experiences in switzerland

have you traveled to or lived in switzerland? share your experiences

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switzerland - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/30/13.

My wife and I moved to Switzerland in January 2011 and stayed through December of the same year… so about a year. Work brought me there (biotech). We moved from the Boston, Massachusetts area of the US. We lived on lake Geneva in a city called Lausanne. It’s about 40 minutes by train from Geneva. The area surrounding Lausanne is absolutely stunning. There is, of course, the glacial lake Geneva (also known as Lac Leman). The lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Along the shoreline, there are beautiful vineyards and seriously breathtaking views.

The people of Switzerland (the actual Swiss) were a little bit ethnocentric. They were generally cold to outsiders. In that regard, they aren’t all that different from Americans I suppose. It just felt a little different being the outsider for a change. One thing I really loved about them, though, was their emphasis on living and enjoying life. They really support the arts, they take classes and seem to always want to learn something.

Switzerland has a HUGE ex-pat community and is, more or less, a melting pot of all kinds of different people and cultures. The work there, especially in biotech, brings in people from many...

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switzerland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/10/13.

What brought you to Switzerland? Where were you before?

I am from the US. I had previously lived in Florida and California before moving to Switzerland to pursue a PhD.

Describe the city you live in in Switzerland and your impressions of it.

Basel is a smallish city (~300,000 people). You can bike clear across the city in 20 minutes. The Rhine runs through the city. During the summer everyone spends their free time at the Rhine swimming, barbecuing, and drinking. During the winter the fun stuff starts happening in the cities many squares. Whether it's the Herbstmesse, the Weihnachtsmarkt, Art Basel, it seems there is always something going on despite the city's small size.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in Switzerland? What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in Switzerland?

I think Basel is a very under-rated city in Switzerland. When people think about popular expat destinations in Switzerland they definitely think first of Geneva and Zurich. But, Basel has as big or bigger an expat population than those cities thanks to the huge demand for scientists and architects. In Basel every one you meet is a scientist or an architect....

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switzerland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/13/13.

I have lived here for a little over 3 years and came here on vacation twice before. I am in my late 20s and was in my mid-20s when I first visited. Back in 2008 I "met" my now-husband online via a gaming forum. We started emailing each other and eventually progressed to talking on the phone and eventually meeting in person. We hit it off right away. At the time I lived in Sacramento, CA and my husband lived in Minnesota. However, originally he is from Switzerland. He was born and raised in Bern and moved to the US when he was 20 or so.

Originally the plan was that he would move to California but we eventually decided to move to Switzerland together instead. After he took me on vacation here I pretty much fell in love with it, plus because of his educational experiences he is able to get a much better paying job here whereas he barely made above minimum wage in the US.

We first lived in a little bit bigger of a city- Amrisvil, Thurgau- which I never actually considered to be a big city when we lived there. Looking back though, it was a pretty large town compared to other places in Switzerland and especially compared to where we live now. People there were not overly friendly;...

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switzerland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 10/13/13.

What brought you to Switzerland? Where were you before?

A few reasons, we decided there was nothing left for us in America, also I have other family living in Switzerland and with the threat of unemployment and an undiagnosed health condition we decided to liquidate our assets and move, we used to live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Describe the city you live in in Switzerland and your impressions of it.

We currently live in a small town of approximately 4500 people called Jegenstorf. It is about a 15 minute train ride to the capital city of Bern and another 15 minutes to Solothurn. It is a relaxing town that is a stark contrast to the bustle of Bern.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in Switzerland?

In many cases Jegenstorf is quite similar to other locations in Switzerland that aren't ideal tourist attractions, we have one Bahnauf (train stop), schools, a church, some farms, government and social services buildings.

What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in Switzerland?

The primary draw to Jegenstorf was the fact that it is approximately half-way between Solothurn and Bern, I have a health condition that requires frequent trips to...

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