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From California to Ticino

Hello Everybody,
Looks like life is going to bring us to Ticino after 17 years of expatriation in California. Going back to Europe (Originally from France) sounds really good right now! But I have so many questions about the area of Ticino.
- Best place to live? any suggestions for a couple with NO kids, 2 dogs and a horse. Work will be near Chiasso. And none of us speak italian...yet
- Yes, a horse...any boarding facilities in the vicinity that you know of? Any horse people I can contact? I am desperate, my internet research have turned up nothing.
- Please, please, if you have moved from California, I'll consider all your advices in what to bring, not to bring, cars, sell the house, not sell the house, taxation, tips, the good, the bad, the great, and so on...
Thanks in advance and we shall see you there in the spring!
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Old 17.12.2009, 03:43
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Re: From California to Ticino

to EF!

Let me suggest that you spend a few hours browsing the forum, you will find a lot of information that will help you define your questions better.

The Ticino is wonderful; Italian weather, Italian lakes, Swiss efficiency!

You will find, I think, that Italian is reasonably easy to understand since you speak French. Speaking it will take some more effort.
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Just saying hello and welcome
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Re: From California to Ticino

Oh man ticino I am so jealous ! Best place to live, my vote goes to Locarno. Regarding the other stuff, don't bring your car ! So many people have posted their headaches about bringing cars that its jus not worth the hassle.
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Re: From California to Ticino

Welcome to EF! Speaking French will get you very far as it's the first foreign language tought at school and most locals speak it well but usually very modest about it.

Maybe you could find a solution for your horse from the farms on this list or from Ecquiticino.ch

The American Womens Club publish a Survival Guide for Ticino - The updated version should be out in January 2010.
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Re: From California to Ticino

Flybayou,
Greetings and welcome! There must be a fair number of horse people around here. I'm not a horse person myself but I've seen at least one tack shop (can't remember where), I've seen gear in the Qualipet in Grancia. On my way in to work in Manno, there's building (small farm?) that has some sign on it that I'm interpreting to mean it's some national horse organization of some kind so there is definitely a horse culture about. Still, I would say stock up on some things because everything is more expensive here and you'll be wandering around trying to find things for awhile.

Leave the car behind. I've heard enough bad stories about people who brought their cars from the US and then had to spend a few thousand francs to make it comply with Swiss rules.

As for moving your horse, contact the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office ASAP
if you haven't already (http://www.bvet.admin.ch/index.html?lang=en) and the USDA (I expect you know that already).

Oh, and don't let my wife know you have a horse. You might find yourself with a new best friend.
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I would also opt for the Locarno region - plenty of outdoor facilities, big/good shopping centers on both sides of the town.

Don't bring your surf board, both Lago Maggiore (Lake of Locarno) and Lake of Lugano don't really have high waves

Welcome soon to Willy Tell's own country!
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Re: From California to Ticino

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I would also opt for the Locarno region - plenty of outdoor facilities, big/good shopping centers on both sides of the town.

Don't bring your surf board, both Lago Maggiore (Lake of Locarno) and Lake of Lugano don't really have high waves

Welcome soon to Willy Tell's own country!
Locarno -> Chiasso is about 60-65 km and some of the way very congested. I would stay close to work in Chiasso which means you have Como just ¨next door¨for going out and for shopping.
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Re: From California to Ticino

Hi Flybyou,
If your work is near Chiasso, you will be better off keeping the horse at a stable in Novazzano (there are several in that area and it's only 5 minutes drive from Chiasso).
My young daughters will be thrilled to become friends with your horse ..... and you, ofcourse
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Hello Everybody,
Looks like life is going to bring us to Ticino after 17 years of expatriation in California. Going back to Europe (Originally from France) sounds really good right now! But I have so many questions about the area of Ticino.
- Best place to live? any suggestions for a couple with NO kids, 2 dogs and a horse. Work will be near Chiasso. And none of us speak italian...yet
- Yes, a horse...any boarding facilities in the vicinity that you know of? Any horse people I can contact? I am desperate, my internet research have turned up nothing.
- Please, please, if you have moved from California, I'll consider all your advices in what to bring, not to bring, cars, sell the house, not sell the house, taxation, tips, the good, the bad, the great, and so on...
Thanks in advance and we shall see you there in the spring!
You're going to move to a wonderful Kanton and by all means bring your car despite the advice not to do that, it's really a cinch to get it registered here. If you need any help regarding the car let me know it's not going to cost you an arm and a leg.
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You're going to move to a wonderful Kanton and by all means bring your car despite the advice not to do that, it's really a cinch to get it registered here. If you need any help regarding the car let me know it's not going to cost you an arm and a leg.
I would only bring the car if it is really something special and relatively
new. The cost is not really the transport. It is meeting the Swiss
inspection requirements and changes that might have to be made
when you get here.
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Re: From California to Ticino

Hi and welcome to the forum!
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Re: From California to Ticino

Welcome to the forum! I am from San Diego as well and living in Lugano. Glad to have another San Diegan here!
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