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Moving to Twann (BE) from Zurich

Hi there,

My name's Christine and while I'm not new here, I haven't been active for a long while. I've been living in Zurich for 8 years and am about to start a new, slightly more rural, adventure in Twann - between Biel and Neuchatel.

I don't know anyone there, which adds to the sense of adventure, but I was wondering if anyone on here lives in the area. I will be quitting my job in the process so am hoping to start connecting with people as soon as I get there

I am, however, much more keen to receive messages from people already over in the Jura Bernois region. Preferably people with similar interests to me. My hobbies include trail running, climbing (both sport and bouldering), mountain biking (though I'm new to it) and reading. Learning French is also high on my list of priorities so anyone willing to help me along in exchange for help with English or Japanese are more than welcome to get in touch.

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We have several members over in that area, so I'm sure you'll be able to make some new friends. Off the top of my head, Belgianmum is near Neuchâtel, carlasmom is in Biel (I think), and Odile is somewhere up in the sticks in the Jura.
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Be careful of the speed limitations between Neuchâtel and Bienne, they are murder. Hope you will enjoy your new home.
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Learning French is also high on my list of priorities so anyone willing to help me along in exchange for help with English or Japanese are more than welcome to get in touch.
Twann is German speacking
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We have several members over in that area, so I'm sure you'll be able to make some new friends. Off the top of my head, Belgianmum is near Neuchâtel, carlasmom is in Biel (I think), and Odile is somewhere up in the sticks in the Jura.
Twann is very near to me, it's a cute little place.(little being the operative word)

It is officially German speaking so French is probably not the most useful language for the OP to be learning if she's going to be living there although most people speak some French.

As someone mentioned there are an awful lot of speed cameras on that area so you need to pay attention to the limits when driving or it could get very expensive.

Welcome to the area Christine. Happy to meet up for a coffee later in the summer but I'm afraid the only hobby I share with you is reading.

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Yeah, I've heard about the dreaded cameras! I only just passed my driving test last month (I'm not super young, it just took me ages) so I can't afford to risk a ticket! I'll be the annoyingly slow person driving between Twann and Biel for the duration of my probation time ;-)

I heard it's bilingual, but if not I'll have to hop over to Neuchatel :-D There are 1000 inhabitants, so I will be venturing out in search of friends either way, I reckon!

It's our way of practicing country(ish) life before moving to the French Alps in a few years' time, so little doesn't bother me. Or I hope it won't is probably more accurate.

Luckily I speak German, so I guess I'll just have to pop over the Roestigraben to practice my French.

Reading is a dominant hobby of mine, so one hobby in common will suffice :-)

I'll be in touch again in August once we're settled in - looking forward to meeting you!

Belgianmum - great! My boyfriend is from Lille, which may as well be Belgium, so I'm sure we'll have plenty to talk about.

Thanks a lot, I'll give everyone a ping once the move is behind us :-)

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Yeah, I've heard about the dreaded cameras! I only just passed my driving test last month (I'm not super young, it just took me ages) so I can't afford to risk a ticket! I'll be the annoyingly slow person driving between Twann and Biel for the duration of my probation time ;-)
Normal speeding tickets for a few km/h over (up to 15km/h) are only an issue for your household budget (and heavy scolding here on EF if you let us known). The very worst that can happen is missing a 30 zone and still driving more than 45 km/h.
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I heard it's bilingual, but if not I'll have to hop over to Neuchatel :-D There are 1000 inhabitants, so I will be venturing out in search of friends either way, I reckon!
Biel is most definitely bilingual, no need to travel too far for your french practice. Otherwise, you can pop over to my office and answer emails and take phone calls in french. Unpaid of course, as you'd be a 'trainee'.

Good luck with your move!

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Go and visit St Peter's Island, it is a marvellous place and Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived there for a while. Fabulous for long walks and it is on your door step, lucky you!
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Normal speeding tickets for a few km/h over (up to 15km/h) are only an issue for your household budget (and heavy scolding here on EF if you let us known). The very worst that can happen is missing a 30 zone and still driving more than 45 km/h.
Phew - thanks for the tip, I'm properly scared of losing my license during my probation and having to do it all again
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Normal speeding tickets for a few km/h over (up to 15km/h) are only an issue for your household budget (and heavy scolding here on EF if you let us known). The very worst that can happen is missing a 30 zone and still driving more than 45 km/h.
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Biel is most definitely bilingual, no need to travel too far for your french practice. Otherwise, you can pop over to my office and answer emails and take phone calls in french. Unpaid of course, as you'd be a 'trainee'.

Good luck with your move!

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Haha, I think I'd have to pay you to cover the damages I'd cause
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Normal speeding tickets for a few km/h over (up to 15km/h) are only an issue for your household budget (and heavy scolding here on EF if you let us known). The very worst that can happen is missing a 30 zone and still driving more than 45 km/h.
Luckily there are no 30 limit areas on that road. The worst she'll probably get will be a 40chf fine and once you've had a couple of those you soon learn where the cameras are and avoid getting more of them.

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Biel is most definitely bilingual, no need to travel too far for your french practice. Otherwise, you can pop over to my office and answer emails and take phone calls in french. Unpaid of course, as you'd be a 'trainee'.

Good luck with your move!

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Biel is bilingual and people do speak French but it definitely leans more towards german than French in my opinion.
It's better to go down the lakeside towards a Neuchâtel if the OP wants to practice French. La Neuveville is not far and is definitely French speaking.
They only speak german in the commune office in Twann ( or they did when I went there).
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Biel is bilingual and people do speak French but it definitely leans more towards german than French in my opinion.
It's better to go down the lakeside towards a Neuchâtel if the OP wants to practice French. La Neuveville is not far and is definitely French speaking.
They only speak german in the commune office in Twann ( or they did when I went there).
Good point.

Some guy cat-called me in german at the train station in Biel yesterday. When I didn't respond or acknowledge him, he repeated himself in french.
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The commune of Moutier this year voted to leave canton Bern and join Jura instead. I wonder if this will set a precedent for other communes in the Bernese Jura?
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Hi and bienvenue en Romandie.

I live in the area too, but in the mountains in the Far West - near the French border. If you ever want to discover the local town of Pontarlier- get in touch and I'll show you around.

For hiking and mountain biking (for maps look at VTT Chasseral- or VTT Neuchâtel)- you will be so well located- go straight up to Chasseral- then later explore Val-de-Travers- doing the Gorges de l'Areuse from Boudry, and from Noiraigue- up to the fabulous lime circle of Creux-du-Van- and so much more.

Are you a skiier? The Neuchâtel/Bern Jura mountains is a fabulous place for x-country skiing- but there are also many small downhill resorts too. Many will take your VTT bike on the back of the chair-lift in Summer, like La Robella in Buttes- you can then go down through the forest tracks- or continue up to Chasseron (Chasseral's twin sister- but without the ugly Telecom towers)... and then down to Les Rasses (another good ski area) and St Croix, then across to Mauborget and over the mountain to Couvet- and you can put your bike on the train to return. Possibilities are endless - too many for a post- but happy to explain and show you maps when you are here.
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The commune of Moutier this year voted to leave canton Bern and join Jura instead. I wonder if this will set a precedent for other communes in the Bernese Jura?
No. This was most likely that last chance in many decades. The only two communes still able to vote are Belprahon and Sorvilier.

Here some background information in German:
https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/abstimmun...ier-ld.1301551
https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/es-fehlt-...mus-1.18147260

Or here in less detail in English:
https://www.swissinfo.ch/directdemoc...68456#comments
https://www.swissinfo.ch/directdemoc...l-war/43255844
https://www.swissinfo.ch/directdemoc...toric/43273044
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Hi Christine,

We are quite new here and i saw your message to the group from last year. If you are also from the region pls let me know. Me and my wife would be greatfull to meet new people
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