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From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

Hello everybody!
After 5 years in Montreal I will be moving soon-ish (December/January) to Zurich to start a post-doc. I am originally from warm and beautiful Sardinia (Italy) but I had to turn into a winter-girl to survive the Canadian weather.

I have been doing my homeworks in the past months and your forum has already helped me dealing with many critical issues (visas, taxes, costs, accommodation). However, the closer I'll get to the day of the move the more support and advise I will need... so here I am .

Once settled, I will be happy to meet people to share good international food, movies, Iyangar yoga and mountain trips. Before you ask, do not expect me to cook pizza for you because I cannot do it .

Thanks EF for your help and see you soon!
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

Hello! Beni benia. De kali parti de s'isula arribas?
(and that pretty much exhausts all the Sardinian I can show off )

It's hard not to fall in love with Sardinia - with its many natural and archaeological beauties, and charming people. I guess you've probably heard that a zillion times from whoever has ever been there.

The only thing I can't really stand it's the tourists who think that bringing money entitles them to be disrespectful to the place and locals alike. That's also one of the reasons why I have made a point to avoid the coastal areas and the otherwise amazing sea, favouring the wilder mountains and inland villages instead. (I've never been tourist - always a traveller )

Having had my fair share of troubles visiting Sardinia during the hot summer (free tip: Sardinia is best enjoyed during the cooler months - which are still pretty warm and summer-like by my nordic standards) I wonder, was it equally challenging for you to adjust to the Canadian winters?

In what field are you doing your post-doctoral research?

Best of luck with the new challenges ahead and welcome to the forums!
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

Hello and welcome to the Forum.
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

@ Roschti: you speak more Sardinian than I do!
I am from Casteddu (aka Cagliari) and I am more familiar with the southern part of the island. Thanks for the kind words about Sardinia...they are particularly moving to me since 90% of people in North America have no idea of what/where the island is. In Quebec it's a bit better: they vagely know that there is a little something south of Corsica

Canadian winters are: 'super-fun, it's not so cold'! (first winter); 'fun!' (second winter); 'you kidding me? 6 months of winter???' (3rd); 'this year I am going to Hawaii in February' (4th); 'please not -30C again...' (5th).

I'm studying Alzheimer's disease, especially in relation to the immune system.

@ Uncle Max: thanks
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

Hello and welcome to the forum from a fellow Italian, and half-Sardinian (my dad is originally from a small village in the province of Sassari).

Hope to see you at one of the social events when you move to Zurich
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Canadian winters are: 'super-fun, it's not so cold'! (first winter); 'fun!' (second winter); 'you kidding me? 6 months of winter???' (3rd); 'this year I am going to Hawaii in February' (4th); 'please not -30C again...' (5th).
Hahaha. Kudos to you for surviving the thermal shock.

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@ Roschti: you speak more Sardinian than I do!
I am from Casteddu (aka Cagliari) and I am more familiar with the southern part of the island. Thanks for the kind words about Sardinia...they are particularly moving to me since 90% of people in North America have no idea of what/where the island is. In Quebec it's a bit better: they vagely know that there is a little something south of Corsica
I know lots of people who think Sardinia-Corsica-Sicily are the same island.

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@ Roschti: you speak more Sardinian than I do!
I am from Casteddu (aka Cagliari) and I am more familiar with the southern part of the island. Thanks for the kind words about Sardinia...they are particularly moving to me since 90% of people in North America have no idea of what/where the island is. In Quebec it's a bit better: they vagely know that there is a little something south of Corsica

Canadian winters are: 'super-fun, it's not so cold'! (first winter); 'fun!' (second winter); 'you kidding me? 6 months of winter???' (3rd); 'this year I am going to Hawaii in February' (4th); 'please not -30C again...' (5th).

I'm studying Alzheimer's disease, especially in relation to the immune system.

@ Uncle Max: thanks
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

@cannut

even wimpier: 6th winter, expected to be the coldest in decades-> I am moving to Switzerland (well known tropical paradise )!!
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

Ciao MaTe_Montreal, this is stefano from kasteddu! I am here in zurich since almost 2 years as a PhD in the brain resarch institute of the university. For any kind of help or question just write me!
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Re: From Sardinia to Zurich via Montreal

Welcome.

Montreal is a great city! So be prepared, weatherwise Zurich is miserable in the winter, not really cold enough for decent snow, definitely not warm, and the sun almost never shows itself.

Winters in Zurich are grey. That's about as deep as a true description goes.

On the other hand, within an hour or so, you're in the amazing alps, and on the sunny days, it will put Tremblant to shame

Enjoy!
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