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Old 15.12.2009, 23:08
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London to Basel via Stuttgart

I've been reading a few threads (mainly searching "visa" and "driving a UK car in Switzerland without telling anyone and pretending to be a tourist" type threads) and realised that I'm meant to introduce myself before asking questions.

So ... name's Adrian and I'm from London. Username is big on clues for this, but in another forum I kept meeting people at events who said "your surname is London! And you're from London, how cool!". Unfortunately I wasn't cool.

I'm an IT consultant, usually working freelance but after 10 years realised that I'd probably have more variety in contracts, as well as better pay and more choice, if I had some management experience under my belt. So I did the almost unthinkable and applied for a permie job. It just so happens that it's based in Basel. I'll tell more about it once the offer letter comes and it's signed.

From May 08 to May 09 I spent a year working for HP in Stuttgart. Well, Boeblingen/Hulb to be precise. I thought it would be dull and boring, but partly thanks to this city boy discovering a camp fascination with local festivals, and also thanks to a similar website to this (/www.toytowngermany.com) I ended up making many friends and having a brilliant time. It shocked me, hence why I was looking to work in mainland Europe again.

Don't be fooled by the fact I worked in Germany for a year (actually two, as I spent a year in Frankfurt around 2002); I don't speak any German. I was too lazy to learn, and being a contractor on extended 3 month contracts I never thought I'd be around long enough to learn.

I might try this time, although I think German sounds nasty and instead I'm tempted to learn French instead. And stick to English in Basel I assume.

Such an intro and yet I've not really said much about myself. I waffle. You learnt that already. I'm 40, have a boyfriend, and in my spare time spend too long reading and posting to forums. When not doing that I like eating, and cooking. And cycling (nothing fancy - just on a tourer/trekking bike). I plan on spending a year or two in Basel as I'm keeping my flat, and my boyfriend, in central London

One of the first things I'll need is somewhere to live. I'll post in the correct place for that once I get my job offer. Due to be in Basel from mid January if any flights are available. I'll be a "local hire" which appears to mean no expat packages, no accommodation, no flights and I'll be poor. Oh well. The Swiss appear to manage. Ah yes, apart from cooking, eating and cycling, I'm cynical and sarcastic. You no doubt worked all that out as well. You're all so smart.
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Old 16.12.2009, 16:57
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

ok, maybe it was too long. Let's try again with with some more exclamation marks.

Hi! I'm Adrian from London! Going to be working in Basel soon, although not sure precisely where as it's for an IT consultancy and they've yet to confirm which client of theirs I'll be supporting.

Don't speak any German and have never been to Basel before. Despite that, I've just signed a "permie" job contract. *excited* Now I need to work around the BA strike, get to Basel, and find somewhere to live. Hi to everyone here. I've spent time working abroad before and used a forum similar to this one to kick start an excellent social life. Hoping to repeat that success.
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ok, maybe it was too long. Let's try again with with some more exclamation marks.

Hi! I'm Adrian from London! Going to be working in Basel soon, although not sure precisely where as it's for an IT consultancy and they've yet to confirm which client of theirs I'll be supporting.

Don't speak any German and have never been to Basel before. Despite that, I've just signed a "permie" job contract. *excited* Now I need to work around the BA strike, get to Basel, and find somewhere to live. Hi to everyone here. I've spent time working abroad before and used a forum similar to this one to kick start an excellent social life. Hoping to repeat that success.


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Old 17.12.2009, 14:07
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Thanks Adrian! Great name, by the way.
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Old 17.12.2009, 14:37
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

I have lived in BB, didn't work for HP tho'.



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Old 17.12.2009, 16:22
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Hi Adrian, welcome to the forum and soon to Basel. Give German a try, you'll enjoy your stay here much more if you do.
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Old 17.12.2009, 17:32
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Thanks for the encouragement, zürihegel. As this is my first "permie" job in many years, it's an odd feeling to know that I can actually plan on staying in the same location for more than a few months at a time. And I definitely want to enjoy my stay so I think your post has given me the push I need to find a night class once I arrive.

I'm signing the contract today and am due to be in Basel by mid January.

You lived in Boeblingen, tomcat? Ouch! Well, maybe it's just the view of the town from the S-Bahn as it went through that didn't look good I admit I did go to a beergarden there on the lake once and had a great evening. And it's more happening than Hulb.
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Old 17.12.2009, 19:19
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Welcome to the forum
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Hey Adrian, welcome! I'm also going to be in Basel starting mid-January.
Hope to see you around the forum, and maybe in person one day.

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Old 19.12.2009, 18:10
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Hi and welcome on the forum.

And French is a nice language
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Old 19.12.2009, 21:17
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to meeting people.

I currently live in the centre of London and have realised, after spending a year living and working in Stuttgart, that smaller cities/towns work well if you have a good group of friends to socialise and explore with. So this is how I plan on living in Basel.

I'm having second thoughts on learning French though - it seems overly indulgent whereas I would be better to spend the time learning some German. If I was smart enough I'd try both, but I'm a "sciency" person not an "arty" one and find learning foreign languages difficult. I always try to find rules and logic to a language where none exist.

I was due to start work in Basel on 4th January but due to the potential BA strike I got this delayed and am doing my induction in London. I expect to fly to Basel soon after. I've never been before so it's all exciting stuff! And I'm getting no expenses so can't just find a posh hotel in the centre of town to acclimatise. I'll work it out, I'm sure.
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Hi and welcome on the forum.

And French is a nice language
German too!! Haha!

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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Finally my project has been confirmed. I start on Monday so am arriving in Basel Sunday night. I can't wait! Well, apart from having to go to work every day.

Is it always so hard and expensive to get a hotel at short notice? That's a rhetorical question Oh well. Anyone have a room that they rent out that they'd like to rent to me for a few days? Thought I'd ask.
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

It can be hard to get a room, especially during some of the exhibition weeks, so book in advance if you'll need one in future.

Sorry - my house is full of teenagers, so no space for a lodger.
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely try and be a bit more pro-active in future. Unfortunately my job start-date didn't get confirmed until yesterday so I didn't have much notice.

Although not very central, there are at least some options on expedia etc. so I won't be sleeping in the main station at least
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

Hi Adrian,

Welcome! we've been here 4 months and I thought I would share some of the stuff with you that we found out the hard way....

1. Best site too look for an apartment - http://www.alle-immobilien.ch/

2. The local gemeinde refuse bags are sold at the tills and not in the isles, I searched for weeks! You must ask for it.

3. ACTION! in the shops more often than not means "old" not cheap! Some frozen items might actually be past their "sell by" date.

4. Conforama's furniture quality is a lot lower than Ikea's. In our experience.

5. Buy stuff to get rid of Limescale. It is an absolute pain in some areas. Your kettle will start to look like a ocean reef if you don't keep an eye on it! Lemon juice works very well if you don't want to go the chemical route.

Hope you are able to use some of the tips! Enjoy!


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You can try the Ibis hotel if you are looking for something central and cheap. I would say its comperable to a travelodge in the UK.

Welcome to Basel!
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Re: London to Basel via Stuttgart

*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.
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Welcome, read the stickies, search before posting and don't forget to check for upcoming events in your area.
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