Expat Voices: Eshaana Pachai on living in Geneva
Eshaana Pachai, from South Africa, discusses shopping in Geneva, learning French and doing laundry.
Country of residence
How long have you lived here?
City/town of residence
Date of birth
Reason for moving to your new country of residence
What was your first impression of your new country of residence?
Strange rules and lots of constraints. Difficult to integrate at first but overall a very well-organised country, with a good lifestyle and easy access to the rest of the world!
What do you think of the food?
Boring! Supermarket food is not very exciting here. There are good resturants, but they are very expensive.
What do you think of the shopping?
It's great, if you can afford it.
What do you appreciate about living in your new country of residence?
Safety and security is good. Things work!
What do you find most frustrating about living in your new country of residence?
Some rules just make life difficult. Also, not having the flexibility to shop on Sundays means that Saturdays are very busy days.
What puzzles you the most and what do you miss the most since you've moved here?
Why is life so expensive in Geneva?? What I miss is being able to shop on Sundays.
How does the quality of life here compare to the quality of life in other countries that you've lived in?
Quality of life is better than in Johannesburg - particularly from a safety and security point of view.
If you could change anything about your new country of residence, what would it be?
Fewer rules on unimportant things like when one can do laundry.
What advice would you give to a newcomer?
Learn some French as soon as you can so that you can integrate better into life outside of work.
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