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Now that I find very hard to believe.
I'm pretty sure I'd check 4 of them by OP' standards.
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Old 01.02.2019, 12:41
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The language barrier called Swiss German
I have never found that to be a barrier.

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you will never find real friends, what other people consider as "swiss friends" are just them being polite
Rubbish.

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Old 01.02.2019, 12:48
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I'm pretty sure I'd check 4 of them by OP' standards.
We'll be the judge of that. Just post a bikini shot of yourself here. If that's not too creepy, of course...
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Old 01.02.2019, 12:57
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Re: Do you enjoy Switzerland?

I find most of the old and married are often like minded and even more often friendly.
As long as one doesn't try to jump them, of course.
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Old 01.02.2019, 13:35
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Re: Do you enjoy Switzerland?

I do enjoy these threads popping up from time to time, it only underscores how narrowly many see the world thinking one place needs to be exactly like what they were accustomed to elsewhere - the utter lack of understanding that the world outside their bubble might indeed be different much less the inability to adapt


I say, welcome to the real world
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I am also a software engineer, have been 10 years here and in my experience everything started well first couple of years (when I was at university and had a lot of social contact every day, a lot of things going on) and then all euphoria declined to 0 afterwards at work, because outside your working environment full of old and married, there is extremely hard to find like-minded or friendly people,
Honey, thats not Switzerland… its called "growing up". And maybe the problem is on you if you find married people not worth to be social contacts… (so you girls want only single people, but they are not allowed to offer a drink cause thats creepy? I am not surprised you have a hard time making friends...)
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I find most of the old and married are often like minded and even more often friendly.
As long as one doesn't try to jump them, of course.
Yes, true, women young, old or married as long as you as a man don't try to jump them are very friendly indeed. The exactly opposite is also true for men, old and married can be very friendly if are looking to jump on someone

The point was made that with people with families and much older than you, it is difficult to imagine outside of work social activities. One has to be really outgoing and persuasive in a sense to make friends among locals. From all the experience working/studying here I find Italians and Americans are the most easy going and friendly, and has zero problem to do something entertaining.
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Honey, thats not Switzerland… its called "growing up". And maybe the problem is on you if you find married people not worth to be social contacts… (so you girls want only single people, but they are not allowed to offer a drink cause thats creepy? I am not surprised you have a hard time making friends...)
Never said about not worth social contacts, it never ceases to amaze me how people hear only what they want to hear, the problem that people with families will not go for a drink, will not go basically anywhere, all the tea-events have to planned two weeks before and at 50% success rate, and if it is a married man hahah (and in software engineering there are basically only men) I would like to see what their wifes will tell you about that those evil looks once you just laughed at something together with a colleague at corporative
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Old 01.02.2019, 14:06
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the problem that people with families will not go for a drink, will not go basically anywhere, all the tea-events have to planned two weeks before and at 50% success rate




Really?
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Yes, true, women young, old or married as long as you as a man don't try to jump them are very friendly indeed. The exactly opposite is also true for men, old and married can be very friendly if are looking to jump on someone

Do people actually still try and "jump you" or is that heresay/fantasy on your part ?
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I've been in Switzerland almost a month and I'm not really enjoying it yet.

I am tempted to pack up and leave, but I'd like to give it a chance. Anyone else had trouble adjusting when you first moved? How long does it take to get the hang of things?

(Also, NO, guys please don't send me any more messages offering to meet me for a drink, it doesn't look friendly it looks creepy)

Why you dont go to the pub? you can meet all kinds of people there and having a fun and relaxing time. Maybe a positive change after coding around the whole day.
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Why you dont go to the pub? you can meet all kinds of people there and having a fun and relaxing time. Maybe a positive change after coding around the whole day.
Positives: Lack of sunshine, place to vent.

Negatives: People often buy each other drinks.

Positives: People often buy each other drinks...
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Really?
Well may be I work at some strange swiss company, everyone like a clock in the evening is back to their family, all "lets go for a drink" from other colleagues - "ah no, my wife is waiting to help with children", all corporatives "time is after 8 pm" - "ah, I have to go it is too late, my family is waiting", "lets go somewhere" - "ah no, we already planned something with my family", etc, etc...so at some point everyone ceases to propose anything and only single/student interns hang out
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Old 01.02.2019, 14:45
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Well may be I work at some strange swiss company, everyone like a clock in the evening is back to their family, all "lets go for a drink" from other colleagues - "ah no, my wife is waiting to help with children", all corporatives "time is after 8 pm" - "ah, I have to go it is too late, my family is waiting", "lets go somewhere" - "ah no, we already planned something with my family", etc, etc...so at some point everyone ceases to propose anything and only single/student interns hang out
Sounds like you do work at a strange Swiss company. At mine, we go out for drinks and meals and those of who are married often have our spouses come along as well.
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Positives: Lack of sunshine, place to vent.

Negatives: People often buy each other drinks.

Positives: People often buy each other drinks...



In the pub in Basel you see the same grey haired or balding Brits sitting on their own at the bar maximising the distance between themselves and anyone else, staring at the optics and only speaking when they want to order another pint or ask someone for a light.


I've worked for companies where everyone went straight home after work and it's no fun. The trick is to try to find other transplants/mis-fits and stick together.


BTW if you appear to be female on any expat type forum or group you're gonna get a lot of let's go for a drink emails and while some might be sincere, enough of them aren't.


I don't mind Switzerland, it's the Swiss I don't like so much
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Really cant believe she went berserk because few guys offered to go out for a drink or smthg?


what's wrong with you ppl?? How should ppl interact then ? I really dont get it
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Re: Do you enjoy Switzerland?

Moved in January 2014, felt at home by about October or so...even then it was about another year until I really felt settled. We are all different and it depends on your phase in life, age, relationship status etc.

I know some of my younger colleagues who move here at 25 in the middle of the Summer and have a circle of best friends by October for example...

I also know married couples who were slightly lost until they found their 'circle' and other people to reflect with.

It'll click.
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or ask someone for a light.
Is it so dark in there?
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In the pub in Basel you see the same grey haired or balding Brits sitting on their own at the bar
Which pub? Pickwick, Paddy's or Flannagen's?
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Which pub? Pickwick, Paddy's or Flannagen's?

Pick's
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