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ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

well good start at least i think i found the right page.
hi im andy or andypanda, i dislike capital letters and bad spelling and i moved here from new zealand on may 3rd. (yah i get two summers)
oh bless i have not been able to work yet as still waiting for papers etc, and have now gone quite daft, so excuse the ever decreasing IQ.
i live very near basel, (alsace) but ouch currently on the french side though partner (sorry new husband) has been working at euroairport for 11 years (he a rather nice swedish import)
i am a vocational rehabilitation consultant, with a sideline gourmet preserve business having worked for myself for the past 3 years in new zealand in nelson; living by the sea, and have left it all behind (including two elder sons) for love.
i would like to work in switzerland my number one choice or france but there seem yo be a few gliches for now, medical insurance being the latest, c'est la vie (truly not complaining about bureaucracy)
i really need a good haircut, but scared after last french fiasco, and some serious girl grooming, i will ask for info for that in the appropriate forum (promise)
i know no german, un petit francais, and apparently not a lot of english since i come from new zealand.
hobbies include interior decorating, walking, food etc. so here i am new, have not met any girls here yet, and looking forward not backwards. thanks for the venting, thanks for the site, cheers
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Old 23.07.2009, 22:24
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Re: ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

Hi Andy, and welcome to the EF!

A very full and open introduction, thank you ... you can probably find out enough about me from clicking on my username and going to the profile, but just letting you know in advance that I am Australian - although I have some distant relatives in New Zealand. Besides, we antipodeans need to stick together!

Good luck meeting your social and grooming needs, unfortunately I can help with neither, and you definitely found the correct place to post your introduction! Hopefully you'll enjoy your stay in France / Switzerland, and feel more human once you find a job.

PS: If you truly dislike capital letters you'll have trouble when/if you start learning German - they love to capitalise every noun they come across!
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Re: ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

Hi Andy and welcome to this forum where nice and funny, sometimes also grumpy people meet.

This might be of interest to you: A few days ago, another vocational rehabilitation consultant announced herself to the forum. Use the Search button to see who it was.

Since you're probably not far away from where I am right now, give me a shout, should you need some info about the Basel/Alsace region.
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Re: ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

well thanks i will do that, though a good chance it might have been me registering and i a bit sick of talking to myself
god bless the good the bad and the grumpy, and will see what comes up.
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Re: ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

Hey Andy welcome from 1 NZer to another :-)

I havent lived in NZ for over 6 years tho Spent those years living in London and the last 4 months in Zurich.

Lucky you 2 summers in a row!!!! I wish!!! I have only ever seemed to do 2 winters in a row - twice. Once when I moved to the USA and once when moving to London. U'd think I learn???

Hope ur enjoying Switzerland. I find the lifestyle much more like home (Auckland) than the one I had in London. Its much nicer here!!!
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Re: ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

Welcome to the forum

As for your haircut, I can recommend Barry, who is an American living and working in Basel: Hairstylist Basel 20 years experience
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thanks, i have a bad haircut phobia - as well as a tunnel phobia (just developed), perfect for living in this area.
thanks for reply and i hope your'e right
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i stayed here for one winter 2 years ago, for relationship development purposes and managed to cope with the cold but when i retuned to new zealand their summer went bad and i seem to remember staying in bed a lot.
can seriously recommend two summers, we have just returned from 2 weeks in california, as i met my son there (half way point) for the school holidays, very nice, i miss the beach a lot, especially the smell of the sea. i lived right on the coast for past 8 years, i think it gets in your blood.
i went to a party of sorts yesterday, think mainly people from jet aviation, and was surprised to hear so much english being spoken. in my little village of kappelen nobody understands me, except for my neighbour mark.
thanks for replying and yes i am sure i will ask for something else.
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i stayed here for one winter 2 years ago, for relationship development purposes and managed to cope with the cold but when i retuned to new zealand their summer went bad and i seem to remember staying in bed a lot.
can seriously recommend two summers, we have just returned from 2 weeks in california, as i met my son there (half way point) for the school holidays, very nice, i miss the beach a lot, especially the smell of the sea. i lived right on the coast for past 8 years, i think it gets in your blood.
i went to a party of sorts yesterday, think mainly people from jet aviation, and was surprised to hear so much english being spoken. in my little village of kappelen nobody understands me, except for my neighbour mark.
thanks for replying and yes i am sure i will ask for something else.
cheers
a

I totally miss the beach!!!! Auckland and the surrounding areas have some amazing beaches and like u I miss the smell.

When I lived in London I used to go to Brighton but that beach is pebbles and really doesnt smell like the sea at all. And when I lived in the USA I was 5 hours away from the coast so its a long time since ive lived anywhere near the beach.

At least living in Zurich I get the lake - even if it doesnt smell right!!!

I would live in a permanent summer if i had the chance!!! I hate being cold!!!
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Re: ever so modest intro - feeling a bit nervous about this

Welcome to Alsace!

And in case you're wondering...there are a few English speakers over here...
I live in Saint-Louis...

And you?

I can't really recommend any English speaking hairdressers in the border area here...but there are a lot of them and they do a good job if you bring photos to explain what you want.

I've never had a problem...

And there are tons of "Instituts de Beauté" for the girl grooming...
I think they invented the concept...
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