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New Spaniard in Lugano

Hiya!

I just moved to Lugano 10 days ago... and I am finding it quite different from London, where I used to live before. I come originally from Madrid and I speak Spanish, English and some lousy French. And of course I hope I will be speaking Italian in some months!

I am a 30yo male and I like sightseeing, travelling, sports, eating out... I enjoy some drinks from time to time, but my times of crazy partying are long gone Now I'd rather spent some extra time at the gym than at a club.

I live close to Lugano Centre and well... it would be nice getting in touch with some people, since this town is soooo quiet

Thanks!
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Hi there,
Thx God that there is another one who think that Lugano is so quiet, I am from Romania and I live near Lugano but every day I am thinking if this is the right choose and I didnt conclude yet .
Welcome in Svizzera, you will learn italian sooner than you expect, dont worry about that!
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Thx God that there is another one who think that Lugano is so quiet, I am from Romania and I live near Lugano but every day I am thinking if this is the right choose and I didnt conclude yet .
Welcome in Svizzera, you will learn italian sooner than you expect, dont worry about that!
Hey Diandra!

Yes, that is the same with me... although now that I have my bank account and my gym membership I am much happier already! However, when people used to tell me "Are you going to Switzerland? Are you aware of it being very quiet?" I used to answer "well, I am not much of a clubber, I go to bed early, I like being indoors, doing sports and study languages, so..."

But the truth is that I am currently living in a temporary appartment that, despite not being bad, it does not feel like a "home", so staying indoors is not so cool as it was in London, in my nice house with my warm and clean white carpet and my backyard, lol!

Also, when the night falls and everything is so quiet and knowing almost nobody here it really feels lonely... although the same thing happened to me when I arrived to my very-residential neighbourhood in London without knowing anybody (again!).

I think that Italian is easier for Romanians than from Spaniards, although I am already picking up some words Which part of Romania are you from? I worked in Prague a couple of years ago with some people from Cluj Napoca. I was supposed to go there at some point, but in the end in never worked out so... for the moment I have never been in Count Dracula´s country
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Re: New Spaniard in Lugano

I live near Hungaria, Oradea is my town, around 150 km far from Cluj, but we have the same concepts.
I have my son in the summer holiday and we spent a wonderful time togheter, we had a lot of places to visit and the time wasnt enough, but we will continue in december, I hope, if I`ll still be here .
Last month I was for a training in Andalusia, Sevilla, where I charge my batteries for a month, that was another place where I felt as home.
what can I say about my apartment, in fact is not mine(ours) I live with my boyfriend, for sure is not like home but we can feel almost like at home, it needs some acquisitions but we will take it easier because it isnt ours and we have to think twice when we buy something .

I would like to start playing tennis, I had my rollers blade and I sold its cause I didnt like to go alone, I used to play backgammon or chess ...or to go on the mountain, but this is another story

Have a nice evening, I prepare to go to pick up somebody from gym class.
Excuse my english, I have to improve it but I didnt have the opportunity to live in London, yet!
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Hey Diandra, your English is way better than my italian, lol! But not have lived in London is something like a capital sin... you really should make a move there at some point

My stay in Switzerland is temporary, 6 months or 12... and afterwards I am so going back to the UK! I really enjoy knowing new countries, but from my point of view UK is a real great place to live in!

I have the same concerns with my appartment. It is a temporary one provided by my employer for three months. I have already found another one for my next three months, so I do not really want to buy anything for this one... but it is pretty empty and not cozy. And with this weather I would rather have a nice home to be in!!! The flat I have found for the next three months is fully furnished and very nice, so I am really looking forward to moving there. However, I will not waste three months of free lodging!!!

Did you like Seville?
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And of course I hope I will be speaking Italian in some months!
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Then go for it and study. Many many Spanish and South Americans, Portuguese and Romanians speak a really lousy Italian, maybe thinking being all of them of Romance languages one is like the other. Which of course is true in some aspects, but doesn't make a person a good speaker either.


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I am a 30yo male and I like sightseeing, travelling, sports, eating out... I enjoy some drinks from time to time, but my times of crazy partying are long gone Now I'd rather spent some extra time at the gym than at a club.
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So where's the problem? There are plenty of gyms, aren't there?


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I live close to Lugano Centre and well... it would be nice getting in touch with some people, since this town is soooo quiet
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Lugano's best thing (btw as a small town) for whom seeks a not so quiet life is its position, i.e. close to Italy (Como, Varese and of course Milan 64 km. Not really a long distance).
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The flat I have found for the next three months is fully furnished and very nice, so I am really looking forward to moving there. However, I will not waste three months of free lodging!!!
Lucky you Adenosin, I am happy to hear, at least one of us will feel better in the next future.

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Did you like Seville?
It`s impossible not to like Seville, in fact I have felt like home, the same atmosphere in evenings, I would say that real life begin at 20:00.

For all of you I wish a wonderful week-end, in spite of the ugly weather !
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Then go for it and study. Many many Spanish and South Americans, Portuguese and Romanians speak a really lousy Italian, maybe thinking being all of them of Romance languages one is like the other. Which of course is true in some aspects, but doesn't make a person a good speaker either.
Definitely. When I knew I was coming to Ticino (and my address) I already found some italian lessons near the appartment. The course starts next Tuesday! In the meantime I got an Italian grammar and I know already more about the language, but being in a classroom always helps, at least at the very beginning.

I did the same when I moved to France and a lot of people told me "but you are not staying there... why bother???" For me it is logical to learn the local language. And moreover, now that I live in Switzerland and English is NOT an official language, some information I am finding it only in German, Italian and French. So speaking French is being very useful. Even if I am staying here only for six months, it is a good opportunity to learn another language.



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So where's the problem? There are plenty of gyms, aren't there?
There are. I arrived on a Sunday. Everything was closed except the gyms, so I did a "tournée" finding out more about them. The moment I managed to have my bank account opened and some money arrived to the UK, I signed up for one close to home that had also an insurance to enable me quitting, if I leave Lugano, and being reimbursed the rest of the membership (which is exactly what I was looking for). So I am very happy now with my gym


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Lugano's best thing (btw as a small town) for whom seeks a not so quiet life is its position, i.e. close to Italy (Como, Varese and of course Milan 64 km. Not really a long distance).
Not really a long distance... if you have a car. I don´t, and I am not buying one for six months. Also, a car here would be a problem with the parking spots. Milano and Como is still reachable by train to spend the day, but in general here you are very dependant on a car.

That is what I am finding very disappointing about here... probably the most disappointing thing. I have a personal thing against cars, having lived in Madrid most of my life. Madrid has a horrible obsession by cars and a horrible traffic... and a lot of times is more a snob thing ("you only go by public transport if you cannot afford a car") than a practical thing.

When I knew I was coming to a 50.000 inhabitants town, I thought: "Oh, nice! no much traffic, green, no pollution, no noise...." and I found myself in a place with a worse traffic than London, horrible parking problems (none of my business since I do not have a car, but anyway...), traffic jams... and everybody taking the car for everything. Even public transport is very deficient (I work in Bedano and the connection is AWFUL). Definitely not what I was expecting from a nice, quite, and small town. And very inconvenient for me since I do not want to have a car.

I am aware that it is not such a big deal... I mean, I lived in Madrid decades and I did not die despite of all the traffic :P But I had expected Swtizerland to be more... "green", and no so car-crazy, to be honest.


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Lucky you Adenosin, I am happy to hear, at least one of us will feel better in the next future.



It`s impossible not to like Seville, in fact I have felt like home, the same atmosphere in evenings, I would say that real life begin at 20:00.

For all of you I wish a wonderful week-end, in spite of the ugly weather !
Oh yeah, this weather is OUTRAGEOUS! How many rain can these clouds hold?? And afterwards people talk about London´s weather!! Yeah, right...

Do not be downhearted Diandra I am sure things will get better. For me everything has improved a lot since I arrived, only three weeks ago.

About Seville... I like more the North of Spain... it is cooler, greener... it looks more like northern europe or even switzerland, with the amazing mountains and all. But it is true that in the South, as you say, real life starts more or less at the time when it ends here, lol!!!

But I have to admit that the Swiss style adapts better to my body than the Spanish one. I get really sleepy when the sun goes down. Yesterday, for example, I went to sleep at 22 and I woke up today at 7. Being a Sunday I think that if I did this in Spain they would kick me out of the country, lol!

Hope you are having a nice weekend
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Re: New Spaniard in Lugano

Hi!

I have just moved to Morcote (near Lugano) from the U.K. I was previously living in Cardiff and London so I too am finding it very quiet (and I have only been here 1 day!!). I noticed that you mentioned Italian classes, may I ask where and how much? I too would like to learn Italian, and also to make the most of my time here! Any other exciting suggestions welcomed!! Hope you're settling in ok.
Lucie
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Hi!

I have just moved to Morcote (near Lugano) from the U.K. I was previously living in Cardiff and London so I too am finding it very quiet (and I have only been here 1 day!!). I noticed that you mentioned Italian classes, may I ask where and how much? I too would like to learn Italian, and also to make the most of my time here! Any other exciting suggestions welcomed!! Hope you're settling in ok.
Lucie
Yes, it is very quiet... in London I used to go to bed early, but now in Lugano I work at very early times (this last week around 7:30) and that added to the fact that the town is so quite after 19:00 makes me go to bed around 21... omg!! When I tell this things in Spain they want to take away my Spanish citizenship, lol! This weekend I am in Spain, I was supposed to go out with my friends... but it is already 23 (more or less the time you´d go out to pubs) and I am getting into bed, because I feel SO sleepy!

I go to Italian lessons to Scuola Migros. You can check out the courses within Switzerland here: http://www.scuola-club.ch/ I started two weeks ago, level A1 (the very first, and it is divided in two courses, so A1/1). It is 36 hours of class (two hours per day, two days per week, hence 18 days and 9 weeks) and it was around 550 CHF.

It is a small class, around 8 people, so the pace is quite fast. It may sound snob, but I was thinking "language lessons at a supermarket???" and the truth is that I am pretty happy

I go to the lessons in Lugano, but there are also places in Locarno and Bellinzona, I think. In Lugano, the place is Via Pretorio 15, 1 minute ago of both Lugano Centro (urban buses) and Autosilo Balestra (postbus station), so even if you have to commute into Lugano is pretty well connected. Check them out!
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