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Moving from Perth, Australia to Zurich

Hi everyone - family of four (5.5 and 2.5 year old boys) moving to Zurich in August for husband's work. In the midst of the research process - where to live, what schools, etc etc. All very daunting but this website looks very helpful.
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Re: Moving from Perth, Australia to Zurich

Hi and welcome to the Forum,
Perth is the only place that I visited when I was there - very nice on the east coast .
Good luck with settling in - there`s plenty of help and advice here if you need it.
Hope to see you around sometime!
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Re: Moving from Perth, Australia to Zurich

I just moved here from brissie a few months ago. Take a deep breath, it can be a bit of a culture shock. Make sure you do your shopping on Saturday. and most of all learn the art of patience. Aside from that its not too bad
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Re: Moving from Perth, Australia to Zurich

Another perthite, I spent the better part of 20 years there and miss it sorely.
No problems with Switzerland, although if you enjoyed the cheap eats of Northbridge as I used to, you are in for a nasty shock.
On the plus side, its always green here, no water restrictions, very few bogans and no compulsive obsession with real estate.
Enjoy.
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. . . very few bogans . .
Bogans? that`s a new one on me - what`s a Bogan?
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Re: Moving from Perth, Australia to Zurich

Hello, welcome! I am Australian (and my husband grew up in Perth!). We have been here now almost 3 years and have 2 small kids. Happy to help you transition here with information. This site is a good source in particular.

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Bogans? that`s a new one on me - what`s a Bogan?
What is a bogan you ask.
A bogan comes in many forms, many flavours.
In the 70s and 80s bogans were easy to spot, tight jeans, chequered shirts, pack o durries under the t-shirt and listening to ac/dc in their hotted up torana.
They were called shane or barry (bazza) or warren (wozza)
Female bogans were called charlene,diedre or sharon (shazza)
Bogans liked to smoke pot, drink jim beam and hang out with other bogans.
The bogan went to Bali for his holiday, got pissed,got bali belly and came home two weeks later burnt to a crisp with a suitcase full of pirate tapes and knock off t-shirts
A bogan in those days generally had simple, conservative ideology,mostly harmless and due to lack of exposure to females, generally shy around non bogan ladies. A bogan would always protect the honour of his womenfolk.
In the smaller country towns, the line between surfers (a traditional enemy of the bogan) and the bogan was sometimes blurred, creating much confusion to the city bogan, who would often be seen at the beach wearing black jeans.
Indeed, it could be said of people from Australia there was a little bit of the bogan in everyone.
These days, with the mining money rolling in and traditional jobs once performed by the bogan paying well into the mid 100k and more, the bogan has shifted up a gear.
He is flush with cash, drives a hotted up ute worth in excess of 60k and has traded his sharehouse and bogan housemates for a large mcmansion set on a small block with a theatre room, inbuilt bar and a much flashier womanfolk. He now listens to Kings of Leon and has a taste for electronic music, something the bogan of old would never do.
The bogan now has more cash,more confidence, but still no real class.
The bogan of old has traded in his bong and moved up to the crack pipe, smoking crystal meth on the weekend and going out and causing havoc in the streets. Go to the Perth entertainment district at 2 am on a Friday or Saturday night and you will see a horde of bogans, dont look twice though or he and his mates will bash ya. Go to the Perth sky works show on Australia day and you will be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the bogan, babbling and in a stupor as a result of sitting in the sun for 12 hours drinking non stop. Packs of bogans, all angry, looking for an excuse, any excuse for fighting and scaring the horses.
Every country in the world has their own version of the bogan, but I think Australia has a higher percentage in the general population.
I hope this answers your question

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Perth is the only place that I visited when I was there - very nice on the east coast .
Are you SURE you went to Perth? It's very much on the West Coast, or at least it was when I lived there...
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What is a bogan you ask.
A bogan comes in many forms, many flavours.
In the 70s and 80s bogans were easy to spot, tight jeans, chequered shirts, pack o durries under the t-shirt and listening to ac/dc in their hotted up torana.
They were called shane or barry (bazza) or warren (wozza)
Female bogans were called charlene,diedre or sharon (shazza)
Bogans liked to smoke pot, drink jim beam and hang out with other bogans.
The bogan went to Bali for his holiday, got pissed,got bali belly and came home two weeks later burnt to a crisp with a suitcase full of pirate tapes and knock off t-shirts
A bogan in those days generally had simple, conservative ideology,mostly harmless and due to lack of exposure to females, generally shy around non bogan ladies. A bogan would always protect the honour of his womenfolk.
In the smaller country towns, the line between surfers (a traditional enemy of the bogan) and the bogan was sometimes blurred, creating much confusion to the city bogan, who would often be seen at the beach wearing black jeans.
Indeed, it could be said of people from Australia there was a little bit of the bogan in everyone.
These days, with the mining money rolling in and traditional jobs once performed by the bogan paying well into the mid 100k and more, the bogan has shifted up a gear.
He is flush with cash, drives a hotted up ute worth in excess of 60k and has traded his sharehouse and bogan housemates for a large mcmansion set on a small block with a theatre room, inbuilt bar and a much flashier womanfolk. He now listens to Kings of Leon and has a taste for electronic music, something the bogan of old would never do.
The bogan now has more cash,more confidence, but still no real class.
The bogan of old has traded in his bong and moved up to the crack pipe, smoking crystal meth on the weekend and going out and causing havoc in the streets. Go to the Perth entertainment district at 2 am on a Friday or Saturday night and you will see a horde of bogans, dont look twice though or he and his mates will bash ya. Go to the Perth sky works show on Australia day and you will be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the bogan, babbling and in a stupor as a result of sitting in the sun for 12 hours drinking non stop. Packs of bogans, all angry, looking for an excuse, any excuse for fighting and scaring the horses.
Every country in the world has their own version of the bogan, but I think Australia has a higher percentage in the general population.
I hope this answers your question
you forgot to mention that bogan ladies wear designer uggboots and love drinking goon!
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Hi everyone - family of four (5.5 and 2.5 year old boys) moving to Zurich in August for husband's work. In the midst of the research process - where to live, what schools, etc etc. All very daunting but this website looks very helpful.
Send us a PM at anytime mate. Im from Perth and Im about to head back home at the end of the year.
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Re: Moving from Perth, Australia to Zurich

In Queensland a bogan is called a bevan.

One of piano teachers at university in Brisbane was called Bevan (first name) which had every one in stitches. Poor guy. If only he'd lived in another part of Australia it wouldn't have mattered at all!
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