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I'm Chilean New in Neuchâtel

Hi all!

My name is Leo, I come from Southern Chile and I came to Neuchâtel to finish my PhD degree in Biology. I arrived two weeks ago and right now I'm enjoying a second summer
I must to say that I don't miss a lot my natal country because people and the landscapes in Switzerland are as nice as in Chile.

Thank you for accepting me into your forum.

Cheers!

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Welcome to Neuchatel. You are very lucky with the weather now as we have had a horrible Spring here in Switzerland. If you want to meet young expats who speak English, go to the Café du Cerf behind the restaurant des Halles (the one with the pretty renaissance tower on the corner). Cheers.
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Re: I'm Chilean New in Neuchâtel

Hi Odile,

Thank you for your welcome and for the tips. I read in your profile that you enjoy wildlife activities. Could you give some tips on where I should go to learn more about Swiss wildlife?

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LEO
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Depends what you mean by wildlife, lol?

If you mean wild animals ... then I suppose it is very different here to Chile.

And the wildlife by the Lake very different to wildlife up here in the Jura moutons where I live. In the area we have so much wildlife, with many birds of prey, kestrels, buzzards, red kites and black kites, and peregine falcons. Song birds would need pages to list, but one of the rarities to be seen at the Creux-duVan, if the wall creeper, latin Tichodroma muraria, a lovey grey and bright pink bird. For mammals, depending on size and area, red/brown squirrels, pine and beech martens, badgers, foxes, beavers in some places, marmots, lynx and even the odd and elusive wolf. And so much more ... The flowers of the Jura are amazing and so varied too. For great walks I recommend the Gorges de l'Areuse (from Boudry), the Gorges de la Poetta Raisse (from Motiers, accessible by train from Neuch), the Ferme Robert and le Creux du Van (both accessible from Noiraigue station where you can hire an electric bike) - where you can see Ibex (big horned sheep like) providing you are there before 10.30 or after 4pm. Walk to the top of the hill to the panorama, to see the whole of Romandie and with a panorama of the Alps, including Mt Blanc. There are 30+ types of bats in the area. Go to La Morille information Centre at Champ du Moulin, half way up the Gorges de l'Areuse. There is also an info centre at the Ferme Robert below the Creux-du-Van. Area is also very rich in amphibians, frogs, newts, grass snakes, adders, etc.

Pro-natura regularly organises walks with experts. Coming soon: marmots at the Chasseron, on Sat 17th August, Chasseral geology, flora and fauna on 14th September, And Gorges de La Jogne from Brock to Charmey (Fribourg area) on 5th October. And so many more, including residential courses, etc.

www.pronatura.ch

There is a lovely wildlife magazine that covers Suisse Romande mainly, but also other parts and FRance, based in Neuchatel called 'La Salamandre'. A wonderful publication with amazing photos and drawings and specialist features. Go to their office in Neuchatel, they will make you very welcome.

If you tell me which field you are particularly interested in, I may be able to point you in the right direction, and take you to the right place. I am a linguist, but my wildlife speciality is badgers, if that can be of any use.

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Re: I'm Chilean New in Neuchâtel

Hola Leo!

I am Peruvian and live in (well close to) Neuchatel, welcome to the forum
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Hi,
Wildlife by definition comprises the terms flora and fauna. Therefore, the word wildlife is not exclusively related to wild (or aggressive) animals . Obviously, the wildlife of Switzerland must be very different from what we have in Chile, because both countries are located in different continents and have been subjected to different biogeographical stories. Anyway, in Chile we don’t have ‘wild’ animals, except for the Puma (mountain lion), which is rather a timid big cat.
I’m not interested into learn about a specific field or branch inside of the Swiss wildlife. I’m more interested in learning everything I can about the wildlife of this beautiful country. As the biologist I’m, I’m also enjoy outdoor activities.
I’m really grateful for the information that you gave me. I’m convinced that will be very useful. Now, I'll check the links that you provided me. Please, keep in touch.

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Hi Angela!

Thank you for you reply!

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LEO
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Well Leo, if you want me to take you to the Creux du Van, I'm happy to do so (I am an old woman though...). Take the train to Couvet where I can pick you up and take you. (and I don't bite )

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Hi Odile,

I really appreciate your offer. I'll contact you when I have organized my 'Swiss life' a little more
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Hey Leo welcome to Neuchâtel.
I am also doing my Ph.D. however in microtechnololgy. if you ever want to go for a drink let me know. Also I like hikes in nature so so if you guys do creux du van let me know, would happily tag along.
Btw planning to set up a group who does board games/card games somewhat on the regular. If you are interested in that let me know . Just to have a sorta regular social event.

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Hello Johan,

Thank you for welcoming me to the forum.
It would be nice to set up a trekking group!! I really enjoy outdoor activities.

Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the board games/card games...I have failed get hooked on these games. Indeed, I'm really bad playing cards!

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Hola Leo,

Congrats on the PhD work, that is very impressive. Just wanted to say hi as a fellow Chilean as I am in the process of moving to Zurich in the coming months.

If you are in dire need, I could pack an extra bag of manjar in my suitcase for you.

Saludos,

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Hi Vicente,

I'm responding very late because I'm out of Switzerland and without regular access to internet. Indeed, I'm in austral Chile right now (Tierra del Fuego Island) performing field work related to my PhD thesis. Anyway, I'll be back to Switzerland on February 13th. What is your goal there in Zurich?

Cheers and good luck!

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