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San Francisco Bay Area to Zurich = culture shock

Hey,

I've been here for a while and after 3 months, lurking and learning. I still can't say I've gotten used to the Swiss way of making friends. In the US, it's kind of a cliche that in elevators people are quiet and unwilling to talk, in Switzerland, a bus or tram seems to be a giant elevator of sorts.

Anyway, having said that, I'm start to find some non-typical Swiss people and now looking to join a sattelite apartment in Oerlikon that promises to be a bit more social. Still, if anyone's more of an outgoing type here in Zurich and wants to meet up or have any tips on places with a more underground music/art scene or where the crowds are generally warmer, I'd certainly appreciate it.

-Slava
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area to Zurich = culture shock

Welcome to EF

Crowds are generally warmer at bars etc. Alcohol helps, I suppose

Also, look in to glocals, meetups etc. Look at the activities section of this forum and you can join in there too.

Best of luck.
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Re: San Francisco Bay Area to Zurich = culture shock

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Hey,

I've been here for a while and after 3 months, lurking and learning. I still can't say I've gotten used to the Swiss way of making friends. In the US, it's kind of a cliche that in elevators people are quiet and unwilling to talk, in Switzerland, a bus or tram seems to be a giant elevator of sorts.

Anyway, having said that, I'm start to find some non-typical Swiss people and now looking to join a sattelite apartment in Oerlikon that promises to be a bit more social. Still, if anyone's more of an outgoing type here in Zurich and wants to meet up or have any tips on places with a more underground music/art scene or where the crowds are generally warmer, I'd certainly appreciate it.

-Slava

On four trips to the USA I got into conversation with the whole Nation there -- at Airports -- in Museums - on airplanes --- etc ; and enjoyed the open ways of the Americans


Oerlikon --- yes, a good choice, but possibly an expensive one
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