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Old 11.06.2011, 22:07
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From Ukraine to Zürich in August

Hello All,

First of all I would like to thank to the creators and active participants of this forum for the tons of useful information. I must admit that the Russian forums are not even close to being such informative, so I am glad that I have found this one.

While we are waiting for visas and are preparing to the relocation, I think it's time to introduce myself and start actively reading this forum in the free time (well... I wish I had it )

Me and my husband are ~ 30 years old, we both work in IT and we have a 20-months old daughter. Recently my husband received a job offer from the well known IT company , which we decided to accept, and now we are preparing for the relocation to Zürich. Unfortunately, I will not have a work permit (most probably, we will have an "L" type visa during the first year or two), but I do not loose hope to find some job after a while at some company, which will be so kind to make a permit for me. Please, don't tell me yet that it is unrealistic, as I do not want to be depressed still before the relocation. The fear of being a housewife for a long term is the only thing now, which spoils my happiness from the coming relocation.

We will live in a temporary apartment somewhere in Zürich for the first 1-2 months, and then we will be moving to some other area. So far our target areas are Thalwil, Adliswil or Horgen, but let's see if it works out.

My native language is Russian, but I also speak fluent Ukrainian, and have an advanced level of English (well, at least I hope so) and a basic level of French. As for German, I have attended German courses for 3 years some time ago and reached the level C1 or something, unfortunately, I forgot a lot of words and rules since then, but I am trying to restore my skills by reading, listening and doing some exercises in German.

I will be glad to make acquaintance with some mothers of the small children in the area where we will live (unfortunately, hard to say yet what area it would be) to take walks on the weekdays and practice the languages (any mentioned above). My baby speaks only Russian so far, but I would be happy if I could find some English and/or German speaking company for her to let her start learning these languages immediately after the relocation.

Also (probably, I will create a separate topic about it when I know our location more precisely, but I will briefly mention it here not to forget later on) my daughter has some orthopedic problems and I guess she will need regular observation by some highly experienced children's orthopedist. I would be thankful if someone could advice me some good doctor around Zürich.

Sorry for the very long post.

I hope I and my family will be able to find some new friends here.

Looking forward to arrive to Zürich.
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Welcome to the English Forum!

... and don't worry about your level of English - it's better than that of most of the English on the forum.

Good luck!
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Old 11.06.2011, 22:22
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Re: From Ukraine to Zürich in August

Welcome to the forum.
I can't help you with any good orthopedist recommendations, however, once you move you can send me a pm and I can help you find a pediatrician in your area who will be able to refer you to one.
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Re: From Ukraine to Zürich in August

Welcome
Good start and luck in your new life as parents and expats in Switzerland.
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Re: From Ukraine to Zürich in August

Hello and welcome to the forum. We had some orthopedic issues and it was an easy thing to take care of, so don't worry. You can also find an orthopedist right away, without first checking with your GP or regular pediatrician (check with your insurance company first, though). Too bad you are far, otherwise I would like to practice my Russian so I don't forget it and kids could play together, let me know if you are ever in Geneva area. Otherwise, good luck settling down, there are many Slavic people around here. You don't have to be a housewife for ever should you want to do something else, but the first months you won't be bored, for sure, it takes some time to soak up all the new things.
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Thanks a lot to all of you for the warm welcome!
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Re: From Ukraine to Zürich in August

Hello again

We finally moved to Zurich with our daughter 2 days ago, while my husband stays here for around 3 weeks already.

We temporary live in Kreis 3, but we will be moving to another location in 1-1.5 months (most probably out of the city).

Currently we usually spend few hours in the morning on this playground with my 22 months old daughter. Would be glad to meet some moms of the toddlers, who live nearby.
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