Saturday, February 6, 2016

First blog post in a new chapter!


I know it's been a while, for those of you who were following my old blog (disregard the somewhat negative final post) As you can probably tell, I've been quite busy applying for jobs and ultimately deciding on a PhD/research assistant position in the Institute for Public Communications at Universitá della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. In the last few months I've been trying to get everything ready which has meant a mountain of things to do, including but not limited to:

Travelling to the US and back to Berlin, then down to Zurich, then Lugano, then back to Zurich, then back to Berlin, and then finally back to Lugano

Applying for my residence permit and finding out that it will take two (!) months for them to get in contact with me, so that I can go to another city and get interviewed and fingerprinted.

Registering with the city

Getting (very expensive) health insurance and then travelling back to Zurich again to get a health issue checked out

Going to the one bank that apparently accepts US citizens and hearing from the only teller who spoke a language that I do (German, funnily enough) that, because of my nationality, I have to fill out more forms that need to be mailed from another city, and the whole process will last another week

And of course, the general things that come with moving to a new city, like going to Ikea and buying pillowcases and sheets, figuring out where to do my laundry, going grocery shopping, etc.

The whole process is nothing new to me, I suppose. It's going about as smoothly as Germany went the second time. Bit harder than Argentina and India, though. Oh, well. These are all the kind of problems that I like to have. I know that, in this, I'm very lucky.

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