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Old 19.07.2011, 11:50
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I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

The title says it all, really, yet hardly says a thing: yesterday morning I picked up my C-permit; yesterday evening I found Marston's Pedigree for sale at Beers of the World in Zurich HB (thank you for the tip off, Mr Neubauten!).

Big deal, huh? Well, actually, if I might be permitted to be a bit earnest for a minute (don't worry, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible), it is.

Six years ago this Friday I arrived in Switzerland alone and miserable, having been dumped a week before by the woman for whom I had sold my house, given up my job and turned my life upside down. I knew nobody, apart from my ex-future-in-laws, wasn't sure what I was getting into with my new job (it was a nightmare, as it turned out), and was utterly lost in a foreign country where I hardly spoke the language, couldn't read the labels on bottles of floor cleaner without a dictionary, didn't understand how to do the simplest of things, like pay a bill, open a bank account or book an appointment with the doctor.

I was grateful that I'd washed up in Switzerland, instead of, say, Somalia or Afghanistan, but that was small comfort, really. My friends and family were a long way away and I was obliged to face the future alone in a foreign - albeit beautiful - country.

The first couple of years were dreadful. Bloody awful. There is little positive to say about those times.

Then: the English Forum; a new job and a negative medical result (on the same day! hurrah! I still celebrate this as a second birthday); a decent social life; cheese; fasnacht; linguistics and maps; marriage; more cheese; a move to Glarus...

... and now a C-permit and Marston's Pedigree!

Of course, things could always change. Just because things are good today doesn't mean they will be good tomorrow. But today is just fine, thank you very much. The sun is shining, my wife is reading some trashy thriller, the kettle's about to boil, there are bottles of Pedigree in the fridge, there are cowbells in the distance.

So, what's the point of this introspective tosh?

Well, this forum is populated by a mixture of grizzled old timers, bright eyed newcomers, and a mixture of all sorts in between. Life isn't easy for a foreigner in Switzerland - even for those of you who are just here short-term on an expat contract. Sure, most of us on the forum have it easy compared to some of the poor buggers we see working in the back of restaurants in town, digging ditches in the road or cleaning the toilets in the station, but still: most of us are subject to regret, disappointment, frustration, loneliness, despair, annoyance, fear and sadness from time to time.

My message is this: it does get better, sometimes. It takes a lot of luck, determination, bloody-mindedness and a bit more luck. But it is certainly not impossible to climb out of the pit and build a good life for yourself in Switzerland.

If a lazy, fat oik from Cannock can do it, you can too!

Here endeth the lesson.

Cheers,

DB
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Old 19.07.2011, 11:53
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

Good on you man.
Congratulations on the C and on finding the fizzy.
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

Well done on the Marston`s old boy!
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

Congratulations, and many more good things for the future.

I feel hopeful after this. Lol.
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

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The title says it all, really, yet hardly says a thing: yesterday morning I picked up my C-permit; yesterday evening I found Marston's Pedigree for sale at Beers of the World in Zurich HB (thank you for the tip off, Mr Neubauten!).

Big deal, huh? Well, actually, if I might be permitted to be a bit earnest for a minute (don't worry, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible), it is.

Six years ago this Friday I arrived in Switzerland alone and miserable, having been dumped a week before by the woman for whom I had sold my house, given up my job and turned my life upside down. I knew nobody, apart from my ex-future-in-laws, wasn't sure what I was getting into with my new job (it was a nightmare, as it turned out), and was utterly lost in a foreign country where I hardly spoke the language, couldn't read the labels on bottles of floor cleaner without a dictionary, didn't understand how to do the simplest of things, like pay a bill, open a bank account or book an appointment with the doctor.

I was grateful that I'd washed up in Switzerland, instead of, say, Somalia or Afghanistan, but that was small comfort, really. My friends and family were a long way away and I was obliged to face the future alone in a foreign - albeit beautiful - country.

The first couple of years were dreadful. Bloody awful. There is little positive to say about those times.

Then: the English Forum; a new job and a negative medical result (on the same day! hurrah! I still celebrate this as a second birthday); a decent social life; cheese; fasnacht; linguistics and maps; marriage; more cheese; a move to Glarus...

... and now a C-permit and Marston's Pedigree!

Of course, things could always change. Just because things are good today doesn't mean they will be good tomorrow. But today is just fine, thank you very much. The sun is shining, my wife is reading some trashy thriller, the kettle's about to boil, there are bottles of Pedigree in the fridge, there are cowbells in the distance.

So, what's the point of this introspective tosh?

Well, this forum is populated by a mixture of grizzled old timers, bright eyed newcomers, and a mixture of all sorts in between. Life isn't easy for a foreigner in Switzerland - even for those of you who are just here short-term on an expat contract. Sure, most of us on the forum have it easy compared to some of the poor buggers we see working in the back of restaurants in town, digging ditches in the road or cleaning the toilets in the station, but still: most of us are subject to regret, disappointment, frustration, loneliness, despair, annoyance, fear and sadness from time to time.

My message is this: it does get better, sometimes. It takes a lot of luck, determination, bloody-mindedness and a bit more luck. But it is certainly not impossible to climb out of the pit and build a good life for yourself in Switzerland.

If a lazy, fat oik from Cannock can do it, you can too!

Here endeth the lesson.

Cheers,

DB
I loved your post DB which certainly was not introspective tosh but rather more an appealing account of how things were for you and could be for other newcomers although not necessarily in the detail.
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

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The sun is shining, my wife is reading some trashy thriller, the kettle's about to boil, there are bottles of Pedigree in the fridge, there are cowbells in the distance.
Fake. MN doesn't read trashy thrillers.




Congrats DB!
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Fake. MN doesn't read trashy thrillers.

I think by "reading" he means she's conducting a realtime translation into proto-Etruscan and Church Slavonic.
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

Congratulations!

*had to google what Marston's Pedigree is though... *

P.S.: What the hell is load-a-cock?
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

What a fabulous kick start to my otherwise thus-far not-so-great day. Everything will be better now. You give me so much hope. Thank you for sharing your cheerfulness!!

The sun is shining, there's a fresh breeze....I'm happy, and you helped
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I think by "reading" he means she's conducting a realtime translation into proto-Etruscan and Church Slavonic.
I knew I should have turned the webcam off...

(She's building a chest of drawers now... it's like living with a very, very clever four year old...)

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Black Country slang, short for "a load of poppycock", derived ultimately, I believe, from Dutch 'pappekak', soft excrement.
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Old 19.07.2011, 12:36
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It's boss when things pan out, Innit.
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Old 19.07.2011, 12:40
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

So let me get this right. You need a 'C' permit to buy Marston's Pedigree?
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It could also be 'Cock and Bull' (Not that DB would ever utter such stuff)
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I knew I should have turned the webcam off...

(She's building a chest of drawers now... it's like living with a very, very clever four year old...)



Black Country slang, short for "a load of poppycock", derived ultimately, I believe, from Dutch 'pappekak', soft excrement.

Ah ha - proof that you've read Stephen Fry's "The Liar" I wonder?

Congratulations on the C and the MP - drop of nice stuff that is.

On your philosophy for looking at life, just remember, today may be crap but just think of it, tomorrow offers endless opportunities for things to get much worse :-)
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Ah ha - proof that you've read Stephen Fry's "The Liar" I wonder?

Congratulations on the C and the MP - drop of nice stuff that is.

On your philosophy for looking at life, just remember, today may be crap but just think of it, tomorrow offers endless opportunities for things to get much worse :-)
Yep, we always say that when you can see light at the end of the tunnel, its usually the train coming !
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I knew I should have turned the webcam off...

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Black Country slang, short for "a load of poppycock", derived ultimately, I believe, from Dutch 'pappekak', soft excrement.
Just as 'bumf' meaning papers and documents, derives from 'bum-fodder' (toilet-paper)
More lavatorial English
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Re: I got my C-permit and found Marston's Pedigree on the same day!

Well done DB,

I rack up two years here next week.

I hope I have the same positive experience as you years down the track.
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Congratulations on the C and the find of something you seem to enjoy muchly.

Hopefully the rest of the week goes nicely too!
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Black Country slang, short for "a load of poppycock", derived ultimately, I believe, from Dutch 'pappekak', soft excrement.
Pappekak....wow, old fashioned...."racekak", "de dunne" are the terms now a days
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