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happy to be in switzerland!

Hi, I just moved to zurich yesterday and have been browsing the web to see how many others are in the same boat as me! I have always lived in Bournemouth and a couple of months ago decided to do something different. I got a job here in Thalwil running an english day care centre, so at least i wont have to struggle with the language during the day!
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Old 04.01.2007, 22:36
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

let me be the first to say welcome. I've been here a month and I have to say I've enjoyed my time here so far.
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Thanks. I came over for a weeks trial in November and loved it but moving over is so different! I keep thinking `when i get back to England...oh that`ll be a while`! Oh well i girl i work with has let me her spare room and my boss speaks english so her and her husband are helping a lot. Im sure itll be fine.
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

and I will be second. Hello!
I've been in Switzerland 3 years the last 3 months in Zurich. You will love it here. Get out of town and into the Alps as often as you can, it really is fantastic.

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Old 04.01.2007, 23:08
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

I dont speak a word of German which I find embrassing but doesnt seem to offend the locals but I'm sure given time I will fit in. In my workplace they all speak fluent english so that hasnt been an issue its just shopping and so forth that has been a little difficult but I seem to get by.
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and I will be second. Hello!
I've been in Switzerland 3 years the last 3 months in Zurich. You will love it here. Get out of town and into the Alps as often as you can, it really is fantastic.

Dave
Thanks dave.I have never been skiing (ski bobbing once on a dry slope when i was 10) and although i can see the mountains from where i live i dont know how far away they are. My sister wants to visit when she and her boyf can ski, when is the best time? Also i think I replied to your mess about the treasure hunt next week, let me know if you have a team organised.
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Hi Amanda, first day back at work today so haven't had time to ask around yet but I'm sure we can get a group together.
As for the Alps, well the snows are arriving right now. So if you want to learn to ski why not start now. A quick search on here will uncover the nearest places and all the resorts have good websites so you can find ski hire prices and book lessons to suite. I don't so much ski as plummet but I try and go a few times each year. I like the alps in the late spring and summer when the high passes start to open. Whenever I'm bored I jump in the car with a packed lunch and drive for a few hours until i'm above the tree line then go for a short hike. The views just take your breath away. This summer I'm taking a paragliding course having done an introduction last year. Have you looked at http://www.myswitzerland.com. The Swiss have great info on the web for just about everything you might need.

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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Hi Amanda,

Welcome to Switzerland!! I have living here on a permanent basis for 4 months although I stayed in Zurich in 05 for 3 months and loved it... Anyway wanted to say that I have spent the best part of my life in Bournemouth and loved it there too. Infact this mail is a bit odd as I am writing from Bournemouth now!! Been home for Christmas and actually flying back later today.

I hope you enjoy it here
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

How bizarr. I love bournemouth too and really miss it already! still i love zurich also and am prepared to forget about home for a while. Hope it isnt too sad saying goodbye to your family and friends and hope your flight goes well, mine on weds was delayed an hour and half .
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

I have been in Switzerland for 10 years. Just dicovered this forum. I have enjoyed reading about all the complaints. I am still having a tough time accepting the Swiss idea of "Customer relations". Having lived in the UK...... I may never understand. I do love this country though very much may be it is the mountains and beautiful scenery.
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I have been in Switzerland for 10 years. Just dicovered this forum. I have enjoyed reading about all the complaints. I am still having a tough time accepting the Swiss idea of "Customer relations". Having lived in the UK...... I may never understand. I do love this country though very much may be it is the mountains and beautiful scenery.
I can understand. Customer relations in the UK is disastrous. In shops, no greetings, just agressive "next please". Over the phone, companies like British Gas or BT are just a nightmare to talk to.
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Old 05.01.2007, 17:06
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I can understand. Customer relations in the UK is disastrous. In shops, no greetings, just agressive "next please". Over the phone, companies like British Gas or BT are just a nightmare to talk to.
It's the Marks & Sparks refund without question philosophy that is foreign to Swiss retailers. Add that to the shyness and the un-American style sales personel, and Switzerland can seem in the Stone Age as far a Customer Relations are concerned. Keep buying for 5 years or so and the sales personel start to warm to you, but not so they want to eat you each time you enter the store...
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greetings from boudry (NE)

hi everyone

i am an australian living in boudry (please sing this to the sound of sting 'alien living in new york' as i sound so more entertaining)! i have settled here with my family having moved from darwin, northern territory, australia (yes the genuine 'outback'). it has certainly been an interesting few weeks - fortunately i have had plenty of neuchatel wine (oeil de perdrix) for comfort!

if there are any english-speaking living this way - let me know.

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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Sorry have no idea where Boudry is so i dont know if its close or not! I cant tell if you guys are saying customer relations in switzerland are bad compared to uk or the other way round, but everyone here, so far, have been really friendly in shops etc. I walk in ajnd get a dialogue, blush and try to explain that i dont understand a word! Most have then been really good at english.
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

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Hi, I just moved to zurich yesterday and have been browsing the web to see how many others are in the same boat as me! I have always lived in Bournemouth and a couple of months ago decided to do something different. I got a job here in Thalwil running an english day care centre, so at least i wont have to struggle with the language during the day!
I am from Weymouth myself in the same county of Dorset. Welcome to Switzerland!

I live and work in Basel and am hoping to start up a regular meeting of ex-pats here.
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Thanks for the welcome. Waymouth is really nice although i havent been there for years. Not been to Basel yet except the airport so i cant comment. How long have you been in Switzerland? Do you miss home much or do you get back quite often? Good luck with organising get togethers in Basel.
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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Hi Amanda,

Welcome to Switzerland you will love it here...

I totally agree with the others get yourself up to the alps ASAP and enjoy.

Moved here 2 years ago from Bristol and haven't looked back since. Just up the road from you.

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Re: happy to be in switzerland!

Hi Amanda,

Pleased to hear things are going so well for you over there.

My hubby moved to Zurich yesterday to start a job at UBS today. Did you find it easy to find somewhere to live? Joe is staying in the hotel Ibis but we want to find him an apartment asap so he can settle in properly.

What is it you like the most about Zurich?

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Welcome to Switzerland you will love it here...

I totally agree with the others get yourself up to the alps ASAP and enjoy.

Moved here 2 years ago from Bristol and haven't looked back since. Just up the road from you.

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Thanks Paul. I know where Bristol is but am ashamed to say ive never been. Am really enjoying Switzerland so far, although get home sick a bit when i read emails from my friends and family. I am planning to get up the alps as soon as poss but im a real chicken and dont want to go on my own so have to wait until my flatmate is free to take me!
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Hi Amanda,

Pleased to hear things are going so well for you over there.

My hubby moved to Zurich yesterday to start a job at UBS today. Did you find it easy to find somewhere to live? Joe is staying in the hotel Ibis but we want to find him an apartment asap so he can settle in properly.

What is it you like the most about Zurich?

Jo
I hope every thing went well for your husband with the move and starting a new job. Fortunatley for me things just seemed to fall into place. While staying with a collegue during my weeks trial her flatmate said she was moving out and then she offered me the room if i got the job. I know there is a link on this site about apartment vacancies but other than that im really not the best person to ask. One of the longer standing members may be able to help.
I was initially going to move to london and this job came up by chance. Im so glad about it now because although totally different and much smaller I think Zurich is a hundred times better. Switzerland is so beautiful and its cleaner and more efficient. I wish your hubby the best of luck.
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