4 years and counting…

24 Oct

It has now been over 4 years since I made the move over to Switzerland and what a four years it has been. I don’t know where to start really with what has happened since I arrived. Looking back, I hated the first eighteen months here. I felt lonely and was confused by how different things were here. But now I feel very much at home.

The language barrier is still somewhat of an issue but the weekly German lessons are certainly helping. I have blips when I just get so frustrated that I want to quit and I think that German is the worst possible language in the world to try to master but there are other times when I can handle an everyday situation with ease and I remember how far I have come. It’s still not quite zero to hero though.

People at home continue to ask me how long I will be staying here for. The honest answer is that I just don’t know. I feel that my life quality is a lot better here than it would be if I was still in England. I have the huge opportunity of being able travel more easily which is something that I love. This is partly due to the fact that I enjoy more disposable income and that I live directly in the centre of Europe so places are easier to get to (one of the main reasons I decided to come and live here in the first place). Although people, and by people I mean foreigners, say that the Swiss culture is boring and too quiet, I like it and, more importantly, it suits me.

However, never say never. After the Brexit vote, I can’t be 100% sure that I can stay in Switzerland in the long term, with the uncertainty about what will happen when the UK finally leave the EU. In the meantime, I need to enjoy the time that I have here and see what the future holds.

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