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Hi to everyone from another expat, in this case I had just to cross the border as I was living in northern Italy before.
I actually moved two months ago, but I was too busy trying to find a house, understand the swiss burocracy and all the not written rules; I found a lot of information in this forum and now that I have almost settled down I can take a breath and find a bit of time to write in the EF apart from reading.
Having both a full time IT job and a kindergarten-aged daughter I am having a hard time to organize my days, as definitely child care in Switzerland is not that good. Now I understand why there are few women among my colleagues.
I have also the privilege to work in a züri-dütsch speaking environment, and this is something I was really not prepared to, thinking that my english and german knowledge would be enough; I spent the first weeks completely lost, now slowly I am starting to understand a few words and say "Grüzi" to everyone, everytime, everywhere.

Next challenge will be to get accustomed to the swiss times, that is to start working before 8:00. and leave at 17:00; this is so bad because I think I am not genetically predisposed to get up that early, and then I always feel kind of guilty if I leave at 17:00, but at least here in Switzerland nobody is asking if I am taking half day vacation...
So I am hoping to be able to contribute to the forum soon!
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Old 28.09.2011, 19:29
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welcome to zurich and the forum cheyenne!

as an italian I hope northern italy doesn't compare too negatively to switzerland (ie paradise)
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Old 28.09.2011, 19:47
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Next challenge will be to get accustomed to the swiss times, that is to start working before 8:00. and leave at 17:00; this is so bad because I think I am not genetically predisposed to get up that early
Early? That's pretty late to start work. I have always started at 7:30 in CH!

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welcome to zurich and the forum cheyenne!

as an italian I hope northern italy doesn't compare too negatively to switzerland (ie paradise)
Thanks Venice! I guess no place is a paradise, but you have to pick up the good things in any place. As for now, I still find unbelievable that the trains here are always punctual and clean; I used to commute every day in Italy and there was everyday a (bad) surprise.

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Early? That's pretty late to start work. I have always started at 7:30 in CH!

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... then of course there are downsides like this... I will need a lot of coffee here in the morning
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Today was a very unusual day, as I didn't
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