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1000 posts reintroduction from an Aussie

So 10 years in Switzerland and 1000 post later and I am still here.


Not sure where home is now, I do miss the Aussie spontaneity and can do/laid back attitude missing here more so than the place. Would be different if I had an Aussie mate here, well I did have but he moved back!


Done a few things in 10 years, got married had kids, renovated a house, nearly learnt bad german, started a business www.noonwoodwork.com , learnt to snow ski at 40, come to terms with prices but got better at shopping, built a terrace so I can bbq all year. Come to terms with only being colleges not friends with the Swiss, by my age they are "full of friends" so reluctant to take on a new one, they will for a while then drift off with me doing all the work to maintain something that can't be fixed.


Can be frustrating here at times but then something good happens that just blows you away. I like that it is not a nanny state.


"Switzerland, the greatest playground in the world where people are too scared to hop on the swing" RTN
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Old 02.10.2015, 16:37
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Congratulations! For your thousand posts, and for what seems like a very successful 10 years in Switzerland!
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The grand final is on tomorrow, bit too early for me though.
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Congrats and well done.
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So 10 years in Switzerland and 1000 post later and I am still here.


Not sure where home is now, I do miss the Aussie spontaneity and can do/laid back attitude missing here more so than the place. Would be different if I had an Aussie mate here, well I did have but he moved back!


Done a few things in 10 years, got married had kids, renovated a house, nearly learnt bad german, started a business www.noonwoodwork.com , learnt to snow ski at 40, come to terms with prices but got better at shopping, built a terrace so I can bbq all year. Come to terms with only being colleges not friends with the Swiss, by my age they are "full of friends" so reluctant to take on a new one, they will for a while then drift off with me doing all the work to maintain something that can't be fixed.


Can be frustrating here at times but then something good happens that just blows you away. I like that it is not a nanny state.


"Switzerland, the greatest playground in the world where people are too scared to hop on the swing" RTN

Your comment on being "just colleague, not friend with the Swiss" rings so true. We keep trying, but as you pointed out, after a certain age, people have long established friendships and may not feel the need to start new ones. This is especially true in Switzerland where mobility is not as great as in other countries and not knowing what if feels like to start all over again at 45+ does not help.
We keep hopeful, we have many good neighbours and people around the village, language is not a barrier for us as we are a bilingual family...still, this invisible barrier to striking "deep, genuine, heartfelt friendship" is still standing 5 years on.
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Rob has helped me out on 2 woodworking projects in the last year - and today has provided me the raw materials for the next one - as well as some invaluable advice.

If you do need some woodworking done I urge you to speak to Rob and listen to his suggestions. He knows his craft
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