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Old 16.05.2010, 17:55
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What a great place to live...

First off, I suspect I'm in the honeymoon phase of expatriation...

That said, I'm finding this an amazing place to live. First, I have a job I really like, and the people are a diverse, lively, and interesting bunch.

Next, my family is in town this week looking at houses and schools. Been looking at a BMW, and the dealer just loaned me a car for the weekend -- that's never happened to me in Seattle. Yesterday we spent the day ambling down the north side of the lake. Found a great playground in Lausanne, or Ouchy. Then, saw the terraced vineyards between Lausanne and Vevey -- looked it up and it's a UNESCO site. Then, on down to Chateau de Chillon. Nothing quite like watching two 11 year olds walk with wide-eyed wonder though a castle on the lake that's been there for 1000 years. What a place.

This morning, we drove to Annecy. Not in CH, I know, but only a 30 mintue drive from Geneva -- and again, a gorgeous setting. Stumbled upon an outdoor market along a canal. Now, I grew up in Colorado, and have lived almost a decade in Seattle -- I didn't think I could be impressed by mountains and lakes -- I was wrong on Saturday, and today as well.

Topping the weekend off, we went to the market at Plainpalais for salad fixins, and brought home a freshly roasted Poulet and Pomme de Terre, and with a hastily made salad from the market, had a simple but fantastic meal.

Again, I know I'm in the honeymoon phase, and one day soon I might moan, groan, or whinge about not being able to have my favorite treat from back home. And I'm not belittling those who currently feel that way at all -- hope it doesn't come off as such. I'm just feeling incredibly grateful that I get the opportunity to live and work in a place that has the ready capacity to make me feel like a 10 year old at Disneyland.
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Old 16.05.2010, 18:01
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Re: What a great place to live...

we have been in Switzerland for 10 years and are still amazed by its beauty..enjoy
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Old 16.05.2010, 18:02
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I'm only a baby in Switzerland, moved here March '09 and I still love it. Best thing I have ever done
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Old 16.05.2010, 18:06
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Re: What a great place to live...

I agree! Been here five years and love so many things about it: natural beauty, peace and tranquility, slower pace of things, etc. (OK, there are some drawbacks, too, but those are everywhere!) Having come from NYC myself, it took some getting used to at first, but now it's home.
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Old 16.05.2010, 18:35
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Moved here 23 years ago from Northern California, and I can report that the "disneyland, am I really here?" feeling never actually wears off completely. I am aware every day about how lucky me and my family are to live here. I have traveled extensively in first and 3rd world countries and can honestly say Switzerland is about as close to paradise you can come to (on Earth).

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"I have traveled extensively in first and 3rd world countries and can honestly say Switzerland is about as close to paradise you can come to (on Earth). "

Really???? We must be living in different Switzerlands...
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Old 16.05.2010, 18:57
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You know what? The cold, wet weather these past couple of weeks has been getting me down. Haven't felt like getting on my bike. Haven't enjoyed being out in the garden. Even the dog looks fed up. Your post was like a breath of fresh air. Timely reminder that to get the most out of this place you have to get out and about otherwise you'll miss out on some of the great things on offer. You reap what you sow and if you make the effort, there's a lot to enjoy, whatever the weather, however long you've lived here. I'm going to take the dog for a walk along the lake. I might even go to Annecy next weekend - it's a long time since I was there. Thanks for the kick up the pants! If you can enjoy the scenery now, just wait till Summer gets here!
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"I have traveled extensively in first and 3rd world countries and can honestly say Switzerland is about as close to paradise you can come to (on Earth). "

Really???? We must be living in different Switzerlands...
...I have also come to the conclusion that a large part of how one perceives a place is in your own head, and has nothing to do with the place itself.
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"I have traveled extensively in first and 3rd world countries and can honestly say Switzerland is about as close to paradise you can come to (on Earth). "

Really???? We must be living in different Switzerlands...
You are. Alsace isn't in Switzerland...
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Old 16.05.2010, 19:31
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Re: What a great place to live...

@ velocolo: imagine how great it will look when it stops raining.

I'm into my 22nd year here and still love it and there's not sign of it wearing off anytime soon...
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Old 16.05.2010, 19:44
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For me it comes and goes but in a nutshell I am very happy I moved here and I do not want to leave!
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That said, I'm finding this an amazing place to live.
Sounds like you are just walking around and letting Switzerland show you what it has to offer. (As opposed to some who walk around and note everything that isn't here.) That seems to me to be the best way to experience a new country.

I'm really glad you had such a successful weekend with your family - that will go a long way in making them feel ready to live here.

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Then, on down to Chateau de Chillon. Nothing quite like watching two 11 year olds walk with wide-eyed wonder though a castle on the lake that's been there for 1000 years. What a place.
How cute! The castles always got me too as a little girl. I saw castles in Austria and Slovenia and it was like all those books I read as a child were coming to life.
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Re: What a great place to live...

Lovely post - I've been following a lot of your pre-landing questions on various threads, so it's great you're so happy here.

For me, the 'wow'-ness is still in place after just over two years.

I love the way that people post things without asking for payment (just last week, I got a FollowMe tandem join-adult-to-kid-bike-thingie sent in the post, in the confidence that I would send them back nearly 350 chfs at some point). We too have been handed tester cars for lengthy periods with no proof of ID, and I rode off on a 3.5k chfs electric bike with nothing more than a 'can I try it?' to the shop man.

I love that I can see the Alps from my garden, then walk for 5 mins and swim in Lake Geneva whilst admiring said Alps.

I love the way that markets here are real markets, with proper food and local produce, not just endless stalls of container-ship fodder.

I love that it's not considered completely loony for a 39 yr old woman to take her kids to school riding a micro scooter, nor for the same woman to go grocery shopping for a family of four using a bike with a kiddie trailer. Taking enough exercise to balance all the cheese and chocolate is much easier here than in the UK.

See, loads of positiveness - imagine how jolly I'll be once the weather picks up (in about a week, according to my weather app).

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enjoy velocolo enjoy, you might stay a year, you might stay forever
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Old 16.05.2010, 22:48
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Re: What a great place to live...

How great to see a post like this. It's really easy to find myself whingeing and you remind us all that we are really lucky to be here.

Sure it isn't paradise but by appreciating what we have, rather than concentrating on the admitted negatives, we can all feel better

Enjoy it all, all the time and bear it in mind on the occasions that it does get you down.

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I could do with a bit of sunshine but if you go for a walk even when it's raining you can see some amazing light play. The lush green of the trees and bushes will also remind you what the season is. Not to mention the ducks who at the moment are shagging like crazy...like the rain would stop their play!
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First off, I suspect I'm in the honeymoon phase of expatriation...

That said, I'm finding this an amazing place to live. First, I have a job I really like, and the people are a diverse, lively, and interesting bunch.

Next, my family is in town this week looking at houses and schools. Been looking at a BMW, and the dealer just loaned me a car for the weekend -- that's never happened to me in Seattle. Yesterday we spent the day ambling down the north side of the lake. Found a great playground in Lausanne, or Ouchy. Then, saw the terraced vineyards between Lausanne and Vevey -- looked it up and it's a UNESCO site. Then, on down to Chateau de Chillon. Nothing quite like watching two 11 year olds walk with wide-eyed wonder though a castle on the lake that's been there for 1000 years. What a place.

This morning, we drove to Annecy. Not in CH, I know, but only a 30 mintue drive from Geneva -- and again, a gorgeous setting. Stumbled upon an outdoor market along a canal. Now, I grew up in Colorado, and have lived almost a decade in Seattle -- I didn't think I could be impressed by mountains and lakes -- I was wrong on Saturday, and today as well.

Topping the weekend off, we went to the market at Plainpalais for salad fixins, and brought home a freshly roasted Poulet and Pomme de Terre, and with a hastily made salad from the market, had a simple but fantastic meal.

Again, I know I'm in the honeymoon phase, and one day soon I might moan, groan, or whinge about not being able to have my favorite treat from back home. And I'm not belittling those who currently feel that way at all -- hope it doesn't come off as such. I'm just feeling incredibly grateful that I get the opportunity to live and work in a place that has the ready capacity to make me feel like a 10 year old at Disneyland.
There are lot of things to complain about but there are lot of grateful things.
I am glad you rightly touched all the brighter sides of being in switzerland. It's indeed a heaven on earth , and every day spent seems like a holiday
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Old 16.05.2010, 23:56
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Re: What a great place to live...

I really enjoy living in Switzerland. I'm very fortunate to live here.

Having said that, I have this sensation of being in a crystal cage. This is so-so-different, so micro-cosmos, so supertip of the iceberg, that I guess that if you were raised here, lived all your life here, and got to mainly breathe and think Swiss, you might get a very distorted view on how this world really works and transpires.

If I manage to stay here, I'll just have to make sure my kids have plenty exposure to the rest of the world.
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I pray for the day when my family and I can move out. But I will miss the scenery, it is a beautiful country.
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Re: What a great place to live...

I can't wait to move I know that it will be hard and I will undoubtedly have my homesick moments, and of course CH is by no means a perfect country (what place is, anyway). But the times I have visited made me fall in love with it
I love the quietness, the politeness of the people, the relaxed atmosphere and the small towns. The scenery is beautiful and the Swiss I met seemed to be a mischevious but fairly respectful bunch (granted it was mostly family/in laws). I can hardly wait to finally be over there
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