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New to Switzerland - from Australia

Hi Everyone!

I've finally got around to introducting myself and our family. My name is Tamara. I'm originally from Canada. I moved to Australia over 5 years ago when I married my wonderful Aussie hubby, Richard. We've just moved to Switzerland from Australia with our two beautiful girls, ages 4 and 1.

We are excited to be in Switzerland and look at it as a life experience for us and our children. We'll probably be here for a couple of years. We hope to use our time here to travel around Europe and learn German.

Would love to connect with other expat Aussies (missing TimTam's) or Canadians (missing Timmy's coffee and Crispie Crunch bars).

Thanks for reading my post.

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Re: New to Switzerland - from Australia

G'day Tamara and welcome to the forum.

Keep an eye out for social events in the area, there's regular meet-ups in Basel and Zürich, which are not too far away from where you are.

Finding TimTams is not so easy, unless you find one of those novelty Aussie Shops and are prepared to pay over 5 times the original price.

Whereabouts in Australia were you before coming all the way here?
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We were living in the Western suburbs of Brisbane. Very nice. It was a far cry from the Canadian lifestyle I had been accustomed to. Too hot in summer and Christmas seemed like a miss. I liked the other three seasons though. Very nice!

Yes I've heard you can get Aussie stuff on-line here in Switzerland but it's so expensive. I guess if you really want the Tim Tam's and Shapes then it's worth it. A great Christmas gift idea....

We are going back to Brissie for a visit in March. Richard's mother turns 80. We are looking forward to spending time on the beach and visiting the Koala park my daughter loves so much.

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You're right about Christmas. It's much nicer here in the cold. With 45C and near 100% humidity and you're trying to eat roast turkey? Pass.
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We were living in the Western suburbs of Brisbane. Very nice. It was a far cry from the Canadian lifestyle I had been accustomed to. Too hot in summer and Christmas seemed like a miss. I liked the other three seasons though. Very nice!
3 seasons ? Brisbane - like the rest of Queensland - only has two seasons .

I can imagine it'd be a pretty big change from anywhere in Canada though .

Where in the western suburbs did you live ? It's the best part of Brisbane, in my opinion - my parents live in Chapel Hill and I lived in Toowong and St Lucia for several years (unfortunately no longer - in Sydney at the moment, although soon to be moving to Zurich ).
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You are quite right. Two seasons - HOT and HOTTER! Lucklily HOTTER was really only 3 or 4 months. The rest of the time it was quite nice. Cold at night in the winter though. I don't get the reason why the houses aren't insulated from the heat and the cold.... I moved from Canada and couldn't believe it was 12 degrees in my kitchen when I got up in the morning in July. Brrrrrr. Three hours later, all warmed up the sun and upstairs bedrooms started to roast. That's even with the attic being insultate.

We lived in Middle Park (near Jindalee, Mt. Ommaney, etc.). Middle Park State School was a stones throw from our house.

When are you moving to Zurich? Have you lived in/visited Switzerland before?

Tamara
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You're right about Christmas. It's much nicer here in the cold. With 45C and near 100% humidity and you're trying to eat roast turkey? Pass.
You're not wrong. Thank goodness for the pool and a Webber.

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Re: New to Switzerland - from Australia

Hello!

Not from Australia or Canada but my husband and I just returned from our Australian honeymoon which was fabulous...

So hello an dwelocme :-) I also just moved here (Patrick was here beforehand) and therefore trying to settle in...

Where are you living here?

Cristina
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You are quite right. Two seasons - HOT and HOTTER! Lucklily HOTTER was really only 3 or 4 months. The rest of the time it was quite nice. Cold at night in the winter though. I don't get the reason why the houses aren't insulated from the heat and the cold.... I moved from Canada and couldn't believe it was 12 degrees in my kitchen when I got up in the morning in July. Brrrrrr. Three hours later, all warmed up the sun and upstairs bedrooms started to roast. That's even with the attic being insultate.
Crikey, I'm surprised you call 12 degrees "cold" . I grew up in the tropics (central QLD), and even I don't start shivering until it gets under 10 .

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We lived in Middle Park (near Jindalee, Mt. Ommaney, etc.). Middle Park State School was a stones throw from our house.
I know the area, it's nice, especially if you have kids.

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My wife and I have decided that, at nearly 30, it's time we did our obligatory stint as Aussie expats . We had originally (~3 years ago) envisaged doing this in the UK, because I hold dual Australian/British citizenship, but the (American) company I currently work for (in their Sydney office) also has an office in Zurich. Since I work in IT, I can pretty much pick up and move overnight and still do my job. Allison is not quite so lucky, but her current boss is actually from Zurich as well and has put her into contact with some potential employers (she's an Electrical Engineer).

We had a 6-week holiday in the UK last year (very good friends got married in Ireland) and stopped in at the Zurich office for a few days on the way home. We're hoping it'll be a nice, central staging area to explore Europe one weekend at a time. Oh, and I'm really looking forward to be only an hour or so from the slopes, rather than six hours, so I can improve my skiing and boarding.
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Crikey, I'm surprised you call 12 degrees "cold" . I grew up in the tropics (central QLD), and even I don't start shivering until it gets under 10 .

You're a lucky one then! I have a friend in Brissie who grew up in South Africa and Darwin and she starts to shiver when the temp dips below 20! I would roast with a jumper up to my chin at that temperature... but there she was....
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Hello!

Not from Australia or Canada but my husband and I just returned from our Australian honeymoon which was fabulous...

So hello an dwelocme :-) I also just moved here (Patrick was here beforehand) and therefore trying to settle in...

Where are you living here?

Cristina
Australia is a wonder romantic place to honeymoon. The beaches are gorgeous....

We are in Schafisheim.
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