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Old 28.05.2011, 09:16
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The after Switzerland

I have been saying to my husband since a long time already that we are very very spoiled in Switzerland (green, clean, organised, quiet, etc...) and it will be difficult to ajust to a new place when we will move.

All those things that annoyed me became so normal that I find myself being now somehow Swissified.

So being tired after a very emotional last few months, a very fast and sudden move and being pitched in a city and country I have never been before, I feel overwhelmed.

Like most people do when moving to Switzerland, I also find myself comparing my new homeland with the previous one, Switzerland.

A temporary appartment doesn't help to make you feel at home and it isn't an easy transition, it actually make it more difficult when you don't have all your personal stuff with you.

I am back in the newbie position of insecurity, stress and doubts (if we made the good decision, etc) I left all my dear friends behind (as my husband and daughter did too) and it feels like a panic feeling when I stop a moment to think about it.

So please guys, remember we all been newbies when we left our home to a new adventure. Remember all those feelings you had to deal with when you arrived.

Be kind to the newbies who come here with all those questions answered a billions of time already. Even when the questions sound completely silly.

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Old 28.05.2011, 10:39
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Nil, you'll make it work. Good luck love and stay strong.
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:12
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Re: The after Switzerland

Give it a few months NIL and you'll wonder how you could have stayed so long in Basel. Plus, advice which is give often to newbies, Basel is only a short airplane ride away so don't be a stranger to the people you left behind.

Look at the bright side, more sun, beach, no mister tinkie-winkie greeting you in the morning from the bathroom of the apartment opposite your former kitchen window
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:23
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All the best Nil to you and your family. Defo if anyone can make it work, it's you!
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:25
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I understand how you feel! Before I left, I found myself frustrated with the rules and regulations of Switzerland. After moving to the UK, I found myself wishing that we had some (but not all!) of the rules here that I found in Switzerland.
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:31
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I understand how you feel! Before I left, I found myself frustrated with the rules and regulations of Switzerland. After moving to the UK, I found myself wishing that we had some (but not all!) of the rules here that I found in Switzerland.
And now? Do you find yourself happy in the UK? Do you regret?
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:41
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And now? Do you find yourself happy in the UK? Do you regret?
I definitely don't regret it, I love it here (despite having a rough start and a few personal issues to deal with).

I miss things like effective public transport and clean washing machine detergent trays in communal machines! But I also love being able to do my wash, vacuuming, take a shower, etc. whenever it suits, have small meaningless but nice conversations with strangers at bus stops, etc.

No regrets on moving, except I wish that I'd done more travelling in Switzerland when it was all on my doorstep.
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:47
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I definitely don't regret it, I love it here (despite having a rough start and a few personal issues to deal with).

I miss things like effective public transport and clean washing machine detergent trays in communal machines! But I also love being able to do my wash, vacuuming, take a shower, etc. whenever it suits, have small meaningless but nice conversations with strangers at bus stops, etc.

No regrets on moving, except I wish that I'd done more travelling in Switzerland when it was all on my doorstep.
Glad to hear you don't regret the move, I'll be moving in the next few weeks and am quiet concerned, in fact I keep finding excuses to stay a few extra weeks
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Old 28.05.2011, 11:59
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Miss you Nil!
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Old 28.05.2011, 12:01
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Glad to hear you don't regret the move, I'll be moving in the next few weeks and am quiet concerned, in fact I keep finding excuses to stay a few extra weeks
I know how you feel, I was very nervous to move here, myself. Another new culture, another set of unwritten rules that I didn't know, etc. - but they quickly slotted into place for me. Where are you heading to?
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Old 28.05.2011, 12:02
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I know how you feel, I was very nervous to move here, myself. Another new culture, another set of unwritten rules that I didn't know, etc. - but they quickly slotted into place for me. Where are you heading to?
Didn't you move to Manchester? There are no rules there
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Old 28.05.2011, 12:07
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Didn't you move to Manchester? There are no rules there
I did...and there are just a few!
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Old 28.05.2011, 12:10
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I did...and there are just a few!
Rule 1: Always wear stab proof vest

Rule 2: Yes the kebab has rat in it

Rule 3: Yes that is English
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Old 28.05.2011, 12:15
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I know how you feel, I was very nervous to move here, myself. Another new culture, another set of unwritten rules that I didn't know, etc. - but they quickly slotted into place for me. Where are you heading to?
Off to Surrey. Nice place but not sure I'm ready to join the rat race again.
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Re: The after Switzerland

Don't worry Nil you'll get used to the new rules.
You'll have to have your own washing machine as no-one would want to share one, and you better use it whenever you fancy.
The kids will learn to sleep in the hot summer afternoons so they can play after dark in the local park and make tons of friends and tons of noise.
They'll be welcome at the local outdoor café for their late supper and eat too much icecream. They can even have their baths when they get home if they aren't exhausted from all the excitement.
It will be so easy for them that it will be a doddle for you. You've moved at the best time of year to get to know all the locals out enjoying their evening strolls. Cheer up!
(And if you miss your friends get the overnight train from Barcelona direct to Switzerland and have breakfast with them! Dead handy with little ones.)
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Rule 2: Yes the kebab has rat in it

Rule 3: Yes that is English
Most important rule: DON'T stare!
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Old 28.05.2011, 16:52
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Most important rule: DON'T stare!
Considering the Swiss stares I've received, that's the best rule of them all!
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Old 28.05.2011, 17:00
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I understand how you feel! Before I left, I found myself frustrated with the rules and regulations of Switzerland. After moving to the UK, I found myself wishing that we had some (but not all!) of the rules here that I found in Switzerland.
Whereas I found I moved to a country with even more rules than switzerland!
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Old 28.05.2011, 18:04
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You definitely shouldn't be worrying (easier said than done). Spain is a great place to live (which part are you in?) and I would happily go back and live there again, which says a lot as satisfying me is no mean feat.
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Old 28.05.2011, 20:32
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Nil, you have gone through the most emotional experience of giving birth and then gone through the stress of moving , not only house, but country too so of course you will be feeling vulnerable.
Barcelona is a great place and once you get settled into permanent accomodation and have all your things around you - you will feel 100 times better.
Remember that you have 2 kiddywinks and they will make the transistion into making new friends sooo much easier - get yourself out and familarise yourself with your area
Stay strong - know that you can do it and you know that if you have a wobbly hour or so - get back on here and write and tell us about your new life...
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