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So I’ve been living in Switzerland for over a year and a half now. I’m always wondering, “Should I move back home?” Truth be told, I don’t plan on moving back to Canada any time soon. Psst, please don’t tell my mom!
The original plan was that I would go back to Canada after I finish my Masters (in 3 months from now, OMG!). I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I love it here! I think every other one of my blog posts is about how much I love Switzerland (seriously). In this blog post, I will discuss the reasons why I don’t want to move back to Canada after I finish my studies.
[EDIT]: I can’t believe I didn’t mention the extreme cold in Canada?! I totally forgot about what cold feels like after moving to Switzerland. The extreme weather in Canada should definitely be number one!
1. I love the new-found freedom I have in Switzerland
In Switzerland, nobody knows me and I can do pretty much anything I want without worrying about what others think about me. I love that I am just a face in the crowd (well, not exactly, I’m Asian and I stick out like a sore thumb). But you get the idea.
For example, in Toronto, there are certain places that I would completely avoid because I don’t want to bump into old high school classmates or former colleagues. Also, I can’t walk down my street without my neighbours gossiping about my life (ugh!). In Switzerland, I don’t really have to worry about any of this drama. It’s so stress free here.
2. I kind of like the distance from my family (sorry!)
I love my family and all but I feel like the distance has made us closer. Back when I was living in Toronto and close to my parents, it was SUPER STRESSFUL and difficult to lead a normal life. My mother is one of those ultra controlling Asian moms and I honestly couldn’t get a breather whenever she was around. Now, she can only reach me by phone and our relationship has gotten much better.
3. The salaries are so low in Canada
It’s really hard to go back to Canada and earn less than what I’m earning now as a student (Teaching Assistant).
Switzerland pays some of the highest salaries in the world and unfortunately I cannot say the same about Canada! For example, a cashier in Switzerland is making $3,000-4,000 a month. Taking into consideration the higher salaries, lower taxes, and stronger currency in Switzerland, I would be earning much, much lower for the same type of job in Canada.
4. I feel like I still haven’t explored enough of Switzerland/Europe
If I were to go back to Canada now, I would feel incomplete. There are still so many more places in Switzerland and Europe to discover. I want to stay here longer so I can find more time to explore.
5. The standard of living in Switzerland is top-notch
Switzerland has it all. Beautiful mountains, perfect public transportation, Swiss cows, and a high standard of living overall. I really can’t picture going back to Toronto and suffering from the sub-par public transportation and the crazy traffic jams everyday!
6. The lack of vacation time in Canada
So in Switzerland, the minimum annual vacation time is 5 weeks!!! In Canada, it’s a pitiful 2 weeks. Sometimes 3 if you’re lucky.
I am someone who loves to travel and I hate being chained to my desk. In Switzerland, the vacation-taking culture seems very chill. You can literally just send your boss an email the day before you plan to take vacation and then take it. I don’t actually think the manager can refuse your request.
In Canada, I had to reserve my vacation months in advance and huge periods of the year were already blacked out. Not cool.
7. The European culture appeals more to me
I love Europe and how it’s such a beautiful mix of different cultures.
I don’t want to get into stereotypes here but people from each country tend to carry certain traits with them. For one, my French boyfriend is never on time and loves to eat cheese. Other the other hand, my Swiss friends are always on time. My Scandinavian friends are always very equal about everything. My sassy Italian friends are super proud of their cooking. Finally, my Luxembourgish friends all speak 4-5 languages. The list goes on.
When I try to describe Canadian culture, all I can muster up is that we hate the cold weather and like to say “eh” a lot. Since I’ve lived in Canada my whole life, the culture doesn’t fascinate me the way the European one does.
8. I can’t imagine myself moving back to the big city
If I move back to Canada, I would most likely settle back in Toronto since that’s my home town and that’s where all the jobs are. I am currently living in Switzerland with a population of 8 million people. My city alone (Toronto), including suburbs, makes 6.5 million easily.
I have gotten so used to the slow, small city life in Switzerland and I cannot even imagine going back to Toronto. Don’t get me wrong, there are many things I miss about Toronto. What I don’t miss, however, are: the traffic/congestion, the crowds, the smog, the harsh winters, the humid summers, the TTC.
9. My boyfriend will never move to North America
The best way to describe my boyfriend in North American terms is a “redneck” (no offense to anyone, this is a term my friend used to describe my boyfriend hehe). He lives in a tiny town in a mountainous area, drives an old beat up car with duct-taped side-mirrors, and adds cheese to just about everything that he eats (including pad thai). He detests crowds so much and I really don’t think I could convince him to move to North America even if I paid him. And of course, I want to stay with my boyfriend, so it seems like staying in Switzerland is the only option.
10. I love snowboarding and I want to stay for at least a few more seasons to discover more of the alps
Switzerland offers some of the best skiing in the world. The winters are too short and I couldn’t possibly go back to Canada before I’ve snowboarded in more of the stations in Switzerland/France/Austria/Italy/Germany, etc.
11. Lastly, I consider Switzerland my home now
You know that feeling you get from being homesick? Well, last year when I was visiting Toronto, I was feeling homesick. I missed my life in Switzerland so much! I guess that just goes to show that my brain/heart considers Switzerland my home now.
Moving abroad is awesome and all and you never know where you will end up. Will you go home or will you stay? You may get homesick but you start making a home of your new country as well.
For me, I really hope that I will end up staying in Switzerland. Fingers crossed that I can find a job here!
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