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Hi all,

Have just moved to Zürich as I will be working at the University (UZH) for the next four years. I'm living near the Viadukt shops near Hardbrücke. Was living in the North of England (originally from Plymouth) for the last six months, so this is all a big change.

I'm 29, and would be keen on making new friends, learning more about Zürich, going for a drink (coffee, beer, or even a dirty martini) ;-), or walking around Uetliberg. My German is pretty poor at the moment, but hoping to improve and taking classes etc.
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Hello and welcome to the Forum.

Keep your eye on the Events calendars for upcoming things to do. Also, seeing as you live where you live, at any given point there are English speaking people in the Viadukt Markthalle, notably by the British Cheese Centre. People tend to gravitate and hang out for a beer and a chat, so pop over some time and say hello.
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Hi MattMed!
Welcome! Hope you enjoy your time in Switzerland, I've been here almost five years (I'm from northern England) and the time has gone amazingly fast, so enjoy every second. Zurich is a wonderful city, I love it! Hope you make lots of friends, get yourself to the Viadukt like Uncle Max suggests.

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Re: New to Zurich

Thank you Uncle Max.
I will definitely keep an eye out for events! And I've already been in the Viadukt Markthalle. I'm being trying to resist buying too much stuff there (I saw they were selling port and stilton there recently!), and am pleased to know they have Marmite there... I shall have to pop over and say hi sometime.
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And cheers hannah'sauntie - the place does seem really lovely. I'm looking forward to exploring the city, and the rest of Switzerland as well!
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Re: New to Zurich

Welcome to Switzerland and the forum MattMed

As others have said, attending EF social events is a great starting point to meeting people and making friends.

Improving on your German via classes etc will help with integrating faster. To that end, there's a weekly informal German Conversation Group in Zurich held every Wednesday that you might be interested in going along to.

Have fun and enjoy!
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Thank you Uncle Max.
I will definitely keep an eye out for events! And I've already been in the Viadukt Markthalle. I'm being trying to resist buying too much stuff there (I saw they were selling port and stilton there recently!), and am pleased to know they have Marmite there... I shall have to pop over and say hi sometime.
Welcome Matt!

I used to live in that very area (until 4 weeks ago!) - it's a cool place - you're lucky to get a flat there

You should definitely make a trip to the British Cheese Centre at some point. It's da bomb.

I purchased a bottle of port for my dad there last week, which he shamelessly didn't open when he came over for dinner....suppose it need to "settle" or somesuch... However many ports were tasted a couple of weeks ago at the port and stilton event and I would v much recommend *hic*

I also got some lovely shropshire blue and cheddar there yesterday. Quite honestly the best British cheese I have ever tasted (in spite of living in the UK for the entire 29.2 years of my life up until July).

Hope to meet you at one of the events on the forum...there's really so much going on and it's a friendly and easy-going group
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Thank you Isha,

The German Conversational group sounds like a good idea. I might see if I can pop along next week. Cheers!
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And thank you as well LouiseB. Actually yesterday I couldn't resist and went and got some Somerset Blue. I may just go through the rest of the cheeses in the next couple of months... ;-) (the shorpshire blue sounds good!)

I think I might have to wait till I'm paid for the Port ;-)
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