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Old 21.02.2017, 18:41
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Wow that's fast. I sent my application on the 13th and they only received it on the 23rd (registered Swiss post)! I wonder if your friend sent hers by DHL!

I wish the passport office contacted me - they communicated with the Swiss counter signatory but I have not received a single letter. Second note to self - don't mail important documents on a Friday 13th!
She definitely only sent it by registered Swiss post. She moaned enough about the cost of that so she definitely wasn't going to pay DHL prices.
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Old 21.02.2017, 19:21
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I'll post here as soon as it is re-opened (will you have time for a cuppa?)
Sorry, no Odile, not this time. What I was thinking we might possibly do a bit later in the year is try and arrange an EF get together at the Chinese buffet place in Pontalier. Did get suggested a while ago on another thread, but haven't really followed up on the idea. Maybe May/June time I was thinking.
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Old 21.02.2017, 19:22
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Great idea- count me in if we are around.
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Old 22.02.2017, 12:25
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Does anyone know where you can get baby passport photos done in Lausanne?
Does Lausanne still have a photo booth in the train station?

When I registered at the kreisburo there were people holding a baby up in the lobby photo booth trying to get a picture. The baby looked like a grumpy little mobster because of how they were holding him, hands under armpits and his chubby baby face sinking into his shoulders while he looked around bewildered.
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Hi -

Regarding the photo:

As one poster noted, lay your Baby in the cot on-top of a White blanket, when they are in a good mood. Ensure the room has plenty of daylight, and snap away with your mobile phone.


Then what I did was I sent them to this Company via email: Photo Basilsk AG in Basel at www.photobasilisk.ch


told them I needed it for the 2 different passports, they knew what to do. They choose the best photo, among what I sent, cropped and sized accordingly, sent me back the Images to agree and voila, had them in the post the very next day!


No issues at both embassies (US, Italy). Budget Impact was ~65 CHF for both (about 4 for each size) - already scored. A bit pricey but to not have any worrries, it was worth it.



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Re: Travelling with a newborn

Maybe you should spend your Swiss salary on Swiss groceries.
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Old 22.02.2017, 18:27
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Maybe you should spend your Swiss salary on Swiss groceries.
They go once a month. Perhaps to buy items that you can't get here?
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They go once a month. Perhaps to buy items that you can't get here?
Quote "We like to do a food shop in France around 1-2 times per month." Unquote

By the time you have factored in travelling and time, it doesn't make so much difference in reality from shopping carefully here
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Old 22.02.2017, 18:50
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Re: Travelling with a newborn

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By the time you have factored in travelling and time, it doesn't make so much difference in reality from shopping carefully here
Are you talking about saving money?

I wasn't.
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Re: Travelling with a newborn

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By the time you have factored in travelling and time, it doesn't make so much difference in reality from shopping carefully here
It costs us 350 Euros for 2 weeks worth of groceries in France. It costs us 250 CHF per week in Switzerland (using the likes of Aldi, Lidil and Denner). So saves us around 250 CHF per month when you factor in fuel, which is around 3,000 CHF per year if my maths is correct.
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It costs us 350 Euros for 2 weeks worth of groceries in France. It costs us 250 CHF per week in Switzerland (using the likes of Aldi, Lidil and Denner). So saves us around 250 CHF per month when you factor in fuel, which is around 3,000 CHF per year if my maths is correct.
You realise that the reason we enjoy a good quality of living in this country is, in part at least, due to the comparatively high salaries that all members of our society can expect to get. €1,457/month is the minimum monthly salary in France, compared to the average lowest industry-agreed salary of €3,749/month in Switzerland.
The more people shop over the border, the fewer jobs the Migros/Coop/etc will have. If you live and work in Switzerland, you should buy your groceries here. The law, moreover, stipulates that no more than 1kg meat perperson should be imported per trip. On average a Swiss resident consumes more than 1kg of meat per week, hence we can assume that you're illegally importing the meat you consume; making 1-2 trips per month, you'd only be allowed to bring in 1-2kg per month per person. (Source: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/meat-con...-high/29935790)

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You realise that the reason we enjoy a good quality of living in this country is, in part at least, due to the comparatively high salaries that all members of our society can expect to get. €1,457/month is the minimum monthly salary in France, compared to the average lowest industry-agreed salary of €3,749/month in Switzerland.
The more people shop over the border, the fewer jobs the Migros/Coop/etc will have.
Why do you assume that people only shop over the border to save money?

Perhaps when people shop in France, they want some brie or camembert and not the Migros-Coop sameness?

I take it that you only holiday in Switzerland and never abroad? The Swiss tourism industry is suffering too so it would be your duty to have every holiday here?

Do you?

For the record, I shop only in Switzerland apart from perhaps a couple of trips a year to Konstanz which are more of a day out in a very nice city.
I try to only buy Swiss meat and vegetables too (which means I have to avoid Migros where half the meat seems to come from Brazil rather than from Swiss farmers).
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Old 22.02.2017, 20:07
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Exactly, variety- different products- and none of your business at the end of the day chomp
And for some of us, France is more local than Switzerland ... and some of us don't even get Swiss salaries either

BTW a couple with a child = 3 kg of meat per day, and unlimited fish.

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Wow, didn't realise people were so bothered about where we spend our money. For me, I'd rather spend the 3,000 CHF saved on my children rather than worrying about everyone's quality of life in Switzerland. To be honest, I don't see the quality of life in France being that bad in comparison so it's not something I am too worried about. And to add to Odile's point - we have a 1 week old baby plus a 2 year old, so that's 4kg - no need for us to smuggle sausages back into God's country!
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