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So with salaries going down, costs of living going up -- what strategies do you see to cope with this during the next 10 years or so?

And retirement ages planned to increase also...


Worst case scenario: Unemployed and can't find a job at 50 and have to wait until you are 70 to get your pension...
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It is an art to master the combination of generosity and frugality.
I've mastered the later.
Even that cut price Ferrari FF can't tempt me, and he's giving it away.
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I've mastered the later.
Even that cut price Ferrari FF can't tempt me, and he's giving it away.
Pampering oneself with Ferari isn't what I call generosity. Pampering me with it is. Despite the fact that I could use a bit of improvement when parking.
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Pampering oneself with Ferari isn't what I call generosity. Pampering me with it is. Despite the fact that I could use a bit of improvement when parking.
It has a parking radar and cameras...
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It has a parking radar and cameras...
Oh gawd. You mean I can't stick my head out the window when reversing?

Is there enough space for a SUP and my future snowboard?

Anyways, outside of virus times, I love public transport. Ferrari only part time.
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So with salaries going down, costs of living going up -- what strategies do you see to cope with this during the next 10 years or so?
I'm working towards simplifying my life, cutting ties, so that I am ready to leave at anytime.

The future is not in Switzerland.
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I'm working towards simplifying my life, cutting ties, so that I am ready to leave at anytime.

The future is not in Switzerland.

That's sad... where do you see it then?
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That's sad... where do you see it then?
Ask me on Wednesday, 4 November 2020.
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Is there enough space for a SUP and my future snowboard?
Sure. I take the Ferrari for ski weekends -- two adults, two teenagers, four sets of skis and the dog, plus all our ski boots and luggage. And with 4RM (4WD), it's amazing to drive in snow.

The FF is the most unbelievably versatile, fun, 335 km/h daily driver family car you could imagine.

I think I'm talking myself into keeping the car after all...

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Has anyone else noticed a recent trend of unemployment in those around them here in Suisse? All the news articles lately state that unemployment is at an all time low. However, at least 4 highly educated people from 3 separate companies have been laid off very close to me in the last 3 months. Given I don't know that many people here to start with, this is highly stressful and was wondering if it was just a "local weather storm"
No. The old crowd I know, with the exception of one or two guys, had 0 days of unemployment, including my OH. People even changed jobs, some other "moms" made the transition from part-time to full-time, the younger trailing spouses/partners found a job even faster than when I moved here to follow my (back then) fiancé.
But that could change, of course. I would move back home, there is no offer anyone can push to convince me to be a "foreigner" all over again.
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I'm working towards simplifying my life, cutting ties, so that I am ready to leave at anytime.

The future is not in Switzerland.
It cannot be for most expats.

Not sure how "home" most of them feel when returning.

I think cutting ties would be the toughest, tbh. Or impossible.
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As she owns the apartment where she lives, she is entitled to no social payment whatsoever even though she is no longer entitled to RAV and is a single mother. She has now taken a job as a cleaner, has moved her son into her bedroom and rented out his bedroom. She is offically no longer unemployed but will have to wait to be 64 (or older) for a low pension and will certainly not find it easy to work as a cleaner at this age. Life is not so rosy for everyone in Switzerland.
Buying a flat/house is a high risk project in Switzerland.
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It cannot be for most expats.

Not sure how "home" most of them feel when returning.

I think cutting ties would be the toughest, tbh. Or impossible.
The key thing - which I learned only after having experienced the Repat Blues - is not to treat it as going home. 'Home' is a place in your heart that may or may not bear any resemblance to the place you are considering returning to. So keep 'home' firmly lodged in your heart and memories, in the people you love - but treat your return as if you are moving to a wholly different country. Because after time away, you are.

Cutting ties will be much easier this time, as all I have to figure out are the bureaucratic and practical aspects of leaving. Today it's so much easier to keep in touch with the people you care about, those ties will survive an ocean in-between.

I guess that's one of the good things about growing older. Like things, places also diminish in importance. Or rather, one can find equal things to love about many places the world over. The people you care about are all that matters, all the rest any one place has to offer is just window dressing.

So it only makes sense to explore those equally nice but far more affordable places, where I can enjoy the time remaining, where I can live as I wish, before I shuffle off this mortal coil.
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The key thing - which I learned only after having experienced the Repat Blues - is not to treat it as going home. 'Home' is a place in your heart that may or may not bear any resemblance to the place you are considering returning to. So keep 'home' firmly lodged in your heart and memories, in the people you love - but treat your return as if you are moving to a wholly different country. Because you are.

Cutting ties will be much easier this time, as all I have to figure out are the bureaucratic and practical aspects of leaving. Today it's so much easier to keep in touch with the people you care about, those ties will survive an ocean in-between.
That's a good thought... Every time I moved a country it filtered those real friends who's friendship withstands the distance and logistics. One of my best buddies I met 25 years ago and there are thousands of miles between us. We grow closer the older we get, too.

This Mortal Coil is a great 4AD band.

If I can ski, I am good here. But I know it is a tough place, and sometimes I think we got it easier since we usually got somewhere to move ourselves to and not a brand new place.
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