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Alaska to Switzerland

Hello to All,
Thank you for allowing me an introduction. My name is Greta and I am visiting the Zurich area with my Swiss-born partner and our son. We are primarily visiting family but we are also scouting out the possibility of moving over here for 1 year in the not-so-distant future.

Coming to Switzerland is always a big adventure as it is such a highly advanced society with order(or at least the appearance of order) at every level. This is quite a stark contrast compared to our life in my home state of Alaska. We have lived at the edge of the Bering Sea and in the cold interior with no running water or electricity. I feel like a real hick in Switzerland as everyone is so fashionable, carries a Smartphone and speaks multiple languages. Every thing has its place and it is amazing that the pastoral landscape maintains its integrity despite the very high population density. It is really a pleasure to observe the lifestyle here and to think of ways to incorporate some newly learned ways of doing things into our life in Alaska.

Thank you for the chance to participate on your site. It offers quite a wealth of information as we look for a house exchange situation in the future.
Sincerely,
Greta
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Re: Alaska to Switzerland

Welcome to the Forum.

Your post certainly reminds me how lucky we are to have so many 'modern conveniences' here which we so often take for granted. It might do us a world of good to be transported to your environment for a while (let's say maximum three minutes for me!).

Hope all goes well with the trip and that you enjoy your time here. (My daughter and son-in-law loved Alaska by the way ).
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Re: Alaska to Switzerland

Hi, I highly recommend you do make the trip. There is a wealth of information on this site that can help you. We decided to come over when the kids were small because it is a great learning experience for them.

I recommend that you start to learn your new language before you come over. Rosetta Stone is a self-paced computer-based training course.

Once you do get here take care as the fresh air and great food might result in having more babies...
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Re: Alaska to Switzerland

From Alaska to Switzerland, now that would be a culture shock!!

Good luck with your visit!!
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Re: Alaska to Switzerland

Nice intro
Welcome to EF.
For some Alaska is a place of dreams, untouched by urbanization, it must be beautiful there.
.... as it is here but far different
Hope you'll enjoy it here.
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Re: Alaska to Switzerland

Thank you all for your kind words and welcome! Looking forward to being a part of the EF.
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From Alaska to Switzerland, now that would be a culture shock!!

Good luck with your visit!!
I got eased into it slightly. I went to college in Chicago. When we moved there, Anchorage (the largest city) was about the size of Lugano. When I left, it was 5x bigger but still only about 250,000 people. Chicago had something like 6-7 million..... And it was most decidedly flat and not green. And colder!
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Re: Alaska to Switzerland

Welcome!

I love Alaska for its wilderness (although I only know it from books, TV and emigrated family members)
Your life is probably much more exciting than ours...Sometimes predictability can also be boring as hell.. and sometimes advance in society seems to lead also to a concerning lack of integrity in character on the level of the individual...not necessarily though!! just to see it the other way round...

So you will have some interesting stories to tell, I suppose!

I wouldn't overrate these fashion things ... the only smart thing about My phone e.g., is the fact that it's still working - despite several near-death experiences within the last..hmmm 5! years...
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Welcome to the forum. Alaska is a beautiful state, I lived smack in the middle (Fairbanks) of it for about 3 years as a kid and I'll never forget it.

Even got bragging rights out of my stay there as I survived the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 with a magnitude of 9.2..!!
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