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Old 27.03.2012, 22:25
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New in Geneva!

Hello! I'm new in Geneva, moved here from Zurich about a month ago. This is my 2nd introduction in 2 years so I thought, why not reintroduce myself? :P

Anyway, Zurich has left me with high expectations of the public transportation system in Switzerland. I thought it would be the same in Geneva but I thought wrong. Oh the horror! Other than that, Geneva suits me just fine.

PS: Any runners/joggers around Vernier/Meyrin/Satigny?
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Old 27.03.2012, 22:45
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Re: New in Geneva!

Welcome to Suisse Romande!

We're much nicer over here, you'll quickly learn

Out of curiosity, what do you dislike about TPG?
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Old 27.03.2012, 23:06
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Re: New in Geneva!

Oh yes I agree with you. It is much nicer here! *worshipping the good cuts of meat from across the border*

I find that TPG is almost never on time. At least the trams and buses. Okay, what's a couple of minutes delay but it's not fun when I miss my connecting train. It's always crowded too. Almost at anytime of the day. :P
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Yeah Geneva and transportation (bus or car) is pretty bad. I lived there many years and I'm regularly visiting the city. I find Basel, where I'm now so much better on this aspect.
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Re: New in Geneva!

Make sure you loiter and look available in Geneva, then maybe being squashed up against someone might bring some unexpected rewards...

http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-life/142357-swiss-people-affairs-seems-common.html

... and hey, you're from Singapore, you must be used to public transport! I worked in Singapore for 8 weeks, and only once, on a Sunday morning, did I get a seat on the train.
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Old 28.03.2012, 12:44
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Make sure you loiter and look available in Geneva, then maybe being squashed up against someone might bring some unexpected rewards...

http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-life/142357-swiss-people-affairs-seems-common.html
Oh yeah, speaking of which, I also find the men in La Suisse Romande more aggressive in terms of staring down women. Oh how they stare like they've never seen a woman before. And mind you, I'm not wearing anything remotely revealing.

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... and hey, you're from Singapore, you must be used to public transport! I worked in Singapore for 8 weeks, and only once, on a Sunday morning, did I get a seat on the train.
TPG is on the same level as the Singapore transportation system. I relied on taxis when I was there. Unfortunately I'm not rich enough to zip around in taxis here in Switzerland. :P
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Old 28.03.2012, 13:04
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Oh yeah, speaking of which, I also find the men in La Suisse Romande more aggressive in terms of staring down women. Oh how they stare like they've never seen a woman before. And mind you, I'm not wearing anything remotely revealing.
True? just send us a picture so that the male amongst us can raise a poll

btw, re-welcome as well.
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Old 28.03.2012, 13:23
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....... And mind you, I'm not wearing anything remotely revealing.

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True? just send us a picture so that the male amongst us can raise a poll

GVA, that is disgusting !.... Ubiquity is a new-comer to our fair city and you are doing nothing but reinforcing these negative stereotypes that she has already come to believe.

please... pictures will not be necessary.

A simple word by word description of exactly what she was wearing will suffice.

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Old 28.03.2012, 13:35
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Oh don't you guys worry about what I was wearing. I blend in pretty well with the landscape of Rue du Marche.
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Oh don't you guys worry about what I was wearing. I blend in pretty well with the landscape of Rue du Marche.
so that falls somewhere between beggar and bling.
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so that falls somewhere between beggar and bling.
that makes up just about everyone in Geneva
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Old 28.03.2012, 13:47
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Oh don't you guys worry about what I was wearing. I blend in pretty well with the landscape of Rue du Marche.
dommage, still was worth a try

cheers
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Re: New in Geneva!

I find Geneva the only city in Switzerland (is it?) in which I need to pay attention as a pedestrian to traffic. Cars speed without much caring for walking people, they eventually stop but who would risk if this one will do it too. Way more aggressive drivers compared to Zurich. But if you move just to Lausanne, things change dramatically (so it's not a suisse-romande-thing ).
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Re: New in Geneva!

A question for people who have been here for a while:

How long does it normally take to process change of canton application (for non EU B permit holder)?

I submitted mine more than a month ago and I still haven't hear anything. I've called the immigration office and I got a horrible customer service who wasn't very helpful.
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Re: New in Geneva!

Hi guys,

I'll be starting my Master's in Geneva from September. Currently looking around online for cheap accomodation (despite Geneva's reputation for being costly..hehe). I'm currently in Asia, and never lived in Europe before. It could be quite a paradigm shift for me, does any one know whether there are generous price accomodation for students in town??

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Re: New in Geneva!

Can't vouch for TPG (they can screw things up badly when they put their mind to it...see new tickets machines that cannot take pre-paid cards!), but as for drivers, with 45% of Geneva population being non-Swiss, you cannot generalise the "driving skills", as your GE number plates could be holding a driving licence from anywhere in the world.
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True? just send us a picture so that the male amongst us can raise a poll

btw, re-welcome as well.
Raise a what?
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Can't vouch for TPG (they can screw things up badly when they put their mind to it...see new tickets machines that cannot take pre-paid cards!), but as for drivers, with 45% of Geneva population being non-Swiss, you cannot generalise the "driving skills", as your GE number plates could be holding a driving licence from anywhere in the world.
The TPG has graciously decided to keep all their old machines and these will be 'co-habiting' by the tram and bus stops until the end of 2014.
So it will still be possible to use a pre-paid Bonus card (avaliable from newsagents or the TPG offices at the railway station and Bachet).
In the autumn of 2014 they are introducing a new form of pre-paid card which will have a swipeable 'puce' in it..... the old ones cannot be adapted to use in the new machines and they thought they'd get away with just abandoning them; public out-cry has forced them to change their minds.
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A question for people who have been here for a while:

How long does it normally take to process change of canton application (for non EU B permit holder)?

I submitted mine more than a month ago and I still haven't hear anything. I've called the immigration office and I got a horrible customer service who wasn't very helpful.
Yeah, the Geneve Cantonal office du Population is not the friendliest of organisations I ever came across. And they're a bitch to get to if you need to go in person.

When I moved cantons it took around a week; but then I'm EU B permit and was moving from Geneva to Vaud. Geneva took ages to send me a letter to say, 'thanks, see you later' if that's any help....

Oh, and bienvenue!
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