Weekend adventures from Switzerland
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My wife is pondering a transfer to Basel, Switzerland with her company. She's visited many times, and while I don't know Basel, I have spent some time in Zurich, so I'm at least dimly familiar with Germanophone Schweiz. We've both more or less decided that we don't love Switzerland. It's rich and comfortable, sure, but it's also conservative/old-fashioned in many respects, German-speaking (she has command of basic Hochdeutsch but no Swiss German, I have no variety of German at all but am quick with languages and confident that I will learn the basics painlessly), and small. But we're both tempted by the possibility of frequent trips to other parts of Europe. So for all Swiss people, or even better, expats, some questions:
>Where in Switzerland do you live?
>If not a native speaker, how is your German?
>How often do you take short trips to other countries? Any long-weekend favorites?
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in a week I'll be in Montréal for 3 days with a few friends. I've studied up on all the big tourist destinations; Mont Royal, Old Montreal, The Museum of Fine Arts, Clock Tower Beach, tam tams in the park, Underground City, ect.
Am curious to hear about anything off the touristy stops which are well worth the time to see or do and also if any major attractions in the city, such as the ones I listed above, really not that great.
Food wise I'm not too worried as there seems to be international listing of great resturants all over the city. It looks as though it'll be hard to get a bad meal but I'll hear out any notable suggestions anon might have. Am really looking forward to the seafood though.
outside of that I'd wouldn't mind knowing some perverse québécoise slang or curses I should watch out for besides 'tabernacle'. Swearing with(obviously not at) the locals is fun.
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What are your careers, /trv/? Considering the average job doesn't mesh very well with extended travelling, how do you compromise?
I'm a student myself, and am interested in any sort of lifestyle that could let me work a period and then take long breaks, or work wherever in the world. If there's any careers close to this out there, I'm interested in hearing of them.
So, what do you do?