Austrian, mid-30s, moved to Lausanne a year ago (after 6 years in Dubai ), married and a dad of two (infant and toddler stage ). Still a weird feeling, the wife and I were classic https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dinks.asp for many years.
With Dubai being tax free and cost of living 46% cheaper then Lausanne (!!!), I can highly recommend it as a pre-FIRE location, if you can deal with all the bling, racist society, and >90% expats… we could, for a while (sweet sweet salary statements) but felt like it was time to leave and go back to Europe.
We arrived here and learned that we had smuggled a little human being from Dubai without knowing (wife pregnant) and so decided that we prefer for the mum to be at home with kids and spend some quality years with them for a solid foundation (we still pay for part-time childcare - these costs were the biggest shock for me when arriving here ), instead of working.
First year here was terrible saving-wise, but getting back on the horse now. Of course I just opened an account at Swissquote before stumbling across this webpage and forum .
I wouldn’t call myself a Mustachian and I like some aspects of the lifestyle we grew accustomed to too much to seriously consider FIRE-ing at 40-ish (hedonistic adaptation I guess… ), but maybe around 50, so I’ve been following the Mustachian way for a couple of years now and picking and choosing aspects that are compatible with our lifestyle.
I’ve been getting heavily into Cryptocurrencies in early 2017 and the 10x-ish increase was fun to watch. All the scams ans pump&dump aside, I do believe in decentralisation and blockchain have the potential to change the world as we know it and that it would be silly not to try to be part of it in the (still) early days. Will closely follow crypto discussion on this board for sure
I now work for a large NGO and have two additional income streams (excluding crypto-investment-adventures): lecturing at an academic institution and as an Expert for the EU Commission.
Anyhoo - great blog, great forum, quality content! Looking forward to read up on all the discussions.