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Old 10.06.2019, 14:20
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Living in Freilager also means that great public transport is available to the lake.

As I'm writing this at 14:00, it's pouring down with rain, but I was on the public tennis courts at the lake at 9:00, and it was a fantastically blue sky and t-shirt and shorts weather on my walk-back along the lake - where I saw many moms enjoying times with their kids carrying buckets to the Badi Mythenquai.

Make a plan - use Meetup.com or similar - you have nothing to lose. Can imagine that the GZ etc. is a little non-international. even as a UK / Swiss, I probably still wouldn't feel that connection. Use the public transport and just GO when the weather looks good (summer is very slow to arrive this year).

There's actually quite a bit around. You only need to make one good connection amongst all that you meet, and it could put you and your daughter on the right track for both.

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This morning was beautiful but later during the day it started raining. There are many opportunities to become socially engaged in Zurich. Just in case you need to find babysitter and go out, I could recommend for instance https://www.rockmybaby.ch/pages/home run by Tanya. It’s also possible that you could find likeminded people using their services and get together while your baby is being taken care of.

Other possibility is to join any of sport’s clubs or post-curricular activities arranged by people near you e.g. tennis, cycling, hiking, cooking or book club. There are many expats who use sites like www.glocals.ch, www.expatica.com/ch/, www.internations.org/zurich-expats and etc. Perhaps organize your own event on the www.englishforum.ch.

Or just simply show up on a sunny day near the lake, picnic park or cafe outside to strike a conversation with a random stranger who also seems like socializing. Good weather, which we will hopefully get back soon, creates ambience to make new contacts.
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Re: Boredom

It is very hard to make friends , when you are in your own "bubble" or have
meaningful conversation at all.
Go get out, have a language course, do some sports or do some part time work like security at concerts, there you have to handle people, you interact with them(earn money as well).
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Old 10.06.2019, 21:15
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Re: Boredom

I’ve been involved with various projects at GZ Bachwiesen including the “Zu Tisch” plus we are regulars at the Kinderflohmarkt. Last year got invited to a free dinner for volunteers. There are loads of activities going on there - you just have to make time and turn up.

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I live close to Freilager which is a huge housing complex and where there is a GZ. I tried mingling there with other mums but somehow I don’t get positive vibes
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Old 10.06.2019, 22:43
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It is very hard to make friends , when you are in your own "bubble" or have
meaningful conversation at all.
Go get out, have a language course, do some sports or do some part time work like security at concerts, there you have to handle people, you interact with them(earn money as well).
I had to chuckle at the thought of a young mother doing security at a concert.

Well, you never know if she's into Krav Magah or something, but then she wouldn't be posting here, of all things...

While there are 272 "Treasury" jobs (the field of work OP lists in the profile), only a single one is a 60% job (and that more or less requires a law-degree)...

I'd suggest Meetups for going out. In the beginning, I'd concentrate on smaller ones in quiet locations, because you can have more meaningful conversations when the room isn't bustling with 30 people trying to shout louder than the music and the noise of the over people....
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I had to chuckle at the thought of a young mother doing security at a concert.

Well, you never know if she's into Krav Magah or something, but then she wouldn't be posting here, of all things...

While there are 272 "Treasury" jobs (the field of work OP lists in the profile), only a single one is a 60% job (and that more or less requires a law-degree)...

I'd suggest Meetups for going out. In the beginning, I'd concentrate on smaller ones in quiet locations, because you can have more meaningful conversations when the room isn't bustling with 30 people trying to shout louder than the music and the noise of the over people....
Most concerts at the hallenstadion are not a great danger for people who work there, doing security at the streetparade is a different piece of cake.
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Well, you never know if she's into Krav Magah or something, but then she wouldn't be posting here, of all things...
You never know, old friend of mine is the absolute girly woman, she loves all those fashion magazines, addicted to Facebook chatter, more peroxide in the hair than was used on the 2005 London Bombings. And they own their own Krav Maga school and give lessons
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Old 12.06.2019, 13:57
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I had to chuckle at the thought of a young mother doing security at a concert.

Well, you never know if she's into Krav Magah or something, but then she wouldn't be posting here, of all things.
Why? And some can even mod, of all things

It's called Krav Maga, btw.


OP - invest in yourself first, explore your interests, see if you can have help in parenting, it all sounds tough on your own. Do you need a change in your routine and get out of your loneliness mindset, in order to meet people?

I wished at times that parenting was boring, it was and is anything but. It feels like I've been failing to schedule in some boredom, though.

Why not organize a meet up here, see if people show up.
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Re: Boredom

What's GZ, if you don't mind me asking?
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What's GZ, if you don't mind me asking?
https://www.google.com/search?q=geme...E,lf:1,lf_ui:3
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Old 12.06.2019, 14:45
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What's GZ, if you don't mind me asking?
The acronym for Gemeindezentrum, probablement centre communautaire ou similaire.
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Re: Boredom

Is it the community center that one can take a baby to play when they are wee small? I still got buddies from there, it was neat. Though the lactation specialists there were rather..unspecialized.

I totally get that OP needs to connect to other parts of her identity, not just be consumed by parenting or caring for an ill partner, that seems really draining.

Besides, nobody should parent alone.

Churches do quite a bit of socializing here, too, or just going to work every day does wonders for meeting up other women. Pilates, yoga at first and then the real deal, OP, maybe you need to get in a better shape mentaly and physically in order to feel less lonely, really. Organize a hike with babies, if you need a carry-on to seat your kid on you, maybe somebody would donate here?

Are you still nursing? Can be hormonally -> mentally draining, working out helped me to get rid off the gloaky brain fog.
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Is it the community center that one can take a baby to play when they are wee small? I still got buddies from there, it was neat. Though the lactation specialists there were rather..unspecialized.
Basically, yes. Though activities and possibilities a location offers vary from place to place, usually also across time.
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Re: Boredom

Not only for babies. But all the activities there are geared towards family suitability. Just a plain, basic, non-consumerist centre for groups, courses, a playground, sometimes a library, some have a pottery kiln, some an art room or a wood- or metal workshop, sometimes a dance (no alcohol) or a flea-market, at most of them one can rent a functional hall for a private event, and always a place to drop into to meet other parents and children.
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Re: Boredom

Loved your comment, made my day

Plus you earn so little as a Securitas. Might as well work for free

As for Treasury Jobs - there are no jobs anywhere at all. I am looking for a full time career, might have to settle for social help soon. 😅🤷♀️
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I had to chuckle at the thought of a young mother doing security at a concert.

Well, you never know if she's into Krav Magah or something, but then she wouldn't be posting here, of all things...

While there are 272 "Treasury" jobs (the field of work OP lists in the profile), only a single one is a 60% job (and that more or less requires a law-degree)...

I'd suggest Meetups for going out. In the beginning, I'd concentrate on smaller ones in quiet locations, because you can have more meaningful conversations when the room isn't bustling with 30 people trying to shout louder than the music and the noise of the over people....
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The acronym for Gemeindezentrum, probablement centre communautaire ou similaire.
GemeinSCHAFTszentrum which indeed is a translation of community center. Not just for babies although some of them host the mutter/vaterberatung you are likely referring to MusicChick. They organize activities for each age group: from baby playgroups to pensioners yoga lessons and everything in-between. Not everything is family related as ours does foreign language lessons and hosts a cafe that even does sell booze
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Old 12.06.2019, 17:30
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Re: Boredom

If you're interested in teaching German, why not give it a go at Migros or another school? You could be a substitute teacher too if you didn't want regular classes. As a Migros employee you also get some discounts at their stores and on their gym/pool memberships.

https://migros-gruppe.jobs/de/unsere...bschule-migros

You can also create an event here on EF and perhaps other moms in the area will join you.
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GemeinSCHAFTszentrum which indeed is a translation of community center.
You're right of course. The translation should reflect that already though (I believe).
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I hear you. Zurich is a pretty, but sterile town and no one seems in a hurry to get to know anyone new. Just wait. Once your child starts kindergarten they start making friends.. then they are invited over to their friends house for lunch, then you return the favour.. etc. etc. We are good friends with a Swiss family now for over 17 years and that's how it started. No way would it have happened any other way. The kids are still friends (even though we moved 20km away) and meet each other regularly.
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As for Treasury Jobs - there are no jobs anywhere at all.
There are a lot of Treasury jobs going on, it just depends what level you are, senior jobs are very few.
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Old 12.06.2019, 20:24
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GZ Bachwiesen most definitely sells booze.

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