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Re: Is life slow in Switzerland ?

Slow oder fast!

It depends very much on once prospective. If you are settled homely person that minds ones business without much hype in life then your pace might look slow. Definition would be work, home, family, holidays, few trips and friends. However if you one of those "work hard play hard" yuppies who live intensively thru the week and cannot wait in excitment for TGIF to hit few night clubs after midnight it is a whole different beast. All depends on age and aspirations to define ones life. Therefore perception of slow or fast might vary.
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I can't speak for the rest of Switzerland, but my life is certainly slower, less hectic and less stressful since I lived here.
Could be something to do with giving up my hectic and stressful job.
Could be..

But you can totally have a hectic and stressful job here

I think while I prefer the pace of life here, I prefer the pace of thoughts, ideas, projects and concepts elsewhere. Maybe both go hand in hand. I wouldn't personally complain, since I seem to always find what I need but I understand why some of my NYC friends or folks from intellectually, culturally or otherwise hopping areas nag sometimes about sleepiness here.

Adjustment to a hectic life with everything it brings, is a skill, you deal with it. Adjustment to a slow life, and I don't necessarily mean opening hours or immediacy of services, might be tricky for some.
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Re: Is life slow in Switzerland ?

Slow ? fast ? ..depends on the circumstances IMHO.

A Portugese friend told me once :
"Switzerland is the only country where people RUN when they go to work in the morning"
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Old 20.07.2013, 19:55
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Re: Is life slow in Switzerland ?

When I can relax in a place like that I call it slow in the most positive way
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It is slow but I came here from an island so its faster than what I am used to0
I hope things are going well for you here.
Yes, I am fine actually, thank you Maybe the challenge is to realise our own internal speed in whatever we do, and find a balance that way.
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Could be..

But you can totally have a hectic and stressful job here

I think while I prefer the pace of life here, I prefer the pace of thoughts, ideas, projects and concepts elsewhere. Maybe both go hand in hand. I wouldn't personally complain, since I seem to always find what I need but I understand why some of my NYC friends or folks from intellectually, culturally or otherwise hopping areas nag sometimes about sleepiness here.

Adjustment to a hectic life with everything it brings, is a skill, you deal with it. Adjustment to a slow life, and I don't necessarily mean opening hours or immediacy of services, might be tricky for some.
This slow - fast can also be a mindset, and maybe the contradiction between structure orientedness here and creativity plus the approach to balance work - family - hobbies here and work - carreer - self fulfilment in many places elsewhere is what characterises the aspects of slow here and fast elsewhere. Although the idea is really to realise the speed that works for ourselves and concentrate maybe on quality more not on quantity wherever we are. No complaints actually...
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I can get an x-ray for a thumb injury on the same day (after a bit of a wait at the Permanence walk-in place). My friend from the UK was lamenting on FB this morning that she needs an x-ray on her neck after falling from a ladder and they've booked her in on Monday!

I think I prefer Switzerland's kind of "slow".
Healthcare services are very high quality, although of course I did hear about all kinds of experiences here too, and I also think that the quality of life is high and that has to do with being structured, organised, professional approach, not hectic... I link the aspects of slow a bit to quality, specially in Switzerland...

I like the different views on this thread, good to read what people think... Thanks a lot.
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..quality..
That's what I meant.

Could you multiquote, s'il vous plaît? Merci.
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Re: Is life slow in Switzerland ?

In Swiss mind:

Slow = Quality
Fast = Rest of the world
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So that you did not get to Switzerland from Budapest ?
Yes I/we did, and I still miss it. I am going back this weekend, variety in life is great...
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When we arrived a few years ago to Switzerland I found it very slow and boring. There are a great deal of things to do here actually, still life seemed slow and still. Slow traffic, people walked slowly, shops were open in interesting time schedules...

There are aspects of this "slow" life that are still very challenging, but I do appreciate many others I did not before.

I went as far as starting a blog recently to explore and enjoy aspects of a "slow" life. ( the blog is in an exploratory phase )

Are you interested? Have a look here!

http://www.slow2balance.blogspot.com

Do you do slow things in Switzerland? Do you enjoy it?

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I am a bit confused. In your profile you state to be Hungarian. But in Budapest, life is far slower and far more relaxed than in Zürich, EXCEPT the speedy road traffic.

For comparison, London is far more relaxed than hectic Paris, which however does not mean anything about the final result
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Yes, the pace of life is slower... probably explains why the quality of life is much higher.
"Persil wäscht weisser" I mean "slower than where" ? Take Britain. It is fairly obvious that the pace of life in places like Weymouth, Exeter and Arundel (Arundel Castle being a superb landmark) is far slower than even in London Suburbia
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I am a bit confused. In your profile you state to be Hungarian. But in Budapest, life is far slower and far more relaxed than in Zürich, EXCEPT the speedy road traffic.

For comparison, London is far more relaxed than hectic Paris, which however does not mean anything about the final result
Right, I come from Budapest, I am Hungarian, and I am confused too...

I mean, what is slow is subjective and more or less a mindset, depends on age, and many things. Maybe your life there ( if you have lived in Budapest ) was more relaxed than in Zurich....

Balancing work - family - living - leasure - friends ... activities in Switzerland, or at least around Basel is much easier, than in Budapest. You can live a high quality life here with 1 "earner" in a family, and the whole infrastructure is organised in a way, that you can balance life. Schools, shopping, "clean air" is near, you can reach every spot by bike, don't need to sit in traffic, you can get localy produced healthy food from the neighborhood... etc.etc. Yes, choice in some things are limited here : culture, theater, music, bars, cafés, shopping... But, if you are busy with work, carreer, children, further education etc., than no time remains for these things anyway. So life is slower here because you can live a quality life by doing much less...
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