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Scot moving to Switzerland ... via Sweden

Hi,
Found this forum and have to say it may just be saving the day.

I shall be moving over to Grosshöchstetten/Bern at the beginning of Summer. I currently am studying Health/Wellness plus have 2 part time jobs in Stockholm. The school work comes to an end in June, I have already given my employers a date for "last day at work" and basically its pretty scary thinking of starting again from zero in Switzerland.

My lovely partner is Swiss and this is a good enough reason for me to move - so please avoid advice like "don´t move" .

I speak no German! and have this as my initial project. I am hoping to take exercise classes in the Thun area - as this requires not so many "words" its more a case of "copy the instructor".

This sounds cool and planned - but I am keen to hear how others have survived the initial shock.

cheers for now.
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Re: Scot moving to Switzerland ... via Sweden

Hi a lot depends on your frame of mind and personality. Be prepared for rejection from jobs you know you could do if it wasn't for the language barrier. It's obvious you love your partner and your up for the main haul. Good attitude, a plus point for you. I've been through the whole culture shock thing, but what kept me going was all the people who thought i wouldn't make it.
I cant tell you that it will be easy but if you have the right frame of mind and your willing to accept the different mentality you've already got a head start.
Rule no. 1 it's you who are different, not them.

I wish you the best of luck and let us know how you get on.
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