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Hi everyone,

just wanting to introduce myself.
My name is Monika (prefer Moni ) and I'm swiss/american. I was born and grew up just outside of Zürich. After my apprenticeship as a early childhood education teacher in 1989 I went on what I thought was a vacation to Maui, Hawaii. Well, I ended up staying there for 19 years and during that time became an american citizen. Long story in between there and now, but I've been back in Switzerland, same place I grew up in, since 2008. It's good to be back as I still have family here.
I still think in English and read books mostly in English as I don't want to forget it. That's also part of the reason I decided to become a member here. I may be a good resource for those of you that are new to Switzerland or the Zürich area. Feel free to contact me.
I also have some ulterior reasons, a new business I've startet, but that doesn't belong here.
Aloha,
Moni
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Re: Hi everyone,

Welcome back Moni!
You must be enjoying the weather now :-)
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Re: Hi everyone,

Aloha, and welcome to the forum.

I certainly can't blame you for deciding to stay in Hawaii those 19 years! Such a beautiful place... (when you can get away from all the tourist stuff, of course).
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Re: Hi everyone,

Welcome, you've come a long way from Life's a Beach in Kihei. Maui is incredible.
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Re: Hi everyone,

Thanks for the warm welcome back replys. It sounds like some of you have been to Maui.
Since this is my 5th winter back I'm well prepared for this cold season, but the 1st winter I had nothing, no undershirts, no winterboots and no coat.
I do think about Maui fondly just about now
I must say though that I missed the seasons, especially fall and spring.
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Old 12.12.2012, 20:12
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Re: Hi everyone,

Eh, howzit an' stuff li'dat!

I wen grow up ov'ah deah too. I wen stay on da'kine O'ahu fo' like 20 yeahs wit' da'kine dem.

Ok, enough of that pigeon blah blah. Maui's nice. Been a long time since I've been back to islands. Was in Seattle since '97 and moved here to Chur about 6 months-ish ago. Welcome to the forum!

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Eh, howzit an' stuff li'dat!

I wen grow up ov'ah deah too. I wen stay on da'kine O'ahu fo' like 20 yeahs wit' da'kine dem.

Ok, enough of that pigeon blah blah. Maui's nice. Been a long time since I've been back to islands. Was in Seattle since '97 and moved here to Chur about 6 months-ish ago. Welcome to the forum!

k'den!

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Hey braddah,

I just went had such one good laugh about your da kine, da pidgin
It just reminded me of a skyping session with my maui friend last week while she was at work in Kihei and a local guy came in and asked her something. It just sounded like home because he spoke pidgin
I haven't been back since 2008 either but it's still in my heart and I like to think that I've brought some of the aloha spirit back with me to switzerland.
Mahalo and aloha
Moni
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Re: Hi everyone,

hi moni welcome back.
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Re: Hi everyone,

Hey, I spent 3 years on Oahu, followed by 20 years in California, then moved here. I still feel like I'm living on an island, albeit of a very different kind.
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Hey, I spent 3 years on Oahu, followed by 20 years in California, then moved here. I still feel like I'm living on an island, albeit of a very different kind.
Hi Karl,
I was hoping to find some other former islanders here. Did I detect a little sarcasm in the "still living on an island" comment? Just wondering
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Hi Karl,
I was hoping to find some other former islanders here. Did I detect a little sarcasm in the "still living on an island" comment? Just wondering
You'll find out soon enough.
About my time in Hawaii...let's just say I probably built sand castles with Obama...
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