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Old 06.05.2015, 12:10
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Greetings all! (again x2)

Hi Fellow Forumites! (again)

So somehow when I hit submit the first time, I got logged out and lost the whole introduction I had written. Maybe this makes the second one shorter... (This now third time, I at least copied the message before I hit submit... How short is the time out on this forum?!). Moving on...

As I shall be arriving to live in Bern from mid-July, I just wanted to introduce myself, as I will surely be seeking this community's advice (and hopefully offer some to others too).

I'm Swiss, but born in South Africa, so no visa issues etc.

I don't as of yet speak German, but will apply myself to picking it up right quick. I speak Afrikaans fluently, which helped me learn Dutch when I lived in Amsterdam for 6 months - so I have a foot in the language door. But I'll still need to search for (free/cheap) language courses/resources.

Job-wise, I'm an early-career academic (with another 10+ years in the professional field), in the areas of Physical Geography/Environmental Management/Mine Closure etc. I'm hoping to find an opportunity or two to guest lecture, as well as take up my PhD with a Swiss university (so any contacts/advice there is appreciated).

Otherwise I'm looking forward to all the cheeses and outdoors which CH offers, as well as seeing my extended family in Zurich, and meeting diverse and interesting people.

Any advice, comments, hellos or whatever are appreciated!

All the best,
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