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SA from London new to Switzerland! Fishing, cycling and rugby!

Hello all!

I'm a South African, but lived in London for the last 25 years. Through work have been 'told' I am relocating to Geneva over the next 6 months. Can't wait!

Luckily my employer are organising visas, relocation, travel and accomodation (for my first six months). I am single with no kids, so no qualms on keeping an eye open for home sickness amongst others.

I have had a quick look at the web and seen that there is a rugby club, so I'll pop along to that in my first few weeks and make some new friends. My 2 major other hobbies are cycling and fishing, so I have a few enquiries concerning those, but it also begs the question: are there other hobbies in Switzerland I should think about taking up? Certainly if someone moved to Cape Town, I would advise them to consider renting a surf board, and similarly, if someone moved to London, heavy drinking and light racism seem to be the favourite hobbies, so I'm sure Switzerland must have its own favourites. I'm a bit relucatant to take up skiing, but I think I could really enjoy hiking/mountaineering/walking (not sure of the exact name! what is it where you get those huge boots on and head along paths in the mountains?).

Otherwise cycling sounds like it could be awesome in Switzerland and would love to hear people's recommendations on that. More complicated is fishing, specifically trout. If anyone has a view on that, I would love to hear. I guess the usual bureaucracy will be in place for getting licenses!

Anyway, hope to hear from you with any friendly advice!

Gats x
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Re: SA from London new to Switzerland! Fishing, cycling and rugby!

Welcome to the forum Gats. You stick with the rugby - it's the only sport to be involved in
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Re: SA from London new to Switzerland! Fishing, cycling and rugby!

Hello Gats,
If you survive the Rugby bit, you will certainly enjoy cycling over here. Not too familiar with the Geneva area, but I bet you will find incredible road and mountain routes. When you arrive make sure to find the velokarte for your area which is a map with the Swiss cycling routes, I've found the ones for the NW area very useful.
Welcome and good luck with the move.
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Welcome to the forum Gats. You stick with the rugby - it's the only sport to be involved in
haha - I do love it passionnately and have played it for many years, but am a better fan than player these days, so just a bit of casual rugby is my main aim!
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Hello Gats,
If you survive the Rugby bit, you will certainly enjoy cycling over here. Not too familiar with the Geneva area, but I bet you will find incredible road and mountain routes. When you arrive make sure to find the velokarte for your area which is a map with the Swiss cycling routes, I've found the ones for the NW area very useful.
Welcome and good luck with the move.
Those Swiss cycling routes sound like just the ticket! Really appreciate your help!
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Re: SA from London new to Switzerland! Fishing, cycling and rugby!

Back to the original post - whats the view on fishing? I know its land locked, but hopefully there are fish farms to keep my appetite for a good braille intact. That is of course unless I have to build my own one, in which case none of my friends are eating this summer! lol
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