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Old 01.09.2013, 02:33
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My Personal "Intro" in the "Leaving Switzerland" Forum

Today finds me sitting at the computer, one month post-permanent-departure from Switzerland. After my teenage daughter leaned over my shoulder as I was perusing EF and said to me, "Why are you still on THAT site?", I decided that I should post a proper "Leaving Switzerland" post to say the following:

A) It is f-ing hot in Texas right now. You guys should embrace those 20 degree (or less) sunny Swiss late-summer days! I miss them so very much.

B) I cannot believe how horrible traffic is here. My road rage is back due to an epidemic of undertaking. Not to mention that whoever thought four-way stops were preferable to a nice roundabout was crazy.

C) My kids, who took their time acclimating to life in Switzerland, are now hitting me up with drama and angst as to why we had to leave. Very unexpected!

D) I miss Switzerland so much! I miss the challenge of doing day-to-day errands and communications in French, and the rewarding feeling of success when I could cross something from my "to-do" list. I miss driving down the motorway with a view of the Alps on one side and the Jura on the other!

E) EF was (and continues to be) an endless source of information and entertainment to me, and I told my daughter that I had no intention of "signing off" the site, even though I "signed out" (literally - ha!) of the country. I figure that since I still speak English, I have half of the requirements covered for membership, thus no reason to leave. Thanks to each and every one of you for all of the insight, advice, condescension, drama, uplifting thoughts, and useless information/comments that you provide each day!

F) Just so my post doesn't qualify as all fluff and noise, I will add that as much as I miss Switzerland, I absolutely LOVE shopping at WalMart on Sundays for non-vegan and non-vegetarian pre-packaged products, I love that smokers are more segregated here in the US, and I love all the non-homeopathic drugs that I can get over-the-counter at the 24/7 CVS just around the corner! And PLEASE, for those of you who like to talk about the scourge of fast food, it is "McDonalds." "MacDonald" was the guy who had a farm (and it was probably in Switzerland, as lucrative as THAT business is....)

E-I-E-I-O-ver and out!

Affectionately Yours,

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Old 01.09.2013, 05:36
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Re: My Personal "Intro" in the "Leaving Switzerland" Forum

Thank you Textoch, it is good to read your insight into what makes life tick for you. I feel Switzerland is very isolated from Europe in a cultural way, and very different from it's neighbours. Even though they share the same language, the Swiss do not have a good relationship with their immediate neighbours, which I feel is not the case with the English language. Maybe I am wrong, but I feel the Canadians, US guys, Brits and Aussie - Kiwis get along here very well together. Maybe we rejoice in our common language more, as we ARE in the minority here?
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Re: My Personal "Intro" in the "Leaving Switzerland" Forum

Sounds like you're going through a bit of reverse culture-shock. I experience that every time I go back to the U.S. to visit (e.g. blown away by seeing four gas stations and five fast-food places per major intersection, etc.). All these things I use to think were "normal" until I moved here.

But what I miss most about the U.S. are the free spirits there. People tend to be so much less uptight in the States than they are here in CH. Or at least that's been my experience. Oh, and the shopping! We're going back to the U.S. to visit in a few weeks (Florida), and I already have a huge list of things to buy.

Anyways, I'm sure it's just a matter of time until things start to feel normal there for you again... and for your family. I'm sure you'll be thankful for that Texas weather once winter rolls around! Then we'll be begging you to float some sun beams our way.
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But what I miss most about the U.S. are the free spirits there. People tend to be so much less uptight in the States than they are here in CH.
Yes this. It's true. Although, longer one stays here, you collect a selection of your interesting and different friends, just takes a while. I miss free thinkers, freaks and other beasts I have picked up there and elsewhere.

Shoppin I could care less about really, you work around inconveniences. I don't miss how much area in the US was covered by shops, and more shops, and then some more, and restaurants, and malls, when one was driving trying to find sumfin else..

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I'm sure you'll be thankful for that Texas weather once winter rolls around! Then we'll be begging you to float some sun beams our way.
Weather there is great. Less laundry, too, tanks and skirts.

I am thrilled about this time of the year here, though, still warm but tired days, fall about to come, things slowing down and unwinding.
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Re: My Personal "Intro" in the "Leaving Switzerland" Forum

going through the same issue right now. Huge culture shock right now having moved to cali.....we will see how it goes
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Re: My Personal "Intro" in the "Leaving Switzerland" Forum

Sounds like you got swissed
Happens.. this beautiful little country grows on you, takes up space in your heart.
Come back and visit.
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Re: My Personal "Intro" in the "Leaving Switzerland" Forum

That was great. Our ships literately passed in the night. I am one month in CH from Texas.


1) I left at the best time of the year, I'm actually enjoying the few cloudy days we have had here (I'm in Zug now)

2) I lived in both DFW and Houston in TX and the thought of going 5 miles passed my house made me want to curl up and cry. The construction in Dallas looks like a war zone, and nothing like sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in 114 degree heat in "cement city" of Houston.

3) My 4 year old son does keep asking me why we don't live in TX anymore and why I'll never let him see his grandma "ever!" again LOL..but that he loves to go hiking in CH and that he is learning to speak German without English (his words LOL)

4) Its Sunday, and I'd give my left azz cheek to go to Target right now to buy $100 worth of items I don't need and hit Chipolte on the way home LOL
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That was great. Our ships literately passed in the night. I am one month in CH from Texas.


1) I left at the best time of the year, I'm actually enjoying the few cloudy days we have had here (I'm in Zug now)

2) I lived in both DFW and Houston in TX and the thought of going 5 miles passed my house made me want to curl up and cry. The construction in Dallas looks like a war zone, and nothing like sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in 114 degree heat in "cement city" of Houston.

3) My 4 year old son does keep asking me why we don't live in TX anymore and why I'll never let him see his grandma "ever!" again LOL..but that he loves to go hiking in CH and that he is learning to speak German without English (his words LOL)

4) Its Sunday, and I'd give my left azz cheek to go to Target right now to buy $100 worth of items I don't need and hit Chipolte on the way home LOL
Switzerland has a lot to offer. Good Mexican Food ain't one them.

No, I don't miss those 100 degree temperatures.
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My personal miss: grass.

Real green fresh grass where one can sit or lay in. Where kids and dogs can play and run and roll without fear to step into dog poo.

Where actual grass isn't the open air toilet for irresponsible Dogs owners.

I should add: I love the Swiss responsability of their dogs fecal activities by cleaning it behind them. I love to feel that I can actually look around and enjoy the nature, the surroundings without fear to step into it in every corners and sidewalks.
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That was great. Our ships literately passed in the night. I am one month in CH from Texas.


1) I left at the best time of the year, I'm actually enjoying the few cloudy days we have had here (I'm in Zug now)

2) I lived in both DFW and Houston in TX and the thought of going 5 miles passed my house made me want to curl up and cry. The construction in Dallas looks like a war zone, and nothing like sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in 114 degree heat in "cement city" of Houston.

3) My 4 year old son does keep asking me why we don't live in TX anymore and why I'll never let him see his grandma "ever!" again LOL..but that he loves to go hiking in CH and that he is learning to speak German without English (his words LOL)

4) Its Sunday, and I'd give my left azz cheek to go to Target right now to buy $100 worth of items I don't need and hit Chipolte on the way home LOL
I have a Target and a Chipotle within a five-minute drive from where I live! I will think of you, jrabbit, the next time I pick up a barbacoa burrito with fresh guac!

That being said, I hope you love Switzerland and the time you have there! My family's time there was a gift that I wish we could have extended.
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thanks for this thread, which is very timely as we have just passed the 6 week mark since arriving back in the US after 2 years in Switzerland. it seems every nite since we arrived here my 9 year old has asked me when we can move back, and even my 15 year old son quietly confessed to me the other nite that he would "be ok" with a move back to Europe.

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thanks for this thread, which is very timely as we have just passed the 6 week mark since arriving back in the US after 2 years in Switzerland. it seems every nite since we arrived here my 9 year old has asked me when we can move back, and even my 15 year old son quietly confessed to me the other nite that he would "be ok" with a move back to Europe.

Hey crazygringo, didn't know you jumped to this side of the pond!!! Where about?

From your posts about Swiss German, daily living, etc. I thought you were there for the long haul.

Sorry for hijacking the OP's thread. I am running close to the 10 months mark since I came back to the US, and I am as happy as ever to be here. Even happier, if possible.

Well, except for now that we are in busy season and are working literally around the clock.
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thanks for this thread, which is very timely as we have just passed the 6 week mark since arriving back in the US after 2 years in Switzerland. it seems every nite since we arrived here my 9 year old has asked me when we can move back, and even my 15 year old son quietly confessed to me the other nite that he would "be ok" with a move back to Europe.

Of course he would. Euro-girls are a lot more fun at that age... and better looking at all ages. Though its possible I'm biased.
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I have a Target and a Chipotle within a five-minute drive from where I live! I will think of you, jrabbit, the next time I pick up a barbacoa burrito with fresh guac!

That being said, I hope you love Switzerland and the time you have there! My family's time there was a gift that I wish we could have extended.
I dream of Chipotle often in Zurich. Actually looked into opening a franchise here but they don't franchise them out -- all run centrally. I think it would be very popular!
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Hey crazygringo, didn't know you jumped to this side of the pond!!! Where about?

From your posts about Swiss German, daily living, etc. I thought you were there for the long haul.

Sorry for hijacking the OP's thread. I am running close to the 10 months mark since I came back to the US, and I am as happy as ever to be here. Even happier, if possible.

Well, except for now that we are in busy season and are working literally around the clock.
we are back in the midwest, which at least means back to football season. and unfortunately my employer and I had differing views as to what "long haul" meant, but there may be other employers out there as time passes.

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