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Old 11.11.2011, 16:25
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Sydney to Geneva

Hi there,

I'm four weeks new to Geneva. I'm slowly getting the hang of things here. I lived in London for two years - and it took me about that long to get to understand the Londoners - in a nutshell, they make great friends and lousy strangers.

I expect it will take me as long to get a feel for the Swiss. At the moment, I'm amused and overwhelmed by their love of rules. In Sydney, nothing is done until you've done it three times. Here it seems to be five. I'm lucky if I achieve one thing a day.

So I have a question? Is this a Swiss forum in english? Or an English forum in Switzerland. It will help me to understand the 'rules'.

Thanks for look at me. That's friendly.
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Old 11.11.2011, 16:27
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Re: Sydney to Geneva

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( as in a group of english speaking people who for one reason or another find themselves in a country with a navy yet without a sea )


Welcome to Geneva ( big G, little e, etc... )



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Re: Sydney to Geneva

Well you have posted an introduction even if its not your first post. You didnt ask where you can find brown sugar or if 10 million chfs are enough to live on. I think you are on the right track. Welcome!
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Wilkommen! ;D
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So I have a question? Is this a Swiss forum in english? Or an English forum in Switzerland.
"Sherly you can't be serious !!!"





FYI - I'm a Queenslander who moved here (Zurich) from Sydney


This is a great little forum to help you (via the search function first) to find out all sorts of little aspects of 'Swiss living'.


You definitely are not on your own, and there is about 101 threads on your experiences with Swiss people to read through.

Basically, it all boils down to the fact that Switzerland is pretty good.... yes, they have a different way of doing things, but after you get your head around it, it's all good.

The snow is here soon, so gear up for that.



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Re: Sydney to Geneva

I'm Australian, Gata, my first posts were about Rugby. I'm serious about the rules business though... what's the payoff for that here?

Also, how do I thank you for your warm welcome?
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You need to rack up 10 posts.


Anything in 'General Off-Topic' doesn't count.
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Tee hee. Ten times, but anything in 'General Off-Topic' doesn't count. I'll come back and thank you when I've posted ten times. That's very funny. And accurate. And I understand.
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I'm Australian, Gata, my first posts were about Rugby. I'm serious about the rules business though... what's the payoff for that here?

Also, how do I thank you for your warm welcome?

Yeap we have something in common. All Blacks doing the Haka (can mods add a drooling smiley please?)

So rules: Always search before you post. Cannot post anything in the market place if you have less than 10 posts. Dont be a troll.

Basically its like real life but through a computer. Its a fun place to be
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Re: Sydney to Geneva

Welcome from another Aussie!! I'm from Sydney too. Married a Swiss girl & moved over here... Although, I'm over in the german speaking side.

All the best!
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Re: Sydney to Geneva

Welcome to Geneva!

I've been in Geneva since July and I'm finding the Swiss here being super approachable and friendly. Just don't try to mangle their language and they are pretty happy!

Give us a shout if you want a mini-tour
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Re: Sydney to Geneva

Thanks - that's really friendly. I'm so impressed by how kind the Genevois are... and actually, they speak slowly and are very patient with me and my bad grammar. I will go and search French lessons now. I'm in Augustins. Where are you?
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Thanks - that's really friendly. I'm so impressed by how kind the Genevois are... and actually, they speak slowly and are very patient with me and my bad grammar. I will go and search French lessons now. I'm in Augustins. Where are you?

Im in Servette. Pretty close to the city center if you walk fast :P
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Re: Sydney to Geneva

I'm in Plainpalais, neighbours...kinda?
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I've been in Geneva since July and I'm finding the Swiss here being super approachable and friendly. Just don't try to mangle their language and they are pretty happy!
"Their" language? Hah, I bet the French think it's really theirs!

I'm not an Aussie but I am nominally from the Southern Hemisphere. Perhaps we Geneva lot should organise a coffee and whinge session at Cornavin or Plainpalais sometime?
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"Their" language? Hah, I bet the French think it's really theirs!

I'm not an Aussie but I am nominally from the Southern Hemisphere. Perhaps we Geneva lot should organise a coffee and whinge session at Cornavin or Plainpalais sometime?
Try telling a Quebecois that french isn't theirs!

If whinging were to commence, please let it be not in starbucks.
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Hi there,

I'm four weeks new to Geneva. I'm slowly getting the hang of things here. I lived in London for two years - and it took me about that long to get to understand the Londoners - in a nutshell, they make great friends and lousy strangers.

I expect it will take me as long to get a feel for the Swiss. At the moment, I'm amused and overwhelmed by their love of rules. In Sydney, nothing is done until you've done it three times. Here it seems to be five. I'm lucky if I achieve one thing a day.

So I have a question? Is this a Swiss forum in english? Or an English forum in Switzerland. It will help me to understand the 'rules'.

Thanks for look at me. That's friendly.
Welcome to Switzerland, and the EF

a fellow Sydneysider
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Re: Sydney to Geneva

@TimorousBeastie @Gata @Markmarsden I'd love to have a coffee? "Boreal", perhaps? On Rue de Stand? I'm usually there from 8.45 til 10 am with a cranky Spoodle.... I guess it's a matter of time and place.
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@TimorousBeastie @Gata @Markmarsden I'd love to have a coffee? "Boreal", perhaps? On Rue de Stand? I'm usually there from 8.45 til 10 am with a cranky Spoodle.... I guess it's a matter of time and place.
Le awesome, Boreal is great! I'll drop by on either tues or wed next week.

You'll know me by my scottish accent and most likely - curly hair (thanks, crap weather).
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I put that in my diary... I hope I remember what "hairy Scot Boreal" means.
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