Mike and Zoe's new home - top floor flat
On Saturday 2nd February 2012 I joined Zoe and all of our wordly possesions at our new home in Zurich.
Situated in the suburb of Oerlikon, our new flat is - as the map below shows - just north of the main hustle and bustle of Zurich City Centre. Equidistant between the airport and the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and just a ten minute tram ride to Zoe's office, the location is perfect.
Zoe's employer General motors has made the relocation process very straightforward and, thanks to our bubbly American adviser Stacie, we have been able to move into the new pad and get sorted very quickly. We even had TV and wifi up and running on day one despite not having a bank accont to link the payments to. Such faith in people paying their debts when they are due is common in Switzerland apparently (but a bit of an alien concept to a scouser like me!).
Actually bigger than our old abode in Hitchin, it's a nice spacious flat on the top (second) floor of the building (pic above).
As you can see, we have ourselves a little balcony - a bit of a novelty having not had one before. As it's south facing it will be the perfect place to sit and sip coffee or a beer once the weather starts to warm up (with temperatures hovering around -10 celcius I didn't last long on my first attempt to have a cuppa 'al fresco').
Our landlady doesn't speak any English but we've been understanding each other fine thanks to my bit of Deutsch and her way of considerately toning down her Swiss accent when she talks to me (we'll come on to Swiss German, or 'Schwiizertüütsch' in another post). In line with the efficiency for which the Swiss are famous she has already been great at sorting things out for us promptly, from patching up evidence of the previous tenant to fixing the heating when it broke (at -10 that's quite important!).
With a nice guest bedroom we're looking forward to hosting visitors to stave off our longing for blighty. We're pleased to see the calendar filling up with requests already so better make your bookings sharpish if you haven't already :)
Mike Stuart moved to Switzerland in 2013 when his better half Zoë landed a job in Zurich.