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New to Zurich

Hello,

I moved here 3 weeks ago, and I beginning to feel homesick. I came here from NJ to teach English in an international school. The transition has not been easy. The language barrier has been difficult. I started taking my first German classes last week, so I hope this helps. I feel like a fish out of water....

Looking to meet people who like reading, walking, riding, and site seeing.

Kim
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Welcome Kim!
I felt the same when I first moved here, be patient it will get better! Learning German will definitely help. Good luck and enjoy your time in beautiful Switzerland!
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HI, Kim-

I would not say that I am homesick, but I would agree that the transition has been very difficult. We have only been here 2 or 3 weeks as well. My husband's job brought us here and it was very difficult for me (without work). Fortunately I am starting German classes tomorrow at Migros. Also found some part time tutoring work in the city.

Feel free to private message me and let me know if you would like to meet up sometime. We live outside of Zurich, but I am in the city quite often.

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Re: New to Zurich

Hi Kim and everyone!
I've been here 2 years and speak fairly good German and am STILL transitioning. Ha ha. It does get easier, but don't put pressure on yourself for it happen over night. I am always up for meeting people and welcome the idea of having more English speaking friends in my situation. Call me any time!
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Hi there - i know how you feel. I have been here almost a year now, having moved with hubby work and still feel a little lost. I have found the language lessons hard - not my forte it would seem. I continue to work one week per month at home so I am lucky in that I get a bit of a home fix but ironically I think it has held me back from properly integrating. However, have met some really friendly people who have all helped me find other avenues to integrating. Have a look at Meet Up Coffee, Cocktails and Culture Zurich. It is a meet up group for women in Zurich and though I have only been able to go once I thought it was nice and a really nice idea and the organiser Sarah Jane was really friendly. Google it to meet lots of ladies in a similar position. I am hoping to go more so would hopefully see you there. Also if you want to meet for coffee I'd be happy to do that - meeting strangers for coffee seems odd I know but the couple of time I've done it it has turned out well.

Cat - from Edinburgh originally.

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Re: New to Zurich

Hi Kim,

A few weeks is early days so don't worry

I live near Kilchberg, they have a really nice swimming pool there that I go to when the lake's too cold! PM me if you want to meet up anytime!

Boogaloo.
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Hi Kim,

Welcome to Switzerland!
I know the feeling too, but I am here now for a year and a half and it will get better :-)
Once you get a nice group of people around you life is so much better here.
So let me know if you want to hang out sometimes or start a little bookclub :-) I live in Pfäffikon SZ btw and am from Holland.

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