ArtVandelay wrote:Luciano136 wrote:Just out of curiosity, where do you live now?
A very flat place
ArtVandelay wrote:What is the infrastructure like in Huaraz?
ArtVandelay wrote:barrys wrote:Hey Art,
What's your background? How far in the workplace foodchain are you willing to lower yourself.......or maybe you've already spent years working in banking...or are a skilled watchmaker......in which case you'd be coming to the right country. I've been living near Geneve (although on the french side) and looking for work for a few months. I have friends who are job hunting in Geneve and beyond and have been for quite some time. Some of whom speak three languages and are well qualified, it ain't easy that's for sure. I'd need more detail to offer good advice but one thing you might want to do is expand your horizons beyond just living in Zermatt - there are far more options open if you can settle on living just a few hours drive or train away from your dream location - it still means you can roam the valley on weekends, holidays, days off and you can still have the Alps on your doorstep. I've done pretty much the same thing, but with Chamonix in mind, although Zermatt is even only about 2 and a half hours away from here. Have faith though, the dream is achievable. I have to believe that too or else i may as well pack up my bags. What kind of jobs would you not mind doing? There are plenty of shops and tourism opportunities in Zermatt but the work permit will always be a problem.
http://www.justlanded.com/english/Switz ... rk-permits
That site has a summary of work permit regulations. It might sound disheartening but it isn't impossible, especially if you can live with having 2500meter peaks in your backgarden instead of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa.
Thanks for the info!
I am an attorney here in the states, but I really have no desire to go back to law school in another country, nor do I even want to practice law. I don't mind lowering myself on the salary food chain, but I don't want a dead end job sitting in a retail store making 8chf/hour. I am looking for a different balance of work and play, with a focus on the play part. I don't want to have a garage full of Ferrari's, but I do want to have a comfortable lifestyle where I don't have to worry about things like my bill at the grocery store(I mention this because food in particular seemed outrageously expensive in Zermatt).
Zermatt is appealing to me because it is such a small town, yet doesn't fall victim to the problems of most small towns(dead/boring population, lack of modern comforts, etc.). Its unlike anywhere else I've ever been. If I were going to move somewhere else, it would have to be a place that offers a similar feel...otherwise I would just move to a place like Boulder and stay here in the States. If you know of any other places like Zermatt, whether in Europe or the USA, I'm definitely open to hearing about them.
ArtVandelay wrote:Buz Groshong wrote:If you've got some serious cash, you might think of Huaraz, Peru instead and retiring rather than working.
I speak spanish fairly well, so this is intriguing. What is the infrastructure like in Huaraz? Switzerland is still a first world country with excellent transportation, doctors, communication systems, etc.
Tom Fralich wrote:ArtVandelay wrote:What is the infrastructure like in Huaraz?
Imagine Switzerland, but take away the transportation, doctors, communication systems, etc. Also, the climbing season is pretty short and most of the activity is focused on a few peaks. Sure, there's a lot of trekking, but what are you going to do during the rainy season?
I love Chamonix and Zermatt and fully intend to buy some sort of property in the Alps in the next few years. Chamonix is hands-down my favorite climbing destination, so maybe we have similar ideas on what's appealing. That said, I would never consider moving to Huaraz. It's a place to visit, and there are still more alpine routes I'd like to do there, but I'd rather have easier access to the mountains and the comforts of Western civilization. In Chamonix or Zermatt, you can go out and do a mega-classic 1-day alpine climb and be back in town for dinner. And there are things to do in all seasons.
My plan is to work part-time in the US...maybe one month on, one month off (or something like that) and spend the off-time in Europe. I'd be willing to move there permanently if it were reasonable to find work, but it's not very likely. I'm a doctor, so it's probably similar to your situation as a lawyer. Sure, I could look for a research or consulting job in Geneva, but I'm really not interested in that kind of work.
sjarelkwint wrote:Why not move to Aosta instead?
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