Ein Jahr in der Schweiz!, Or One Year in Switzerland!

27 Sep

My resident permit says I arrived in Switzerland on 27.09.2012. It’s been one whole year.

I actually can’t believe that it has been one year already that I packed my house up and moved over to Switzerland. Was I naive? Yes. Did I think everything would be easier than it was? Of course.

There were more than a few times when I thought that I wouldn’t last this long; that the easiest thing to do was to pack everything up again and then go home and start again. But life has taught me that the best things that you do in life are not necessarily the easiest. In fact, I think if they are then probably you have your priorities in the wrong order.

It probably took me at least 8 months before I felt like this was home, but not home exactly just a good place to be. Sometimes it still takes me by surprise when someone talks to me in German so there are things that I still need to get used to. And, maybe I never will get used to them but surely that’s normal?

Before I left someone told me (or maybe it was more like advice) that the first 12 months are the worst. If you can last through the first year, he told me, you can last a lifetime. I can’t believe that I made it. Being away from everything that you know and love can throw your mind into turmoil and make you very vulnerable and self-aware. But I did it!

I learn more about myself, thrown into a country and a language that I don’t know, than I ever would have being sat doing the same job, living in the same place back home.

I’m not sure if I can put a finger on what exactly I have learned, but I now know: I can do it.

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