallow, boring and back-stabbing people in my life, both privately and professionally. And yes, I have spent a considerable amount of time in NYC, London and Madrid as well.

I moved to Zurich in January 2012, exactly 2 years and 4 months after landing in Stockholm. I was so fed up with Sthlm and the locals that I basically left without looking back. Never again.

One week after arriving in ZRH, I decided this was it - I'm staying here forever.

Nowadays I have a Swiss wife and a kid, and we're building our future home.

Please don't come here unless you're not interested in leaving your attitude at home and trying to appreciate Zurich, the country or the people of Switzerland (foreigners and locals) for what it is/they are. We don't need people you, and you don't need us.

Remember: life is what you make of it, and not what others make of it for you.

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