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A June arrival

Hi, everyone! I'm not exactly new here, because I did stay in Zurich for several months during 2009, and even made it out to the Talacker bar once for drinks. I fell in love with the country during my short stay, and I'm happy to say that my company has finally decided to relocate me there. I work for one of the big Swiss banks who also happens to have offices in the States.

My wife, two sons and I will be arriving in June, and then doing the frantic dance to try to find a permanent apartment to stay in. My two sons will be 12 and 1 when we arrive, and my wife and I are both in our 30s. (She's also expecting in September, so we'll need to find an english-speaking obstetrician pretty quickly once we get there.)

Since we'll shortly have two babies under the age of 2, my wife will be staying home with them and I'm sure would love to meet a bunch of the other EF members who have little ones.

I'm also looking for possible pen pals for my older son, especially kids who could share their experiences with him to reassure him that Switzerland will be a good experience for him. He's understandably upset that he is having to leave all of his friends and school behind, and is afraid that he won't be able to make friends once he gets there. (I'm not as worried.) He won't be going to an international school, though, so he'll have to adjust to learning in German.

Hopefully we'll be able to get out and attend some group functions once we get there. We still don't know exactly when we'll be arriving, but we're hoping it will be after my son's school ends, near the start of June.

I've already built a non-exhaustive list, but if anyone wants to use this thread to suggest things we should plan to bring with us from the states, instead of buying locally once we get there, please do!

Milo
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Re: A June arrival

Hiya Milo,

It's late, but I'll start you off. Bring peanut butter, the stuff they sell here is only good for putting between bathroom tiles.

Good luck with the move.
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Re: A June arrival

Hey Milo...welcome to EF!
My son was 13 when we moved here two years ago and my daughter 10. I was a bit concerned because they also started to attend a local school. They did great with the language and there were no problems finding new friends. It is true that they knew stuff about CH before we moved and they liked it. I must say that a huge help was the school. The school paid for the German course in a private school and even for the transportation as they had to travel to another city for German. The fact that they felt how the school was helping them meant a lot. I do hope that you will find the best solutions and your kids will integrate as soon as possible! If you want your son to get in touch with my son please pm me but we are not americans so maybe some american kids that moved also here at the same age could do a better job. But like I said, let me know if we can help!
All the best with your move!

And YES...do bring peanut butter! Crunchy
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Hiya Milo,

It's late, but I'll start you off. Bring peanut butter, the stuff they sell here is only good for putting between bathroom tiles.

Good luck with the move.
And Marmite of course!
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Re: A June arrival

Hi all, I'm the before mentioned wife. Just started my EF account today, but have been lurking for advice for a while!

We are really excited about the move, even though it's going to be fairly frenetic with the baby (and being almost 6 months pregnant once we get there).

I hope to come to at least a couple of the meet ups before the baby is born!

Thanks for tips, although, I may pass on marmite
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Re: A June arrival

Welcome to the forum.

For your wife. Some of this advice depends on the budget you will allocate for renting an apartment.
1. make sure you have an elevator. Carting babies, strollers, laundry and shopping up and down stairs is not recommended.
2. make sure you have your own laundry. I have only seen apartment blocks where the laundry is in the cellar. A lot of places have shared laundry facilities (**eek**) where there is a roster system (**double eek**).
3. try to be walking distance to a kindergarten. When your second child starts kindy at age 4 or 5, you teach them to walk by themselves with the other kindergarten children.
4. if you have had 2 c-sections the hospital will only give you another one... no options - they won't risk it.
5. when choosing your apartment check how far the car park is away from your entry door. Try to pick an apartment where your underground carpark has direct access to your elevator.
6. Get to your closest Mothers Group as soon as you can. Don't try to be superwoman... you will need the support. There is an English speaking one in Stäfa that meets every Tuesday morning, but it depends where you end up living.
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ps. I have 3 kids and had never lived in an apartment before...
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