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Mine's a Wendy's Frosty... not quite as tasty as a chocolate-dipped cone but a good five degrees colder.

Wouldn't that just hit the spot, day like today?
I would settle for a really good sno-cone, New Orleans shaved ice style preferably.

But I could definitely go for a HungerBuster from DQ to go with it.
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7) Are you a sugardaddy? Would you like to be one?

With all the ladies who lunch and drive snazzy sports cars without working around here, I'm thinking maybe what I need is a sugardaddy since, clearly, my husband doesn't make 3bn francs per year to keep me in a way that everyone appears to be accustomed.

Ah, and DQ....*sigh* I'd love a chocolate dipped cone right about now.
Sighhhhh...... Fudge Nut Bar my friends, Fudge Nut Bar.....

Ive often wondered why they dont have DQ here? We are the dairy capital of Europe yet there is no DQ?
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Old 28.06.2011, 14:46
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Sighhhhh...... Fudge Nut Bar my friends, Fudge Nut Bar.....

Ive often wondered why they dont have DQ here? We are the dairy capital of Europe yet there is no DQ?
The soft serve formula goes poorly with a fitnessteller, marlboro reds and complaining about the barstewards in the neighbouring canton.
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The soft serve formula goes poorly with a fitnessteller, marlboro reds and complaining about the barstewards in the neighbouring canton.
Thats true. I can only imagine these poor Swiss souls who go to live in the US and find out that they cant have their normal Zurich lunch of cigarettes and prosecco
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Old 28.06.2011, 16:00
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Thats true. I can only imagine these poor Swiss souls who go to live in the US and find out that they cant have their normal Zurich lunch of cigarettes and prosecco
LOL...I just pictured what a trainwreck that would be in Boston where lighting up /anywhere/ in the city limits is a crime just about.
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and our daughter is schooled by private mentors/instructors and a 1 on 1 basis, and homeschooling is illegal in Germany in any form.

Am I understanding you correctly? You want to homeschool your daughter AND integrate her at the same time???? Believe me you have no chance.

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normal Zurich lunch of cigarettes and prosecco
Nothing wrong with either of these in my book

However, some days I find myself daydreaming about an Oreo-brownie treat, to be had right after a chicken-fried steak covered in gravy...

(I also daydream about being in California, leaving my former martial arts studio on a Sunday around noon, and driving over to In-N-Out on my way to Target, but that's another story... )
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(I also daydream about being in California, leaving my former martial arts studio on a Sunday around noon, and driving over to In-N-Out on my way to Target, but that's another story... )
Thats right... Orea cookie shakes at In-N-Out were the best. Havent had one of those for 15 years! They dont have these in Europe
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Old 28.06.2011, 22:32
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Thats right... Orea cookie shakes at In-N-Out were the best. Havent had one of those for 15 years! They dont have these in Europe
*sob* I still think about their malts. You could occasionally get a decent malt on the East Coast but...In-N-Out had them in spades. And great burgers. I miss a good diner culture. That's one thing Yankeeland got right - pancakes ALL DAY LONG. You want pancakes for dinner? Alrighty then son, here ya go! It must be the heat as I'm getting a bit patriotic over pancakes.
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Old 28.06.2011, 22:53
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Re: Greetings from Texas

- I am swiss born
- my father is swiss and grew up here
- my mother has lived here as well about 20 years ago
- We have visited here in the past couple years
- We moved here 9 months ago
- I was raised in Texas

As knowledgeable as my father is, there was a LOT to find out about Switzerland in todays time. And my dad does know about how picky the swiss are about certain things, but we still moved here... Now I'm not saying we regret it, I love it and there is no way I am going to leave after all the crap we've been through. Sometimes I wish we had some privacy, I wish we had more freedom such as just throwing a plastic bottle in the garbage, I wish I didn't have to go learn German and live with a bunch of swiss Germans and then go and learn the other "German" language called swiss German. Then the swiss germans hate the germans, and the swiss germans when they speak german they don't even speak it correctly. Swiss german is not a written language, you CAN'T learn it as easily as Italian or French. I wish that when you went out to park that you could actually easily find a place to park, and when you find one you didn't have to pay a huge amount of money. Then again there are trains, which are insanely expensive, for us anyway.


Anyways my point, We are not a foreigner and we had the hardest time adjusting. I couldn't imagine what hell we'd be going through if we hadn't been at least visiting Switzerland.

By the way, how many people are in the United states? You can't possibly compare police breaking in, to neighbors constantly stalking your every move. Worrying about being kicked out the next day just because you left the washing machine door open. Worrying about your neighbors poisoning your dog because they don't want the dog in the town. Being hated by the whole entire community because you left your window open during the day.... Oh yeah and there are a bunch of insane people running around here, I was once sitting at a table and this guy growled at me. This guy to this day still follows my mom around and screams at her for ridiculous reasons. Yes Switzerland is great to VISIT, not so much to live... and DEFINITELY not worth living in when you are a foreigner. Especially when you don't have much money to spend. Actually, unless you are lucky you won't be able to look out your window and see a beautiful scenery at a low budget.

You know how hard it is to find an apartment you can actually live in? and THEN to be kicked out because of some stupid reason they have? Its very hard to deal with... Man I much be killed by the police

I am going to say it, DON'T MOVE HERE if you don't know anything about it!!! YES it is a secret for what foreigners and lower class locals have to deal with!!!! That is why you keep doubting everyone on this forum about what they have to deal with living here.... Seriously it would be a lot cheaper and easier to just come and visit every once in a while, trust me.

And homeschooling in Switzerland? WHAT?
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Old 28.06.2011, 23:14
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Re: Greetings from Texas

Oh, I dunno. I'm a foreigner and I quite like it here. (Perhaps I've just been lucky in my neighbors.)

My point earlier wasn't that Switzerland is a horrible place and the OP shouldn't consider coming here - it's that emigrating ANYWHERE, especially to a country that doesn't speak your language, is an awfully hard row to hoe - you'd want to be very sure the benefits are worth it.

In the OP's case it sounds like the benefits are mostly in his head (impressions of a Switzerland that, as many have pointed out, doesn't match the reality) and I reckon the ensuing disillusionment would make the ups and downs even harder to deal with. Me, I came for practical reasons, and I came with fairly reasonable expectations, and it still like to killed me some days. It's all right now but I won't forget those first few months in a hurry. And if the OP and his wife are both working at home (not to mention homeschooling the daughter), they'll have a much harder time settling in and their own "first few months" are liable to stretch to years.

That's all that worries me, for their sakes. I don't want them stranded over here hating the place if a word of honest, realistic advice could have prevented it.
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Old 28.06.2011, 23:48
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Yeah sure there are a lot of ups also, and I think working for the citizenship will be well worth it in the end. It is a bad idea to make such judgements from the other side of the world though, you really need to take a nice long visit before officially moving here. I couldn't imagine moving here blindly without knowing anything except what people say about it, or what I read about it.

It just gives me the shivers

Now if you had the actual money to do this, I might not care so much.
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Now if you had the actual money to do this, I might not care so much.
Aint that the truth. The nice thing about the US is this. Its a westernized country with an Emerging Market cost of living. Money doesnt really matter all that much. $100,000 where I am originally from is AMAZINGLY good. You can live like a king.

Here? You would live in a 75sqr meter apartment and not be able to afford parking.

This guys hasnt been online all day. I doubt he cares what we think at this point. He shall "prove us wrong"..... He and his "high priced lawyer"....
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Well if you do decide to move here anyway, I am happy to give you quite a bit of advice on how to save money, and information to make things a bit smoother. Also the forums will be your best friend during the process
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Aint that the truth. The nice thing about the US is this. Its a westernized country with an Emerging Market cost of living. Money doesnt really matter all that much. $100,000 where I am originally from is AMAZINGLY good. You can live like a king.

Here? You would live in a 75sqr meter apartment and not be able to afford parking.

This guys hasnt been online all day. I doubt he cares what we think at this point. He shall "prove us wrong"..... He and his "high priced lawyer"....

I hope that he is taking all of this into consideration, and doesn't just dive in. If he hasn't, well at least he'll have some stories to tell to his grandchildren.
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I hope that he is taking all of this into consideration, and doesn't just dive in. If he hasn't, well at least he'll have some stories to tell to his grandchildren.
The problem is he is going to be twice as bitter as he already is....! He needs to set his expectations lower. I have a trick. Every time I have to go to a shitty/violent place for work I tell my family "Hey I have to go to Mogadishu next week".... Then after they are all scared and frantic I say "HA HA... Just kidding, Im just going to Kinshasa"..... The art of lowering ones expectations will save ones self from insanity.
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I'm curious here, are ANY of you native Swiss-born?
I am swiss-born but having been out of Switzerland for the past 10 years whilst living in the US, I defer to contributors on this forum for good reason. You want the experience and opinions of these people if you are considering a move to CH. People on this forum possess the necessary amount of life experience in CH in order to foresee problems that you may have and also can offer guidance as to how you may be able to accomplish your desired move. Don't be dismissive of the advice they offer. Although they can be a bit harsh at times they offer a realistic prognosis of what to expect.

The fact that you are bringing a family to a foreign country (esp. CH)should make this type of decision all the more important. Therefore I would recommend you take their advice under consideration when making your decision.

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I've looked over all the applicable paperwork myself and while the consensus seems to be that CH is nearly impossible to get a residence permit for, I just don't see the issue. I can easily meet all of the criteria.

Only time will tell I suppose, but it really doesn't seem that daunting of a task for someone like myself who is quite used to regularly dealing with rules and regulations.
Ok Dude , Welcome to the land that will push all your envelopes when it comes to paperwork..have pen,paper and patience available at all times!!!You have
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The problem is he is going to be twice as bitter as he already is....! He needs to set his expectations lower. I have a trick. Every time I have to go to a shitty/violent place for work I tell my family "Hey I have to go to Mogadishu next week".... Then after they are all scared and frantic I say "HA HA... Just kidding, Im just going to Kinshasa"..... The art of lowering ones expectations will save ones self from insanity.

That's a great idea, that way when they come to Switzerland they can easily look on the bright side.
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Re: Greetings from Texas

What has this guy done or said to deserve all the collective scorn of the forum?
Switzerland is relatively corruption free - check
Switzerland has great nature and environment - check
Switzerland is one of the easiest countries to do business in -check
Switzerland is well regulated and orderly - check
The OP seems to appreciate these things, so do most people living hereand they are verifiable by every single source known to me, , which is why most expats actually stay longer than they intended, what's the big deal?

Yes there are problems in Switzerland, but if you can't cope with these then well...
Some people here portray the Swiss as some nosey garden gnomes that stay in their appartment all the time, preying on innocent foreigners, hoping to catch them doing something wrong...

I never had such neighbours, as a kid Sunday was our lawn mowing and laundry day, (imagine that!) I shower whenever, go to toilet whenever and all the other ridiculous things some people actually think are the law here. Relax, it's summer, everyone's in the park or at the lake enjoying a cold beer, a joint, some open air BBQ, loud music, whatever they feel like without being bothered by anyone, and that's what you should have done as well instead of harrasing the poor guy. :-)
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