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Hello from the U.S.

Hello,

I'm a 42 yr old Brit married to a Swiss (but he has lived away for 12 years and his mother claims I have made him more British than Swiss which is a good thing I think !!).

We are currently living in the US and planning to move to Switzerland next year. We will build a home and the plan is to stay there.... Well thats the plan for now !!

We have moved a fair bit and the idea of having everything we own inside a house we also own is very appealing. Although I am a little nervous about being so close to family, learning German, and also being in a culture where it appears everybody interferes in your business right down to complaining about the contents of your rubbish bins. (we have Swiss friends who we visit a lot and some of the stories they tell me with serious faces leave me in stitches laughing !)

I am about to trawl through these forums for advice on just about everything in preparation for the move. The Swiss organizational skills have clearly rubbed off on me .

Bye for now !!
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Welcome to the forum!

As they say: forewarned is forearmed...
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As they say: forewarned is forearmed...
Absolutely. Although I am not really going in with my eyes completely closed there are some things I am learning already and I only just started reading !!
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Hello,

I'm a 42 yr old Brit married to a Swiss (but he has lived away for 12 years and his mother claims I have made him more British than Swiss which is a good thing I think !!).

We are currently living in the US and planning to move to Switzerland next year. We will build a home and the plan is to stay there.... Well thats the plan for now !!

We have moved a fair bit and the idea of having everything we own inside a house we also own is very appealing. Although I am a little nervous about being so close to family, learning German, and also being in a culture where it appears everybody interferes in your business right down to complaining about the contents of your rubbish bins. (we have Swiss friends who we visit a lot and some of the stories they tell me with serious faces leave me in stitches laughing !)

I am about to trawl through these forums for advice on just about everything in preparation for the move. The Swiss organizational skills have clearly rubbed off on me .

Bye for now !!
Move to the French or Italian part of the country and you won't have as many problems!

Good luck with your move.
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Move to the French or Italian part of the country and you won't have as many problems!

Good luck with your move.
You're probably right..... not sure that would go down too well with 'The Family' though !!

Thank you for the welcomes !!
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Thank you for the welcomes !!
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Welcome! What part of the US are you coming from?
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Move to the French or Italian part of the country and you won't have as many problems!

Good luck with your move.
Hello: I'm a Brit and my husband is Swiss German too.
We had lived and worked all over the world before retiring to Switzerland and, I must say, I haven't found it easy.
As someone says, living in another part of the country to your husband's family might be something to consider, Switzerland isn't enormous after all.
We live in the French-speaking part because we lived in Brussels for several years, and I spoke French and not Swiss-German.
I think you may well find life in Switzerland a bit difficult to get used to after living in New York.
I'm ok now, but it's taken a while.
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There are plenty of horror stories about neighbours. We must be lucky. Ours are great, and very supportive.

Like anywhere, there are good and bad things about living in Switzerland. My experience is that the good far outweighs the bad. If you have a moany personality you will find plenty of raw material. But if you try to see the good in people, and are generally optimistic, you will have an experience similar to mine -- the best move I have ever made. I'm very happy here.
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There are plenty of horror stories about neighbours. We must be lucky. Ours are great, and very supportive.
The more central you live the more diverse (in terms of ages, lifestyles, nationalities and cultures) your neighbours will be. And you might just end up being the moaning neighbour yourself with the noise from upstairs and the curry smell next door. The way you perceive the place really depends on your location, try to get a really, really good feel of a place before you settle down.
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Welcome! What part of the US are you coming from?
NY - not NYC but about 30 miles upstate.

Just at the planning stage now but trying to work out what to buy in anticipation of the move. Many things are a lot cheaper here and we will move the whole house...Weber BBQ's about a third of the cost here and mountain bikes are cheap too..... and possibly bringing our 2 cars. Our new Lexus was about 35,000CHF cheaper than the same in CH and my 2nd hand merc about 18,000 CHF cheaper. so worth the cost of shipping... we are just looking into the changes needed for the merc as we may swap that whilst we still have enough time to own the replacement here for 6 months. So much to do.
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Hello: I'm a Brit and my husband is Swiss German too.
We had lived and worked all over the world before retiring to Switzerland and, I must say, I haven't found it easy.
As someone says, living in another part of the country to your husband's family might be something to consider, Switzerland isn't enormous after all.
We live in the French-speaking part because we lived in Brussels for several years, and I spoke French and not Swiss-German.
I think you may well find life in Switzerland a bit difficult to get used to after living in New York.
I'm ok now, but it's taken a while.
Initially we will prob live in Zurich but we have some land to build on so will end up near The Family !! They are really nice, so thats not a problem its just that I left home at 18 and left the city my family live in at 21 and so am not a close family kind of girl. The thought of them dropping in is a bit strange......
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Re: Hello from the U.S.

wow I joined the forum nearly a year ago and the moved seemed like so far away, but now its less than 50 days !!

We have found somewhere to live, we have a weekday golf membership and I'm meeting with the shipping company this week. I'm thinking about going Migros German classes in Baden to kick start my learning and I am super excited about the move. Am even going to start the application for Swiss Citizenship......

I'm looking forward to joining up the meet-ups in Zurich.
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Glad to hear it's all coming good for you. Have you checked that your cars will meet Swiss regs? That can cost you a lot to bring them up to spec if you're not careful which may outweigh the savings in bringing them over.

Might be a touch early for the Swiss Citizenship application as you'll need to reach a certain level of language skills, know something about the country's history, etc.

Still good luck with the move and the house build and settling in and getting on with the in-laws, etc., etc., etc.
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Good luck on the move and the "reunion"
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Glad to hear it's all coming good for you. Have you checked that your cars will meet Swiss regs? That can cost you a lot to bring them up to spec if you're not careful which may outweigh the savings in bringing them over.

Might be a touch early for the Swiss Citizenship application as you'll need to reach a certain level of language skills, know something about the country's history, etc.

Still good luck with the move and the house build and settling in and getting on with the in-laws, etc., etc., etc.
Thanks - Yes the company who will ship them said there won't be a problem and we have a contact in a garage where we will live who is going to re-program them to KM from Miles so its shouldn't cost too much. they were significantly cheaper in the US than they would be there.
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Well the time to move is here !!!

Well I am almost giddy with excitement... we move to CH in exactly 2 weeks.

We have found somewhere to live that was my biggest worry after reading some posts on here, we did it remotely, my FIL went to see the place, we applied and the landlord recognized the family name and because of that connection we got the place. So whilst I am really pleased about that it unfortunately does clarify all the posts about the difficulty of renting as a foreigner.

I have bought a bike and can't wait to start going off for mountain rides.

I am signed up for 4 hours a day for a month at Migros Schule to learn German. I figure if its really bad I won't go back for the next level... but as all the family are keen to help (I just got and interactive DVD from my MIL) I'm hoping to be fluent in no time :

We shipped our cars from the USA as they were REALLY cheap here in comparison and they don't need too many modifications. They are due to arrive a week before we do !!

I think I have supports the US economy with all my purchases in preparation. I have a small mountain of golf shoes and running shoes and am just about to go an buy a stash of coconut M&M's

My house is organized ready for the packers and shippers to such a frightening level I am going to take photos to support my Swiss Citizenship application !!

I have been invited to 2 parties (by Swiss people ) already and have joined the migros golf club......

I need to organize a doctor, TV, internet, mobile phone, and a bed for the new place until the shipment arrives but how bad can that be ??

Oh and did I say how excited I am.. ??

Looking forward to meeting some of you at an EF event soon !!
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Excellent! Can you come over and organize my life????




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