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New! London to Zurich via Mt Rigi

Hi everyone,

I'm Dan, I recently arrived from London. I moved here with my Swiss partner after lockdown was eased in the UK.

She is a science/tech journalist and I am a storyboard artist working in movies, TV and commercials (it would be great to connect with folks here who are in agencies or are producers).

We are currently near Merlischachen, opposite Mount Rigi, where we both work remotely. It is unbelievably beautiful. I swim in the lake almost every day: there are taucherlis, swans and swallows all around. I get to see the pink light of the setting sun on the distant alps every evening. It's a far cry from the grimy bustle of Finsbury Park Station (although I still have great love for London).

I'm originally from Leicester and I moved to London in 2012 to do a PhD. I'm still involved in the academy from time to time, but from a safe distance (!).

I now have my B permit and we intend to move to Zurich soon where my partner will be working for NZZ and I will be freelance.

I'm really excited about this Swiss adventure. I've started learning German (hopefully I can pick up Swiss German after that).

Good to be here and to be on this forum.

Thanks for reading!

All best, Dan

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Welcome to Switzerland and EF.
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Hi Dan and welcome.
Sounds like you picked a great place to start off your stay in Switzerland!
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Cheers!
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Welcome Dan ! Wishing you a super good start to things here
Let's hit up some adventures down the line.
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Hi Dan,

It's so nice to hear all your positive first impressions of Switzerland, and it's making me feel even more excited.

I'm also moving to Switzerland from London, with my Swiss partner, and I'm really looking forward to having more nature around I'll be moving to Zurich in Oct. Also hoping to pick up Swiss German at some point... but for now, just trying to get better at German

Nice to e-meet you here!
Christy
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Thanks Christy and ORM, wishing you both good luck on your adventures!
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DanODS, Finsbury Park Station caught my eye and all the memories it has.


I'm talking now about 1962-67 when I lived at the top of Crouch Hill with my then new Swiss wife. We both stood at the 212 bus stop every morning hoping to get on the next bus (only 5 were allowed to stand) the aim was FPS. Everything was much grubbier then than it is now but the tube was the best way of getting anywhere.
It's been 5 years now since I was back on Crouch Hill but I noticed the bus stop is still there - however more people can now stand in the bus - that's improvement for you.
It was the hassle (even then) that made us decide to live in Switzerland, a decision that proved to be the right one even many decades later.
I hope you get off to a good start Switzerland and its people (I'm one myself now) are friendly, pleasant and in general open and informed.


I have always felt privileged to be here in this beautiful country and although long a widower I still quietly utter a lot of thanks.
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Hi Busby,

Thanks for sharing about Finsbury Park. My Grandad was born up the road in Tottenham (back when it was Middlesex I think?) and my Auntie was born in a house not far from where I used to live, near Seven Sisters Rd. It's a great bustling area, as well you know! I'm sorry for your loss and I'm glad to hear that you found a second home in this amazing country. The bodes well for us newbies! Thanks for your good wishes and all best, D
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Re: New! London to Zurich via Mt Rigi

Finsbury park caught my eye too!

I lived in Finsbury park for a year or so in the 90s. How time flies. I was a good customer of the Wing Wah chinese takeaway, and the Worlds End pub (or end of the World), La Porchetta pizzeria, and so on. Moray road was our street. Next to Fonthill Road, with lots of textile wholesalers.

Good luck, don't forget to hike up the Rigi
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DanODS, Finsbury Park Station caught my eye and all the memories it has.


I'm talking now about 1962-67 when I lived at the top of Crouch Hill with my then new Swiss wife. We both stood at the 212 bus stop every morning hoping to get on the next bus (only 5 were allowed to stand) the aim was FPS. Everything was much grubbier then than it is now but the tube was the best way of getting anywhere.
It's been 5 years now since I was back on Crouch Hill but I noticed the bus stop is still there - however more people can now stand in the bus - that's improvement for you.
It was the hassle (even then) that made us decide to live in Switzerland, a decision that proved to be the right one even many decades later.
I hope you get off to a good start Switzerland and its people (I'm one myself now) are friendly, pleasant and in general open and informed.


I have always felt privileged to be here in this beautiful country and although long a widower I still quietly utter a lot of thanks.
Lovely story - thanks for posting. I assure you as a recent emigree from London (Putney) (and also a Geordie - grew up in Jesmond) that Finsbury Park is still really grubby. Life must have been really different back then.
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I went to college in Putney, back when I lived near Wimbledon during my first stint in London. The flat affect of its infrastructure renders one spiritually bankrupt, in the opinion of many. It's one of the most boring parts of London. Assuredly, it has no personality whatsoever.
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Finsbury park caught my eye too!

I lived in Finsbury park for a year or so in the 90s. How time flies. I was a good customer of the Wing Wah chinese takeaway, and the Worlds End pub (or end of the World), La Porchetta pizzeria, and so on. Moray road was our street. Next to Fonthill Road, with lots of textile wholesalers.

Good luck, don't forget to hike up the Rigi
Ah cool, the World's End is still there and the Brave Sir Robin is nearby: chock full of craft beers and is fabulous. I love Stroud Green Rd - Pappagone for pizza and Jai Krishna for Indian.. delicious! Yes - been up Rigi for a hike a couple of times and had a few cold ones from the Rigi brewery with some local cheese, also delicious/sehr lecker!
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