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Foreign correspondent/novelist moving to Lausanne

I am a British man living with my wife and children in Africa. In January, I am moving to Lausanne to take up a position at EPFL. My work there will be in risk and technology in emerging economies, particularly Africa. I have been a political and war correspondent for an international publication for the last decade. I am a bestselling novelist. I am interested in getting to know academics at EPFL and in getting involved in the arts/literary scene in Lausanne. I like organic food, helping out, tennis, rugby, Africa, Scotland, and being in the outdoors - the wilder the better. My French is poor, but improving.
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Welcome to the forum!

Lausanne is lovely: I think you'll enjoy it there.
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Ohahaha, DB, I just spat all over my petite monitor.

Welcome to EF, newcomer.

Lausanne is hopping. When you get here, you can organize a few meetups, so you don't go to events alone, I'd come come, too, or bring a family, etc.

We also run a bookclub in nearby Morges should you be interested in digging into some interesting read.

Ok, now, about the zombies...

THere is this beautiful poem of Heiden Carruth, the Way of the Cattle,...where is it.....

ETA: DB, you edited! Now the zombies make zero sense...
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ETA: DB, you edited! Now the zombies make zero sense...
I was pre-moderated.

Apparently I'm not allowed to talk about zombie cattle.
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Awww......I am not allowed to talk about 5string, either, to not embarras our family band, but voila!

I only hope OP will share some interesting art events here with us, so we can tag along! Discussing lit online wouldn't be too bad, either, look what has been on the menu today, ovulation, color of urine, leg pinching...Baaah.
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Many thanks. Very much look forward to meeting up and perusing some cafes and bookshops. Which parts of Lausanne do you rate the most. I am wanting to live car-free, so walkable, with cafes, but still green.
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Re: Foreign correspondent/novelist moving to Lausanne

Sorry for the intro, it's not always so flukey..

I am not sure about Lausanne, just wait till somebody from there shows up. It's all pretty close. But it seems to me that center can be really noisy, so if you can find something a little further, I'd go for it, since you have small kids.

Finding a place in Lausanne is tricky.

Good luck relocating!
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Many thanks. Very much look forward to meeting up and perusing some cafes and bookshops. Which parts of Lausanne do you rate the most. I am wanting to live car-free, so walkable, with cafes, but still green.
I live on the east/Vevey side of Lausanne very close to the Mon Repos park.
accommodation is fairly expensive, but it's a green and pleasant place with the centre of Lausanne within 5 minutes walk.
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Re: Foreign correspondent/novelist moving to Lausanne

Lausanne is great!
Best places to live in Lausanne?
This is a very useful thread - I read through it before we moved to Lausanne.

Yes, Mon Repos is absolutely lovely and the apartments nearby are beautiful, some with stunning lake/ mountain views.
Right by Parc de Milan is also lovely, with the wonderful Cafe de Grancy http://www.cafedegrancy.ch/ very close.

It depends very much on your budget (and having a relocation agent will also help)!!!

In general, Lausanne is very easy to manage on foot/ public transport.

By the way , puzzled as to why the OP being so brand new already has such a lot of rep (the green blobs), even though he has only posted twice....An EF record perhaps?? And how do you know the OP's kids are 'small' Music Chick? There appears to have been some serious editing of posts going on here......Oh, the wonders of the EF world....
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Re: Foreign correspondent/novelist moving to Lausanne

Welcome to EF!
We are also in the process of moving to Lausanne, where my wife will be joining EPFL, while I will continue in a risk management research role in Geneva. I don't have much to say about the city yet but I can share the experience of looking for a place in two months or so.
You have quite a fascinating background. I have always been interested in economic development in Africa. Do you focus on a specific region or country? Africa is such a diverse continent and the set of challenges faced locally can be quite unique.
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Thanks Ceppych and Lemon Drizzle for these responses. I will check out the thread on Lausanne. I think EPFL are going to help out in the search for an apartment., but they have warned about how vexed the process is.
For Vlad, I am a bureau chief covering most of sub-Saharan Africa. I've been a political and war correspondent for a long time, but these days I am much interested in technology and urbanisation.
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