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Yeah, EPFL stated that housing was hard.
Do you think I would have a better chance if I offered an additional 2 months rent up front in cash?
Are swiss money hungry?
OMG YES in lausanne you have to earn 5x your rent per month, prove it by showing them your work contract, and pay a deposit of 3x monthly rent. Bring corn tortillas, a good hot salsa, and a year's supply of maple syrup! Since you're coming from Canada you probably already have a sweater...
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Re: what should i bring to switzerland?

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Bring baby furniture. You will be pregnant within a month. They put something in the water here
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Oh thank you!
I'm not a huge fan, but get the 'odd' craving so I should pack some things.

How are the restaurants there?

Is there a good Pho place anywhere?
In Lausanne, not sure. In Zurich, there are decent places, but it's definitely more expensive than the US or Canada.
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OMG YES in lausanne you have to earn 5x your rent per month, prove it by showing them your work contract, and pay a deposit of 3x monthly rent. Bring corn tortillas, a good hot salsa, and a year's supply of maple syrup! Since you're coming from Canada you probably already have a sweater...
5x your rent?
Wow, that's large.
I thought him earning 11,000 a month was a lot.
6500 from EPFL 3000 from a business he sold and 1500 from renting out our toronto condo.
but it doesn't seem like it anymore.
He doesn't start work till January 3rd,
But do you think like bank deposits (proof of finance), work contract with EPFL and the extra months rent will seem good?
Also proof from the income coming in from rent and sold business?
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Niki,

Bring baby furniture. You will be pregnant within a month. They put something in the water here
I'm having my wedding May in Paris so I CAN'T get pregnant
haha, do you have kids?
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In Lausanne, not sure. In Zurich, there are decent places, but it's definitely more expensive than the US or Canada.
The places I like in Canada are about 30-50 bucks a plate
However, I have a weakness for pho which is only like 6 bucks for a HUGE bowl.
I think I will miss that a lot ):
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Also, how long will it take to get used to the time difference?!
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I'm having my wedding May in Paris so I CAN'T get pregnant
haha, do you have kids?
So naive....
Any minute now... My wife was drinking tap water.
And i am not kidding. It is insane here. Everyone is pregnant here.
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So naive....
Any minute now... My wife was drinking tap water.
And i am not kidding. It is insane here. Everyone is pregnant here.
Do people look the other way when husbands push their wives down stairs?
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Do people look the other way when husbands push their wives down stairs?
That is very crude and typical Canadian of you over here, you just give your wife a coat hanger in a gift box
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That is very crude and typical Canadian of you over here, you just give your wife a coat hanger in a gift box
Oh with a bow?
Blue or pink bow?
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Oh with a bow?
Blue or pink bow?
Correctomundo!
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Re: what should i bring to switzerland?

Yep I am a girl - and I love to work on things. I have found power tools in europe are way too expensive - so I thought I should bring my own - and with a step-downn xfrmr - they should work fine
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Re: what should i bring to switzerland?

lbs is like liters right?
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Re: what should i bring to switzerland?

2.2 lbs = 1 kg
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Re: what should i bring to switzerland?

Powdered sugar is the same. Bring brown sugar if you want to sell it. Or get fat.
Other items you can get here at a premium you might want to bring...
Ranch dressing in the bottle or dry packets
BBQ Sauce
Manwich seasoning
Blue Cheese dressing
Corn tortillas
Ketchup Potato Chips
Real Canadian Maple Syrup if you need to put the kids through college when you return
Labatts Blue---they sell it here, but it is licensed so brewed in the UK, so nothing the same in taste
Celery Seeds(I have 2 buyers), Onion Powder(1 buyer), Lawrey's Season Blend(ME), Allspice(2 Buyers)
Samuel Adams Triple Bock---Did I say your hair was wonderful yet today?
I am going off into no mans land
Also, if you are getting married in Paris, you should send me a pm if you are looking for any kind of catering, large or small. Or for the just the two of you. That is my domain.
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lbs is like liters right?
no, it is not
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Maple syrup (the real thing)
Dunkin Donuts (you won't find them here)
A set of US measuring cups so that you don't spend your time here looking for them everywhere
Your favorite steak sauce
If you like to cook or bake specific foods, bring stuff like brown sugar/corn syrup etc., imported goods can be hard to come by or very expensive, depending on where you get them, if you're able to find them at all that is.
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Re: what should i bring to switzerland?

Skip the powdered sugar. Coop's powdered sugar is grainy; Migros has what you'd expect to find in the US.

Skip the canned pumpkin as it will just add extra weight (save the weight for Reese's!). It's very simple to make a pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkin for breads, etc.

Brown sugar...I'd bring it it if you're particular. However, I live in Basel Stadt and have found a very nice brown sugar at Hieber's just across the border in Germany.

The bikes...great idea, you'll be glad you brought both. If you race, the mtb and bmx scenes are fantastic here.

Someone mentioned maple syrup (Canadian as someone mentioned), but I find it to be easy to find. Could be my access to Hieber's, though!

Basel has a wonderful Mexican store--El Sol--where I go Mexican ingredient mainstays: REAL tortillas (corn and flour), enchilada sauce, pico de gallo, Cholula, real tortilla chips, salsas, moles, chiles, more! Love that place.
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When I packed my suitcase to move to CH years ago I made sure to add "patience", "flexibility", "empathy", "openness", and "understanding". From my previous visits before moving here I noticed that no one seems to be starving so why should I bother to bring food?

I decided to adapt as best as possible.....also food wise.
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