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Greetings to everyone from Switzerland!

July 11th, 2021 at 01:21 pm

We did it!!!  End of last year we moved to Switzerland.

We live in an old medieval town on lake Geneva, near the city of Geneva, in a little house with a garden. It is very beautiful, with old cobblestone pedestrian streets, clear water, a castle and mountains in the distance.

We are very happy here.  So many things are different that I do feel the urge to post about daily random things and how life (and money) is like here.  It is a different perspective, lifestyle, and definitely prices. 

I started keeping income and expense tracking sheet this month, so maybe I will post it too.  It may seem crazy to you guys, but there is a different reality here.  Prices are often 3x for the same things. Yet some activities that may be considered luxury in the US are quite accessible here.

It is quite an experience! And last week I did get a new job (temporary, 1 year contract), so now I have way less time(and more stress - learning the ropes) but will be able to really increase savings.  We have spend a lot with realtors, vacancy costs and improvements on our 2 US houses.  Luckily stock market has been good...  we have also travelled a lot in Switzerland and a bit in neighboring France.  I wanted to share few photos but they do not upload.  I keep getting Error:400 message. 

10 Responses to “Greetings to everyone from Switzerland!”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Congrats for going to Switzerland. Sounds like you are enjoying it!

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing fun experience. How long are you living in Switzerland? Not long term if you are keeping your homes in US. What are your long term plans?

  3. terri77 Says:

    Wonderful! My friends & I had booked a trip to Switzerland for May 2020 before the pandemic hit. We are looking forward to making the trip maybe sometime next year. Eagerly looking forward to reading about your Swiss life!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    It sounds beautiful.

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    Wow, what an adventure! Are you fluent in German and/or French? What lead you to this decision?

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, that's amazing! Your location sounds beautiful. Looking forward to hearing more!

  7. Nika Says:

    Petunia, no, don't speak German or French. We are trying to learn French now and taking classes no matter how busy we are. It is not easy, but I hope over few years our efforts will pay off. One of our goals in this adventure is fluency in another language for our kids. They are enrolled in local (French only) schools.

    Terri 77, I hope your Swiss trip happens after all.

    LivingAlmostLarge, we do plan to be here long term. But we are keeping 2 houses as a long term investments. If we ever do go back, we don't want to enter the housing market anew. I would rather be years into paying off the mortgage. It is an expensive area and houses continue to appreciate. Or, if we don't come back, we can wait to sell until we want to buy something here. Or wait few years until there is enough equity to pay off 1 house by selling the other and have a rental income stream.

  8. KellyB Says:

    How exciting! Yes, please tell us all about what differences you’ve found in Switzerland and your travels. We can all live vicariously through you since many of us are not doing much travel, especially international. Thanks!

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    I would very much enjoy hearing your observations about the many different lifestyle things you encounter.

  10. james.hendrickson Says:

    Wow! Switzerland!!! How cool.

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