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New to Forum, maybe maybe to Ticino

Hello members,

I'm a big city person and live in NYC and absolutely love the noise, the plethora of things to do, restaurants, 24 hour everything, our dirty, but efficient subway.. just about everything is perfect.

Then my husband got a job in Ticino... I like Italy on vacation, I went to Lugano and found it extremely boring, the pretty lake view is cool for a few pictures and I'm bored. I know I sound a bit ADHD, but I never lived in a small city so I envision small towns a place to visit only. I also love snow and I hear it doesn't really accumulate snow on the ground in Lugano.

Lastly, I speak no Italian, but speak French, while in Ticino I tried to communicate with English and French and except for the hotel the conversation became pointing and hand gestures with broken English or French coming from sales people at shops and such.

Anyone from a big city survived living in Ticino? Were you able to mingle and have a normal social life if you had no family or friends when you arrived?

Miraculously I found a job in my area where they require no Italian, but I suspect coworkers will speak Italian among themselves, I'm not sure it will be easy to be close to coworkers given the language barrier. Any thoughts? All impressions, experiences are welcome. Thank you!

Any gyms with classes in English or French?
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Old 12.05.2015, 21:48
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Re: New to Forum, maybe maybe to Ticino

i guess it's gonna be tough on you, but i doubt any other place would feel much different, maybe the somewhat chaotic lausanne would be better and other cities with crowded streets and public transportation... but at least you have a job, and coworkers will know english no? Maybe they can make an effort to conversate in english (I would).
the language you have to learn it, no other way about it, wouldn't worry too much about gym classes i guess you only need a limited vocabulary for that.
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Re: New to Forum, maybe maybe to Ticino

Hi and welcome ExploreCH!

Would your relocation to Ticino/CH be for the long term or just temporary?

I'm Swiss and local, love NYC and understand exactly what you mean.

Imagine the other way round: a Swiss, living in a small town in Switzerland, everything closed after 6pm, no subway, no theatres etc, only German or French or Italian speaking, loving his/her way of living, telling his/her concern on a NYC-forum about a possible move to NYC. What would you say ?
As a NYC- citizen you learned to discover your city and like the different aspects of it, eventually, you got enthusiastic about it. Wouldn't you tell him/her that he or she may also like in NYC the exact opposite of what he/she's used to in Switzerland ?

Here's my point: as much as you love the vibrant New-York you know, as much you can learn to appreciate the quiet and calm of ( name of CH-town) here and take advantage of it, and looking back after some years, you wouldn't miss this experience.

If your move would be for the long term, I'd recommand to come over and stay for a while here and see if Switzerland could be a place to live or preferably not.

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Welcome and enjoy.
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Re: New to Forum, maybe maybe to Ticino

Hi there!

I know this is an old thread but I can relate.

I moved out here a year and a half ago from London to run a restaurant with my partner (originally from BL but lived in London for a few years where we met!) and I am English but with Italian roots, so Ticino seemed like the perfect compromise!

And I totally agree, it's quite difficult at first to come from a big city to somewhere like Ticino which is a lot more rural and smaller..

I found it quite difficult at first to get to know the locals as I find them quite reserved (fitting with the Swiss stereotype :P) and even now I don't feel like I 'fit in' 100% yet, but being busy enough with work you just get on with it really!

If you're in the Locarno area, come and check us out! The place is 'Osteria Scarpetta alla Fraccia' and we're based in Tenero (10km outside Locarno).. would be good to see more English faces!
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