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Happy in Switzerland

I have finally accepted that I love Switzerland.  

I love living here.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t love America or France.  I do.  

But, I know that I can’t leave Switzerland.  

I can’t.

I can’t live without the mountains, the sound of cowbells, the calm, the respect, the politeness, the security, the beauty, the order, the cleanliness, the fresh air, the transportation system, the wonderful schools and all the other little and big things that make the quality of life in Switzerland so high.

Whenever we have been out of Switzerland since moving here, I find that I can’t wait to see my gentle sloping mountains covered with cows or snow depending on the time of year.  I feel an instant calm and know that something deep inside me has finally settled.  There is a stillness in me when before there was always an unexplained restlessness.  

I am home.  

The Jura drove me crazy with it’s small villages and sometimes small mentality.  However, I have grown to appreciate the little things that I have here.  Little things that have become so important to me.  When I look at the wholeness of what is my life now, I quickly understand that even if it isn’t perfect it is pretty darn close.  

I am happy here.  

Happier than I have ever been in my life.  

That is important.

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  • Loulou October 21, 2008, 1:14 pm

    I am so happy to read this! :)
    It really is about the little things. Small moments that so many people don’t have the time or vision to appreciate.

  • anne October 21, 2008, 4:53 pm

    So pleased for you. :-)

    I remember when I read your blog the first time, that you didn;t really like being there. It is amazing what little things can do, to make you appreciate a country.

    I have a friend who lives in Switzerland, they would never return to the UK.

    Well done, so happy for you :-)

  • mouse October 21, 2008, 8:10 pm

    How lovely to find the place that is right for you.
    I’m afraid that I finally had my fill of the inefficiencies of France, the dishonesty of fellow-Brits and the sheer lack of 21st century facilities (mains drains, broadband access, decent electricity supplies) and fled back to England where at least I know where I stand…

  • sissi October 21, 2008, 9:52 pm

    This post put a smile on my face.
    I am happy for you!

    “There is a stillness in me when before there was always an unexplained restlessness.
    I am home.”
    Good for you! I wish I could say the same.

  • expatraveler October 22, 2008, 2:45 am

    That sounds wonderful! I’m glad you are feeling better about it all.. I think I am finally feeling the same way about it here in Victoria!

  • Pumpkin October 22, 2008, 12:16 pm

    Thanks everyone! I think it just took me some time to adjust to yet another country and culture not to meantion living out in the country which I hadn’t done since I was a teenager. But, now I just love living here.

    It will take time. I was happy living here from the beginning but only recently started feeling like I was at home here.

  • evolving October 22, 2008, 1:55 pm

    Pumpkin I am so happy to read this. I too remember how homesick you were and it doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago! Whats funny is that I couldn’t imagine how that could be before (living in SWITZERLAND, what could be so bad about that!) but I one hundred percent empathize now. I’m not sure if I’ll ever make France my home because I’ve realized that being surrounded (or having SOME access!) by the people I really love is so important to me. You are lucky to have VIlay and your children. I think my life would be very different if I wasn’t alone.

    But then, the grass is always greener, isn’t it??

  • Pumpkin October 23, 2008, 4:19 pm

    It is hard no matter what when you have to start all over in a new country. Give yourself time. The first 10 months in France I cried ALOT and then it all started coming together and wasn’t so hard.

  • Susie Vereker October 24, 2008, 8:00 pm

    That’s so great to hear.

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