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Old 20.09.2007, 03:04
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We are a family of 5 (5, 7, 2 yrs... the adults won't admit their ages...) moving to the Lausanne/Geneva area next year (summer 2008). I found this board recently and it has been a ton of help. So thanks in advance!

I am from Texas and my wife is French. Currently we live in Los Angeles where the weather is always sunny, the commutes are always long and the pollution is ever present. I won't start on the urban planning...

Anyway I spent time in CH when I was a teenager (near Zürich) and consider it one of my homes, after Texas and NY.

We assume there will be issues with housing (we want to buy, the price of housing in LA is higher than Lausanne) schools (public for us, kids speak French) and probably lots of other things.

When we get there we will be sure to invite everybody over for a French/Tex-Mex barbecue.

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Re: Bonjour/Hello

hiya there,
welcome to the forum and welcome back to switzerland.
im new to this forum as well and have been reading mixed opinions about the place, some just love it, some are bored( including me some of the time) n some who hate it here.
well geneva should be. dont want to put you and your family off. but iam sure they will love it here.
welcome all of you.




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We are a family of 5 (5, 7, 2 yrs... the adults





won't admit their ages...) moving to the Lausanne/Geneva area next year (summer 2008). I found this board recently and it has been a ton of help. So thanks in advance!

I am from Texas and my wife is French. Currently we live in Los Angeles where the weather is always sunny, the commutes are always long and the pollution is ever present. I won't start on the urban planning...

Anyway I spent time in CH when I was a teenager (near Zürich) and consider it one of my homes, after Texas and NY.

We assume there will be issues with housing (we want to buy, the price of housing in LA is higher than Lausanne) schools (public for us, kids speak French) and probably lots of other things.

When we get there we will be sure to invite everybody over for a French/Tex-Mex barbecue.

-S68
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Old 21.09.2007, 02:03
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Re: Bonjour/Hello

An early welcome to you and the family!

I moved to Lugano just over a month ago and love it! I'm originally from Texas and have a thang for Tex-Mex food. Word of advise... bring all the tex-mex fixings that you love with you. Serioulsy, pack cases of chips, spices, raw ingredients, etc. It's been very hard findng those quality items here (that aren't Old El Paso brand). Now, last week I was in Bern and found a place that sold amazing tortillas, salsa and tostadas. They do not have a distributer in Lugano, but the Mexican owner agreed to ship me things. Not yet sure of the cost. I wish I'd brought more with me.

I've read about some good places in Germany. But, if space is not an issue for you, I suspect the cost of bringing over what you love is less than the cost of finding it here (in terms of mexican food that is).

Again, welcome!

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Welcome to EF.
When you are up for that BBQ, let me know, I'll show you how us Canadians BBQ Bear! (might be hard finding a good CDN bear steak though here )
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Well, I'm certainly up for that Tex-Mex (and Canadian) BBQ!!
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After New York and Los Angeles (and a tiny mid-west town in between) I'm OK with a sleepy city. Plus with three kids under 10 we need space and greenery. The lack of a night life is a good thing, really.

Lausanne looks good so far, we'll see. We're going for X-Mas on a scouting trip. I love Zürich but French was hard enough, German is out of the question.

I joked with my wife that I'll have to open my own Mexican restaurant to keep the cravings at bay! I'll try to find some bear steak in LA before we come over!

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Hold on to your hat, cuz I just found great Mexican Food!!! There is a company close to Zurich that is owned by a woman from Mexcio. She makes some here in CH and some in Mexico and ships it over. She has distribution in most of Switzerland. I found her products at an outdoor market in Bern. Was so impressed that I sent her an e-mail asking if she sold her stuff in Lugano. Unfortunately she does not have a distributer here, but she quickly offered to ship me items. About a week later, I got an e-mail from her saying her husband was going to be in Lugano, so they could make a personal delivery!! WOW! In addition to being really nice people, they have excellent service and products! I bought cases of items (chips, corn tortillas (put them in the freezer), tostadas, and salsa). It's really good stuff. The chips are heavier than I could get in NA, but awesome! The habenero salsa is unbelievable! Her web site is www.mariadolores.com.mx
She does not sell the tostadas online because the tend to break during shipping. But, I bet she'll tell you if there is a retail location near your new casa. Otherwise, the post is pretty speedy here!

I still have not found good flour tortillas, but a friend just brought me a tortilla press from Mexico. I'm going to try to make them.

btw- opening a mexican food joint has always been mine and my dude's fall back plan. I worked in several while in high school and college. If things don't work out with the regular jobs, we should talk -- over margaritas and quesadillas of course!
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Re: Bonjour/Hello - be sure to buy rj25 phone plugs

My silly thought was that their price here would be just a bit more than at Fry's in LA, but, they are 4 times more, a jack with a 6 foot cord and a double socket can be 17 dollars. This is no typo. 17 dollars. Its also worth carrying a small answering machine over.
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