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Old 13.12.2011, 00:51
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*does wavy video effect*

Welcome to Christmas 2009! I've almost been here two years. Time flies. Was due to quit and go back to London a couple of months ago but am giving it another year.
haha. I remember meeting you at the pub with NAT - "oh, I'm only here for a year" says he...

By the way, time for a Chinese before the break?
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

A year quickly grew into two. And now, well, let's make it three.

Should have time for another Basel "Xiao Lu" Chinese early next week! I'll arrange something.
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Funny reading back on your introduction Adrian. So how are the German lessons going???? :-P
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Old 13.12.2011, 01:27
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Funny reading back on your introduction Adrian. So how are the German lessons going???? :-P
I'm not far behind you with yours!
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I'm not far behind you with yours!
well you havn´t starved yet so you must be doing something right.
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Do you still have my old vacuum cleaner?
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Old 14.12.2011, 02:07
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Yes! Still working fine. Thanks.
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well you havn´t starved yet so you must be doing something right.
I heard he ate his German teacher.
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A year quickly grew into two. And now, well, let's make it three.

Should have time for another Basel "Xiao Lu" Chinese early next week! I'll arrange something.
Before you know it you'll be nearly 6 years in like me. I planned to go home after 1 year and then as each year ended I thought I'd hang around a bit longer.

Basel is like some kind of Bermuda Triangle, there is no escape

Any chance of having the Chinese on Monday? Pretty please
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Any chance of having the Chinese on Monday? Pretty please
Your wish is my command.

Lunch in Basel : Chinese buffet near SBB
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Four ing Years.

EF will no doubt remove the word I had between "four" and "years".

Amazing. I'm still here. Life is just too easy.
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Four ing Years.

EF will no doubt remove the word I had between "four" and "years".

Amazing. I'm still here. Life is just too easy.
Probably time to learn the language now
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Your introduction all those years ago was so sweet...

Quite deceiving, really
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Four ing Years.

EF will no doubt remove the word I had between "four" and "years".

Amazing. I'm still here. Life is just too easy.
I'm agree.

Just not with the easy bit.
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

ahh @ initial post! It's just over 2.5 years for me now and have to say they have gone by pretty quick! definitely got no plans to leave Basel I have to say. Life here is just too good (compared to UK!), but I'd also agree with you adrian life is too easy! :-) though I could already speak german before I came (and french though that has yet to be fully resurrected). Reckon you'll give Deutsch a go at some point?!

Coincidentally my cousin lives near Stuttgart with her german husband and 2 daughters - first in Stuttgart centre, Esslingen and they've been in Wernau quite a while now. I went once to the outlet in Metzingen, not bad.
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I plan on spending a year or two in Basel

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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

You are making a great case for my potential move. I am bouncing around the positive and negatives moving from the US to Basel. My German is none and I'm bringing the wife and kiddos.

I keep thinking this is an experience, what would I miss, can I handle a radical change like moving to CH.

Thanks for the encouagment!!!
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

My German is still virtually none (I knew the numbers and how to order drinks and basic food before I came, and have hardly improved). Life here is easy.
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

I must press you on a point, "life is easy"?

I see the lifestyle and how generally happy people are in Basel. Every one I met was gracious, direct but warm.

Feel free to expand on what things you like having lived there two years. I plan on staying for at least that. Many, many thanks!
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Every day admin in life (rent, banking, paying bills, shopping, dealing with taxes / local government) is easy. Systems are in place and they either do it in English or are foreigner tolerant. Very little time needs to ever be spent doing the mundane things in life.

My apartment is relatively cheap, repairs get done if necessary, and it's built/decorated to a standard, easy and solid standard.

Commuting (assuming you live and work in Basel) is very easy. I can cycle (from Brausebad right over to Badischer Bahnhof area) in 10 minutes, tram it in 25, walk it in 40. All those three methods are easy and safe.

My job (this is personal, I'm sure some people out there actually have to work hard for a living) is pretty easy, something I enjoy, and pays well. Unemployment insurance is high and will allow me to live quite happily for at least 1.5 years with no work should the need arise.

Public transport is good; trains turn up on time, are cleanish and have seats. With a "halftax" card they're not too expensive either.

There's loads more actually.

The only downside is the fact Basel isn't a really big city and I generally find most restaurants in Basel pretty poor value for money. I go to London very regularly so get my city fix (bars, nightlife, cocktail bars, and loads and loads of resturants) when I need. If I wasn't doing that, I would have left Basel by now, to be fair.
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