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Hello from Seattle!

Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself. I, with my husband, will be moving from Seattle to Zurich in late July. He'll be starting a job, I'll be (as far as I can tell) filling out forms in German until the cows come home. I'm excited about: cheese, mountains (well, we have those, too), learning a new language, and trains. Definitely trains. I'll also be keeping a close look out for: spicy food, peanut butter, bright colored clothes (I hear it's all brown/black/grey?), and bargains. I enjoy cooking, canning (I make a mean jam and a tasty pickle), knitting (when patient), gardening (when I don't have a black thumb), reading, and a good glass (or three) of wine. Looking forward to getting to know all of you better
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Re: Hello from Seattle!

Hello and welcome to the EF! Nice intro...
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Thanks! I've been lurking here since moving to Switzerland was a glimmer of an idea and have learned lots already I think?
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Re: Hello from Seattle!

Welcome to the Forum and Switzerland!!

Spicy food is not that easy to find... or good spicy food should I say.
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Re: Hello from Seattle!

Welcome to the forum and glad you are already looking around to get some info - was soooo helpful when we moved over here last November (from Vancouver, BC, so we were practically neighbours ).

Plan to bring some of your fav food items (ie peanut butter and spices judging by your post) with you in your shipment to help you in the first few weeks get adjusted to the food and until you can find your new favorite little spots. There are pretty much no restaurant chains over here so that threw us for a bit until we started to find places or recipes of the meals we North Americans get so used to being able to run out to the closest strip mall restaurant chain to get. But you will have no problem finding cheese

Good luck with the move!
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Re: Hello from Seattle!

Welcome!! My husband and I moved to Zurich from Portland last summer. We like it here a lot and are starting to feel more settled. Are you doing a container shipment move or a self-financed move? We didn't do a shipment as ours was not a company paid move but we did cram the essentials into four large U-Haul boxes to check as extra baggage. Here are the essentials we brought over. It helped that my friend is a flight attendant and helped move us over...and gave us all her baggage allowance!! It also helped that this was our second move to Switzerland so we knew what would be hard to find, prohibitively expensive or both!!

Perhaps this is irrelevant, but for what it's worth, here's what we brought and and some recommendations I have...

Kitchen - I love cooking and baking, so I knew in order to be happy I had to have my kitchen with me! We brought pots and pans, dutch oven, cookie sheets, rimmed baking sheets, knife set, peeler and other kitchen gadgets, wooden spoons, bain marie, stock pot, favorite cutting board, etc. If you pack a stock pot or dutch oven in a suitcase, you can fill it and wrap it with clothes.

Linens - Bring two sets of nice bath towels. At least! These are also good for wrapping around stuff when packing. Bring a shower curtain - a really ugly plastic one can be up to 40 CHF! We skipped the bedding and decided we could live with IKEA duvets and such. Good thing we didn't bring any, too, because our employer set up our apartment and got us TWO duvets (twin size) as is the norm for couples here. I have to admit, we will never go back to one duvet!

Foodstuffs
* Taco seasoning - the taco seasoning here tastes like curry. Yuk!
* Brown Sugar - as much as you can fit, if you like baking
* Vanilla Extract - again, bring a ton, but not in your carry-on
* Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup - there are substitutes, but they're so sodium laden, I find it's not worth it
* SPICES - cumin, turmeric, chili powder, you can find them all here, but they don't have as much zing if you ask me!
* Diced green chilis - if you have any recipes that call for these (and depending on space) it's worth it to bring a dozen cans. Here you'll pay 4 CHF per itty bitty can at El Maiz, the local Mexican shop www.elmaiz.ch

It's true that you can find just about anything food wise, but it may require a full day's worth of shopping and visiting 8 or 10 different stores. While that can be really fun and even charming in a way, sometimes it's just a big pain!

I also love knitting and there is an English speaking knitting group in Zurich you can find through Google. Many people I know have taken German at the Migros Schule and are pleased with the courses there. They have intensive courses, so in about six months you can really get a good foundation. Definitely a big help for meeting people, getting involved and making friends. Then again, there are tons of English speakers around who love to get together! A friend of mine recommended the American Women's Club of Zurich recently. I'm recovering from the flu at the moment but when I feel better, I plan to check it out.

I think it's safe to say that getting involved in things requires a lot of effort. The culture here is generally much more reserved than I am accustomed to. I work 100%, but it sounds like you'll have more time and I really recommend trying out as many activities and groups as you can.

I wish you and your husband an uneventful move! Enjoy Zurich and Switzerland!!
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Welcome to the forum and glad you are already looking around to get some info - was soooo helpful when we moved over here last November (from Vancouver, BC, so we were practically neighbours ).

Plan to bring some of your fav food items (ie peanut butter and spices judging by your post) with you in your shipment to help you in the first few weeks get adjusted to the food and until you can find your new favorite little spots. There are pretty much no restaurant chains over here so that threw us for a bit until we started to find places or recipes of the meals we North Americans get so used to being able to run out to the closest strip mall restaurant chain to get. But you will have no problem finding cheese

Good luck with the move!
Thanks for the advice!
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Welcome!! My husband and I moved to Zurich from Portland last summer. We like it here a lot and are starting to feel more settled. Are you doing a container shipment move or a self-financed move? We didn't do a shipment as ours was not a company paid move but we did cram the essentials into four large U-Haul boxes to check as extra baggage. Here are the essentials we brought over. It helped that my friend is a flight attendant and helped move us over...and gave us all her baggage allowance!! It also helped that this was our second move to Switzerland so we knew what would be hard to find, prohibitively expensive or both!!

Perhaps this is irrelevant, but for what it's worth, here's what we brought and and some recommendations I have...

Kitchen - I love cooking and baking, so I knew in order to be happy I had to have my kitchen with me! We brought pots and pans, dutch oven, cookie sheets, rimmed baking sheets, knife set, peeler and other kitchen gadgets, wooden spoons, bain marie, stock pot, favorite cutting board, etc. If you pack a stock pot or dutch oven in a suitcase, you can fill it and wrap it with clothes.

Linens - Bring two sets of nice bath towels. At least! These are also good for wrapping around stuff when packing. Bring a shower curtain - a really ugly plastic one can be up to 40 CHF! We skipped the bedding and decided we could live with IKEA duvets and such. Good thing we didn't bring any, too, because our employer set up our apartment and got us TWO duvets (twin size) as is the norm for couples here. I have to admit, we will never go back to one duvet!

Foodstuffs
* Taco seasoning - the taco seasoning here tastes like curry. Yuk!
* Brown Sugar - as much as you can fit, if you like baking
* Vanilla Extract - again, bring a ton, but not in your carry-on
* Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup - there are substitutes, but they're so sodium laden, I find it's not worth it
* SPICES - cumin, turmeric, chili powder, you can find them all here, but they don't have as much zing if you ask me!
* Diced green chilis - if you have any recipes that call for these (and depending on space) it's worth it to bring a dozen cans. Here you'll pay 4 CHF per itty bitty can at El Maiz, the local Mexican shop www.elmaiz.ch

It's true that you can find just about anything food wise, but it may require a full day's worth of shopping and visiting 8 or 10 different stores. While that can be really fun and even charming in a way, sometimes it's just a big pain!

I also love knitting and there is an English speaking knitting group in Zurich you can find through Google. Many people I know have taken German at the Migros Schule and are pleased with the courses there. They have intensive courses, so in about six months you can really get a good foundation. Definitely a big help for meeting people, getting involved and making friends. Then again, there are tons of English speakers around who love to get together! A friend of mine recommended the American Women's Club of Zurich recently. I'm recovering from the flu at the moment but when I feel better, I plan to check it out.

I think it's safe to say that getting involved in things requires a lot of effort. The culture here is generally much more reserved than I am accustomed to. I work 100%, but it sounds like you'll have more time and I really recommend trying out as many activities and groups as you can.

I wish you and your husband an uneventful move! Enjoy Zurich and Switzerland!!
Thanks! We will have ocean cargo space and some air cargo space, and I know we'll be bringing most of our kitchen except for our kitchen appliances (we have... three waffle irons. And use them all.). I'm also used to schlepping comfort food around - I'm originally from North Carolina, and have space in my suitcase already dedicated to grits and hushpuppy mix! I've also gotten used to Seattle people - a rather reserved bunch. When people complain about Swiss people, it sounds like the same complaints about Seattle people. So - hopefully one less thing to get used to

Feel better!
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If you have a food processor, you can make 'real' peanut butter (i.e. without sugar, emuslifiers, stabilizers, etc) in about 5 minutes. Good sized sacks of salted and roasted peanuts are relatively cheap here at the Coop and other places. Of course, unless you *like* Skippy.... Welcome from an ex-Seattleite.
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