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If they hadn't, they would regret it: Simone Bartschmid and David Schenker talk about their adventures in Australia and Norway. And we have received mail from emigrants who have ended up in New Zealand, the Czech Republic or Italy.

Simone Bartschmid dreamed of Australia as a girl

Dream: Everything starts with an Australian documentary that little Simone pulls into. From then on it is clear to her: "I have to go to Australia, that's where I belong!"

At the Finish: In 2007 she moved to Sydney. She works in the administration of a Swiss company with locations all over the world, including Australia. She has achieved her dream goal.

Obstacle: Two years later she loses her job in Sydney. No residence permit without a job. She gives everything to find a new job. But everywhere they say: “Sorry mate, but what you can do, Aussies can do too. If we hire you as a Swiss, it would be too much admin work. " In 2009 she has to leave the country again.

Plan B: Back in Switzerland, the 37-year-old is studying social work. A bachelor's degree increases your chances of getting a job in Australia. She says that people are needed there in social life. After graduation, she wants to go back and work with Aborigines. She still has a long way to go with her studies and that alone does not guarantee her a job. But it is tough: if it has a goal, it wants to achieve it. Even if the way there is not easy.

Tip: «Just do it when you dream about it, otherwise you will regret it. You can always go back! "

David Schenker went to Norway immediately after graduating from high school

Dream: David falls in love with a Norwegian. She lives in Bergen, a city on the northwest coast. During the gym, they have a long-distance relationship. He decides to move in with her after graduation.

At the Finish: After graduating from high school, he packs his clothes and floorball equipment and flies to Norway. He lives with his loved one in an apartment, is taking a Norwegian course and wants to go to university a few months later. He's looking forward to it because that's where he'll meet new people. He cannot build a social network without studying and having a job.

Obstacle: The university tells him that he will have to study Norwegian for at least another year. Otherwise it is not enough for the course. In addition, he cannot find a job with his language skills. Doubts arise: Without a university and without a job, he has no regular daily routine and it is difficult to come into contact with people. This prospect depresses him. He later admits that the whole thing doesn't make him happy. He needs his friends, his family, otherwise he will be unhappy. With a heavy heart he separates from his girlfriend and returns to Switzerland. Today the 23-year-old studies at the University of Basel.

Conclusion: David doesn't regret a bit about his Norway adventure: “I'm glad I tried it. I haven't lost anything. I look back very happy. "

We have received mail from emigrants from all over the world ♥

We asked you what your adventures are like. The result is:

We never regretted the step when we, as a very young couple, made the decision in 1967 to emigrate to New Zealand. We both (confectioner & shop daughter) saw no future at home without our own means. We had no idea what to expect here, but after a tough start we went up on steep stairs. At 52 we retired, we live right on the banks of a beautiful lake, where our children and grandchildren go in and out.
Author: Juerg StuckiNew Zealand
Healthy, happy family, two great jobs, great house in the best location: Everything was actually the way you want it to be and yet we emigrated to northern Italy in 2003. Out of the «protected workshop» in Switzerland, into the unknown, new areas of responsibility, independence. Old piles of stones gradually became holiday homes that we rent out to guests. Motto: There are always 1000 reasons not to do something, but also at least one reason to do it! Don't dream it, do it!
Author: Urs and Susan from ArxItalien
10 years ago I packed my bags and emigrated to New Zealand because I lost my heart to a New Zealand farmer. Two great boys and a breakup later, some things have turned out as they dreamed, other things are far from the ideal. Neuseelnad is a great country to raise children ... whether I will still call New Zealand my home when the children are fully fledged, the future will tell ... it will definitely be exciting!
Author: Christine GrafNew Zealand
After our employer closed the gates, we packed our bags in 1997 and moved to the Czech Republic with an uncomfortable feeling. After a lot of work, we created a small company today. We are fine and we are satisfied.
Author: Dagmar and Karel SindlerCzech Republic

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  • Comment from Denise Casagrande (begulide)
    Migrating to another country means personal effort, adjustment, adaptation and independent integration, working for your own livelihood. Otherwise you shouldn't emigrate!
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  • Commentary by Stefan Müller, Bern
    Yes, in Norway it is extremely difficult to build up a network of relationships as a foreigner. Even if you study or work there. Many Norwegians stay in the same social circle their whole life and look at foreigners (even Swedes and Finns) from above, at least indirectly. And nothing works there without Norwegian, unless you only move in expat communities.
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  • Commentary by Didier Schmallong, Essaouira Morocco
    I have lived in Morocco for 12 years. Here is my blog to look up http://marokkoauswanderer.blogspot.com/
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