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Old 24.08.2011, 15:10
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South African coming to Aargau

Hi all,

I am a 37 year old South African engineer returning to half of my roots, in Aargau. My Swiss father came to these wild & free shores aged 16. Born and raised and married with one 2 year-old daughter, it is time to broaden our horizons and enjoy the unique lifestyle that Switzerland offers.

My employment will be based in Holderbank AG, so we are looking to find a home in the general vicinity. Finding it very hard to take into account all the multiple factors that push/pull against each other in choosing a Gemeinde. Not the least of which is availability and price! But that is a thread for another day.

We have already met a few South Africans in Aargau, and they have greeted us with typical SA hospitality and helpfulness. Dankie! En ek is seker daar is nog baie meer in Switserland... sal graag julle wil ontmoet. We look forward to making new connections of all nationalities through this forum. As long as you know what rugby is.
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Old 24.08.2011, 15:35
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Re: South African coming to Aargau

Hi, we live in Aargau and have 2 young kids. Lenzburg is really near Holderbank and a nice town with good infrastructure and schools, plus great train connections, and it's own quaint castle. For lowest tax rates, look at Rupperswil or Dottikon. Aarau is also not far away, it's the only really "big" town around. You could also look out near the Hallwilersee, which is beautiful, but more in the countryside, plus commuting through the middle of Lenzburg is not nice at rush hour. Tip: Aquarena Thermal Baths in Schinznach is great (right next to Holderbank).
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Hi all,

I am a 37 year old South African engineer returning to half of my roots, in Aargau. My Swiss father came to these wild & free shores aged 16. Born and raised and married with one 2 year-old daughter, it is time to broaden our horizons and enjoy the unique lifestyle that Switzerland offers.

My employment will be based in Holderbank AG, so we are looking to find a home in the general vicinity. Finding it very hard to take into account all the multiple factors that push/pull against each other in choosing a Gemeinde. Not the least of which is availability and price! But that is a thread for another day.

We have already met a few South Africans in Aargau, and they have greeted us with typical SA hospitality and helpfulness. Dankie! En ek is seker daar is nog baie meer in Switserland... sal graag julle wil ontmoet. We look forward to making new connections of all nationalities through this forum. As long as you know what rugby is.
Welcome to the Forum

We have a couple of places about 13 or 14km from Holderbank. If you are still looking let me know what youre after and price range etc.

Aargau is less expensive than many other parts of Switzerland and lots of farming etc. So its a very nice place. Hope you guys enjoy it.
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Hi all,

I am a 37 year old South African engineer returning to half of my roots, in Aargau. My Swiss father came to these wild & free shores aged 16. Born and raised and married with one 2 year-old daughter, it is time to broaden our horizons and enjoy the unique lifestyle that Switzerland offers.

My employment will be based in Holderbank AG, so we are looking to find a home in the general vicinity. Finding it very hard to take into account all the multiple factors that push/pull against each other in choosing a Gemeinde. Not the least of which is availability and price! But that is a thread for another day.

We have already met a few South Africans in Aargau, and they have greeted us with typical SA hospitality and helpfulness. Dankie! En ek is seker daar is nog baie meer in Switserland... sal graag julle wil ontmoet. We look forward to making new connections of all nationalities through this forum. As long as you know what rugby is.
While there are some very nice villages near Holderbank, I think you might prefer to look a bit further afield, keeping in mind your preferred method for commuting to work.
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Thanks for the tips and info.

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You could also look out near the Hallwilersee, which is beautiful, but more in the countryside, plus commuting through the middle of Lenzburg is not nice at rush hour.
We went to scout Seengen and this is exactly the type of pro/con scenario I am getting everywhere. Seems you must know exactly what you want most. Thanks for the tip about Schinznach Bad!

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While there are some very nice villages near Holderbank, I think you might prefer to look a bit further afield, keeping in mind your preferred method for commuting to work.
We did a quick tour of the region over a week end, especially around Brugg and Aarau (Biberstein - idyllic). My plan is to use the S29 train to get to work and then it does come down to quick access to S29 stations. Snag is the bus connections from the Aarau/Brugg small villages don't synchronize well with S29 stops. We'd like a small garden.
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Re: South African coming to Aargau

Hello and welcome to our community. Hope you settle in well, if you have further questions, please check out our different subforums (employment, transport or housing) to find more focused answers.

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Hi, we live in Aargau and have 2 young kids. Lenzburg is really near Holderbank and a nice town with good infrastructure and schools, plus great train connections, and it's own quaint castle. For lowest tax rates, look at Rupperswil or Dottikon. Aarau is also not far away, it's the only really "big" town around. You could also look out near the Hallwilersee, which is beautiful, but more in the countryside, plus commuting through the middle of Lenzburg is not nice at rush hour. Tip: Aquarena Thermal Baths in Schinznach is great (right next to Holderbank).
Welcome to the Forum and Switzerland!!

There are several South Africans on the forum. Search for
the South African rugby thread.
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Old 25.08.2011, 15:22
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Welcome to the forum fellow person who hails from ZA
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A warm welcome - hope you're relaxed now. Come and visit us around Basel next time around.

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Re: South African coming to Aargau

Howzit Peet
Welcome to the forum from a fellow Cape Townian.Cape Town rocks..
you're gonna miss it but hope you settle in well in your new home.
Geniet jou tyd hier!
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Re: South African coming to Aargau

Welcome aboard. Aargau is pretty big (for Switzerland) but bear in mind public transport is excellent. If you want the water, then Brugg/ Baden or on the Rheinlands. If evenings out are your thing, then Rheinfelden is 10 mins into Basel, Brugg about 25, Brugg is also good for Zurich. Come to a meet and greet you will find plenty of expats from interesting places. I spent some time in Cradock for example
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Re: South African coming to Aargau

Welkom. It is a far stretch to come down from Cape Town... Fancy kulula.com?How many hours drive on N1 across the globe? GP gangsta paradise or AG absolutely gorgeous province are baie lekker places to live in
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Hi all,

I am a 37 year old South African engineer returning to half of my roots, in Aargau. My Swiss father came to these wild & free shores aged 16. Born and raised and married with one 2 year-old daughter, it is time to broaden our horizons and enjoy the unique lifestyle that Switzerland offers.

My employment will be based in Holderbank AG, so we are looking to find a home in the general vicinity. Finding it very hard to take into account all the multiple factors that push/pull against each other in choosing a Gemeinde. Not the least of which is availability and price! But that is a thread for another day.

We have already met a few South Africans in Aargau, and they have greeted us with typical SA hospitality and helpfulness. Dankie! En ek is seker daar is nog baie meer in Switserland... sal graag julle wil ontmoet. We look forward to making new connections of all nationalities through this forum. As long as you know what rugby is.
Hi my name is Richard, be glad to help you find a place to live, or if you need help with the locals German / English translation and all that. By the way the all blacks are my favorites. My dad lives in NZ. Send me a PM if you need any help.
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Welkom! Good luck with the move.
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