I haven't posted a real entry for so long--mostly because the move to Switzerland has been such a hectic swirl of mental and physical stress.
I've been here 2 months now and I still don't know what to make of my decision to come. And what a weird decision: leaving a secure, fairly pleasant job in a town where my family was happy and doing well to gamble on a possibly better job in a country with completely different language, culture and very little security.
The sticker shock of everything here has me reeling, like how apartments with 3 bedroom are 2500 swiss francs and up, and a can of beans costs 4 francs. However, I'm also reeling from how gorgeous everything is. I look out my window of my kitchen and see vineyards, an ancient castle, beautiful old churches and the lake and mountains.
But then again, there is the isolating loneliness of a new place. I'd actually finally gotten myself a pretty satisfying social life in Vlaardingen and I gave it all up. True I did have to travel at least an hour by train to get to my social life, while now I'm about 1o minutes from Lausanne. Only now I have to go out and meet people. I did find a book club, but no writing clubs or communities are visible on the web. Oh well. There's time enough.
Anyways, something about the place must be agreeing with me since I've gained 10 lbs in the last 2 months. Maybe it's the gourmet food at work (which is sort of necessary to buy though very expensive). Oh, and also I've bought a car. So no more depending on the bike or train to get around. Sad to say I'm actually scared of driving still. Weird that I felt safer on a bike (even though I'm now driving a Volvo!)
The one thing I didn't manage to fix was my lack of access to a bath tub. My new place doesn't have one, just like our house in the Netherlands. Oh well, I guess it's not very eco-friendly anyways....