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Old 19.04.2011, 06:39
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Re: Looking for some advice [work in CH]

I've had a really rough day, I don't need your negativity... I understand what you're saying but we can't vote for anyone else because it is a 2 party system.

Thanks to everyone who gave honest advice.

I have to tend to my personal life. I think I need to focus on trying to have more income generating projects so I don't have to worry about going to work if I am living in the country. I also think it is possible that France or Northern Italy may be a better match for "the dream" Only time will tell. If I can make a move I will but right now it is impossible and unfortunately it looks like it may be a while before it is possible due to situations beyond my control.

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Old 19.04.2011, 08:49
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Re: Looking for some advice [work in CH]

Anyone who thinks American government is rife with corruption hasn't lived outside of the US. You might have traveled outside of it but you haven't had to deal with the local or federal governments at all. Even if the government, here or elsewhere, isn't corrupt, it's much more involved in anything you might want to do. Just ask anybody who's bought a home here and compare it to their experience in the US. You suggestion about moving to Italy just made me LMAO. Finally, what's the point of living overseas if you just want to export your lifestyle from there to, say, here? You might as well just move to Portland or to Seattle (of course, those are cold and wet so might not be good for you). Some people here have lived in multiple countries for many years (I've lived in three for a total of seven years). People aren't trying to dissuade you from 'living the dream'. They're trying to inject a little reality into the fantasy.
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but we can't vote for anyone else because it is a 2 party system.
You won't be able to vote for anyone at all in Switzerland...

Anyway, if you really want to live somewhere that is largely socially liberal, where language won't be an issue for you, where there are a lot of opportunities to work for a large international company, where the temperature rarely goes below zero, why don't you think about England?

I wouldn't want to live there because my priorities are different, but you might enjoy it there.
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Re: Looking for some advice [work in CH]

If you do come:
A) come for a good long visit first, talk to people who live here, let them challenge your preconceptions. They will be challenged one way or another, so better embrace it from people who mean you well.
B) wait until you can follow a definite opportunity, not a wish. Dreams are lovely but not on an empty stomach.
C) no matter how happy you are to be here, try to maintain links to opportunities back home for a while. You will have ups and downs, probably way more than you had back home. That's just life in a foreign country. It's easier to get through the downs if you know that going back is, at least theoretically, an option.

My two cents anyway. If you do come over for a visit, let me know. My husband and I would be happy to meet you for a coffee and a chat.
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