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New in Neuchatel

Hi all

I have been a viewer of this forum in recent weeks and have finally picked up the courage to post an introduction. Joe and I have been in Switzerland for 18 months now. We started off first in Zug but in the last month we have moved to Neuchatel. The Val de Ruz area really. We are orignally from Ireland and had been living in Dublin for the previous 10+ years but the suburban jungle got to us and we opted for something different.
We have no kids and so found meeting new 'english speaking' people to be quite a challenge. I am afraid neither our french or german is quite up to full conversational level yet. There does not seem to much of the pub scene that we are used to from home.

That aside we love all things Swiss especially the quality of life. I would appreciate if anyone new any english speaking groups or clubs in the NE are that they could put us in contact with.

Thanks in advance...
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Old 29.05.2007, 15:42
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Re: New in Neuchatel

Welcome Helen.
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Old 29.05.2007, 21:02
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Hi Helen,
Val de Ruz hugh???
Not much "after dark life" up there.
There are some groups in NE which may interest you. Google it and here is one I know of.
http://www.thenic.ch/
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Re: New in Neuchatel

Dear PCDesigner,
I'm also a newbie in neuchatel (6 months) without the knowledge of French. The NIC link might be helpful for me.
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Old 20.06.2007, 13:37
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Re: New in Neuchatel

Thanks PC Designer

I am going to join them and give that a go.

Thanks for replying!!

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Old 20.06.2007, 20:54
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Re: New in Neuchatel

Hi, I'm also in Neuchatel, and honestly it's really nice to see more and more English speaking people in the region Hmm...perhaps it's time to host an event, I know of a great Micro-Brewery near Murten, if anyone is interested. PCDesigner thanks for finding the NIC website, what a great idea!
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Yeah, I didn't have any idea that we have quite a few english speaking people here in Neuchatel. I came here in early Jan this year, and never heard an iota of English anywhere in the streets or in the pubs.
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Old 20.06.2007, 21:21
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Re: New in Neuchatel

No kidding avik_s1, Apart from the tourist that can be easily spotted English speakers seem to very spars. After being here for about a year I've been able to spot most of the places which do have someone who speaks English. Last Saturday there was some sort of church related song event and I hear more English on the streets than I have for the last 3 months! Amazing!
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Yeah, I didn't have any idea that we have quite a few english speaking people here in Neuchatel. I came here in early Jan this year, and never heard an iota of English anywhere in the streets or in the pubs.
What?? Have you been in the Cafe du Cerf? Used to be more English than French spoken in there once upon a time. Great food too.
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HAHA I agree at Cafe du Cerf you will find a lot of English but it really is a tourist location/people under 21 excited that can drink legally at a bar (I'm from the US). But the Cafe du Cerf is cost 2-3 sf per beer more than your standard bar, so I don't frequent it often But thanks for the point, there are places in Neuchatel to go if you want to speak English.

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HAHA I agree at Cafe du Cerf you will find a lot of English but it really is a tourist location/people under 21 excited that can drink legally at a bar (I'm from the US). But the Cafe du Cerf is cost 2-3 sf per beer more than your standard bar, so I don't frequent it often But thanks for the point, there are places in Neuchatel to go if you want English.
Sounds like the Cerf has changed since it was my "local" back in the late 90s. Was a really rocking joint all the time I lived in Neuch.
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Lou, From what I gather from my colleges at work your right. Neuchatel was the place to go about 10 years ago, with a few exceptions I can't say that I'm very impressed with the current status of the night life. C'est la vie!
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Re: New in Neuchatel

Neuchatel had a weird legislation back then, if the place declared itself as a "cercle" they could get a midnight-6am licence quite easily as long as they served some token hot food. Ultimately it's a very small place...

Is "La Case a Choc" still going? You might also check out "Bikini Test" at La Chaux-de-Fonds, good rock/weird club that.
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Neuchatel had a weird legislation back then, if the place declared itself as a "cercle" they could get a midnight-6am licence quite easily as long as they served some token hot food. Ultimately it's a very small place...

Is "La Case a Choc" still going? You might also check out "Bikini Test" at La Chaux-de-Fonds, good rock/weird club that.
IIRC Neuch had at least 4 nightclubs back then. Of course we usually ended up in the cheesiest one: Garbos. The best part was passing the bakery on the walk home & picking up fresh out of the oven,still hot pain au chocolate or croissants. Better than a greasy kebab!
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OH BOY, places to to look for! You guys are the best!
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IIRC Neuch had at least 4 nightclubs back then. Of course we usually ended up in the cheesiest one: Garbos. The best part was passing the bakery on the walk home & picking up fresh out of the oven,still hot pain au chocolate or croissants. Better than a greasy kebab!
Ah that was my life in Geneva, clubbing till 5am fri/sat then walk home, picking up freshly baked goodies from a night bakery or just knocking at the back door of the bakery below my building.
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Lou, From what I gather from my colleges at work your right. Neuchatel was the place to go about 10 years ago, with a few exceptions I can't say that I'm very impressed with the current status of the night life. C'est la vie!
I think lausanne is the nearest lively nightlife one can have. Specially in Bel Air area. Can't speak about Bern.
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Hey, here is the good news, yesterday I heard a group of people singing "happy birthday to you" at a Vin pub near Chess, Place Pury, although they are conversing in French. Just wondering, don't they have the french version of "happy b'day" song? :-)
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Re: New in Neuchatel

Hi there,
The Café du Cerf is worth a look. There is a real mix of Swiss and International people and English is widely spoken. Its now owned by Irish people so that is filtering through and all in all a good place to be. Don't know what that guy was on about i.e. being 2-3 fr more expensive than any other bar. For local beers, wine, coffee its the same as everywhere else. For their imported "special" beers it may cost more but its worth it!
www.cafeducerf.ch
NIC is also a good place to meet people.
Anyway good luck!
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